BMEG-Killian_Lab-111816PI: Megan L. Killian, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dr. Killian joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Prior to her faculty appointment at UD, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Stavros Thomopoulos (Washington University in St Louis). Dr. Killian completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in December, 2010, at Michigan Technological University (advisor: Dr. Tammy L. Haut Donahue). Dr. Killian has an MS degree in Movement Science (Montana State University, 2010; advisor: Dr. Michael Hahn) and a BS in BME (Michigan Tech, 2005).

Fun fact: I was an NCAA Division II athlete in three sports (XC, Nordic, and Track & Field).

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BMEG-Killian_Lab-111816Ryan Locke, BS
Graduate student, BMEG
Ryan joined the Killian lab in January 2016. Ryan graduated from UD with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. His research focuses on tendon-bone healing, mechanics, and advanced imaging. Ryan is our resident expert in histology.

Fun fact: I am drawn to the beach (Stone Harbor) and own a miniature dachshund named Macaroni.








Ganji_Elahe-005.jpgElahe Ganji
Graduate student, MEEG
Elahe officially joined the Killian lab in May 2017. Elahe graduated from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. Her research focuses on tendon and bone mechanics. Elahe is our resident expert in tendon biomechanics.

Fun fact: I understand three languages and sing traditional Persian music.






img_20170630_113202.jpgConnor Leek
Graduate student, BMEG
Connor graduated from SUNY at Buffalo in New York with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2016. His research focuses on joint spacing and laxity.

Fun fact: I enjoy cooking Mediterranean-themed recipes.










img_20170630_113211.jpgNicholas Ruggiero
Undergraduate Scholar
Nick joined the Killian lab in January 2016. He is a senior pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering. He is a UD/UDRF Summer Scholar. His research focuses on Fgf signaling pathways during postnatal growth.

Fun fact: I can eat a large pizza from Big Z in under 20 minutes.








Beth Lemmon: Undergraduate Scholar
Beth (on left) joined the Killian lab in January 2016. She is an Honors Program senior pursuing a BS in Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet Medicine. Beth has received the 2016-’17 Delaware Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate tuition scholarship, and is a 2017 Delaware INBRE summer scholar. Her research is focused on tendon-bone injury and healing using a new in vivo model of rotator cuff injury. Beth is our resident expert in animal surgery.

Fun fact: I have two horses and am on UD’s Equestrian team.




bhavanaaitha-2huxa7tBhavana Aitha
Undergraduate Scholar
Bhavana joined the Killian lab in September 2016. She is an Honors Program junior pursuing a BS in Nursing. Her research is focused on clinical tendon-bone ultrasonography. Bhavana is our resident expert in clinical imaging tools.






MSmith.jpgMegan Smith
Undergraduate Scholar
Megan joined the Killian lab in May 2017. She is a sophomore pursuing a dual-degree BS in Political Science and Biological Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work is focused on identifying the role of Fgf deletion on glial and neuorgenic markers in the brain and limbs.






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Keira Morgan
NIDDK Step-Up Scholar
Keira joined the Killian lab in February 2017. She is a high school senior at Newark Charter School and is investigating the role of metabolism during the development and homeostasis of the tendon-bone attachment.

Fun fact: I am a member of a variety of high school clubs including Jefferson Award, National Honor Society, Marine Science, Anti-Bullying, and a cofounder of Multicultural Club.




Killianlab alum:


Michael Sonnenfelt, BS
Former graduate student (BMEG)


img_20170630_113150-e1498837246800.jpgKumar Kautharapu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow





Emily Hudson, BS
DE INBRE and undergraduate scholar

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kendra-wKendra Wernlé, BS
Lab Technician



Untitled 4Brandon Okeyo
NIDDK Step-Up Scholar, 2017
HS senior





Patrick Canning
Undergraduate scholar
Biomedical Engineering



Ania Szostek
Undergraduate Scholar
Pre-Vet Medicine
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Lindsay Erndwein
2016 Be FIRST! REU Undergraduate Scholar
Penn State University

Ashish Mahuli
K12 Engineering Research Internship, 2016
Charter School of Wilmington, graduating 2018

Seth Martinez
Undergraduate Research Scholar, 2016-17
University of Delaware, Biomedical Engineering