Megan Killian - NSF Early Career Award
PI: Megan L. Killian, PhD. Assistant Professor. Dr. Killian joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Prior to her faculty appointment at UD, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Stavros Thomopoulos (Washington University in St Louis). At WUSTL, Dr. Killian collaborated with several orthopaedic surgeons, including Dr. Leesa Galatz (shoulder/elbow), Dr. John Clohisy (young adult hip), and Dr. Michael Gardner (trauma). Dr. Killian completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in December, 2010, at Michigan Technological University (advisor: Dr. Tammy L. Haut Donahue). Dr. Killian has an MS degree in Movement Science (Montana State University, 2010; advisor: Dr. Michael Hahn) and a BS in BME (Michigan Tech, 2005). Fun fact: I was an NCAA Division II athlete in three sports (XC, Nordic, and Track & Field).
Elahe Ganji, Graduate student, Mechanical Engineering. Elahe officially joined the Killian lab in May 2017. Elahe graduated from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. Her research focuses on tendon and bone mechanics. Elahe is our resident expert in tendon biomechanics. Fun fact: I understand three languages and sing traditional Persian music.
Iman Bhattacharya (MS student in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology). Iman joined the lab in March 2019 and is investigating mechanobiology of tendon and muscle using genomics approaches. Fun fact: Iman can speak 3 languages in addition to English and is an avid plane spotter.
Connor Leek. Graduate student, Biomedical Engineering. Connor graduated from SUNY at Buffalo in New York with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2016. His research focuses on joint spacing and laxity. Fun fact: I enjoy cooking Mediterranean-themed recipes.
Ryan Locke, Graduate student, BME. Ryan joined the Killian lab in January 2016. Ryan graduated from UD in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. His research focuses on tendon-bone healing. Ryan is our resident expert in histology. Fun fact: I am drawn to the beach (Stone Harbor) and own a mini dachshund named Roni.
Joseph Korn, Undergraduate scholar. Joe joined the Killian lab in fall 2018. He is an undergraduate at UD in Biomedical Engineering. Joe is developing methods to characterize cells using flow cytometry and lineage tracing. I’ve played tennis for my whole life and I love to ski and paddleboard.
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Angela (Ang) Livingston, Undergraduate scholar. Ang is a sophomore at UD in Biomedical Engineering and joined the lab in January 2019. She is working with Jaclyn Soulas to quantify skeletal muscle innervation in normal and knockout mice. Fun fact: I’m a volunteer crisis counselor.
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Keira Morgan, Undergraduate scholar; NIDDK Step-Up Scholar. Keira joined the Killian lab in February 2017. She is a freshman at UD in BME and is investigating the role of metabolism during the development and homeostasis of the tendon-bone attachment. Fun fact: I am a member of a variety of high school clubs including Jefferson Award, National Honor Society, Marine Science, Anti-Bullying, and a cofounder of Multicultural Club.


Jaclyn Soulas, Undergraduate Scholar. Jaclyn is a UD Honors Program junior pursuing a B.S. in Pre-Veterinary and Animal Biosciences. She is a recipient of the 2018-2019 Delaware Space Grant Consortium internship. Her research focuses on using an immunofluorescent model of the deltoid muscle to study the varying impacts of skeletal muscle innervation throughout musculoskeletal development. Fun fact: I have been working with therapy horses for almost 8 years!
Anna Lia Sullivan, Undergraduate Scholar. AnnaLia is a UD Honors Program sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Pre-Veterinary and Animal Biosciences. Her research focuses on the effects of muscle loading on the structural and functional properties of tendon following rupture. Fun fact: I breed and raise alpacas on my family farm!
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Julianna Wayne, Undergraduate Scholar. Julianna is a UD sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and is in the RISE program. She started research in the lab in January, 2019, and focuses on characterizing the efficacy of collagen-like peptide binding to damaged tendons. Fun fact: I’m a twin and I have sisters that are twins as well!


Stay tuned for profiles from some of our newest undergraduate scholars and graduate students!

Killianlab alum:

Bhavana Aitha
Undergraduate Scholar, 2016-2018Nursing, University of Delaware
Kacie Breeding
Undergraduate Scholar (Summer 2018): Student at Vanderbilt University, majors in Biomedical Engineering.
Kacie was a scholar on the NINDS REU Program through Delaware State University.
Patrick Canning
Undergraduate scholar, Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
BS 2016-2018. Pat was one of our first UGs!
He’s currently employed at Eurofins
Ellen Dudzinski, Undergraduate Scholar (2017-2018). Ellen was a 2018 DESG fellow. She is now employed by Globus.
Lindsay Erndwein, 2016 CBER Be FIRST! REU Undergraduate Scholar. Alumna of Penn State University. Lindsay is currently a PhD student in Plant and Soil Science at the University of Delaware, and we still get to work with her through a collaboration with Dr. Erin Sparks!
Emily Hudson, BS in CANR/Pre-Vet and Animal Biosciences. Emily was a DE INBRE and undergraduate scholar. She is currently employed at Arkion.


Kumar Kautharapu, PhD. Kumar was a Postdoctoral Fellow in our lab (2017).
Beth Lemmon, 
INBRE and DESGC Undergraduate Scholar. 
BS Animal Sciences/Pre-Vet Medicine (2016-2018)
Beth received the Delaware Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate tuition scholarship and the 2017 Delaware INBRE summer scholar. Check out Beth’s first-authored publication in Connective Tissue Research here! Beth is currently pursuing a VMD/PhD dual degree at the University of Pennsylvania. 
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Brandon Okeyo. Brandon was an NIDDK Step-Up Scholar, 2017-2018 and is currently an Undergraduate at UD in Neuroscience.
Nicholas Ruggiero, 
Undergraduate ScholarBiomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
BS 2018
Nick joined the Killian lab in January 2016 and was our first UG! He is a senior pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering. He was a UD/UDRF Summer Scholar. Nick is currently a research technician/scientist at Thomas Jefferson University.
Megan Smith, Undergraduate Scholar (2017 & 2018). 
Megan is a senior pursuing a dual-degree BS in Political Science and Biological Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She was a 2018 Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar. 
Michael Sonnenfelt, BS. Michael is a former graduate student in the lab and joined us from Saint Louis University. He is currently employed (next door!) at QPS.
Ania Szostek, Undergraduate Scholar. Pre-Vet Medicine
2016-2017. Ania is pursuing a DMV at the University of Georgia.



Kendra Wernlé, BS. Kendra was a Lab Technician and alumna of CANR (2016).
Kendra took a year off from working as a technician in the lab to volunteer for World Teach in American Samoa (Talofa!). Forever the world traveler, Kendra is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Switzerland!
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    Kierstyn Hendricks. NINDS Undergraduate Research Program. (2018-2019). Kierstyn is an undergraduate at Wilmington University pursuing a BS in Biological Sciences. Kierstyn was a scholar on the NINDS REU Program through Delaware State University.