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Lead Investigator

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly Photo

Dr. Swindle-Reilly completed a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with Cooperative Plan at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004 with High Honor. She then received her M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2006 and Ph.D. in Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis under the advisement of Nathan Ravi, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. Her dissertation research resulted in the development and successful in vivo testing of an injectable, in vivo-gelling biomimetic vitreous substitute. She completed postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University under the advisement of Rebecca Kuntz Willits, Ph.D., and Cheryl Miller, Ph.D., where she developed biopolymer and electrospun scaffolds for peripheral nerve regeneration. After completing her postdoctoral training, Dr. Swindle-Reilly worked in industry as a Senior Scientist at Rochal Industries LLC for over four years. While at Rochal Industries, she worked on the research and development of several patented and FDA approved wound care products. She concurrently held an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio from 2013-2015. She joined The Ohio State University as Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in February 2016. 

Research Assistant

Courtney J. Maxwell, B.S.

Biomedical Engineering

Courtney Maxwell

Courtney J. Maxwell is from Cleveland, OH and received her B.S. in bioengineering from Miami University in May 2019. She is the research assistant in Dr. Swindle-Reilly’s lab. Her focus is on the development of a drug delivery vehicle that improves the functionality of the optic nerve following traumatic injury to the eye or head with the usage of injectable hydrogels. In the future, she wants to apply her lab experience to the creation of antibacterial hydrogels to prevent infections in patients undergoing hip arthroplasty. In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading and gardening. She has also recently developed an interest in gymnastics and ballet.


PhD Students

Pengfei Jiang, M.S.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Pengfei Jiang

My name is Pengfei Jiang. I obtained my bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry at Rutgers University and master's degree in chemical engineering at OSU. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD degree in chemical engineering in Dr. Swindle-Reilly's lab. My work focuses on the development of sustained-release drug delivery devices for the treatment of ophthalmological diseases and injuries. In the future, I plan to continue the research toward development of polymeric materials for biomedical applications as a scientist.

Nguyen "Archie" Tram, M.S.

Biomedical Engineering

Archie TramNguyen Tram, who goes by Archie, is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering; his undergraduate degree was also in BME, from The Ohio State University. His research focuses on novel polymeric materials as vitreous substitutes. Outside of Bevis Hall, he enjoys reading, hiking, eating, and sleeping. 

MS Students

Openings are available


Undergraduate Researchers

Andrew Choi

Biomedical Engineering

Andrew ChoiAndrew Choi is a third year Biomedical Engineering student at The Ohio State University. He started working in Dr. Swindle-Reilly’s lab in the summer of 2019. Outside of the lab, he is involved in the Korean Student Association as treasurer and leads in the promotion of Korean culture by hosting various events throughout the school year. He also enjoys swimming and traveling in his free time.

Kane Jacobs

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Kane JacobsKane Jacobs is from a small town outside of Cincinnati and is currently enrolled at The Ohio State University. His prior experiences in AP Chemistry helped push him toward studying Chemical Engineering and taking up volunteer research work in the BME department. At this time, he is aiding in research on ocular drug delivery. Passionate about the environment, he is also involved in the GrOSU student organization helping to create community gardens in neighborhoods around the campus. In his free time, Kane loves to drum and has done so in front of crowds of people during his years in High School Marching Band.

Rayna McLean

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Rayna McLeanRayna McLean is a sophomore in chemical engineering at The Ohio State University. She is new to the lab group and is beginning to assist the research in ocular drug delivery. Outside of the lab, Rayna is a member of Delta Delta Delta and serves as the licensing chairman. She also enjoys exploring new parts of Columbus and is looking forward to her future in chemical engineering.





Ph.D. Students

Andrew Soltisz, 2017-2019, Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Ohio State

Masters Students

Pengfei Jiang, 2017-2018, M.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Thesis - Sustained Release of Anti-VEGF from Injectable Devices for Treating Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Ohio State

Jaron Maxson, 2018, M.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Project - A Model to Predict Polymer Applications Based on Physical Properties, Currently employed as Project Manager in the division of Product and Content Operations under the department of Reactions and Patent Markush at Chemical Abstract Services

Travis Neimeister, 2018-2019, M.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Project - Effects of Material Selection on Posterior Capsule Opacification 

Undergraduate Students

Mallory Allen, 2016-2018, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Senior Thesis - Influence of Substrate Mechanical Properties on Lens Epithelial Cell Behavior, Currently in Leadership Development program at Parker Hannifin

Sophie Carus, 2016-2018, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Senior Thesis - Influence of Amphiphilic Polymers on Corneal Wound Healing, Currently attending medical school at University of Toledo

Jeffrey Gray, 2016, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Currently employed by PercuVision

Christian Grimme, 2016, B.S. Polymer Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at University of Minnesota

Adam Jacobowitz, 2016, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Currently employed by Chase and applying to medical school

Ryan Prieto, 2017-2018, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Currently employed as Technical Problem Solver at Epic Systems

Marissa Ruzga, 2018-2019, Biomedical Engineering

Victor Rivera-Llabres, 2018, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, SROP, Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at University of Florida

Lauren Shingler, 2016-2017, Biomedical Engineering

Katrina Schroeder, 2016-2018, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Currently employed as Associate Specialist, Supplier Development & Performance Management, at Merck

Priyanka Tewani, 2018-2019, Biomedical Engineering

Samantha Thobe, 2016-2019, B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Currently employed as Industrial Engineer, New Model Group, Paint Department, at Honda Motors

Tiara Torres-Flores, 2019, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, NSF REU

Zihan Zhang, 2017, Human Nutrition, Currently pursuing a M.S. in Nutrition Sciences at Ohio State 

High School Students

Ashtha Singh, 2018, Dublin Jerome High School