Advised by Professor Millicent O. Sullivan and Professor Kristi Kiick
Thesis Utilization of Collagen Remodeling Pathways to Control Gene Delivery
Minor Biomedical Engineering
Co-Founder/Officer of American Chemical Society (ACS) BIOT Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 07/2015-current
Fellow, Chemistry-Biology Interface Program, 08/2011-current
Lab Safety Officer at the University of Delaware, 08/2012-current
Teaching Assistant at the University of Delaware, Fall 2013 and Spring 2015
Recipient, Blue Hen Proof of Concept Award , 02/2017
Environmental Coordinator, Colburn Club Graduate Student Association, 09/2011-09/2014
Hanly, T.J., Urello M.A., and Henson, M.A. (2012) "Dynamic Flux Balance Modeling of S. Cerevisiae and E. Coli Co-cultures for Efficient Consumption of Glucose/xylose Mixtures." Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 93(6): 2529-541.
Urello, M.A., Kiick, K.L., and Sullivan, M.O. (2014) "A CMP-based Method for Tunable, Cell-mediated Gene Delivery from Collagen Scaffolds," Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2(46): 8174-8185. Invited.
Urello, M.A., Kiick, K.L., and Sullivan, M.O. (2016) "Integration of Growth Factor Gene Delivery with Collagen-Triggered Wound Repair Cascades using Collagen-Mimetic Peptides," Bioengineering and Translational Medicine, accepted. Invited.
Urello, M.A., Kiick, K.L., and Sullivan, M.O. "ECM Turnover-Stimulated Gene Delivery through CMP-Plasmid Integration in Collagen," (Submitted).
Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting Annual Meeting, Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, San Antonio, TX, October 2014 “Controlled Release through Physical Collagen Modification mediated by Collagen Mimetic Peptides”
ACS Spring Meeting, Denver, CO, March 2015 “A CMP-based Method for Achieving Tunable, Cell-mediated Gene Delivery”
ACS Fall Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016 “Collagen Mimetic Peptides for Integration of Growth Factor Gene Delivery with Tissue Repair”
FCBIS, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012 “Intracellular Unpackaging of Polyethylenimine (PEI) DNA Polyplexes for Gene Therapy”
40th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, April 2014 “The Modification of Collagen Scaffolds for Applications in Regenerative Medicine”
FCBIS, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, May 2016 “Collagen Mimetic Peptides for Integration of Growth Factor Gene Delivery with Tissue Repair”
Peptide synthesis and purification
Mammalian cell culture
2-D and 3-D cell culture
Statistical analysis of data
Molecular and cell-based assays
(ex: Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA))
Recombinant DNA technologies
Biology: Plate-based fluorescence and luminescence assays, Flow cytometry, Fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS), Western blot, Plasmid DNA amplification and purification, Vector design/construction, Recombinant cell isolation, Cloning, Protein expression/purification, Batch Fermentation, and Bioreactors
Microscopy: Fluorescence microscopy, Confocal microscopy, and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Characterization/Analytical: High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Gel permeation chromatography (GPC), Dynamic light scattering (DLS), and Zeta potential
Millicent O. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Professor
University of Delaware, Newark
150 Academy Drive,
Newark, Delaware 19716
Kristi L. Kiick, Ph.D.
Material Science & Engineering Professor and Deputy Dean of Engineering
127 The Green,
Newark, DE 19716
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