Hettiaratchi Lab

Our Team

Dr. Marian Hettiaratchi

Principal Investigator

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University

B.Sc., Chemical Engineering with Biomedical Specialization, University of Calgary

Marian Hettiaratchi joined the Knight Campus at the University of Oregon as an assistant professor in January 2020. She also holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health & Science University. Marian’s doctoral research focused on developing heparin-based microparticles for growth factor delivery to repair large bone defects. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto under the direction of Dr. Molly Shoichet where she combined techniques in protein engineering and polymer chemistry to stabilize and control the delivery of proteins for central nervous system repair. In her spare time, Marian enjoys running and biking along the Willamette River and drinking Oregon wines.

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Dr. Jakob Townsend

Postdoctoral Scholar

Postdoctoral Researcher, Biomaterials, University of Oklahoma

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Oklahoma

B.S., Bioengineering, Oregon State University

Jakob’s doctoral research focused on the development of native extracellular-based hydrogels for craniofacial bone regeneration and traumatic brain injury treatment. Jakob continued onto a postdoctoral position under the direction of Dr. Michael Detamore at the University of Oklahoma developing surface-modified biomaterials for bone and trachea regenerative medicine. Jakob’s focus in the Hettiaratchi Lab will be the development of modified biomaterials for localized release of biological factors for tissue engineering. In his spare time, Jakob enjoys rock climbing and taking care of his dog Eva.

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Branden Henry

Undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. in Human Physiology

Graduation: June 2020

My name is Branden Henry, and I am a post-baccalaureate student in the Human Physiology major. I was born in San Diego, California and was raised in Rancho Santa Margarita before I moved to Eugene for college. I’m a gigantic Duck Football fan and love to talk about anything college football.

Ireland Johnson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Spanish

Expected Graduation: June 2022

My name is Ireland Johnson and I am an undergraduate student in the Robert D. Clark Honors College on campus with a major in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and Spanish. After completing my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend medical school. I have had the privilege of living in 9 different cities across the world, but my family is currently situated in Portland. When I’m not studying or working on a project, you can find me backpacking in the mountains or skiing down Mt. Bachelor.

Hossein Rajabzadeh

Undergraduate Research Assistant

B.S. in Biochemistry

Expected Graduation: June 2021

My name is Hons Rajabzadeh and I am a senior Biochemistry major. After graduation, I hope to pursue a Master’s degree in biochemistry. I’m originally from Tehran, Iran, but also consider Eugene to be my hometown since I have been here for awhile. In my spare time, I enjoy building my own board games and bikes.