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).

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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.
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, Biomedical Engineering. Ryan joined the Killian lab in January 2016. Ryan graduated from UD with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. His research focuses on tendon-bone healing, mechanics, and advanced imaging. Ryan is our resident expert in histology. Fun fact: I am drawn to the beach (Stone Harbor) and own a miniature dachshund named Macaroni.


Kierstyn Hendricks. Undergraduate scholar; NINDS Undergraduate Research Program. Kierstyn joined the Kilian lab in June 2018. She is an undergraduate at Delaware Technical Community College pursuing a BS in Biological Sciences. Kierstyn’s work focuses on tendon-healing and behavorial analysis. In 2018, Kierstyn was a scholar on the NINDS REU Program through Delaware State University. Fun Fact: I have a black cat named Sevyn that I rescued.
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!Enter a caption
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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 ScholarKacie joined Killian Lab for Summer 2018. During the academic year, she attends Vanderbilt University and 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 2018. Pat was one of our first UG!
He’s currently employed at Eurofins
Ellen Dudzinski, Undergraduate Scholar. Ellen joined Killian Lab in October 2017. She is a senior pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering, she was a 2018 DESG fellow. Her research focused on Photobiomodulation and its effect on Achilles tendon structure and mechanics. 
Lindsay Erndwein, 2016 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.

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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 (2018)
Beth joined the Killian lab in January 2016 and received the 2016-’17 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. His research focused on Fgf signaling pathways during postnatal growth. Nick is currently a research technician/scientist at Thomas Jefferson University.
Megan Smith, Undergraduate Scholar. 
Megan joined the Killian lab during the summer when she is home from college, and started with us in May 2017 during her summer break. She is a junior pursuing a dual-degree BS in Political Science and Biological Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She was a 2018 Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar. Her work focused on identifying the role of Fgf deletion on glial and neurogenic markers in the brain and limbs.
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

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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!


Not pictured:

  • Ashish Mahuli
    K12 Engineering Research Internship, 2016
    Charter School of Wilmington, graduated 2018
  • Seth Martinez
    Undergraduate Research Scholar, 2016-17
    Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
    BS 2018
  • Geoffrey Ming
    M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (December 2018)
  • Mario Soto Soto
    Undergraduate Scholar; CBER REU
    University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
    Summer 2018