Dr. Mueller is an Assistant Professor in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland and in the Department of OB-GYN & Reproductive Science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is also a a member of the Program in Oncology at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC). Her interdisciplinary training combines optical imaging, image processing, ablative therapies, and human-centered design to develop biomedical devices to solve challenges in global health. She received her bachelor’s degree in bioengineering with a minor in global health technologies from Rice University, and received both an MS and PhD in biomedical engineering at Duke University for her work developing optical systems and automated algorithms to improve the accuracy of cancer excision during surgery. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Mueller was a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University where she worked with a multidisciplinary team to develop the Pocket colposcope, a low-cost, portable device to screen women for cervical pre-cancer at the primary care setting and conducted studies to demonstrate its impact in 1,000 women in eight countries. She is also spearheading a new program to develop low-cost therapeutics for cervical pre-cancer and received a K99/R00 award from the NCI to do large animal trials before moving to patient studies. Dr. Mueller’s lab is focused on developing translational low-cost diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to improve the management of cervical cancer and other cancers in the United States and in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Tri Quang Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Tri Quang is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland. He received a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Iowa. His PhD research focused on integrated intraoperative optical imaging and surgical navigation systems for computer-assisted interventions. In 2019, he was awarded an American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Student Research Grant for his work. He received a MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Akron in 2016. In the Mueller Lab, Tri is interested in development of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, interdisciplinary projects, and translation of biomedical devices.
Jeffrey Yang Graduate Student
Jeffrey is a PhD student in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Bioengineering from UMD in 2017, he worked as a research associate and analytical validation specialist for Prometic Biotherapeutics, Inc., based in Rockville, MD, before beginning his PhD studies in August 2020. His current research interests involve optimizing low-cost technologies and cancer therapies for translation into the clinic. In the Mueller Lab, Jeffrey is exploring different applications of ethanol ablation with other cancer therapies as combinatorial treatment modalities for various cancers.
Gatha Adhikari Graduate Student
Gatha is a PhD student in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland. She received a bachelor's degree in Biomedical engineering from Rowan University in New Jersey, where she used imaging-based analysis of single stem cells and tunable materials to investigate cell-material interactions with applications in regenerative medicine. She explored how cell shape, cell-cell contact, and the underlying substrate stiffness affects mechanosensing and ultimately stem cell differentiation. Her current research interests involve making biomedical technologies accessible in LMICs. In the Mueller Lab, Gatha is designing an in vitro model of cervical pre-cancer and cancer to evaluate treatments for this disease.
Taya Lee Graduate Student
Taya is a PhD student in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland. She received her BS in Bioengineering from Clemson University. At Clemson, she worked to develop a biosensor able to monitor antiretroviral drug adherence in HIV/AIDs patients living in LMICs. After graduating, Taya completed a post-bacc through the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s STAR-PREP program. There she studied the effects of microenvironmental factors on glioblastoma tumor progression. Her current research interests involve making reliable treatments for cancer more accessible. In the Mueller Lab, Taya is developing EC-ethanol quality control criteria and exploring combination treatments for cervical cancer.
Michele Kaluzienski Lab Assistant
Maya Budzinski Undergraduate Student
.Maya is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Bioengineering. She is interested in biomedical device development and its application to global engineering. In the Mueller Lab, she previously optimized ethanol ablation treatments for cervical pre-cancer. Now she is enhancing the functionality of a low-cost laparoscope for use in LMICs.
Jason Chen Undergraduate Student
Jason is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Bioengineering. He is interested in the design and development of various biomedical devices and even more so when given the constraints and challenges of using them in low and middle-income countries. In the Mueller Lab, Jason is designing a portable testing setup to characterize the image quality of a low-cost laparoscope for use in LMICs. The setup will enable others evaluate and troubleshoot laparoscopes in LMICs without needing the costly equipment.
Venkata Polavarapu Undergraduate Student
Venkata is a second year undergraduate student studying bioengineering. She is interested in biomedical device instrumentation and how it can be applied to enhancing global health treatments in LMICs. In the Mueller Lab, Venkata is optimizing injection parameters for the ethanol ablation treatment project.
Tessa Hauser Undergraduate Student
Tessa is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Bioengineering. She is interested in the development of biomedical devices and how they can help LMICs. In the Mueller Lab, she is investigating various applications of ethanol ablation for combinatorial cancer therapies.
Pritika Papali Undergraduate Student
Pritika is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Bioengineering on a pre-med track. She is interested in pursuing a career in medicine after graduation and applying biomedical device development to improve global healthcare. In the Mueller Lab, she is enhancing the functionality of a low-cost laparoscope for use in LMICs.
Vene Richardson-Powell Undergraduate Student
Vené is a fifth-year undergraduate student studying Bioengineering and is following a pre-med track. She plans to pursue medical school after graduating from the University of Maryland. She is interested in utilizing bioengineering to improve medical diagnosis and treatments as well as developing biomedical devices that can be used globally. In the Mueller Lab, Vené is optimizing ethanol ablation treatments and injection parameters for cervical pre-cancer.
Catherine Schilling Undergraduate Student
Catherine is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Bioengineering. She is interested in biomedical device development and it’s applications in global health care. In the Mueller lab, Catherine is designing and prototyping an injector that utilizes ethanol ablation practices to combat refractory warts.
Moussa Haddad Undergraduate Student
Moussa graduated with a B.S in Bioengineering in May 2022. He is interested in optical imaging and its importance in cancer diagnosis and treatment on a global scale. In the Mueller Lab, Moussa enhanced the functionality of a low-cost laparoscope for use in LMICs.
Anna Parrish Undergraduate Student
Anna graduated with a B.S in Bioengineering in May 2022. She is interested in biomedical device development and its application to cancer treatments and diagnostics. In the Mueller Lab, she optimized ethanol ablation treatments for cervical pre-cancer.
Asma Farooqui Undergraduate Student
Asma graduated with a B.S. in Bioengineering in December 2021. She is interested in working on medical device development within the global health sphere and is planning to pursue a Master's Degree in Bioengineering. In the Mueller Lab, she worked on optimized ethanol ablation treatments for cervical pre-cancer.