Current Members


Joel  Collier

Joel Collier

Theodore Kennedy Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: The design of biomaterials for a range of biomedical applications, with a focus on understanding and controlling adaptive immune responses.

Research Scientists

Yaoying  Wu

Yaoying Wu

Research Interests: Studying the immunological mechanism of supramolecular platforms Designing self-assembling vaccine platforms for enhanced cancer immunotherapy Developing protein delivery systems to amplify immune cell functions

PhD Students

Jui-Lin  Chen

Jui-Lin Chen

MGM Doctoral Candidate

Research Interests: Characterizing an HIV vaccine engineered with nanomaterials  Solving the mechanism of the enhancement of immune response elicited by that engineered HIV vaccine

Benjamin   Cossette

Benjamin Cossette

BME Doctoral Candidate

Research Interests: Engineering self-assembling peptide vaccines for the treatment of allergy and autoimmune diseases

Elizabeth  Curvino

Elizabeth Curvino

BME Doctoral Candidate

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Helena  Freire Haddad

Helena Freire Haddad

Doctoral Student

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Chelsea  Fries

Chelsea Fries

BME Doctoral Candidate, President of BME PhD Student Association, Duke Basketball Usher

Research Interests: Designing helical peptides to control the lengthwise assembly of coiled-coil nanofibers Incorporating viral proteins into nanofiber assemblies for vaccines against infectious diseases

Deleah  Pettie

Deleah Pettie

Doctoral Student

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Emily  Roe

Emily Roe

Doctoral Student

Research Interests: Sublingual vaccine delivery for infectious diseases with significant impact on LMICs

Shamitha  Shetty

Shamitha Shetty

Doctoral Student

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Lucas  Shores

Lucas Shores

BME Doctoral Candidate, President of oSTEM Duke Chapter

Research Interests: Engineering a therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of autoimmune disease Investigating novel combinations of epitopes to enhance immune responses

Nikki  Votaw

Nikki Votaw

BME Doctoral Candidate, Vice President of BMES Duke Chapter

Research Interests: Engineering altered peptide ligands to shift the balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory signals for the treatment of autoimmune diseases Investigating how nanomaterials created in our lab interact with various aspects of the immune system

Masters Students

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Luqman Issah

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Ajay  Varadhan

Ajay Varadhan

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