Faculty Members

Jenna Jambeck
Jenna Jambeck

Associate Director, New Materials Institute
Lead, Circular Materials Management; and, Circularity Informatics Lab
Regents’ Professor, University System of Georgia
Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter | Marine Debris Tracker Facebook/Twitter/Website
jjambeck@uga.edu
Global materials management, waste, plastic, biodegradation, recycling

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Branson W. Ritchie

Co-Director, New Materials Institute
Director, Technology Development & Implementation, New Materials Institute
Distinguished Research Professor
Director, UGA Infectious Diseases Laboratory
britchie@uga.edu
Animal health, emerging diseases, infectious diseases, technology development and implementation

Jason Locklin
Jason Locklin

Director, New Materials Institute
Lead; Advanced Polymers, Fibers & Coatings
Distinguished Faculty Scholar, UGA College of Engineering
Professor; Department of Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences,
and, College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter
New polymers, Bioseniatic℠ materials, biodegradable materials, coatings and interfaces

Kate Cassity-Duffey
Kate Cassity-Duffey

Assistant Professor—Organic Production
Department of Horticulture
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Faculty page | Google Scholar
katecass@uga.edu
Organic vegetable production, soil nutrient cycling, biomass and organic wastes

Joseph G. Usack
Joseph G. Usack

Assistant Professor—Sustainable Food Systems
Department of Food Science & Technology
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Faculty page | Google Scholar
joseph.usack@uga.edu
Sustainable food systems engineering; bioprocess engineering; open-culture microbiomes; resource recovery (food, water, energy, nutrients); food, agriculture sectors

Elizabeth Brisbois
Elizabeth Brisbois

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
ejbrisbois@uga.edu
Novel therapeutics and medical device materials derived from human body molecules; antimicrobial and hemocompatible interfaces; anti-inflammatory biomaterials; insulin delivery; polymer and small molecule chemistry; pulmonary and dental therapeutics

Cheryl Gomillion
Cheryl Gomillion

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Website | Publications
ctgomillion@uga.edu
Natural tissue replacements, composite tissue systems, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, cell-biomaterial interactions, multi-functional biomaterials, tissue modeling systems, cell-based therapeutics

Rebecca Abney
Rebecca Abney

Assistant Professor of Forest & Disturbed Soils
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Website | Google Scholar
Rebecca.Abney@uga.edu
Organic soil matter, soil carbon and nitrogen biogeochemical cycles, biochar, erosion control, soil nutrient dynamics

Vladimir Popik
Vladimir Popik

Professor
Department of Chemistry
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Website | Google Scholar
Light-responsive materials, photo-degradable polymers, new methods of chemical recycling of plastics

Grant Crane
Grant Crane

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Website | The Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory
gcrane@uga.eduMaterial science, Bioseniatic™ materials, degradable polymers, composites and coatings

Jessica Bramhall
Jessica Bramhall

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Website
jbram92@uga.eduFormulation science and development, performance and barrier coatings, material science, polyhydroxyalkanoates, biologically degradable materials 

Breeanna Urbanowicz
Breeanna Urbanowicz

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Website | Google Scholar
breeanna@uga.eduhemicellulose, xylan, plant cell wall, cellulose, glycosyltransferase, plant glycobiology, plant biochemistry

Portrait of Jim Kastner
Jim Kastner

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
jrk@uga.edu
Catalytic reaction engineering, renewable fuels and chemicals.

Jay A. Brandes

Professor
Department of Marine Sciences
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Website | Google Scholar | Research Gate
jay.brandes@skio.uga.edu
Marine debris, plastics, microplastics, microthreads, stable isotopes, photochemistry, carbon cycling

Katy Austin Smith

Public Service Assistant/Water Quality Program Coordinator
Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
River Basin Center
Georgia DNR Coastal Advisory Council
Website | Research Gate
klaustin@uga.edu
Water quality, marine debris, marine education, emerging contaminants, estuaries, microplastics

Dorothea Sanders

Public Service Associate
Marine Extension
Website
sandersd@uga.edu
Marine debris, microplastics, marine education

Mark Eiteman

Professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
eiteman@engr.uga.edu
Metabolic engineering, fermentation, nutrient-limited processes, microbial physiology

Joe Grubbs
Joe Grubbs

Adjunct Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
Director R&D Athens/Senior Polymer Scientist for DaniMer Scientific
Website
joe.grubbs@uga.edu
Biodegradable materials, waxes, coatings and renewable adhesives

Suraj Sharma
Suraj Sharma

Professor
Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
Website
ssharma@uga.edu
Nanocellulose, biopolymer composites

Sudaghar Mani
Sudhagar Mani

Professor
College of Engineering & Department of Food Science and Technology
Website | Google Scholar | Research Gate
smani@engr.uga.edu
Nanocellulose manufacturing, food packaging films, surface modified nanocellulose, LCA of Nanocellulose

Gajanan Bhat
Gajanan Bhat

Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Fibers and Textiles
Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
Website
gbhat@uga.edu
Fiber science, nonwovens, melt-blowing, cotton nonwovens, plastic recycling, multifunctional nonwovens

WQ Wang
Xianqiao (XQ) Wang

Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Research Gate
xqwang@uga.edu
Computational mechanics, soft matters, mechanics of biopolymer composites, bio-inorganic interfaces

YAJUN YAN
Yajun Yan

Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
yajunyan@uga.edu
Metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, natural products, bioenergy, biotechnology

Jenna Jambeck
Jenna Jambeck

Associate Director, New Materials Institute
Lead, Circular Materials Management; and, Circularity Informatics Lab
Regents’ Professor, University System of Georgia
Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter | Marine Debris Tracker Facebook/Twitter/Website
jjambeck@uga.edu
Global materials management, waste, plastic, biodegradation, recycling

KC Das
KC Das

Professor
College of Engineering
WebsiteGoogle Scholar
kdas@engr.uga.edu
Materials management, agricultural materials, biomass cycling, anaerobic digestion

Julia Gaskin
Julia Gaskin

Senior Public Service Associate
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Website
jgaskin@uga.edu
Biomass and nutrient cycling

Ke Luke Li
 Luke Li

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Lab

Materials flow, life cycle assessment

Erin Lipp
Erin Lipp

Professor
Environmental Health Science, Microbiology
Website
elipp@uga.edu
Public health, microbiology

H Handa
Hitesh Handa

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Research Gate
hhanda@uga.edu
Nitric oxide releasing materials, antibacterial coatings, hemocompatible materials, medical devices, animal models, wound healings, translational research

Minko
Sergiy Minko

Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science
Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors and Department of Chemistry
Website | Lab
Nanofibers, bio-based coatings, nanostructured materials, responsive materials, biomaterials, biointerfaces, functional fibers and textiles 

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Branson W. Ritchie

Co-Director, New Materials Institute
Director, Technology Development & Implementation, New Materials Institute
Distinguished Research Professor
Director, UGA Infectious Diseases Laboratory
britchie@uga.edu
Animal health, emerging diseases, infectious diseases, technology development and implementation

Evan White, PhD
Evan M. White

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Director, The Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory
Website | The Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory
emwhite@uga.eduMaterial science, Bioseniatic™ materials, degradable polymers, composites and coatings

Jason Locklin
Jason Locklin

Director, New Materials Institute
Lead; Advanced Polymers, Fibers & Coatings
Distinguished Faculty Scholar, UGA College of Engineering
Professor; Department of Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences,
and, College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter
New polymers, Bioseniatic℠ materials, biodegradable materials, coatings and interfaces

Elizabeth Brisbois
Elizabeth Brisbois

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
ejbrisbois@uga.edu
Novel therapeutics and medical device materials derived from human body molecules; antimicrobial and hemocompatible interfaces; anti-inflammatory biomaterials; insulin delivery; polymer and small molecule chemistry; pulmonary and dental therapeutics

Cheryl Gomillion
Cheryl Gomillion

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Website | Publications
ctgomillion@uga.edu
Natural tissue replacements, composite tissue systems, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, cell-biomaterial interactions, multi-functional biomaterials, tissue modeling systems, cell-based therapeutics

icon
Branson W. Ritchie

Co-Director, New Materials Institute
Director, Technology Development & Implementation, New Materials Institute
Distinguished Research Professor
Director, UGA Infectious Diseases Laboratory
britchie@uga.edu
Animal health, emerging diseases, infectious diseases, technology development and implementation

Evan White, PhD
Evan M. White

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Director, The Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory
Website | The Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory
emwhite@uga.eduMaterial science, Bioseniatic™ materials, degradable polymers, composites and coatings

Jason Locklin
Jason Locklin

Director, New Materials Institute
Lead; Advanced Polymers, Fibers & Coatings
Distinguished Faculty Scholar, UGA College of Engineering
Professor; Department of Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences,
and, College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter
New polymers, Bioseniatic℠ materials, biodegradable materials, coatings and interfaces

Elizabeth Brisbois
Elizabeth Brisbois

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
ejbrisbois@uga.edu
Novel therapeutics and medical device materials derived from human body molecules; antimicrobial and hemocompatible interfaces; anti-inflammatory biomaterials; insulin delivery; polymer and small molecule chemistry; pulmonary and dental therapeutics

Cheryl Gomillion
Cheryl Gomillion

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Website | Publications
ctgomillion@uga.edu
Natural tissue replacements, composite tissue systems, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, cell-biomaterial interactions, multi-functional biomaterials, tissue modeling systems, cell-based therapeutics

Vladimir Popik
Vladimir Popik

Professor
Department of Chemistry
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Website | Google Scholar
Light-responsive materials, photo-degradable polymers, new methods of chemical recycling of plastics

Grant Crane
Grant Crane

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Website | The Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory
gcrane@uga.eduMaterial science, Bioseniatic™ materials, degradable polymers, composites and coatings

Jessica Bramhall
Jessica Bramhall

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Website
jbram92@uga.eduFormulation science and development, performance and barrier coatings, material science, polyhydroxyalkanoates, biologically degradable materials 

Breeanna Urbanowicz
Breeanna Urbanowicz

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
Website | Google Scholar
breeanna@uga.eduhemicellulose, xylan, plant cell wall, cellulose, glycosyltransferase, plant glycobiology, plant biochemistry

Portrait of Jim Kastner
Jim Kastner

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
jrk@uga.edu
Catalytic reaction engineering, renewable fuels and chemicals.

Mark Eiteman

Professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
eiteman@engr.uga.edu
Metabolic engineering, fermentation, nutrient-limited processes, microbial physiology

Joe Grubbs
Joe Grubbs

Adjunct Assistant Professor
College of Engineering
Director R&D Athens/Senior Polymer Scientist for DaniMer Scientific
Website
joe.grubbs@uga.edu
Biodegradable materials, waxes, coatings and renewable adhesives

Suraj Sharma
Suraj Sharma

Professor
Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
Website
ssharma@uga.edu
Nanocellulose, biopolymer composites

Sudaghar Mani
Sudhagar Mani

Professor
College of Engineering & Department of Food Science and Technology
Website | Google Scholar | Research Gate
smani@engr.uga.edu
Nanocellulose manufacturing, food packaging films, surface modified nanocellulose, LCA of Nanocellulose

Gajanan Bhat
Gajanan Bhat

Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Fibers and Textiles
Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
Website
gbhat@uga.edu
Fiber science, nonwovens, melt-blowing, cotton nonwovens, plastic recycling, multifunctional nonwovens

WQ Wang
Xianqiao (XQ) Wang

Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Research Gate
xqwang@uga.edu
Computational mechanics, soft matters, mechanics of biopolymer composites, bio-inorganic interfaces

YAJUN YAN
Yajun Yan

Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar
yajunyan@uga.edu
Metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, natural products, bioenergy, biotechnology

H Handa
Hitesh Handa

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Website | Research Gate
hhanda@uga.edu
Nitric oxide releasing materials, antibacterial coatings, hemocompatible materials, medical devices, animal models, wound healings, translational research

Minko
Sergiy Minko

Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science
Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors and Department of Chemistry
Website | Lab
Nanofibers, bio-based coatings, nanostructured materials, responsive materials, biomaterials, biointerfaces, functional fibers and textiles 

Evan White, PhD
Evan M. White

Assistant Research Scientist
Locklin Group, UGA New Materials Institute
Director, The Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory
Website | The Bioseniatic℠ Laboratory
emwhite@uga.eduMaterial science, Bioseniatic™ materials, degradable polymers, composites and coatings

Jason Locklin
Jason Locklin

Director, New Materials Institute
Lead; Advanced Polymers, Fibers & Coatings
Distinguished Faculty Scholar, UGA College of Engineering
Professor; Department of Chemistry, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences,
and, College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter
New polymers, Bioseniatic℠ materials, biodegradable materials, coatings and interfaces

Kate Cassity-Duffey
Kate Cassity-Duffey

Assistant Professor—Organic Production
Department of Horticulture
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Faculty page | Google Scholar
katecass@uga.edu
Organic vegetable production, soil nutrient cycling, biomass and organic wastes

Joseph G. Usack
Joseph G. Usack

Assistant Professor—Sustainable Food Systems
Department of Food Science & Technology
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Faculty page | Google Scholar
joseph.usack@uga.edu
Sustainable food systems engineering; bioprocess engineering; open-culture microbiomes; resource recovery (food, water, energy, nutrients); food, agriculture sectors

Rebecca Abney
Rebecca Abney

Assistant Professor of Forest & Disturbed Soils
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Website | Google Scholar
Rebecca.Abney@uga.edu
Organic soil matter, soil carbon and nitrogen biogeochemical cycles, biochar, erosion control, soil nutrient dynamics

Jay A. Brandes

Professor
Department of Marine Sciences
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Website | Google Scholar | Research Gate
jay.brandes@skio.uga.edu
Marine debris, plastics, microplastics, microthreads, stable isotopes, photochemistry, carbon cycling

Katy Austin Smith

Public Service Assistant/Water Quality Program Coordinator
Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant
River Basin Center
Georgia DNR Coastal Advisory Council
Website | Research Gate
klaustin@uga.edu
Water quality, marine debris, marine education, emerging contaminants, estuaries, microplastics

Dorothea Sanders

Public Service Associate
Marine Extension
Website
sandersd@uga.edu
Marine debris, microplastics, marine education

Jenna Jambeck
Jenna Jambeck

Associate Director, New Materials Institute
Lead, Circular Materials Management; and, Circularity Informatics Lab
Regents’ Professor, University System of Georgia
Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
Website | Google Scholar | Twitter | Marine Debris Tracker Facebook/Twitter/Website
jjambeck@uga.edu
Global materials management, waste, plastic, biodegradation, recycling

KC Das
KC Das

Professor
College of Engineering
WebsiteGoogle Scholar
kdas@engr.uga.edu
Materials management, agricultural materials, biomass cycling, anaerobic digestion

Julia Gaskin
Julia Gaskin

Senior Public Service Associate
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Website
jgaskin@uga.edu
Biomass and nutrient cycling

Ke Luke Li
 Luke Li

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Lab

Materials flow, life cycle assessment

Erin Lipp
Erin Lipp

Professor
Environmental Health Science, Microbiology
Website
elipp@uga.edu
Public health, microbiology