Department of Chemistry
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Melissa Grunlan

Primary Appointment
  • Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M University
Department of Biomedical Engineering
5030 Emerging Technologies Bldg.
College Station, TX 77840-3120

P: 979-845-2406

Current Activities

Our research is broadly focused on developing new materials to improve the performance of medical devices and regenerative engineering therapies. Several specific research areas include anti-fouling coatings for blood-contacting devices & marine applications, self-cleaning membranes for implanted biosensors, shape memory polymer scaffolds & inorganic-organic hydrogel scaffolds for bone healing, and ultra-strong hydrogels as synthetic cartilage.

Educational Background

B.S., 1995, North Dakota State University

M.S., 1997, North Dakota State University

Ph.D., 2004, University of Southern California

1997-2001, The HB Fuller Company

Awards & Recognition

  • Chair, ACS Division of PMSE, 2018
  • Holder, Charles H. and Bettye Barclay Professorship in Engineering, 2018
  • Presidential Impact Fellow (TAMU), 2017
  • Dean of Engineering Excellence Award – Assoc. Prof. Level, 2016
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, 2015
  • Short-term Visiting Scientist Fellowship - National Institute for Materials Science (Tsukuba, Japan) 2015
  • Association of Former Students Distinguished University Level Award in Teaching, 2015
  • Association of Former Students Distinguished College Level Award in Teaching, 2009 and 2016
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Faculty Fellow, 2013
  • British Petroleum (BP) Teaching Excellence Award, 2012
  • Herbert H. Richardson Faculty Fellow Award, 2010
  • Doctoral Research Award, University of Southern California, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, 2005

Selected Publications

  • Ngo, B.K.D.; Grunlan, M.A. "Protein resistant polymeric biomaterials," ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 6, 992-1000.
  • Hawkins, M.L.; Schott, S.S.; Grigoryan, B.; Rufin, M.A.; Ngo, B.K.D.; Vanderwal, L.; Stafslien, S.J.; Grunlan, M.A. "Anti-protein and anti-bacterial behavior of amphiphilic silicones," Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 5239-5251.
  • Gacasan, E.G; Sehnert, R.M.; Ehrhardt, D.A.; Grunlan, M.A.. "Templated, macroporous PEG-DA hydrogels as tissue engineering scaffolds," Macromol. Mater. Eng., 2017, 302, 16000512 – 16000518.
  • Woodard, L.N.; Page, V.M.; Kmetz, K.T.; Grunlan, M.A.. "PCL-PLLA semi-IPN shape memory polymers (SMPs): Degradation and mechanical properties," Macromol. Rapid Comm., 2016, 37, 1972-1977.
  • Fei, R., Means, A.K., Abraham, A.A.; Locke, A.K.; Coté; G.L.; Grunlan, M.A.. "Self-cleaning, thermoresponsive P(NIPAAm-co-AMPS) double network membranes for implanted glucose biosensors," Macromol. Mater. Eng., 2016, 301, 935-943.