Group Members

Principal Investigator

Ramkumar T. Annamalai

Assistant Professor

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Wayne State University, Detroit)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
  • Assistant Research Scientist (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Graduate Students

Parto Babania

My research is focused on harnessing the immune cells for tissue regeneration and drug development. Specifically I am interested in finding cure for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer using our strategy. I am also interested in mystical literature, psychology and philosophy. I work on my novel in my free time and hope to publish it some day.

Harshini Sureshkumar

I have a Bachelors and Master degree in Biotechnology and my research interest is on Therapeutic and Translational research focusing on Biomaterial systems and Immunomodulatory strategies. I have always believed that the facets of Biotechnology are gateways to contribute to society. My hobbies include travelling, DIY art work, movies and reading.

Matthew Patrick

I have a BS in Biology and minor in Physics from the University of Kentucky. I’m interested in biomaterial and medical research. I volunteered as a K-crew member and was a part of the UK Ecology club. I like playing music, watching movies, and being active.

Edwina Barnett

Edwina has a BS in Biology and the recipient of the 2020 NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She will be working on engineering biomaterial-based therapies for tissue regeneration and wound healing.

Undergraduate Students

Jeremy Keys

Jeremy is a senior pursuing a B.S. in chemical engineering, and an additional certificate in biopharmaceutical engineering. He currently serves as an initiation chair for Kentucky’s Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi, vice president of the UK Rock Climbing Club, and as an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He received his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America in 2013 and 6 additional Eagle Palms. In his free time he enjoys running, rock climbing, and playing guitar.

Austin Sovar

I am a sophomore at the University of Kentucky majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in biomedical engineering. I am very interested in attending a graduate program to earn a specialized engineering degree. At the University of Kentucky, I play on the club soccer team.


Undergraduate Students (Year Graduated) Graduate Students
Lauryn Humphreys, Spring 2020
Amanda Holbrook, Spring 2020
Alec Gongaware, Fall 2019
Laura Richardson, Fall 2019
Becca Palmer-Ball, Fall 2019
Odinakachi Obidegwu, Fall 2019