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Primary Faculty

Angela Alexander-Bryant, Ph.D. Angela Alexander-Bryant, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
864-656-5232
angelaa@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Drug and Gene Delivery
Biomaterial Design
Targeted Therapy and Controlled Release

Brian W. Booth, Ph.D. Brian W. Booth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
864-656-4693
brbooth@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Tumor initiation and progression
Natural anticancer molecules
Nonrandom DNA segregation


Renee Cottle, Ph.D. Renee Cottle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
864-656-3071
rcottle@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Genome editing
Gene Therapy
In vitro disease models
Point-of-care diagnostic and monitoring tools

Delphine Dean, Ph.D. Delphine Dean, Ph.D.
Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor
864-656-2611
finou@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
AFM
Multiscale
Modeling


John D. DesJardins, Ph.D. John D. DesJardins, Ph.D.
Robert B. and Susan B. Hambright Leadership Professor
864-656-4178
jdesjar@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Total Joint Replacement
Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Biomaterials

Ann C. Foley, Ph.D. Ann C. Foley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
843-876-2393
acfoley@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Tissue Engineering
Regenerative Medicine
Cardiac Development


Bruce Z. Gao, Ph.D. Bruce Z. Gao, Ph.D.
S.C. SmartState Endowed Chair in Biofabrication and Professor
864-656-0185
zgao@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Optical Imaging
Microfabrication
Cell-ECM Interaction

Jeremy Gilbert, Ph.D. Jeremy Gilbert, Ph.D.
Hansjorg Wyss Endowed Chair for Regenerative Medicine and Professor
843-876-2235
jlgilbe@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Metallic Biomaterials and Implants
Tribocorrosion
Implant Retrieval Analysis
Cell-Surface Interactions


Jordon Gilmore, Ph.D. Jordon Gilmore, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
864-656-4262
jagilmo@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Orthopedic Tissue Engineering
Biomedical Textiles
Bioinstrumentation and Control Engineering

Sarah Harcum, Ph.D. Sarah Harcum, Ph.D.
Professor
864-656-6865
harcum@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Recombinant DNA
Bioreactor Control
Gene Expression


Melinda K. Harman, Ph.D. Melinda K. Harman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
864-656-4140
harman2@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Implant Performance
Medical Device Reprocessing
Translational Orthopaedic Research

David Karig, Ph.D. David Karig, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
dkarig@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Systems and Synthetic Biology


Martine LaBerge, Ph.D. Martine LaBerge, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
864-656-5557
laberge@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Total Knee Implant
Tribology
Endovascular Stent

Robert Latour, Ph.D. Robert Latour, Ph.D.
McQueen-Quattlebaum Professor
864-656-5552
latourr@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Proteins
Adsorption
Simulation


Jeoung Soo Lee, Ph.D. Jeoung Soo Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
864-656-3212
ljspia@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Nanotechnology for combinatorial drug and gene delivery
Regeneration and repair in the central nervous system
Therapeutic delivery for cancer treatment and cardiovascular diseases

Ying Mei, Ph.D. Ying Mei, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
843-876-2548
mei@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Biomaterials
Stem Cell Engineering
Tissue Engineering


Jeremy Mercuri, Ph.D. Jeremy Mercuri, Ph.D.
John Witherspoon Gilpin, M.D. ’82 Endowed Associate Professor of Bioengineering
864-656-0978
jmercur@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Orthopaedic regenerative medicine
Bio-polymeric materials
Adult stem cells
Biocompatibility / foreign body reaction

Jiro Nagatomi, Ph.D. Jiro Nagatomi, Ph.D.
Professor
864-656-5193
jnagato@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Cellular mechanotransduction
Tissue Engineering
Hydrogels


William Richardson, Ph.D. William Richardson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
864-656-6576
wricha4@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Mechanobiology
Cell-Matrix remodeling
Computational models

Agneta Simionescu, Ph.D. Agneta Simionescu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
864-650-2575
agneta@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Translational tissue engineering
Cardiovascular Angiogenesis
Mechanotransduction


Dan Simionescu, Ph.D. Dan Simionescu, Ph.D.
Jerry E. and Harriet Calvert Dempsey Professor
864-656-5559
dsimion@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Minimally invasive therapy
Tissue Regeneration

Joseph Singapogu, Ph.D. Joseph Singapogu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
864-656-5395
joseph@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Physical and Virtual Medical Simulators
Haptic Devices for Medical Applications
Novel Sensors to Measure Skilled Clinical Performance


Alexey Vertegel, Ph.D. Alexey Vertegel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
864-656-0801
vertege@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Protein-nanoparticle conjugates
Surface modification
Scanning probe microscopy

Naren Vyavahare, Ph.D. Naren Vyavahare, Ph.D.
Hunter Endowed Chair and Professor
864-656-5558
narenv@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Extracellular Matrix
Heart Valve
Elastin


Ken Webb, Ph.D. Ken Webb, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Affairs
864-656-7603
kwebb@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Mechanotransduction
Extracellular Matrix
Hydrogels

Yongren Wu, Ph.D. Yongren Wu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
843-876-2305 
yongren@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Biomechanics
Mechanobiology
Tissue Engineering


Hai Yao, Ph.D. Hai Yao, Ph.D.
Ernest R. Norville Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Professor
843-876-2380
haiyao@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
Multiscale Modeling
Biotransport
Tissue Engineering

Tong Ye, Ph.D. Tong Ye
Associate Professor
843-876-2314
ye7@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Optical Imaging
Functional Imaging
Light-matter interaction


Joint Faculty

Jeff Anker, Ph.D. Jeff Anker, Ph.D.
Wallace R. Roy Distinguished Associate Professor of Chemistry and Bioengineering
864-656-1726
janker@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Optical spectroscopy and nanodevices
Multifunctional plasmonic, fluorescent sensors and effectors
Detecting infection and monitoring bone healing

Lisa Benson, Ph.D. Lisa Benson, Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering and Science Education
864-656-0417
lbenson@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Student Motivation
Engineering Problem Solving Skills
Active Learning
Biomechanics of Human Motion


Marc Birtwistle, Ph.D. Marc Birtwistle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering
864-656-4557
mbirtwi@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Systems Pharmacology
Systems Biology
Bioanalytical Technology Development

David M. Feliciano, Ph.D. David M. Feliciano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biology and Bioengineering
864-656-2328
dfelici@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Neural Stem Cells
Neuronal Differentiation
Neuroimmunology


Richard Figliola, Ph.D. Richard Figliola, Ph.D.
Alumni Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
864-656-5635
fgliola@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Modeling
Simulation
Fontan

Stephen H. Foulger, Ph.D. Stephen H. Foulger, Ph.D.
Gregg-Graniteville Endowed Chair and Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering
864-656-1045
foulger@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Colloids for passive and active light management
Colloid-based nanostructured materials
Novel routes for colloid synthesis


Corey Kalbaugh, Ph.D. Corey Kalbaugh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health Sciences
864-656-6694
coreyk@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Investigating the role of implicit bias in health-care delivery
Measuring smoking using electronic health record data
Creating clinical decision support tools to facilitate guideline-indicated care

Ethan Kung, Ph.D. Ethan Kung, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
864-656-5623
ekung@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Cardiovascular Biomechanics
Medical Devices
Physiology Modeling


Jessica Larsen, PhD Jessica Larsen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering
864-656-2621
larsenj@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Drug Delivery
Biomaterials
Nanotechnology

Ge Lv, Ph.D. Ge Lv, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
864-656-7291
glv@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Bipedal Locomotion
Wearable Robots
Nonlinear Control Theory
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Rehabilitation Engineering
Biomechanics


David Neyens, Ph.D. David Neyens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering
864-656-4719
dneyens@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Human Factors Application in Healthcare and <Transporation>

Hai Xiao, Ph.D. Hai Xiao, Ph.D.
Samuel Lewis Bell Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor
864-656-5912
haix@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Biosensing
Optical biomedical imaging
Bioinstrumentation and advanced manufacturing


Research Faculty

Kelvin Brockbank, Ph.D. Kelvin Brockbank, Ph.D.
Research Professor
843-514-6164
kbrockb@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Biomaterials Preservation
Tissue Engineering
Regenerative Medicine

Terri Bruce, Ph.D. Terri Bruce, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Clemson Light Imaging Facility Director
864-656-1264 
terri@clemson.edu


Kevin D. Champaigne, Ph.D. Kevin D. Champaigne, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
864-388-1809
kchampa@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Mitochondrial Function in Disease
Optical Techniques for Mitochondrial Assessment
Ion Channels and Transporters in Mitochondrial Signaling

Heather Dunn, PhD Heather Dunn, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
864-656-2516
walkerd@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Mammary Gland Development
Cancer Biology
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition


Richard H. Gross, M.D. Richard H. Gross, M.D.
Research Professor
843-876-2395
grossr@musc.edu

Research Interests:
Orthopaedics
Pediatric Orthopaedic
Surgery Scoliosis

Matthew Hermes, Ph.D. Matthew Hermes, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
404-729-0758
hermes@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
High-risk surgical-implant candidates
Implant retrieval and evaluation
Presurgical patient-evaluation systems


Jorge I. Rodríguez-Dévora, Ph.D. Jorge I. Rodríguez-Dévora, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
864-656-0278
jorger@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Cancer Technologies
High Throughput Bioscreening Technologies
Translational Research


Lecturer

Margarita Bruce, Ph.D. Margarita Bruce, Ph.D.
Lecturer
mportil@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
Stem Cell Engineering
Effects of Diabetes in Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
Translational Regenerative Medicine

Tyler Harvey, Ph.D. Tyler Harvey, Ph.D.
Lecturer
tgharve@clemson.edu

Research Interests:
Novel Pedagogical Methods in Engineering Education
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering
Engineering Identity Development
Computational Modeling of Living Systems
Scanning Probe Microscopy


Professors of Practice

Emeritus Faculty

In Memoriam

Jonathan Black, Ph.D., FBSE Jonathan Black (1939-2020)
Jonathan Black served Clemson University as a professor of biomaterials from 1988-93. Black joined the faculty as the inaugural Hunter Endowed Chair in Bioengineering, the first chair worldwide devoted to biomaterials science and engineering. From 1993-2020, he served as professor emeritus in bioengineering. In 2011, the department recognized Black’s legacy to the world of biomaterials and innovation by establishing the Jonathan Black Undergraduate Leadership Award. It is given annually to an outstanding undergraduate student for leadership and service in addition to scholastic excellence, exemplifying Black’s craftsmanship as an educator, leader, author and philosopher.


Technical Services

Cassie Gregory

Cell and Tissue Culture Lab Manager

Melissa McCullough

Electrical and Communication Services Coordinator

Chad L. McMahan

Histology Lab Manager, Safety and Compliance Officer

Administrative Staff

Jenny Bourne

Program Administrator, Outreach and Research Services

Anna Craft

Communication Outreach Director

Tommy Gallien

Program Manager, SC TRIMH COBRE

Chris Gesswein

Interim Executive Director, Director of Licensing for Technology Transfer

Cameron Hay

Program Coordinator, Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program

Jennifer R. Hogan

Coordinator of Professional Development

Leigh Humphries

Administrative Coordinator

Katie Jennings

Financial Technician II

Michelle Kirby

Accounts/Fiscal Analyst II

Trish Nigro

Graduate Student Services Coordinator

Olga Reukova

Publication Director and Academic Publicist

Janeen Putman

Undergraduate Student Services Manager

Teri Townsend

Executive Assistant to the Chair and Office Mgr.