Meet the team

principal investigator

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Cathal J. Kearney, PhD

Department of Biomedical Engineering, UMass Amherst

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Investigator, Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Center

Investigator, Trinity Biomedical Engineering

Senior Research Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Postdoc, Mooney Lab and Wyss Institute, Harvard University

Ph.D., Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

S.M., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.A., B.A.I., Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Fun Fact: I still daydream that I should have gone for American Idol over Grad school...then I recall that Carrie Underwood won idol that year and I get back to work!

Postdoctoral fellows


Tauseef Ahmad

B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Biotechnology
Project: PLGA nanoparticle-doped scaffolds for anti-inflammatory applications
Fun Fact: I love hiking and nature-photography, gardening, and DIY projects.

Graduate students


John Amante

BS Biomedical Engineering 
Project: Revascularization of diabetic foot ulcers
Fun Fact: I'm allergic to Christmas trees


Haritha Jacob

MSc Pharmacy
Project: Development of a novel circadian drug delivery platform and its application in post-traumatic osteoarthritis
Fun Fact: I love food, I love life, and I love travel. I easily get excited over small things (although Cathal might disagree!) In addition to the PhD, the only thing I want to do full time is to get rich by being a pharmacist.


Dorcas Matuwana

BS Biology

Project: Skin wound healing

Fun Fact: I have lived in the Congo DRC, South Africa, and I am now in the United States!

Tailynn McCarty

BS Chemical Engineering
Project: TBD
Fun Fact: I love playing video games in my free time. Horizon Zero Dawn is my favorite game so far!


Juan Carlos Palomeque

BS Materials Science and Engineering
MS Advanced Materials Science and Engineering

Project: Biomimetic multi-layered scaffolds for wound healing
Fun Fact:  I enjoy working out, playing sports (specially soccer and swimming), photography and cooking. Proud Ecuadorian and Latino!

Undergraduate students


Iris Schellenberg

Major: Neuroscience
Fun Fact: I love Stevie Wonder and I have a wolfcat named Lupa :-)


Esha Uddin

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun Fact: When I'm not in the lab I work as a campus tour guide, I love to read and bake!


Emily Berestesky

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun Fact: I am a part-time house plant mom.


Julia Burke

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun Fact: I love to hike, paint, crochet, and pet dogs!


Naaz Thotathil

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun Fact:  I love painting and drawing, going on hikes and cooking. I have also moved a lot and lived in 3 different continents.


Kaleb Seifert

Major: Biomedical Engineering/Biochemistry
Fun Fact: I am a part of the UMass Marching Band as well as the ballroom dance team.

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Sophia Millan

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun Fact: I love reading, skiing, biking, I'm bilingual, and if I could live in the Hamilton world I would!

 Lab alumni

Graduate Students

Francesco Santarella, Ph.D.
Emily Ryan, Ph.D.

Catherine Sirafim, Ph.D.
Sean McGrath
Badriah Ali
Fionnuala O'Gorman
Darina Gilroy
Seán Kelley

Postdoctoral Fellows

Rukmani Sridharan
Milica Marinkovic
Ronaldo do Amaral

Undergraduate sTudents

UMass Amherst                           

Alexander Gottlieb


Shifaa Turkistani

Renuka Chintapalli

Shin Loong Song

Renuka Sitram

Syama Gollapalli

Harumi Ramanayake

Jack Donohue

Guiqin Wang

WaiYi Feng

Heng Min Lim

Eileen Whittle