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Lead Investigator

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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

reilly.198@osu.edu

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. 

PhD Students

Megan M. Allyn, B.S., B.A.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Megan Allyn

Megan Allyn is a 3rd year graduate student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; her undergraduate degrees are in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Kettering University. Her work focuses on the development and application of drug delivery systems to carry anti-inflammatory blood proteins for treatment of ocular inflammation and disease. Her future aims are to work in the biopharmaceutical industry in process development. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and partaking in outdoor activities. 

 

Peter Jansen, B.S., B.A.

Biomedical Engineering

Peter JansenPeter Jansen is a PhD student in the department of Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He completed his B.S. in Biomedical/Biosystems Engineering and a B.A. in German at Michigan State University. His research interests include ocular tissue engineering, biomaterials, biofabrication and stem cell/gene engineering.


Richard Luo, B.E.

Biomedical Engineering

Richard Luo

Richard Luo is a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He completed his BE at Dartmouth College in 2018. Currently, his research focuses on cellular responses to micropatterned biomaterials. 

 

MD Students

Megan Balgemann, B.S.

Biomedical Engineering

Megan Balgemann

Megan Balgemann is a class of 2024 MD student at The Ohio State University. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from OSU in 2019. She plans to pursue ophthalmology as a physician researcher. Her primary research interest involves improvement of intraocular lens implants. Outside of lab, she is on OSU's Anatomy Memorial Service committee, works as a steering committee member at Noor Community Clinic, and is the president of Dropping Things Club. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, climbing, volleyball, and spending time with friends and family. 

 

MS Students

Elle Hellwarth, B.S.

Biomedical Engineering

Elle HellwarthElle Hellwarth is an M.S. student in Biomedical Engineering. She graduated from Purdue University in 2020 with a B.S. in Biological Engineering. Her research interests are centered around drug delivery. In her free time, she likes to bake and play with her dog Obi-Wan.

 

 

Undergraduate Researchers

Joshua Bopp

Biology

Joshua Bopp

Josh Bopp is a 3rd year Biology student at The Ohio State University. Josh began working in Dr. Swindle-Reilly's laboratory in the summer of 2021. Outside of the lab, Josh is a tutor for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mentors with the TOPS program, and volunteers with Special Olympics. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends, playing sports, and Chipotle. 


Raima Puri

Biomedical Engineering

Raima Puri

Raima Puri is a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering student minoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The Ohio State University. She began working in Dr. Swindle-Reilly's laboratory in the summer of 2021. Outside the lab, Raima is the Vice President of Sisterhood in Phi Sigma Rho and works on website development with ECOS at OSU. She enjoys reading, cooking and crafting in her free time. 


Ankur Parekh

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ankur ParekhAnkur Parekh is a third year Chemical Engineering student at The Ohio State University. Ankur started working in Dr. Swindle-Reilly's laboratory August 2020. Outside the lab, he works as a tutor and is the treasurer of Buckeyes Assemble, an OSU Marvel fan club. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and soccer. 


Emma R. McLaughlin

Biological Engineering

Emma McLaughlin

Emma McLaughlin is a third-year majoring in Biological Engineering and minoring in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. She began working in Dr. Swindle-Reilly's lab November 2020. Outside of the lab, Emma is the professional development director for The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at OSU. She enjoys traveling and hopes to one day visit Greece and Italy.

 

Alumni

Ph.D. Students

Pengfei Jiang, MS, PhD 2017-2020, Dissertation - Sustained Delivery of Anti-VEGF for Treating Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration, Currently Senior Associate, WuXi Biologics

Nguyen "Archie" Tram, MS, PhD 2016-2020, Dissertation - Currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nationwide Children's Hospital 

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 Senior Associate, WuXi Biologics

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

Andrew Choi, 2019-2021, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western University

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 attending medical school at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Kane Jacobs, 2018-2020, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Currently in Rotational Field program at DuPont 

Joo Hun Lee, 2020-2021, Biomedical Engineering, Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at University of Illinois

Rayna McLean, 2019-2021, B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Currently in R&D Leadership Development program at Sherwin-Williams 

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

Marissa Ruzga, 2018-2019, Biomedical Engineering, Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Biomedical Science at University of Maine

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

Lauren Shingler, 2016-2017, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Currently attending medical school at Ohio State

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, B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, NSF REU, Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at University of Illinois

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

High School Students

Ashtha Singh, 2018, Dublin Jerome High School

Research Assistants

Courtney J. Maxwell, BS, 2019-2021