Spring 2016, 142 students
Developed and taught new sophomore course that provides a foundation in biology, biochemistry and biophysics necessary for chemical engineers to understand essential properties of biological products in industry and serves as a foundation for the senior year Biochemical Engineering course.
155:210 Biological Foundations of Chemical Engineering
125:590 Drug Delivery Principles and Applications
155:544 Pharmaceutical Organic Nanotechnology (Drug Delivery)
Fall 2016, open for enrollment
Spring 2012-2015 (4x), 93 students
Spring 2009, 2011 (2x, 155:544 listing only), 29 students
This course covers the engineering of novel pharmaceutical delivery systems with enhanced efficacy and safety profiles, with an emphasis on the design and application of materials that overcome drug delivery barriers or challenges. I developed this course originally as part of an IGERT training program in Nanopharmaceuticals, and it is still a part of the Pharmaceutical Engineering curriculum and is the go-to graduate course for drug delivery across engineering, pharmacy, chemistry and the biological sciences.
125:605 Teaching in the Engineering Curriculum
Spring 2013-2015 (3x), 26 students
This course provides pedagogical, learning management system and mentoring training for first year Ph.D. students as they prepare for integration into the teaching activities of the department, typically in the second year. The course also introduces a range of other topics, including grant funding opportunities, scientific ethics, and critical analysis particularly in the context of preparing for the Ph.D. qualifying exam.
Other Courses Taught
155:411 Biochemical Engineering, Fall 2012-2014 (3x), 269 students
155:441 Chemical Engineering Kinetics, Fall 2009-2011 (3x), 183 students
01:090:101 Nanotechnology for Cancer, Spring 2009, 2011 (2x), 40 students
125:631 Preparing Future Faculty I, Fall 2010, 9 students
125:632 Preparing Future Faculty II, Spring 2009, 11 students
125:315 BME Measurments & Analysis Laboratory, Spring 2008, 72 students
125:584 Integrative Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering, Sping 2005-10 (4x), 29 students
155:511 Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Fall 2004-07 (4x), 55 students
125:201 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (co-instructor), Fall 2002, 85 students
155:201 Chemical Engineering Analysis I, Fall 2001-02 (2x), 80 students
125:314 Biomedical Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Spring 2001-04 (4x), 195 students
155:534 Enzyme Engineering, Spring 2001, 5 students
Major Service Roles
I am overseeing Ph.D., M.S. and M.E. programs with collective enrollment ~190 students at any given time. The substantial growth in Masters programs has led to increased resources for teaching and for doctoral student support and has enhanced the research infrastructure and productivity of the program markedly. An innovation has been the introduction of an online Masters (M.E.) program in Pharmaceutical Engineering, driving the development of a suite of online and hybrid courses.
Director, REU in Cellular Bioengineering
2009-2012 (and Associate Director 2012-present)
I conceived of and obtained NSF funding for an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) site program at Rutgers in the area of Cellular Bioengineering. Partnering with the RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) and other REU programs on campus, we have been able to provide an exemplary summer research and professional development experience, replete with weekly small group seminar, professional development workshops, social events, and a capstone symposium. This programs continues under the leadership of Professor David Shreiber.
Standing Member, NIH Gene and Drug Delivery Study Section
I participate 2-3x per year in panel reviews of ~100 applications submitted to the GDD study section, providing particular expertise in the areas of nucleic acid delivery, cancer nanomedicine, and engineering aspects of drug delivery.
Undergraduate Director, Biomedical Engineering
I served as the Undergraduate Director in a large and growing undergradute population, steering it through its initial ABET accreditation.
Founding Director, BME Honors Academy
I developed the BME Honors Academy as an innovative approaching to getting our talented and motivated undergraduates into a meaningful research experience supplemented with activities designed to develop their understanding of the research exnterprise and form a scholarly community. We were awarded a Rutgers Dialogue Grant in recognition of these pioneering efforts.