Meet the Team!

Graduate Students & Visiting Scholars

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Alison Banka

Alison grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2013. She joined the Eniola lab in the fall of 2015 and is in her 4th year of graduate school. In her free time not spent in lab, Alison can be found hiding indoors from the Michigan winters, relaxing on the beach, and watching college football (depending on the season). Though she finds it hard to choose, her favorite dessert is cheesecake.

Email: albanka@umich.edu
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Emma Brannon

Emma graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2018 with a B.S. degree in Biochemical Engineering. Currently, Emma is a first year Ph.D student in the Eniola lab working on a project related to neutrophil-particle interactions. Outside of the lab, Emma enjoys cooking, swimming, and hiking. Emma’s favorite desert is anything with peanut butter and chocolate.

Email: erbranno@umich.edu
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Mario Gutierrez

Mario is a highly motivated Chemical Engineering Ph.D. candidate (4th year), passionate about exploring new areas of research and biotechnology. Mario is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. His favorite dessert is tres leches cake

Email: gutieman@umich.edu
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Billy Kelley
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Jonathan Lee
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Genesis Lopez

Genesis graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in Spring 2014 and began the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan in Fall 2014. She enjoys hanging out with friends, a good cup of coffee, and anything fun.

Email:glope@umich.edu
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Hanieh Safari

Hanieh received her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Iran) in 2014 and after being accepted to the PhD program of Chemical Engineering in University of Michigan, she started her degree here and joined Cell Adhesion & Drug Delivery lab in fall 2014.

Email: safariha@umich.edu
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Violet Sheffey

Violet is a self-driven PhD student whose current research focus is the development of surface coatings to confer "stealth" properties to biodegradable particulate carriers. She is extremely active both on and off campus and has founded initiatives to advance black achievement in STEM. In her freetime, Violet enjoys cooking Jamerican (Jamaican-American) food, Pilates, travelling, and learning a new skill.

Email: vioshef@umich.edu
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Mark Shamoun

Mark graduated with a BS in chemistry from Wayne State University and continued at Wayne State School of Medicine for his MD degree.He is currently in his third year of fellowship (pediatric hematology/oncology) and has a clinical interest in Sickle Cell Disease and Bone Marrow Transplantation. In his free time, he enjoys hiking or being on the water, cooking/baking, going to new restaurants or breweries throughout the area and relaxing at home.

Email: mshamoun@umich.edu
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Ben Czaja
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Sebastian Ojeda

Lauro (Sebastian) Ojeda is a Chemical Engineering Mater's student in the Sequential Undergraduate Graduate Studies (SUGS) Program. Sebastian completed his undergraduate work in April 2018, majoring in in Chemical Engineering and minor in International Studies. Sebastian joined Prof. Eniola's lab his sophomore year as an undergraduate student. His research has been focused on developing ellipsoidal micro/nano drug carrier fabrication methods and elucidating how their margination and adhesion behaviors are affected by the presence of rigid red blood cells.