Principal Investigator

Dr. Tanmay Lele, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Director, Institute for Cell & Tissue Science and Engineering, University of Florida 
Affiliate Faculty, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering
Faculty member, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Cell Biology, College Medicine

Tanmay Lele is a Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. He obtained the PhD in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. This was followed by postdoctoral research in Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital. He received the B.Chem.Eng. degree from UDCT, Bombay.

Doctoral Students

Qiao Zhang

Joined lab: October, 2013

Graduate: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (University of Florida, 2018 (expected))

Undergraduate: BSE Chemical Engineering (University of Minnesota, 2013)

Hometown: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China





Andrew Tamashunas

Joined lab: September, 2014

Graduate: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (University of Florida, 2019 (expected))

Undergraduate: BSE Chemical Engineering (Clemson University, 2014)

Hometown: Eastampton, NJ





Aditya Katiyar

Joined lab: July,2017

Graduate: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (University of Florida, in progress)

Undergraduate: B. Tech Mechanical Engineering (SRM University, Chennai, 2014)

Hometown: Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India





Purboja Purkayastha

Joined lab:August, 2017

Graduate: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (University of Florida, in progress), Master’s in Chemical Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2017)

Undergraduate:  BSE Chemical Engineering (Jadavpur University, 2015)

Hometown: Tripura, India





Julie Jameson

Joined lab: September, 2017

Graduate: Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (University of Florida, in progress)

Undergraduate: BS Chemical Engineering (University of Arkansas, 2017)

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK




Master’s Students


               Guanrui Li                                               Danielle Sheppard

Undergraduate Students


          Lauren Paschall                                                  Aliasger Ezzi

Research Interns

           Shreya Pathak

Join Us!

Committed Master’s and Undergraduate students who can contribute >10 hours per week for at least 2 consecutive semesters (Fall&Spring), please email Qiao Zhang ( with 1-page review of at least 2 Journal articles (research papers, no reviews) in the field (articles may be from our lab, or other labs).


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