Biography | Research | Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Melissa A. Grunlan received her B.S. in Chemistry (Biochemistry Option) and M.S. in Polymers and Coatings from North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND). Her Ph.D. in Chemistry was obtained at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) in 2004. At USC, Dr. Grunlan prepared anti-fouling surfaces based on non-interactive, minimally adhesive polymer surfaces (MAPS) from a variety of unique silicone polymers. Her post-doctoral research was in the Dept. of Chemistry at TAMU where she developed silicone polymers with catalytic behavior. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she was a senior chemist with the H.B. Fuller Company (St. Paul, MN) for 4 years. Her research interests focus on the development of polymeric biomaterials for applications such as blood-contacting device coatings, sensor membranes, tissue engineering scaffolds, and “smart” materials. A principle distinction of our research is the development of inorganic Si-containing polymeric materials and their combination with organic polymers to obtain inorganic-organic “hybrid” materials with unique properties.
Ph.D. Chemistry; University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) 2001-2004
M.S. Polymers and Coatings; North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND) 1995-1997
B.S. Chemistry; North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND) 1995