The Lara Estroff Research Group

Making Bio-Inspiration Crystal Clear

Principal Investigator

Lara Ann Estroff

Boss Estroff

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 - Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Students

Name Education

Jennie Russ Kunitake

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.

Dana V. Chapman

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 Estroff group in Fall 2017 as a PhD student in Materials Science & Engineering to work jointly with the Wiesner group on post-assembly surface functionalization of block copolymers.

Konrad Hedderick

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.

Master's Students

Name Education

Siddhartha Nathan

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

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

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 simulates 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

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 the Estroff and 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 Education

Jonathan Petrozzini

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.

Bill Liu

Education: Cornell University, Materials Science and Engineering

My current research project is exploring the coccolith formation by simulating the crystallization pathway of an analogous synthetic. This project mainly focuses on understanding the mechanism for the non-classical calcite carbonate nucleation occurring in coccolithophores, and designing a chemical environment suitable for such nucleation.

Last Revised: 2021/04/07