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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Kendra Wernlé, BS
Lab Technician







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.









Image from iOS (1).jpgGeoffrey Ming
Graduate Student, BMEG
Geoff joined the Killian Lab in December 2017. He graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2017. His research focuses on the role of FGF signaling in muscle-tendon crosstalk and tendon healing.






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.






IMG_0038Megan 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. She is a 2018 Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar. Her work is focused on identifying the role of Fgf deletion on glial and neuorgenic markers in the brain and limbs.

Fun fact: I was a Girl Scout for 13 years.





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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.





Kierstyn Hendricks
NINDS Undergraduate Research Program
Kierstyn joined the Kilian lab in June 2018. She is an undergraduate at Delaware Technical Community College pursuing a BS in Biological Sciences. Kierstyn’s work focuses on tendon-healing and behavorial analysis.

Fun Fact: I have a black cat named Sevyn that I rescued.







Ellen Dudzinski
Undergraduate Scholar
Ellen joined Killian Lab in October 2017. She is a senior pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering, she is a DESG fellow. Her research focuses on Photobiomodulation and its effect on Achilles tendon structure and mechanics.

Fun Fact: I am a fitness instructor and have an amazing rescue dog named Rocky






jaclynJaclyn Soulas
Undergraduate Scholar
Jaclyn is a UD Honors Program junior pursuing a B.S. in Pre-Veterinary and Animal Biosciences. She is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Delaware Space Grant Consortium internship. Her research focuses on using an immunofluorescent model of the deltoid muscle to study the varying impacts of skeletal muscle innervation throughout musculoskeletal development.

Fun fact: I have been working with therapy horses for almost 8 years!



Killianlab alum:

Kacie Breeding
Undergraduate Scholar
Kacie joined Killian Lab for Summer 2018. She attends Vanderbilt University and majors in Biomedical Engineering.





Patrick Canning
Undergraduate scholar
University of Delaware
Biomedical Engineering, BS 2018
Currently employed at Eurofins


Lindsay Erndwein
2016 Be FIRST! REU Undergraduate Scholar
Penn State University
Currently a PhD student in Plant and Soil Science
University of Delaware


Emily Hudson, BS
DE INBRE and undergraduate scholar
Currently employed at Arkion

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img_20170630_113150-e1498837246800.jpgKumar Kautharapu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow




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

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

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NIDDK Step-Up Scholar, 2017
HS senior



img_20170630_113211.jpgNicholas Ruggiero
Undergraduate Scholar
Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
BS 2018
Currently employed at Thomas Jefferson University
Nick joined the Killian lab in January 2016. He is a senior pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering. He was a UD/UDRF Summer Scholar. His research focused on Fgf signaling pathways during postnatal growth.
Fun fact: I can eat a large pizza from Big Z in under 20 minutes.



Michael Sonnenfelt, BS
Former graduate student (BMEG)
Currently employed at QPS


Ania Szostek
Undergraduate Scholar
Pre-Vet Medicine
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