John Frampton (Team Leader)
I am an Associate Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Cellular, Biomaterial and Matrix Interaction. I trained as a PhD student in the School of Public Health at SUNY at Albany, before completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Michigan. At Dalhousie University, my group of highly qualified trainees is working at the intersection of chemistry, physics and biology to explore the interactions of various soft materials with cells, design novel biomaterials and develop cutting-edge miniaturization technologies with applications in biotechnology and medicine.
Alyne Teixeira (PhD Student)
Alyne completed her undergraduate degree in Industrial Pharmacy and her Master's degree in Biosciences and Technology of Bioactive Products in Brazil. As an industry scientist, she conducted many research projects involving pharmaceutical R&D. She volunteered as a research assistant in the Dalhousie University in the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science, before joining the School of Biomedical Engineering as a PhD student in 2016. She is currently developing microfluidics devices for encapsulation of biomolecules to improve treatment of autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases. She also works in collaboration with research groups from the IWK Health Center evaluating technologies for vaccine adjuvant screening and evaluation. Alyne holds a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship from the Nova Scotia Provincial Government.
Jonathan Tjong (PhD Student)
Jonathan completed his undergraduate degree in Human Biology at the University of California San Diego and worked at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research and the Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology. He completed his MASc in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University, where he examined the influence of dysregulation of the airway epithelium on airway smooth muscle cell function. He began his PhD research in 2019 in the development of a microtissue approach for modeling asthma in the small airways.
Nicky Tam (MASc Student)
Nicky completed his undergraduate studies in the Department of Physiology and Physics at McGill University. There, he worked on processing brain imaging data and studied the interactions of light on brain tissue and fluorescent dyes. He is now working towards a MASc, working with biomaterials and cellular models. His current project involves developing and comparing techniques for cancer cell culturing in 3D in order to better mimic natural systems. Nicky is part of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI) Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP).
Karan Chowdhry (MSc Student)
Karan is an MSc student in the Department of Physics supervised by Dr. Laurent Kreplak. He did his undergraduate degree in Physics at McMaster University, where his interest in soft matter physics and related application in biology began. His work with the Frampton Lab focuses on exploring the physical parameters required to form fibers from viscous solutions of polymers and processes for incorporating bio-active materials into the fibers.
Madison Kropp (Undergraduate Honours Student)
Madison is a student in the department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and the department of Microbiology and Immunology. She began her research in the Frampton Lab as a microbiology co-op student during the summer of 2018. Her research involves designing and developing liver tissue models using biopatterning techniques and investigating how hepatocytes interact with their extracellular matrix.
Maia Kvas (Undergraduate Honours Student)
Maia is a student in the Dalhousie Medical Sciences program. She started her research career in the Frampton Lab as part of the integrated science program, where she worked towards optimizing a cross-reaction free multiplex ELISA platform. Maia held and NSERC USRA in the summer of 2018, where she worked to further optimize and conduct a cost/benefit analysis on a similar immunoassay system. Outside of the lab, she is the vice president of the Dalhousie Ringette team, the finance lead for Dal’s Engineers Without Borders society and a volunteer with Dal Let’s Talk Science.
Angela Tsai (Undergraduate Honours Student)
Angela is a student in the Dalhousie Medical Sciences Program with a minor in French. Having volunteered in the Eskes and Maksym labs for more than a year, she now holds an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award and an IB renewable scholarship. She is currently working on modelling the airway system using 3D cell culture and investigating the relationships between different lung cell types. In her free time, she tutors, coordinates the Dalhousie French Society, and partakes in the Dalhousie iGEM Team. She also volunteers for the Halifax Public Libraries and the Dalhousie University International Centre.
Mireya Cervantes (Undergraduate Student)
Mireya is a biotechnology engineering student at ITESM, Campus Qro. in Mexico. Her research work in the Frampton Lab is part of the Mitacs Globalik Research Internship and is related with microscale assembly of biomaterials for the design of advanced tissue models. During her studies she got her first experience in lab through several classes and published a first scientific article on bell pepper flour. She subsequently did an exchange semester in the School of Chemistry at Aalto University in Finland. Her areas of interests are molecular biology, drug development, and biomaterials.
Friederike Floegel (Undergraduate Student)
Friederike studies Medical Technology at the Universities of Tübingen and Stuttgart, Germany. She is at Dalhousie University as part of the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship. Her work here is on developing patterned thermoresponsive surfaces for the co-culture of mammalian cells.
Kiha Kim (Undergraduate Student)
Kiha is a Dalhousie student majoring in Medical Sciences. He is working as a student researcher in the Frampton Lab for his 2019 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award project. Kiha is examining the growth of various cell types on polymeric fibers that incorporate extracellular matrix proteins. Outside of the lab, he is working as the President of the Dalhousie Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers and volunteers for Frontier College.
Samir Abdolell (Undergraduate Student)
Samir is an undergraduate student at Mount Saint Vincent University. His work in the Frampton Lab involves tuning the physicochemical properties of aqueous-two phase systems using viscosity enhancing polymers and emulsifying agents. He is also interested in technologies for 3D printing of customized lab instrumentation.