Bioresponsive Materials Lab People

Group photo the people in the Bioresponsive lab

Summer 2021 lab dinner


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John Robert Martin

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Biomedical Eng



John R. Martin is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Martin completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky where he majored in Biosystems Engineering before obtaining a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University investigating cell-degradable tissue engineering scaffolds. Following his doctoral work, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering where he researched drug delivery systems for the regeneration of craniofacial bone tissue.
Dr. Martin leads the Bioresponsive Materials Lab at UC, exploring “smart” biomaterial systems that leverage precise cell-generated signals (including reactive oxygen species and enzymatic activity) to activate biomaterial functionality and guide tissue regeneration. This interdisciplinary research integrates polymer science and materials engineering alongside pharmacology and biology to build new systems for regenerating orthopedic injuries in the clinic.

Graduate Students

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Karina Bruce, B.S.

Karina Bruce is a first year Ph.D. student developing inflammation-responsive antibiotic coatings to combat bacterial infections in bone fractures.

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İlayda Duru, B.S.

İlayda Duru is a visiting PhD student from Boğaziçi University, Turkey and is researching novel antioxidant bone cements.

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Dylan Marques, B.S.

Dylan Marques is a second year Ph.D. student working towards a dual phase drug delivery system for regenerating cranial defects.

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Reinaldo Dos Santos, B.S.

Reinaldo Dos Santos is a second year Ph.D. student developing cell-degradable tissue engineering materials for regenerating bone defects and improving fracture fixation.

Undergraduate Students

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Brooke Hunn

Brooke Hunn is a second year Chemical Engineering undergraduate student and a 2022 LSAMP Scholar. She is developing responsive drug coatings and moldable bone cements.

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Sumedha Kappagantula

Sumedha Kappagantula is a fifth year Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student in Research Co-op/Capstone developing drug coatings for pediatric bone grafts.

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Saad Khan

Saad Khan is a second year Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student and a 2022 Protégé Scholar. He is developing injectable hydrogels to prevent premature bone fusions.

Lab Alumni