Donald Aduba, Jr.
Postdoctoral Research Associate 2015-18, Mechanical Engineering
Don joined the DREAMS lab in October 2015 to bring his expertise fabricating and characterizing biomaterials for additive manufacturing. His primary research is processing ceramic materials into three dimensional high-resolution shapes using mask projection stereolithography. This research platform encompasses materials processing-property relationships from understanding suspension rheology required for printing to deriving bulk properties from part microstructure. Ceramic structures fabricated from the multi-step process lends to potential uses in the automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, and medical device industries. Additional projects include collaborations with the Long research group to use stereolithography for designing functional biomaterial scaffolds with tunable material properties and shapes for tissue engineering and drug delivery.
Don received his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University with specialization in biomaterials fabrication and characterization in August 2015. His graduate research focused on designing electrospun and hydrogel biopolymer scaffolds for drug delivery and wound healing applications. Don was a recipient of the Southern Regional Education Board Fellowship to fund his doctoral program from 2012-2015. He also received an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and a B.S. in Kinesiology with a Biomedical Engineering minor from the University of Virginia in 2008. In his spare time, he avidly follows his hometown Kansas City sports teams, enjoys the outdoors, loves playing sports, listens to music and does community outreach with his fraternity Phi Beta Sigma.
Don left the DREAMS Lab in 2018 to work for the government.
Peer Reviewed Papers
Aduba, D.C. Jr., Hammer, J., Yuan, Q., Yeudall, W.A., Bowlin, G., Yang, H., “Semi-interpenetrating nanofiber scaffolds for oral mucosal drug delivery.” Acta Biomaterialia (2013), 9(5), 6576-84.
Aduba, D.C. Jr., Overlin, J., Frierson, C., Bowlin, G., Yang, H., “Electrospinning of PEGylated polyamidoamine dendrimer fibers.” Materials Science & Engineering: Part C, (2015), 56(1), 189-94.
Aduba, D.C. Jr., An, S.S., Selders, S.S., Wang, J., Yeudall, W.A., Bowlin, G., Kitten, T., Yang, H., “Fabrication, characterization and in vitro evaluation of silver-containing arabinoxylan foams as antimicrobial wound dressing.” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, (2016), 4(10), 2456-65.
Aduba, D.C., Yang, H., “Polysaccharide Fabrication Platforms and Biocompatibility Assessment as Candidate Wound Dressing Materials.” Bioengineering, (2017), 4(1),.