Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Biomedical Engineering Faculty & Staff

Mark E. Byrne, Ph.D.

Founding Department Head


byrnem@rowan.edu | 856.256.5353

Office: Engineering Hall 248

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 2003

M.S.ChE., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 1997

B.S., Chemical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering Minor, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1994

Research Areas: Biomaterials Engineering, Biomimetic Engineering, Polymer Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, & Therapeutic Delivery


Mohammad H. Abedin-Nasab, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

abedin@rowan.edu | 856.256.5680

Office:  Engineering Hall 228

Post-Doctoral, Sharif University of Technology, 2012-2015

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2012

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2006

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, KNT University of Technology, 2004

Research Areas: Surgical Robotics; Biomechanics; Parallel Manipulators


Vincent Z. Beachley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Graduate Program Chair

beachley@rowan.edu | 856.256.5329

Office:  Rowan Hall 232 

Post-Doctoral, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 2011-2014

Ph.D., Bioengineering, Clemson University, 2011

B.S., Engineering Science & Mathematics, Virginia Tech, 2005

Research Areas: Nanofabrication, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Polymer Nanofiber Manufacturing/Processing/Engineering


Peter A. Galie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

galie@rowan.edu | 856.256.5780

Office:  SJTP 103D

 Post-Doctoral, University of Pennsylvania, Institute for Medicine & Engineering, 2011-2015

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2011

M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2008

B.S.E., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton, 2006

Research Areas: Biofluids, Regenerative Medicine, Microfluidics


Jiwook (Stephen) Shim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

shimj@rowan.edu | 856.256.5393

Office:  SJTP 221

Post-Doctoral, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011-2016

Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of Missouri, 2008

M.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Missouri, 2004

B.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Hankuk University, Seoul, Korea 2000

Research Areas: Nanobiotechnology, Single-molecule Assay, Biosensing, Biomarkers Detection, Cancer Detection, Ion Channel Investigation, Nanopores


Mary M. Staehle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Program Chair

staehle@rowan.edu | 856.256.5338

Office:  Engineering Hall 237

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2010

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2004

Research Areas: Systems Biology, Neuroregeneration, Neurodevelopmental Toxicology, Engineering Education


Visiting Faculty


Erik C. Brewer, Ph.D.

Visiting Instructor

brewere@rowan.edu | 856.256.3088

Office:  SJTP 238

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2014

M.S., Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2008

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2008 

Research Areas: Biomaterials, Biopharmaceutics, Drug Delivery


Joint Faculty


Xiao Hu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment: Department of Physics & Astronomy

hu@rowan.edu | 856.256.3088

Office:  Science Hall 101J

Ph.D., Physics (Biophysics, Polymer Physics), Tufts University, 2009

M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University, 2009

M.S., Physics, Tufts University, 2005

B.S., Physics (Crystal Physics & Materials), Nanjing University, 2003

Research Areas: Biopolymers, Green Polymers, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Drug Delivery, Bioelectronics, Nanotechnology


Jennifer A. Kadlowec, Ph.D.


Primary Appointment: Department of Mechanical Engineering

kadlowec@rowan.edu | 856.256.5344

Office:  Rowan Hall 215

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1995

B.S., Physics & Mathematics (Minor), Baldwin-Wallace University, 1993

Research Areas: Mechanical Behavior of Materials (Elastomers, Biomaterials and Biotissues), Injury Biomechanics, Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Engineering Design Education


Thomas L. Merrill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Office:  Rowan Hall 231

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1994

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1990

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University, 1987

Research Areas: Medical Devices, Therapeutic Hypothermia, Ischemic - Reperfusion Injury, Cancer Drug Delivery  


Shivakumar Ranganathan, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment: Department of Mechanical Engineering

ranganathan@rowan.edu | 856.256.5370

Office:  Rowan Hall 226

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, DBATU India, 2001

Research Areas: Biomedical Implants, Additive Manufacturing, Multiscale Mechanics


Andrea Jennifer Vernengo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment: Department of Chemical Engineering

vernengo@rowan.edu | 856.256.5316

Office:  Rowan Hall 328

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2007

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2003

Research Areas: Tissue Regeneration, Development of Bioadhesive Scaffolds, "Smart Polymers" for Delivery of Cells to Damaged Tissues, Local Drug Delivery Strategies for Cancer Treatment


Affiliate Faculty


Mindy George-Weinstein, Ph.D.

Affiliate Professor

Chief Research & Science Officer & Professor

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

mindygw@pcom.edu | 215.871.6654 

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Depts. Biochemistry & Biophysics, Microbiology 1984-1988

Ph.D., Anatomy, Thomas Jefferson University, 1984

B.S., Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University, 1978

Research Areas: Developmental Biology, Skeletal Muscle, Stem Cells, Wound Healing, Neuroprotection, Cancer


Francis A. Kralick, D.O., FACOS

Affiliate Professor

Director of Neuroscience, Shore Medical Center, Department of Neurological Surgery

President/CEO, Torclum Group, LLC

torculumgroup@gmail.com | 267.259.8349 

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova-Southern University, 1996

B.S., Engineering Physics/Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1989

Research Areas: Hydrocephalus, Intracranial Pressure Monitors/Sensors, Intraoperative Image Guidance, MEMs, Complex Spinal Surgery


Adjunct Faculty


Daniel Mazzucco, Ph.D.

Medical & Mechanical Engineering, Harvard-MIT Program of Health Sciences and Technology