Lab Members

Primary Investigator

Dr. Thomas J. Webster, Ph.D.

Thomas J. Webster’s degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1995) and in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S., 1997; Ph.D., 2000). He is currently the Department Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. His research explores the use of nanotechnology in numerous applications. Specifically, his research addresses the design, synthesis, and evaluation of nanophase materials (that is, materials with fundamental length scales less than 100 nm) as more effective biomedical devices. He has completed extensive studies on the use of nanophase materials to regenerate tissues and has graduated/supervised over 109 visiting faculty, clinical fellows, post-doctoral students, and thesis completing B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students. To date, his lab group has generated over 9 textbooks, 48 book chapters, 306 invited presentations, at least 403 peer-reviewed literature articles, at least 567 conference presentations, and 32 provisional or full patents. His H index is 47. Some of these patents led to the formation of 9 companies. His research on nanomedicine has received attention in recent media publications including MSNBC (October 10, 2005), NBC Nightly News (May 14, 2007), PBS DragonFly TV (covered across the US during the winter, 2008), and ABC Nightly News via the Ivanhoe Medical Breakthrough Segment (covered across the US during the winters of 2008 and separate research segments in 2010 and 2011). His work has been on display at the London and Boston Science Museums. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Nanomedicine (the first international journal in nanomedicine which in five years has achieved an impact factor of 4.97), serves on the editorial board of 15 additional journals, has helped to organize 22 conferences emphasizing nanotechnology in medicine, and has organized over 53 symposia at numerous conferences emphasizing biological interactions with nanomaterials. He also recently chaired the 2011 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference and has organized numerous symposia for AIChE, IEEE, MRS and ASME Annual Meetings. He has received numerous honors including, but not limited to: 2002, Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award; 2003, Outstanding Young Investigator Award Purdue University College of Engineering; 2005, American Association of Nanomedicine Young Investigator Award Finalist; 2005, Coulter Foundation Young Investigator Award; 2006, Fellow, American Association of Nanomedicine; 2010, Distinguished Lecturer in Nanomedicine, University of South Florida; 2011, Oustanding Leadership Award for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES); and Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, representing the top 2% of all medical and biological engineers).

Graduate Students

George E. Aninwene II (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hometown: Piscataway, NJ

Prior Degrees: M.Sc. Innovation Mgmt. & Entrepreneurship, B.Sc. Biochemical Engineering

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland Baltimore County

Degree Objective: Ph.D. Bioengineering

Contact: eji412 at

Benjamin Geilich (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hometown: Hanover, NH

Prior Degrees: B.Sc. Neuroscience

Undergraduate Institution: Brown University

Degree Objective: Ph.D. Bioengineering

Contact: geilich.b at

Linlin Sun (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hometown: China

Prior Degrees: M.Sc. Biochemical Engineering, B.Sc. Biological Engineering

Prior Graduate Institution: University College London

Undergraduate Institution: Beijing Institute of Technology

Degree Objective: Ph.D. Bioengineering

Contact: linlin_sun at

Qi Wang (Gavin), (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hometown: Hunan, China

Prior Degrees: B.Sc. Chemistry

Undergraduate Institution: University of Science & Technology of China (USTC)

Degree Objective: Ph.D. Bioengineering

Contact: gavinwang814 at

Gozde Durmus (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hometown: Izmir, Turkey

Prior Degrees: M.Eng. Biomedical Engineering, B.Sc. Molecular Biology & Genetics

Prior Graduate Institution: Boston University

Undergraduate Institution: Middle East Technical University (METU)

Degree Objective: Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering

Contact: naside_durmus at

Mary Machado (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hometown: Warwick, RI

Previous Degrees: B.Sc. Chemical-Biological Engineering

Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Degree Objective: Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering

Contact: mary_machado at

Daniel Hickey (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hometown: Redlands, CA

Previous Degrees: B.Sc. Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara

Degree Objective: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering

Contact: hickey.da at

Luting Liu (Ph.D. Candidate)

Hometown: China

Previous Degrees: B.Sc. Materials Science & Engineering

Undergraduate Institution: Donghua University, Shanghai, China

Degree Objective: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering

Contact: liu.lut at

Di Shi (M.Sc. Candidate)

Hometown: China

Previous Degrees: B.Sc. Marine Pharmacy

Undergraduate Institution: China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China

Degree Objective: M.Sc. Pharmaceutical Science

Contact: shi.di at

Undergraduate Students

Paul Maschhoff (B.Sc. Candidate)

Hometown: Wakefield, MA

Degree Objective: B.Sc. Chemical Engineering

Contact: maschhoff.p at