The Lara Estroff Research Group
Making Bio-Inspiration Crystal Clear

Group Members

Principal Investigator

 

Lara Ann Estroff

lae37@cornell.edu

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

- Previous education: Swarthmore College, B.A., 1997; Yale University, Ph.D., 2003.
- Research experience: Harvard University, NIH Postdoctoral Researcher, 2003-2005.

 

Professional Background

Post-Docs/Visiting Scientists


         Minjee Kang

          mk2546@cornell.edu
Previous Education: POSTECH, Korea, B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2012; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2018.

I study the role of extracellular vesicles in the metastasis of breast cancer to bone. There are many unanswered questions regarding how primary breast tumors can interfere with mineralization pathways and if those changes alter bone materials properties and metastasis. Tumor-shed extracellular vesicles are of interest that may contribute to such tumor-induced bone modeling. I work on the design, synthesis, and analysis of in vitro model systems to study this process.

Graduate Students

Name
Student Profile

 

Reum Scott

 

rns76@cornell.edu

 

Previous Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.S.E. Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics, 2009 Howard University, M.S Chemistry, 2013

 

My research involves the study of directed crystallization of calcium phosphate at the nanoscale.

 

 

Jennie Russ Kunitake

 

jar566@cornell.edu

Previous Education: The Evergreen State College, B.A.S. Chemistry, 2011

 

Pathological biomineralizations such as breast cancer microcalcifications, kidney stones, and cardiovascular calcifications are not well understood, especially from a materials science perspective. Previously, in collaboration with the Fischbach lab in the Cornell Biomedical Department, we have shown that biomineral materials properties (crystallinity, size…etc) greatly impact cellular interactions and can often be correlated with the severity of pathology. My research will continue projects focused on both thorough characterization of pathological biomineralizations and subsequent informed biomimetic synthesis for use in cell-mineral experiments.

 


 

Amnon Ortoll-Bloch

ago26@cornell.edu

Previous Education: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, B.S. in Chemistry, 2014

 

Amnon joined the Estroff group in Summer 2016 as a PhD student in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He researches the crystal nucleation and growth mechanisms of hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites by using in situ atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and solution-phase nuclear magnetic resonance. Amnon is interested in examining the molecular-level events and interactions that develop in solution prior to and during the formation of perovskite crystals.

 

Dana V. Chapman

dvc25@cornell.edu

Previous Education: Clarkson University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, Minors in Chemistry and Mathematics, 2017

 

Dana V. Chapman is from Peru, NY, and earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University. She joined the Wiesner group in Fall 2017 as a PhD student in Materials Science & Engineering to work jointly with the Estroff group on post-assembly surface functionalization of block copolymers.

Konrad Hedderick

krh89@cornell.edu

Previous Education: Northwestern University, B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2017

 
Konrad Hedderick is from Boston, MA and earned his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. He joined in 2017 and is currently co-advised in the Estroff and Wiesner groups, working on in-situ AFM studies of nucleation and growth of inorganic nanoparticles on nanoconfined patterned substrates.

 

Masters Students

Name
Student Profile

Siddhartha Nathan

 

ssn55@cornell.edu

Previous Education: B.Tech,Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology of Madras, India

 

Studying crystallization pathways and crystal growth mechanisms in perovskite thin films using in-situ XRD and AFM.

Wennie Lee

 

yl3373@cornell.edu

Previous Education: National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), B.S. Materials Science, 2019

 

Wennie Lee is from Taipei, Taiwan, and earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from National Tsing Hua University (NTHU). She joined the group in Fall 2019, working both in the Estroff group and the Wiesner group as a master student on nanopatterning inorganics onto block copolymer thin films.

Xun Wang

 

xw564@cornell.edu

Previous Education: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Major in Material Science and Engineering. Second major was business administration.

 

My current research is about the synthesis and characterization of tissue engineered bone for meniscal implant fixation. It is based on a model that stimulates the human meniscus in knee with soft tissue-to-bone attachments. For now it is my focus to improve the mechanical properties of the meniscus implant with soft tissue-to-bone attachments to withstand mechanical motion and friction during joint motion.

Hui Du

 

hd352@cornell.edu

Previous Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

 

Hui Du is from Dalian, China and she received her B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined Wiesner Group as a master student in 2019 and is currently working on self-assembled monolayers as nucleating surfaces to study early formation pathways of crystallographic polymorphs.

Undergraduate Students

Name
Student Profile

Jonathan Petrozzini

 

jjp297@cornell.edu

Education: Cornell University, Materials Science and Engineering

 

I am preparing a hierarchical anisotropic crystal composite, specifically calcium carbonate crystals grown within anisotropic agarose in the presence of glycine. We hope through characterization and analysis we may elucidate on the influence that the anisotropic hierarchical structure has on the crystal’s morphology, composition, and mechanical properties.

Former Group Members

Hengyu Zhou

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2017; Cornell University, M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2019

Hao Zhou

Education: University of Wisconsin, Madison; B.S. Materials Science and Engineering; B.S. Chemistry; 2017; Cornell University, M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2019

Jiazhen Zhu

Education: Shanghai Jiao Tong University. B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2017; Cornell University, M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2019

Damian Palin

Education: Queens University Belfast, M.Sc., 2007; Imperial College London, M.Sc., 2010; Delft University of Technology, Ph.D., 2017

Netta Vidavski

Education: Ben-Gurion University, B.Sc. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 2006; The Hebrew University, M.Sc. Chemistry, 2010; Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, Ph.D. 2016.

Marina Chang

Education: Cornell University,B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2019

Abby Goldman

Education: A.B. Mount Holyoke College, Physics 2010; Cornell University, PhD Materials Science and Engineering, 2019

Alex Boys

Education: Lehigh University, B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering with a Minor in Chinese Language, 2013; Cornell University, M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering with a Minor in Biomedical Engineering, 2016; Cornell University, PhD Materials Science and Engineering with a Minor in Biomedical Engineering, 2019

Ethan Susca

Education: Harvey Mudd, B.S. General Engineering, 2013; Cornell University, PhD Materials Science and Engineering, 2018

Kasia Oleske

Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.S.E. Materials Science and Engineering, 2013; Cornell University, PhD Materials Science and Engineering, 2017

Jeremy Fredricks

Education: Cornell University, B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2015; Cornell University, M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2017

JooHo Kim

Education: Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2015; Cornell University, M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2017

Fei Wu

Education: Fudan University, Shanghai, China. B.S. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 2011; Cornell University, PhD Materials Science and Engineering (jointly with Prof. Gourdon), 2016

Joe Carloni

Education: Binghamton University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2012; Cornell University, PhD Materials Science and Engineering, 2017

Coit T. Hendley IV

Education: University of Maryland College Park, B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Minor Nanoscience and Technology, 2012; Cornell University, PhD Materials Science and Engineering, 2017

Emily Asenath-Smith

Education: Mount Holyoke College- AB Chemistry, 2008; Alfred University- MS Ceramic Engineering,   2010; Cornell University- PhD Materials Science and Engineering, 2015
Current Position: Research Materials Engineer, US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering       Laboratory

Allessandra DiCorato

Education:Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry, Class of 2015
Current Position: PhD Student, Northwestern University

Amanda Uhl

Education: Cornell University, Materials Science and Engineering, Class of 2014
Current Position: PhD Student, University of Florida

Allison Fleck

Education: Cornell University Materials Science and Engineering, Class of 2013

Jason Dorvee

Education: UC San Diego - B.A. Space Science and Systems Engineering, 2003; B.S. Biochemistry, 2003; M.S. in Chemistry, 2005. Cornell University PhD.

Miki Kunitake

Education: Yale University - B.S. Chemistry, May 2000; U.C. Berkeley M.S. Chemistry 2007. Cornell University PhD.

Debra Lin

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, 2007. Cornell University PhD.

Amy Richter Blakeley

Education: B.S. North Dakota State University- 2004, M.S. Cornell University 2007Cornell University PhD.

Lauren Mangano

Education: Cornell University, College of Engineering

Class of 2011.

Elaine Higashi

Education: Cornell University, College of Engineering

Class of 2012.

Wangzhong Sheng

Education: Cornell University, College of Engineering

Class of 2012.

Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar

Ruiqi Song

Previous education: CAS - Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, 2002.

Benjamin Raterman

Education:

Master of Engineering in Materials Science & Engineering, 2006

Jamil D. Lawrence

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, 2006

Jiaying (Janie) Zhu

B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, 2007

Megan A. Clements

Current contact info: Northeastern University Boston, MA

Dat T. Tran

 

Monica Schwartzman

Education: Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences

Class of 2010

Laura Floyd

Education: Cornell University, Biological/Biomedical Engineering

Class of 2009

Hanying Li

Education: Ph. D, 2010, Cornell University; M.E., 2005, Zhejiang University; B.E. 2002, Zhejiang University

Gali Baler

Education: Cornell University, College of Engineering Class of 2008

Vijay Ravichandra

Education: Cornell University, College of Engineering Class of 2009

Zhi Wei Seh

Education: Cornell University, College of Engineering Class of 2010

Ellen Keene

Education: Ph. D, 2010, Cornell University; Smith College - B.A. Physics, May 2005.


Last Revised: 03/05/2020