Team Members

Kristen Dellinger – PI

Dr. Kristen Dellinger is an Assistant Professor at North Carolina A&T State University in the Department of Nanoengineering, a part of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Dr. Dellinger was awarded a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University in Canada, for her work on developing a liposome-based estradiol delivery vehicle for the treatment of atherosclerotic inflammation. Dr. Dellinger has authored several peer-reviewed scientific publications and collaborated with industry partners and scientists on highly technical and diverse projects, ranging from biomedical device development to textile and semiconductor fabrication. She has over 12 years of diverse research and development experience having led an analytical chemistry instrumentation facility housing several million dollars in equipment, optimizing data acquisition methods and analysis.

Samuel Adesoye – PhD Student

Samuel Adesoye obtained his BSc and MSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a PhD student in the Department of Nanoengineering, North Carolina A&T State University. He is currently working in Dr. Dellinger’s Laboratory at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. His research focuses on diagnostic applications of surface enhanced Raman Scattering in medicine.

Sarah Bartley – PhD Student

Sarah Bartley obtained her B.Sc. in Physics from Agnes Scott College and a M.Sc. in Physics from University of Central Florida. She is a PhD student in the Department of Nanoengineering, North Carolina A&T State University. She has accepted an IBIEM (Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes) fellowship for the year of 2020-2021 to focus on microbiome research. She hopes to incorporate computational work within Dr. Dellinger’s experimental lab.

Jessica Norcott – PhD Student

Jessica Norcott obtained her B.Sc. in Biomedical Science from the University of Averett in Danville, Virginia, and her Master’s in Nanoengineering from North Carolina A&T State University. She currently is a PhD student in Dr. Dellinger’s Laboratory at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.  She is working on developing technologies for viral detection and diagnosis. She also passionate about the intersection of nanotechnology and the arts and is currently running the Dellinger Lab social media pages.

Saqer Al-Abdullah – PhD Student


Saqer Al-Abdullah is currently a PhD student in Nanoengineering, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Previously, Saqer graduated with a BSc in Pharmacy in 2016 from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Jordan and MSc in Drug Design and Discovery in 2019 from University of Salford, Manchester, UK.


Recently, Saqer joined Dr. Dellinger’s Lab with a research focus on designing diagnostic tools and drug delivery systems for multifactorial diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Faith Mokobi Zablon – PhD Student

Faith Mokobi Zablon is currently a Ph.D. student in Nanoengineering (Synthetic Biology) at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, North Carolina A and T State University. She has a BSc degree in Microbiology and an MSc. Degree in Immunology and Microbiology from Madurai Kamaraj University, India. With vast experience in teaching biomedical modules in higher institutions in Kenya, Faith recently joined Dr. Dellinger’s lab to integrate her biomedical experience with nanotechnology in pursuing research focused on cancer theranostics (diagnostics, drug resistance, and treatment), for breast and cervical cancer. She is co-supervised by Dr. Shyam Aravamudhan.


Samaneh Ghadami – PhD Student


Samaneh received her Master of Science (MS) in Biochemistry from Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. She is an experienced researcher having worked in fluorescence in situ hybridization, chromosome preparation for karyotyping, chromosome banding, cell culture, and chromosomal analysis. Her Ph.D. research is focused on understanding the role of lipids in exosomes for applications in biosensing and active agent delivery for Alzheimer’s disease.

Kayla Webster – Undergraduate Researcher

Kayla Webster is a current junior bioengineering student at North Carolina A&T. She has recently completed an internship at Tmunity Therapeutics where she gained invaluable laboratory experience. Ms. Webster has a passion for innovation, creation, and helping others in the realm of biomedical engineering. She is enthusiastic to begin working in Dr. Dellinger Lab under Logan Porter as her mentee this semester.

Charles Coleman – Undergraduate Researcher

Charles Coleman is currently a junior at North Carolina A&T studying Bioengineering. He has previously attended Morehouse College, entering the school’s Dual Degree Engineering Program that dictates he must obtain a degree both at Morehouse and an adjacent engineering institution. He fulfilled the requirements at Morehouse necessary to receive a degree in Applied Physics. He has previous research experience in a Biomaterials laboratory at Morehouse as well as spectral analysis research during an internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a passionate and dedicated researcher who hopes to be at the forefront of innovation in the bioengineering industry. He is excited to work under PhD student, Jessica Norcott, as one of her mentees this semester.

Roma Desai – Lab Intern

Roma is a high school student at the Early College at Guilford. She is passionate about conducting research in the STEM field and has been working with the Dellinger group for the past two years. Roma is currently conducting research to synthesize zinc ferrite nanoparticles to incorporate into biosensors. Previously, she also worked on removing GenX (a toxic compound) from the environment using various peptides and has also used the SPRi to test aptamers for COVID-19 detection.




Logan Porter – MSc Student

Logan Porter obtained her Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC. She currently is a candidate for a Masters of Science in Dr. Dellinger’s Laboratory at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. She is working within tissue engineering to develop regenerative skin substitutes. She is passionate about the surgical field and hopes to incorporate work within Dr. Dellinger’s lab into the medical field.

2022 Update – Logan graduated with her Master’s Degree and a concentration in Synthetic Biology. Congratulations, Logan!

Brenda Burciu – MSc Student


Brenda Burciu obtained her Medical Doctor degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania. She is a Master’s student in the Department of Nanoengineering at North Carolina A&T State University. She is currently working in Dr. Dellinger’s lab and is researching applications of DNAZymes in Pathogen and Cancer detection and therapy.

2022 Update: Brenda has accepted a position at Wake Forest Medical School – Congratulations, Brenda!

Kameron Burton – Undergraduate Researcher


Kameron is an Honors Biochemistry student from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a current Dowdy scholar, and Dow SURE recipient. After graduating A&T he seeks to obtain a PhD in the biomedical field for research. His long term research interest is in Alzheimer’s treatment using stem cells and gene therapy. In his free time, Kameron enjoys hosting dinner parties, gaming, and making music.

2022 Update: Kameron is working in his home department of Chemistry on a collaborative project with the Dellinger lab. Congratulations, Kameron!!

Jason Dennis – Undergraduate Researcher

Jason Dennis is a sophomore Biology (Pre-med) student at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. Jason is passionate about completing medical research as it relates to cell biology in the medical field. He hopes to continue his academic career by attending medical school upon his completion of an undergraduate degree.

2021 Update – Jason just finished a summer in the NIH-NHLBI IMPACT program sponsored by Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development and College. Congratulations, Jason!!

Caroline Diaz – Undergraduate Researcher

Caroline Diaz obtained her A.A.S. in Biotechnology from Alamance Community College in Graham, NC. She is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in biology. She has done her internship with FlexCell International working with cell cultures using culture plates from the company to view the morphology and growth. Caroline was also a teaching assistant in the biotechnology program at ACC, where she taught students technical skills involving mammalian cell culture. She is passionate about cell biology and biomedical science. She hopes to complete her bachelor’s degree then go into the workforce and continue her passion for biomedical technology.

Annika Deshpande – Lab Intern

Annika Deshpande is a high school student at Greensboro Day School, North Carolina. She is passionate about Biology, Physics, and Computer-Science and hopes to go into either Biomedical Engineering or Computer Engineering in college. She is currently researching on how to detect viruses in saliva through Dr. Dellinger’s lab.


2021 UPDATE: Annika is currently a freshman at Columbia University. Congratulations, Annika!