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Ole Miss Nanoengineering Summer REU Program
The University of Mississippi

Ole Miss Nanoengineering REU Faculty

Our research focus stems from the diverse expertise of our research faculty — engineering at the nanoscale. Students have the opportunity to explore three timely, interdisciplinary research themes: (1) nanobiotechnology, (2) sustainable nanoengineering, and (3) computational nanoengineering.

Nanobiotechnology leverages innovative technologies such as nanoparticles, nanodevices, and surface coatings that can be used to study biological systems and produce novel biosensors, diagnostics, imaging agents, and therapeutics.

Sustainable nanoengineering seeks to harness unique energetic and mechanical properties of nanomaterials to provide sustainable solutions for problems in infrastructure, industrial processing, energy development, and water reuse.

Computational nanoengineering involves the use of computational tools to solve theoretical problems at the nanoscale and/or augment experimental techniques in nanoengineering.

Nanobiotechnology Faculty:

Dr. Nikki Reinemann – 2021 PI, Director

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: Brevard Hall A305

Phone: 662-915-8973

Email: dnreinem@olemiss.edu

Website: Molecular Biophysics and Engineering Lab

Research Interests: Cytoskeletal mechanics, molecular motors, microscopy

 

 

Dr. Adam E. Smith – 2021 PI

Associate Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Office: 136 Anderson Hall

Phone: 662-915-7023

Email: aes@olemiss.edu

Website: Smith Lab

Research Interests: Polymeric biomaterials for drug delivery

 

 

Dr. Glenn Walker – 2021 Presenter

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Office: Brevard Hall A306

Phone: 662-915-2698

Email: gmw@olemiss.edu

Website: Walker Lab

Research Interests: Biomedical instrumentation, microfluidics

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas Werfel – 2021 PI, Co-Director

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Biomolecular Sciences

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: Brevard Hall A301

Phone: 662-915-8969

Email: tawerfel@olemiss.edu

Website: Interdisciplinary NanoBioSciences Lab

Research Interests: Drug delivery, immunoengineering

 

 

 

Sustainable Nanoengineering Faculty:

 

Dr. Hunain Alkhateb – 2021 Presenter

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Office: Carrier Hall 210

Phone: 662-915-5368

Email: hsalkhat@olemiss.edu

Website: Alkhateb Lab

Research Interests: Nano-based composites, infrastructure development

 

 

 

Dr. Matteo D’Alessio – 2021 Presenter

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Office: Carrier Hall 204

Email: matteo@olemiss.edu

Website: D’Alessio Lab

Research Interests: Environmental engineering

 

 

 

 

Dr. Alex Lopez – 2021 PI

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: Anderson Hall 228

Phone: 662-915-1603

Email: amlopez2@olemiss.edu

Website: Lopez Lab

Research Interests: Membrane separations

 

 

 

Dr. Brenda Hutton-Prager – 2021 Presenter

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: Anderson Hall 140

Phone: 662-915-2184

Email: bhprager@olemiss.edu

Website: Prager Lab

Research Interests: Coatings, surfaces, and interfaces

 

 

 

Computational Nanoengineering Faculty:

 

Dr. Yixin Chen – 2021 Presenter

Professor of Computer and Information Science

Office: Weir Hall 207

Phone: 662-915-7438

Email: ychen@cs.olemiss.edu

Website: Chen Lab

Research Interests: Machine learning, bioinformatics

 

 

Dr. Sasan Nouranian – 2021 Presenter

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: Anderson Hall 18

Phone: 662-915-5382

Email: sasan@olemiss.edu

Website: Nouranian Lab

Research Interests: Molecular dynamics simulations of materials

 


Dr. Ana Pavel – 2021 PI

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Office: Brevard Hall A303

Phone: 662-915-3126

Email: apavel@olemiss.edu

Website: Computational Biology Lab

Research interests: Multi-omics approaches for biomarker and drug discovery

 

 

 

Dr. Wen Wu – 2021 Presenter

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Office: Carrier Hall 201C

Email: wu@olemiss.edu

Website: Wu Lab

Research Interests: Modeling turbulence, COVID-19 transmission

 

 

 

Program Mentors


Dr. Dave Puleo

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Dean of Engineering

Office: Brevard Hall 229

Phone: 662-915-7407

Email: dpuleo@olemiss.edu

Website: Regenerative Biomaterials Lab

Research Interests: Biomaterials, drug delivery

 


Dr. Dwight Waddell

Associate Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering

Office: Brevard Hall C302

Phone: 662-915-2623

Email: waddell@olemiss.edu

Website: Waddell Lab

Research Interests: Neuromechanics