Faculty & Staff

Julie N.L. Albert, Ph.D. | Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Delaware (2011)
Email: jalbert6@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Nanostructured Polymeric Materials, Stimuli-responsive Materials, Thin Film Morphologies, Surface Science, Combinatorial Methods, Solar Energy, Cancer Metastasis

Hank Ashbaugh, Ph.D.  | Professor
Ph.D., University of Delaware (1998)
Email: hanka@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Classical Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Molecular Simulation, Solution Thermodynamics, Multi-Scale Modeling of Self-Assembly and Nanostructured Materials

Shuaihua Gao, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor 
Ph.D., Beijing University of Chemical Technology (2018)
Email: sgao11@tulane.edu
Protein engineering for biomedical applications, Biosynthetic engineering for novel therapeutics, Protein structure-function relationships

W T. Godbey, Ph.D. | Associate Professor
Ph.D., Rice University (2000)
Email: godbey@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Gene Delivery, Cellular Engineering, Molecular Aspects of Nonviral Transfection, Biomaterials

Daniel Howsmon, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor 
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2017)
Email: dhowsmon@tulane.edu
Modeling cell signaling networks, Advanced patient monitoring systems

Vijay T. John, D.Eng.Sci. | Professor
The Leo S. Weil Professor in Engineering
D.Eng.Sci., Columbia University (1982)
Email: vj@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Self-Assembly and Nanostructured Materials, Polymer/Nanoparticle Composites, Biomolecular Materials, Microemulsion Systems, Clathrate Hydrate Thermodynamics

Matthew M. Montemore, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor
The Robert and Gayle Longmire Early Career Professor in Chemical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder (2014)
Email:  mmontemore@tulane.edu
Research Interests: New materials for energy applications, including catalysts, solar cells, and batteries

Kim C. O'Connor, Ph.D. | Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1987)
Email: koc@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Stem Cell Technology: mesenchymal stem cells, clonal heterogeneity, cell signaling, aging and regenerative therapies

Kyriakos D. Papadopoulos, Ph.D., Eng. Sci. | Professor
D.Eng.Sci., Columbia University (1982)
Email: kyriakos@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Transport and Stability in Liquid-Emulsion Membranes, Transport of Multiphase Systems Through Porous Media, Marine Engine Lubricants

Noshir S. Pesika, Ph.D. | Associate Professor
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (2005)
Email: npesika@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Nanomaterial Synthesis and Characterization, Surface Functionalization and Rheology, Bio-Inspired Materials, Surface Science, Electrochemistry

Wayne F. Reed, Ph.D. | Professor of Physics
Murchison-Mallory Professor of Physics, Joint Appointment in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Ph.D. Clarkson (1984)
Email: wreed@tulane.edu
Field of Research: Polymer Physics & Biophysics

Katie C. Russell, Ph.D. | Senior Professor of Practice
Ph.D., Tulane University (2012)
Email: krussel1@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Stem Cell Technology, Clonal Heterogeneity, Flow Cytometry, Sort Strategies for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Enrichment

Nicholas R. Sandoval, Ph.D. | Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder (2011)
Email: nsandova@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Genome Engineering, Metabolic Engineering, Biofuels, biosensors, sequence-function elucidation

Daniel F. Shantz, Ph.D. | Professor and Department Chair
The Entergy Chair in Clean Energy Engineering
Ph.D. ChE, University of Delaware (2000)
Email: dshantz@tulane.edu
Research Interests: New Materials to Address Challenges in Energy and Sustainability

Adjunct Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Richard D. Gonzalez, Ph.D. | Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (1965)
Email: gonzo@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Synthesis and characterization of supported metal catalysts, In-situ spectroscopic methods, Reactions in organized media

San Aung, Ph.D. | Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Tulane University (1987)
Email: sha99@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Engineering materials, Prefabricated systems

Brian S. Mitchell, Ph.D. | Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (1991)
Email: brian@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Nanostructured Materials Processing, Additive Manufacturing

Lawrence R. Pratt, Ph.D. | Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Illinois (1977)
Email: lpratt@tulane.edu
Research Interests: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Theory of Liquids and Solutions, Molecular Biology, Electrochemical Capacitors and Electrical Energy Storage Systems, Statistical Methods in Computational Science Especially Molecular Simulation


Alexis BlancoAlexis Blanco, Ph.D. – Staff Scientist
Ph.D., University of New Orleans (2020)
Responsibilities: Department Safety Representative and Instrument Manager
Email:  ablanco1@tulane.edu
Phone:  (504) 314-2911


Katherine FoggKatherine Fogg - Project Manager
Email:  kfogg@tulane.edu


Theresa GuillenTheresa Guillen - Project Assistant
Responsibilities:  Performs administrative duties, department website, courseleaf
Email:  bguillen@tulane.edu
Phone:  (504) 314-2914


Patrick Nedd - Accountant IIPatrick Nedd - Accountant II
Responsibilities:  General ledger management, Grants management, payroll and hiring
Email:  fnedd@tulane.edu
Phone:  (504) 314-2919


LaShanda RobinsonLaShanda Robinson
Responsibilities: Budget – Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Administrative Coordinator – US-Israel Energy Center
Email:  lrobins5@tulane.edu
Phone:  (504) 865-5775