The Lara Estroff Research Group
Making Bio-Inspiration Crystal Clear

Group Members

Principal Investigator

 

Lara Ann Estroff

lae37@cornell.edu

Associate 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


         Netta Vidavsky

          nav25@cornell.edu
Previous 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.

I study the formation mechanism of microcalcifications in benign and malignant breast tissues, in collaboration with the Fischbach lab in the Cornell Biomedical Department. I use high resolution cryo imaging correlated with chemical and biological identities in order to characterize the ultrastructure and properties of tissues taken from human breast tumors.

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.

 

 

Coit T. Hendley IV

 

cth34@cornell.edu

Previous Education: University of Maryland College Park, B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Minor Nanoscience and Technology, 2012.

 

I am studying the fundamentals of single crystal composite materials by using in situ AFM techniques to directly observe crystal growth in the presecnce of various additives. We seek to better understand the mechanisms by which these structures form and the principles which govern their formation.

 

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.

 


 

Joe Carloni

 

jdc357@cornell.edu

Previous Education: Binghamton University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2012


I am a member of the Baker Group studying the mechanical properties of composite single crystals and I am working closely with the Estroff Group to better understand the role growth and chemistry play in the strengthening of such crystals. I plan to expand upon previous work done in this group through the application of advanced mechanical characterization techniques, such as nanoindentation.


 

Abby Goldman

arg276@cornell.edu

Previous Education: A.B. Mount Holyoke College, Physics 2010

 

My research interests are in bio-inspired crystal growth of functional materials. I plan to investigate how the mesoscopic ordering produced by bio-inspired growth techniques can be used to tune functional material properties, like magnetic or multiferroic order.

 

Kasia Oleske

Previous Education: University of Pennsylvania, B.S.E. Materials Science and Engineering

 

Kasia Oleske is from Lancaster, PA, and attended the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her B.S.E. in Materials Science and Engineering. She is currently working jointly with the Wiesner and Estroff groups on block copolymer nanostructured surfaces as templates for directed growth of inorganics.

 

Ethan Susca

ems427@cornell.edu

Previous Education: Harvey Mudd, B.S. General Engineering

 
Ethan Susca grew up in Stockton, California and earned his BS in General Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. He joined the Wiesner and Estroff groups in 2013 as a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell. He currently works on self-assembled polymer blends which convert to ordered porous ceramics upon heating and are subsequently employed as templates for the synthesis of plasmonic metamaterials.

Alex Boys

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ajb459@cornell.edu

Previous Education: Lehigh University, B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Minor in Chinese Language, 2013.

 
Alex works on soft tissue-to-bone interfaces, specifically the attachments of the meniscus in the knee. He is developing a structure-function relationship for this tissue region by examining the composition and mechanics of the attachments at the microscale. Alex is using this data to develop tissue engineered implants for surgical meniscus replacement.

 

 

Fei Wu

fw225@cornell.edu

 

JooHo Kim



jk2729@cornell.edu

Previous education: Fudan University, Shanghai, China. B.S. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 2011 (jointly in Gourdon group).  

Breast cancer preferentially metastasizes to bone and induce pathological remodeling. Although the exact mechanism of this process remains unclear, there has been evidence implicating that the nanoscale properties of the bone mineral may affect breast cancer metastasis. The objective of my project is to develop 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional platforms containing hydroxyapatite, a calcium phosphate closely related to bone mineral, and fibronectin, a major extracellular matrix protein, to investigate the interaction between bone mineral and the extracellular matrix. This study will provide insights into the role of materials properties of hydroxyapatite in controlling the inorganic-organic interactions in bone.

 

Previous Education : Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea. B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, 2015

My research is focused on synthesis on aluminum substituted hydroxyapatite and its characterization. I am also currently working on understanding aluminum substituted hydroxyapatite and breast cancer cell interaction.

 

Undergraduate Students

Name
Student Profile

Kiara Chan

 

kmc374@cornell.edu

Cornell University College of Engineering, Class of 2017

 

I'm part of the Class of 2017 in the College of Engineering and I am majoring in Materials Science and Engineering.

Jordan Harrod

 

jbh282@cornell.edu

Cornell University Class of 2018, Biomedical Engineering

 

I am a student in the College of Engineering, Class of 2018, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I work jointly between the Estroff Group and the Bonassar Group on the development of bone-cartilage interfaces.

Alumni

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: 09/19/2016