Principal Investigator

Blake N. Johnson, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
School of Neuroscience
Macromolecules Innovation Institute



Princeton University (Postdoc; 2013 - 2015) - Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Drexel University (PhD; 2013) - Chemical Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison (BS; Certificate; 2008) - Chemical Engineering; Chemistry 


Select Honors and Awards

  • NSF Career Award (2022)
    SME Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2020)
    IISE Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2018)
  • Best Dissertation Award, Drexel University (2013)

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Lab Members

Lester Anderson

PhD Student; MACR

BE Chemistry

MS Polymer Engineering

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Yang Liu

PhD Student; MACR

BE Polymer Materials & Engineering

MS Chemistry

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Junru Zhang

PhD Student; ISE

BS Industrial & Systems Engineering


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Xuerui Song

PhD Student; ISE

BS Electrical Engineering


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Ali Moammeri

PhD Student; CHE

BS Chemical Engineering

MS Chemical Engineering

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Rasel Ahmed

PhD Student: CHE

BS Chemical Engineering

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Nathan Hayes

MS Student: ECE

BS Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Old Group Photos

Advanced Biomanufacturing Group (2015)



Advanced Biomanufacturing Group (2019)



Advanced Biomanufacturing Group (2023)



Former Students

  • Purna Srivatsa Boggavarapu (MS 2022; CS) - Software Engineer at Amazon

  • Ellen Cesewski (PhD 2021; MSE) - Account Manager at Samba Scientific

  • P.Durga Chandra sekhar (MS 2022; CS) - Senior Data Scientist at HiLabs

  • Justin Halper (MS 2018; ME) - Design Engineer at Raytheon

  • Alexander Haring (PhD 2020; MACR) - Senior Materials Scientist at Formlabs

  • Elena Karakozoff (BS 2018; ISE) - Production Manager at Greenheart Wellness

  • Srikanth Karri (MS 2024; CS) - Masters Student at Virginia Tech

  • Niki Khandelwal (BS 2018; ISE) - Senior UX Designer at Swing Education

  • Ezgi Kucukdeger (PhD 2022; ISE) - Engineer at Formlabs

  • David McIlvain (BS 2018; ISE) - Engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center

  • Mina Shawky (BS 2019; CS) - Space Systems Engineer at HawkEye 360

  • Manjot Singh (PhD 2021; ISE) - Engineer at DNAe

  • Rajan Thakur (MS 2017; ISE) - Sr. Engineering Specialist at FEDEX Express

  • Yuxin Tong (PhD 2021; ISE) - Engineer at 3M