My current work focuses on achieving meaningful outcomes in cetacean conservation and developing educational programs that help students become technically proficient critical thinkers, who are also thoughtful members of their professional bioengineering and broader community.
We work to develop and apply biomaterials solutions for the mitigation of infection, promotion of stable wound resolution, and improvement of device design for human and marine applications, while giving diverse undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to gain significant research and design experience.
Letter of Recognition from University Provost for Excellence in Teaching, 2012, 2016, 2018, 2020
University Teaching Award in the College of Engineering-Michigan Technological University, 2011
Howard Hughes Medical Institute: UW-Faculty Teaching Program-Teaching Fellowship, 2004
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI): Cardiovascular Research Training Grant, 2003-2006
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR): Research Training Gran, 1996-2002
Meyers KM, Simon A, Khan ZM, Rajachar RM, Vlaisavljevich E. Focused ultrasound for the remote modulation of nitric oxide release from injectable PEG-fibrinogen hydrogels for tendon repair. Frontiers in Materials. 2023,10.
Smies A, Wales J, Hennenfent M, Lyons L, Dunn C, Robbins J, Lee BP, Zerbini A, Rajachar RM. Non-antibiotic antimicrobial polydopamine surface coating to prevent stable biofilm formation on satellite telemetry tags used in cetacean conservation applications. Frontiers in Marine Science. 2022, 9.
He W, Reaume M, Hennenfent M, Lee BP, Rajachar RM. Biomimetic hydrogels with spatial- and temporal-controlled chemical cues for tissue engineering. Biomater Sci. 2020, 8, 3248-3269.
Pinnaratip R, Kord Forooshani P, Li M, Hu YH, Rajachar RM, and Lee BP. Controlling the Release of Hydrogen Peroxide from Catechol-Based Adhesives Using Silica Nanoparticles. ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2020, 6, 8, 4502–4511.
Joseph CA, McCarthy CW, Tyo A, Hubbard K, Fisher H, Altscheffel J, He W, Lui Y, Pinnaratip R, Lui Y Lee BP, Rajachar RM. Development of an Injectable Nitric Oxide Releasing Poly(ethylene) Glycol-Fibrin Adhesive Hydrogel. ACS Biomater Sci Eng. 2019, 5, 2, 959-969.
Pinnaratip R, Bhuiyan SA, Meyers Kaylee, Rajachar RM, Lee BP. Multifunctional biomedical adhesive. Advanced Healthcare Materials. 2019, 8, 1801568.
Tyo A, Welch S, Hennenfent M, Kord Fooroshani P, Lee BP, and Rajachar R. Development and Characterization of an Antimicrobial Polydopamine Coating for Conservation of Humpback Whales. Frontiers in Chemistry. 2019, 7.
Holmes HR, Vlaisavljevich E, Tan EL, Snyder KL, Ong KG, Rajachar RM. Control of Cellular Adhesion and Myofibroblastic Character with Sub-Micrometer Magnetoelastic Vibrations. Journal of Biomechanics. 2018. 71, 199-207.