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Principal Investigator:

Leidong Mao

Leidong Mao, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, College of Engineering
mao [at] uga [dot] edu  

Leidong Mao, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Professor Mao received the B.S. degree in Materials Science at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in 2001. He received the Master of Science degree, Master of Philosophy degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree in electrical engineering from Yale University, New Haven, CT,  in 2002, 2005 and 2007, respectively (advisor: Prof. Hur Koser). He joined the faculty of Engineering at UGA in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. His current research interests include nanoscale magnetism and its application in biomedical applications such as cell sorting, single cell study, droplet microfluidics, hyperthermia, and magnetic nanomanipulations. Projects in his lab involve nanoparticle synthesis, device fabrication and testing, and physical modeling. He received the NSF Career Award in 2012, and a Young Scientist Award from 13th International Conference of Magnetic Fluids in 2013.

 

 

Current Lab Members:

Rui Cheng

Rui Cheng
Graduate student, College of Engineering
chengrui [at] uga [dot] edu  

Rui Cheng is a graduate student at the University of Georgia and a research assistant in Dr. Mao’s lab. Rui Cheng received his B.S. degree from Tsinghua University. He received his Master degree from University of Minnesota.

Zhaojie Deng

Zhaojie Deng
Graduate student, College of Engineering
zhaojie [at] uga [dot] edu  

Zhaojie Deng is a graduate student at the University of Georgia and a research assistant in Dr. Leidong Mao’s lab (from August 2012). Zhaojie Deng received her B.S. and Master’s degree in Electronic Science and Technology at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2008 and 2011 respectively.

Wujun Zhao

Wujun Zhao
Graduate student, Chemistry Department
zhaowj [at] uga [dot] edu  

Wujun Zhaois a graduate student at the University of Georgia and a research assistant in Dr. Leidong Mao’s lab (from August 2013). Wujun Zhao received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology at Jilin University, Changchun, China in 2013..

Matt Amrit

Matthew Amrit
Graduate student, Physics Department
mamrit1 [at] uga [dot] edu  

Matthew Amrit is a graduate student at the University of Georgia and a research assistant co-supervised by Dr. Leidong Mao and Dr. Ramana Pidaparti (from May 2014). Matthew received his B.S. degree in Physics from Louisiana State University in 2013.

Sam Arsenault

Sam Arsenault
Undergraduate student, Mathematics and Biology
sva [at] uga [dot] edu  

Sam Arsenault is an undergraduate student at the Univeristy of Georgia and a research assistant in Dr. Mao's lab. He is currently majoring in Mathematics and Biology. Sam is from Marietta, Georgia and graduated from Wheeler High School in 2011.

 

Lab Alumni:

Francisco Marrero

 

 

Francisco Marrero
Undergraduate student, CURO apprentice
franxcis [at] uga [dot] edu  

Francisco Marrero is an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia and an research assistant in Dr. Mao's lab (from Sep 2008). He is a part of the UGA CURO apprentice program, and works with Dr. Mao through this program. Currently his majors are Chemistry and Economics. Francisco is from Columbus, Georgia and graduated from Columbus High School Preparatory Magnet.

Rohan

Saptarsi Rohan Mukhopadhyay
Undergraduate student, Foundation Fellow
rohanm11 [at] uga [dot] edu  

Rohan Mukhopadhyay is an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia and a research assistant in Dr. Mao’s lab (from Dec 2008). He is part of the Foundation Fellows program and is studying Biochemistry and International Affairs. Rohan is from Marietta, Georgia and graduated from Lassiter High School in 2008.

Grant Stearns

Grant Stearns
North Oconee High School Student
grantstearns [at] charter [dot] net  

Grant Stearns is a senior at North Oconee High School and volunteers research time throughout the summer in Dr. Mao's lab (from June 2009).  He plans to do further research and to major in an undecided field of engineering.

Andy Kim

Andy Kim
Athens Academy High School Student
akim11 [at] athensacademy [dot] org  

Andy Kim is a student at Athens Academy High School and volunteers research time throughout the summer in Dr. Mao's lab (from June 2010).  He finished a project on non-magnetic particle assembly in ferrofluids.

Sameer Mishra

Sameer Mishra
Wheeler High School Magnet Student
sameer94 [at] uga [dot] edu 

Sameer Mishra is a senior at Wheeler High School and works in Dr. Mao’s lab as a research assistant during the summer (from May 2011). He plans to pursue a career in research and to major in Biological Sciences.

Alex Noakes

Alex Noakes
North Oconee High School Student
as.noakes [at] gmail [dot] com 

Alex Noakes is a senior at North Oconee High School and a dual-enrolled student at UGA. He is volunteering research time in Dr. Mao's lab during the school year (Fall 2011). He plans to major in Biomedical Engineering in college.

Pranav

Pranav Bhandarkar
North Oconee High School Student
pbhan96 [at] gmail [dot] com 

Pranav Bhandarkar is a senior at North Oconee High School and is a dual-enrolled student at UGA. He volunteers research time throughout the year in Dr. Mao’s lab (since June 2013). He is currently working on a project that models nanomaterial interaction with cellular membranes.

Li Tian

Li Tian, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor, College of Engineering
litian [at] uga [dot] edu   

Li Tian, Ph.D., is a visiting scholar in Dr. Mao’s lab at the University of Georgia (from April 2011). Li Tian received her Ph.D. (2009), and M.S. (2002) in Microelectronical Engineering in Harbin Institute of Technology, China. She received the Bachelor of Science in Precision Instrument in Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 1995. Beforing coming to US, she is an associate professor in School of Astronautics at Harbin Institute of Technology, China.

Taotao Zhu

Taotao Zhu
Graduate student, Chemistry Department
zhu [at] uga [dot] edu  

Taotao Zhu is a graduate student at the University of Georgia and a research assistant in Dr. Mao’s lab (from April 2009). Taotao Zhu received his B.S. degree in Forestry at Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China in 2006. He received the Master of Science degree in Botany from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China in 2009. He graduated from Dr. Mao's lab in December 2013 and held a position in Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Woojae Kim

Woojae Kim
Northview High School
woojae1123 [at] uga [dot] edu  

Woo Jae Kim is a junior at Northview High School and volunteers research time throughout the summer in Dr. Mao's lab (from June 2014). He finished a project on algal cell harvesting using magnetic nanoparticles. He plans to pursue career in research and major in field of engineering.

 

 
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