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Principal Investigator

Julie Liu
Associate Professor Chemical Engineering
Joined Purdue in 2008
B.S.E. Princeton University, 2000
M.S. California Institute of Technology, 2002
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2006
Post-Doctoral Research Associate University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2007

Prof. Liu received her B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She was awarded a Whitaker Graduate Fellowship and worked with David Tirrell at the California Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research examined the cellular response to protein-based matrices designed for small-diameter vascular grafts. After obtaining her Ph.D. in chemical engineering, she received an NIH postdoctoral fellowship to study skeletal biology with Jane Lian and Gary Stein in the department of cell biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is an associate professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering at Purdue University. She is currently a Purdue University Faculty Scholar. She won the 2018 Purdue Chemical Engineering Outstanding Mentor Award and is a 2019-2020 fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering, and Sciences (ELATES) program. Her research interests include biomimetic materials, tissue engineering, stem cell differentiation, and surgical adhesives. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, American Heart Association, and a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award.


Aishwarya Menon
Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Polymer Chemistry and Physics
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Co-Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Wilker

Project: Protein Engineering

Joined Group: Spring 2021

Graduate Students

Paulina Babiak
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
B.S. Chemical Engineering
Columbia University '19
Minor: Biomedical Engineering and East Asian Studies

Project: Protein Engineering, In-Vitro Tissue Modeling

Joined Group: Spring 2020
Carly Battistoni
Graduate Research Assistant
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Delaware '18
Minor: Biochemical Engineering

Project: Cartilage Tissue Engineering

Joined Group: Spring 2019
Zachary Beickman
Graduate Research Assistant
B.S. Chemical Engineering
University of Kentucky '22
Minor: Biology

Project: Cartilage Tissue Engineering

Joined Group: Spring 2023
Sushmita Bist
Visiting From: Department of Biotechnology
Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Project: Adipocyte Tissue Engineering

Joined Group: Fall 2023
Marisa Egan
Graduate Research Assistant
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
The Ohio State University '22
Minor: Pharmaceutical Science

Project: In-Vitro Tissue Modeling

Joined Group: Spring 2023
Sree Ratna Sameera Vellore
Graduate Research Assistant
B.Tech. Chemical Engineering
NIT Raipur '20
M.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
North Carolina State University '23

Project: Adipose Tissue Engineering

Joined Group: Spring 2024

Undergraduate Students

Lucy Baker
Mentor: Aishwarya Menon

Joined Group: Spring 2022
Crystal Jiang
Odos - Student Clerical
Mentor: Paulina Babiak

Joined Group: Fall 2022


Aaron Mena
Graduate Teaching Assistant
B.S. Chemistry
University of West Florida '17

M.S. Materials Chemistry
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign '18

Project: Oyster Cement Protein Characterization

Joined Group: Fall 2022