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LBR Celebrates Graduating Students, Spring 2020

Amish Patel, Biomedical Engineering

“Congratulations, Amish!  I am so happy to see a person who started hesitatingly but with understated confidence accomplish so much.  First-author paper in a high-impact journal is a big deal.  To do this work you learnt and used many techniques, quartz crystal microbalance, atomic force microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy just to name a few.  The paper nicely describes the how nanospheres can disassemble to release the drugs  Once you joined the lab, you quickly become one of the highly productive undergraduates.  Not only were you productive but you were a valuable member of the lab who helped everyone in whatever task they needed help with. Your maturity was shown when some of the visitors who worked alongside you thought you were a graduate student. You were meticulous in designing the experiments, diligent in carrying out the measurements, and careful in analyzing the data.  I am so glad that you changed your mind from getting into a Master’s program, which would have been just throwing away your talents, to pursuing a PhD. I am pleased that, at the least, I did not turn you off from doing research. You will be dearly missed by everyone in the lab, and most of all by me.  All of is in the lab are happy and proud that you will be pursuing your graduate work at Boston University.  Good luck, and best wishes from us all.” -Sanjeeva Murthy, PhD

Shunyao (Joey) Lei,

Biomedical Engineering

“Congratulations, Joey! Four years flew by and we have witnessed your amazing growth from an eager learner to a mature young researcher.  In our multidisciplinary Laboratory of Biomaterial Research (LBR), you have developed expertise in cell biology and microbiology to evaluate the biocompatibility and biological functions of novel biomaterials created by chemists and material scientists at LBR. You have made a significant contribution to our projects on the understanding of exosomes and their regenerative potentials. You are such a helpful and cheerful person to be around. You will be missed dearly. We are so happy and proud of you for pursuing your graduate research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at John Hopkins University. Congratulations! We wish you the very best in your future endeavors!” -Yong Mao, PhD


Neil Joshi, Biology

“Congratulations, Neil Joshi! You’ve contributed to so many projects in our lab – from hydrogels for tooth regeneration, to cell-selective hydrogels, and then on to characterizing immunomodulatory potential of our new polymers for your senior thesis! The rate at which you expanded your skill set was remarkable, and we will miss your contagious curiosity, passion for the DAT, and stellar dancing skills. Thank you for always volunteering to help with any task – big or small. We wish you the best of luck in your next chapter – we know you’ll make a great dentist someday.” -Stephanie Fung, Phd Candidate