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Amy Kauffman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

FASEAS Dept of Biomedical Engineering (SEAS)


  1. B.S. Biology, Spanish, Bucknell University
  2. Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Research Interests:

Amy graduated from Bucknell University in 2011 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Spanish, where she performed research in the Functional Morphology Laboratory under the direction of Professor C. Tristan Stayton, PhD. She performed Finite Element Analysis and mechanical testing on the shells of Chrysemys picta to assess the influence of geographic location and predator interactions on the evolution of shell design. For her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, she worked with Professor Joseph Forbess, MD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where she designed, characterized, and in-vitro assessed novel MRI-visible multi-drug release composite coatings for bioresorbable airway stents. She joined the Saltzman group in May 2016, and is currently working on the development of novel materials to accelerate wound healing in diabetes. The project involves the synthesis of a terpolymer that facilitates siRNA delivery, electrospinning of polymer scaffolds, and testing of these materials for their effectiveness and safety in animal models.


  • Goodfriend AC, Welch TR, Thomas CE, Nguyen KT, Johnson RF, Forbess JM. Bacterial sensitivity assessment of multifunctional polymeric coatings for airway stents. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials. July 2016. DOI: 10.1002/jbm.b.33754
  • Goodfriend AC, Welch TR, Nguyen KT, Johnson RF, Sebastian V, Reddy SV, Forbess J, Nugent A. Thermally processed polymeric microparticles for year-long delivery of dexamethasone. Materials Science and Engineering C. Sept 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2015.09.003
  • Goodfriend AC, Welch TR, Wang J, Nguyen KT, Johnson RF, Xu C, Reddy SV, Nugent A, Forbess JM. Design of a radiopaque drug delivery coating for bioresorbable stents.  Proceedings of the 14th International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Aug 2015. DOI: 10.1115/IMECE2015-52146
  • Goodfriend AC, Welch TR, Nguyen KT, Wang J, Johnson RF, Reddy SV, Nugent A, Forbess JM. Poly(gadodiamide fumaric acid): A bioresorbable radiopaque and MRI-visible polymer for biomedical application. American Chemical Society Biomaterials Science & Engineering. June 2015. DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.5b00091
  • Goodfriend AC, Barker G, Welch TR, Richard G, Reagel M, Reddy SV, Wang J, Nugent A, Forbess J. Novel Bioresorbable Stent Coating for Drug Release in Congenital Heart Disease Applications. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. Sept 2014. DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.35313

Research Interests

Drug Delivery
Gene Therapy
Tissue Engineering


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