Dr. Joel D. Bumgardner obtained his BS Degree with Honors in Biology from Florida State University, and his BS in Materials Science, and MS and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bumgardner was a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University (1994-2004) and professor and co-Director of academic programs in the Biomedical Engineering Department at The University of Memphis and in the University of Memphis-University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Memphis Joint Graduate Biomedical Engineering Program (2004-2019). He currently serves as Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at The University of Memphis (2019-present). His area of research is in the dental/craniofacial and orthopedic alloys and corrosion and in chitosan-based materials for implant coatings, bone tissue engineering, and drug delivery. He has over 105 journal articles, 17 book chapters, 6 patent disclosures (2 licensed for infection abatement therapies using chitosan materials), and 215+ presentations and invited lectures. He is a co-editor of a recent two-volume book series on chitosan-based materials. He has mentored over 60 students; 9 of which have received NSF and or Whitaker graduate fellowships, 4 Fulbright Fellowships, and more than 18 students accepted to medical, dental, or law school.

Awards:

  • 2012 Outstanding Instructor Award in the Herff College of Engineering University of Memphis,

  • Outstanding Professor (2001 & 2002) Awards in the Bagley College of Engineering, Mississippi State University,

  • University of Alabama Engineering School Alumni recognition award as one of the ‘40 Engineers Making a Difference’ 2011.

  • Elected Fellow (2011) of American Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering,

  • Elected Fellow (2016) Biomaterials Science & Engineering,

  • JW Fulbright Scholar (1994), Umeå University, Umeå Sweden.

Leadership:

He is active in several professional organizations such as the American Association for Dental Research, the Society for Biomaterials (SFB), and the American Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He has held numerous leadership positions in these organizations including

  • Program Chair of the 2005 Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting,

  • President (2012-2013) of the Society for Biomaterials

  • Chair of the AIMBE Bylaws committee (2011-2015)

  • Chair of the AIMBE Council of Societies (2016-2018)

  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Biomaterial Materials Research: Part B.

  • He is also a regular reviewer for the NIH, NSF and DoD and many biomaterials related journals.

Prof. Joel David Bumgardner

Principal Investigator

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Mallesh Kurakula is a post-doctoral research fellow working in an NIH project “Fabrication of electrospun Chitosan Guided Bone Regeneration (GBR) Membranes as Implantable Medical Devices as a Novel Adjunctive Therapy, to Heal Grafted Dental/Craniomaxillofacial Defects”. He is from a multidisciplinary background having a PhD in Chemistry (2015), Masters in Pharmaceutics (2011), and Bachelor in Pharmacy (2009). Earlier worked on “Fabrication and Evaluation of Polymeric Nanoscaffolds as Implantable Medical Device in Spinal Cord Injuries” as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Bologna, Italy (2016-18) and on “Use of Lipid Nanoparticles for Effective Delivery of siRNA against Chikungunya Virus” as a research associate at CSIR-Indian Institute of chemical technology (IICT), India (2018-19). He has published research, reviews papers in high impact factor ISI indexed journals and even presented in international arenas. Currently, handles industrial collaborative projects, the peer reviewer and guest editor for book and special issues in reputed journals, publishers.

Dr. Mallesh Kurakula

Post-Doctoral Fellow

mkrakula@memphis.edu

PhD Graduate Students

Blass Watson is a Ph.D. graduate student in Dr. Joel Bumgardner’s Lab. Graduated from Mississippi State University in Winter 2016 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. Research experience in robotics and additive manufacturing under Dr. Cindy Bethel at MSU. He joined the University of Memphis – University of Tennessee Health Science Centre Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering in fall 2017. Now working to electrosprayed chitosan composite materials for guided bone regeneration. Blass has currently published 2 articles in reputed journals.

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Alex Bryan is a PhD graduate student in Dr. Joel Bumgardner’s Lab. Graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in Spring 2019 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. Research experience in electrospinning biodegradable polyurethanes for tissue engineering applications under Dr. Cosgriff-Hernandez at UT Austin. Now working to electrospin chitosan and elastin for guided bone regeneration.

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Melika Esmaeili Rad is a Ph.D. graduate student in Dr. Joel Bumgardner Lab. She completed her M.Sc in Biomedical Engineering in 2019 in Iran. She conducted her master thesis research on Brain-Computer Interface systems. Melika was a research trainee at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN in 2013 and worked on cartilage and nerve tissue engineering. She joined the University of Memphis – University of Tennessee Health Science Centre Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering in fall 2019. For her Ph.D. thesis research, she is investigating the drug delivery approach for guided bone regeneration using chitosan-based biomaterials. Melika has currently published 4 articles in reputed journals and conference proceedings.

Graduate Students

Matthew Atwill is an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Joel Bumgardner’s lab since 2019. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and is currently working on studying the effects of raspberry ketone on osteoblast differentiation in vitro.

Nancy Pont Briant is an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Joel Bumgardner’s lab. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is a part of the Helin Hardin Honors College at the University of Memphis. She hopes to continue assisting in Dr. Bumgardner’s lab in any way she can.

Omar Yunis graduated with his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in Spring 2020 from the University of Memphis. He is continuing as a graduate student in the University of Memphis – University of Tennesse Health Science Center joint biomedical engineering program. He is currently assisting with research in Dr. Joel Bumgardner’s laboratory through the manufacturing of electrospun chitosan membranes, chitosan films, and other cool things!