’Eva

’Eva

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Principal Investigator

Eva was born in Cologne, Germany and studied chemistry at the University of Bonn and the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She obtained her PhD in 1998 for work in the area of fullerene adducts and polymers from the MPI for Polymer Research in Mainz. A postdoctoral fellowship with CPIMA (NSF-Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies) brought her to the IBM Almaden Research Center, California USA, focusing on the development of new living free polymerization techniques and approaches to nanoscopic materials. In 2001, she joined XenoPort, Inc. as a Staff Scientist and started at Vanderbilt University as Assistant Professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Chemistry in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry in 2011. In 2007, she was awarded with the NSF CAREER Award. In the spring semester 2014 she was a visiting professor at the Université Paris-Sud (UFR Pharmacie), France, and the Radboud University, Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Polymer Chemistry bannerShe is an Associate Editor of Polymer Chemistry, RSC

and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Material Science (IGPMS)

Team

Guangzhao Li

Guangzhao Li

Postdoctoral Student

Guangzhao joined the group as a postdoc and graduated with a PhD. from the University of Warwick, UK (Haddleton group) in July of 2012. He will explore functionalized nanosponges and novel synthetic polymerization methods.

David Stevens

David Stevens

Postdoctoral Student

David graduated from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX in 2009 with a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from the IGP program at Vanderbilt with a PhD in Pharmacology in June 2014.

Dain Beezer

Dain Beezer

Graduate Student

Dain is originally from Jamaica and graduated from Fisk University. He received a M.S. degree in organic chemistry from Vanderbilt University (Johnston group) in 2013. His research is focused of polyglycidol polymerization, modifications of macromolecular structures and hydrogels.

Ghazal Hariri

Ghazal Hariri

Graduate Student

Ghazal is a graduate student in the Chemical and Physical Biology Program (CPBP) and received her M.S. from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt in 2009. Her research focuses on the drug delivery systems towards cancer in in vivo models.

Kelly Gilmore

Kelly Gilmore

Graduate Student

Kelly graduated from Holy Cross and started her graduate studies in 2013. Her research is focused on hydrogel materials and nanosponge materials.

Jacob "Jake" Lockhart

Jacob "Jake" Lockhart

Graduate Student

Jake graduated in 2010 from Vanderbilt, and after working for Eli Lilly and Company, he came back to Vanderbilt to join the group in February of 2014. His research interests are the development of novel drug delivery systems.

Benjamin Spears

Benjamin Spears

Graduate Student

Ben graduated from Mississippi State University and started in 2010. His research explores the synthesis of polyglycidols with controlled branching for the delivery of biological therapeutics.

Undergraduate Students

Julian Waksal

Julian Waksal

Undergraduate Student
Ray Wang

Ray Wang

Undergraduate Student

Additional Undergraduate Students

  • Julian Greenbaum
  • Tyler Terrill
  • Brian McGrath
  • Joanne Chou
  • Harry Watson

Alumni

Artez Sims

Artez Sims

Defended in May 2013. Current position: Instructor at Southwest Georgia Technical College and Educator at Thomasville City Schools

Teresa Croce

Teresa Croce

Defended in July 2009: current position: Staff Fellow at the FDA as CSO (Chief Food Safety Officer)

Sharon K. Hamilton

Sharon K. Hamilton

Defended in July 2009: Current position: Lecturer at Auburn University

Chinessa T. Adkins

Chinessa T. Adkins

Defended in August 2009: Current position: Patent Examiner at USPO

Alice van der Ende

Alice van der Ende

Defended in 2010. Current Position: Manager at DuPont

Julia Meyer

Julia Meyer

M.S. 2009 and RA in Harth group from 2009-20011 Current Position: Education Coordinator/Consultant, Vanderbilt University

Additional Alumni

  • Kui Huang: moved back to Chicago and started family
  • Mitchell Cohen: graduate student 2006-2007
  • Hubert Muchalski: visiting research scientist June 2006-Jan 2007