Fromen Research Group

Engineering Particle-Lung Interactions

Welcome to the Fromen Research Group!  Our research is all about the lungs. We seek to advance understanding of the unique environment of the airways, from fluid dynamics to mucosal immunology. Armed with this foundation, we develop new therapeutics and analytical tools to treat a range of diseases specific to the lungs.

End of the Semester Celebration

On May 26, the Fromen lab celebrated the graduation of our two first PhD students! PhD Student #1 Bader Jarai and PhD Student #2 Zach Stillman were hooded by Prof Fromen during the UD hooding ceremony. Bader successfully defended his thesis earlier this semester and has already started his new position at Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Malvern; Zach will defend his thesis later this summer on July 21. Congratulations to both of you – we are so proud of your accomplishments!

Check out the UDaily article about the ceremony featuring Bader and his family!

With the end of the semester, we also say goodbye to two of our graduating seniors – Brendan Boggs and Aaron Lam. Congrats on your graduation and we wish you all the best in your new positions!

Amidst all of these goodbyes, we are ecstatic to be welcoming some new members as well!

We are excited to announce that first year CBE grad and CBI fellow Emma Sudduth has officially joined the group! We also welcome Joaquina Valdez, freshman CBE undergrad, who will join for the Summer Scholars Program this summer, and incoming zero year CBE graduate student Jodi Graf, who will be joining for summer research as well!

Looking forward to working with you all this summer and beyond!

SFBiomaterials Conference in Baltimore

Congrats to Kartik Bomb for his awesome presentation at the Society for Biomaterials Conference in Baltimore! His poster was titled: “Investigating impaired macrophage response in pulmonary fibrosis”. Way to go Kartik! Stay tuned for a paper on this work coming soon!

Big News – our first PhD defense!!

Congratulations to the newly minted Dr. Bader Jarai, the Fromen lab’s first PhD graduate!!! Bader defended his thesis this week, entitled “Engineering Nanoparticle Interactions to Develop Pulmonary Therapeutic Vaccines and Cell Therapies”. We are all so proud of the work you’ve done in the group and thankful for everything you’ve done starting the Fromen lab from scratch! Bader has accepted a position at Janssen Pharmaceuticals and will be starting there in May. Many huge congratulations to Bader — we can’t wait to hear about all the amazing things you will continue to accomplish!

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