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Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Roberto Andresen Eguiluz

  • Biolubrication
  • Mechanobiology
  • Adhesion of biological, biologically inspired, and synthetic molecules

Lilian P. Davila

Lilian Davila

Assistant Research Professor

COB 386

  • The structure of materials
  • Nanostructures and nanomaterials for applications in technology and medicine
  • Biomaterials and environmental materials

Her research studies involve experimental and computational methods.

Valerie Leppert

Valerie Leppert

Professor and Department Chair (MSE)

SE2 293

  • Electron microscopy
  • Nanomaterials for application in technology and the environment

Jennifer Lu

Jennifer Lu


(209) 228-4755

SE2 280

Professor Lu's Functional Materials Laboratory conducts fundamental scientific investigation aiming for creating new transducer materials, capable of efficiently converting one type of energy (or force) into another. Through design, synthesis, fabrication and characterization of molecular- and nano- building blocks that are arranged in a spatially predefined manner, these new platforms could enable technological breakthroughs in fields spanning from life science to green energy to soft robotics. Current research projects are:

  • Low-energy Driven Thermal Contraction Polymer System
  • 3D Nanocarbon Monolith for Sustainable Energy
  • Dynamic hydrogel for exerting spatiotemporal forces for Stem Cell Differentiation

Kara E. McCloskey

Tissue engineering is a sub/cross discipline that focuses on the design, development and maintenance of tissue products that are used for repairing, improving or restoring tissue function. This field is still in its infancy, and many problems and challenges exist that have yet to be overcome before safe, high-quality engineered tissue products are available in the marketplace. Therefore, my research focuses on:

  • Deriving and characterizing pure populations from stem cells in vitro
  • Comparing the function of such cells with mature cells derived in vivo
  • Using these cells towards regenerative medicine applications
  • Tissue engineering and cell therapy approaches
  • Cardiovascular cell lineage, but plan to expand into other cell systems long-term

Elizabeth Nowadnick

Elizabeth Nowadnick

Assistant Professor

SE2 285

  • Computational materials science
  • Complex oxide
  • Energy materials
  • Quantum materials


  • Biomolecular materials (design of materials synthesis, assembly, processing and physical optimization strategies based on examples from nature)
  • Physical science and engineering of polymers and liquid crystals (structure-property-processing relationships)

Yue Jessica Wang

Yue (Jessica) Wang

Assistant Professor

SE2 283

  • 3D printable functional polymers
  • Biomimetic electronic materials
  • Organic structural metamaterials
  • Wearable and implantable (bio)electronics

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