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0215 MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521
(951) 827-6241 (Voice)
(951) 827-6416 (Fax)
Department Chair, Professor of Bioengineering
- Bourns College of Engineering
Although a chemical engineer by training, Professor Rodgers has concentrated on applications of chemical engineering fundamentals to the development and better understanding of biomedical and biological systems. His specific focus uses the fundamentals of transport phenomena, mathematical modeling, thermodynamics and kinetics. His work is largely interdisciplinary and collaborative with colleagues at medical school and pharmaceutical and bioscience programs, particularly at the University of Iowa. Some of his current projects include investigating the mechanism and potential role of redox species in and at the mitochondria of cells, mathematical mass transfer analysis of dissolved gases and nutrients in bioreactors, mathematical and experimental analysis of genetically-modified beta cells for a bioartificial pancreas, development and modeling prediction of drug delivery vehicles and development of transplantable devices.
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
- BSChE Chemical Engineering 1980
- University of Dayton, OH
- MSChE Chemical Engineering 1985
- University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
- DSc Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Certificate 1989
- Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2010 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, California Engineering Council
2009-2010 Recipient of the 2009/2010 Upper Division Honors Program Faculty Mentor of the Year Award, UCR
2008 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow
2006 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2005 Distinguished Educator Award, University of Iowa
2004 Catalyst Award, University of Iowa
2004 Collegiate Service Award, University of Iowa
2001 Iowa daVinci Celebration and Conference for Leadership and Excellence in Engineering
1999 Distinguished Service Award, AIChE, Minority Affairs Committee
1998 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching, University of Iowa
1998 Collegiate Teaching Award, University of Iowa
1997 Hawkeye Engineer Excellence in Teaching, University of Iowa
1996 Hawkeye Engineer Excellence in Teaching, University of Iowa
1995 SROP Distinguished Mentor Award, (CIC, Big Ten Universities)
1995 Hawkeye Engineer Excellence in Teaching, University of Iowa
1992 Salute to Excellence Stellar Achievement Award, St. Louis American Newspaper, St. Louis, MO
1992 James N. Murray Faculty Award, University of Iowa
1991 Tau Beta Pi Excellence in Engineering Teaching Award, University of Iowa
Biotransport, Bioreactions in Cells, Artificial Organs, Thermodynamics of Concentrated Proteins in Solution, Membrane Separations / Bioseparations, Bioreactor Design, Drug Delivery Vehicles
Biglione, N., Rodgers, V.G.J, and Peeples, T.L., “Determining Design and Scale-up Parameters for Degradation of Atrazine with Suspended Pseudomonas sp. ADP in Aqueous Bioreactors”, Biotechnology Progress, in press (2008).
Wang, Y., and Rodgers, V.G.J., “Free-Solvent Model Shows Osmotic Pressure is the Dominant Factor in Limiting Flux During Protein Ultrafiltration”, Journal of Membrane Science, in press, 2008.
Ng, C. F., Schafer, F.Q., Buettner, G.R., Rodgers, V.G.J., “Cellular hydrogen peroxide removal shows dependency on effective GPx activity: Mathematical insight into observed in-vivo behavior”, Free Radical Research, 41(11) 1201 – 1211 (2007).
Tilakaratne, H. K., Andracki, M. E., Yang, B. Hunter, S. K., and Rodgers, V.G.J., “Can Myoglobin-Expression in Pancreatic Beta Cells Improve Insulin Secretion Under Hypoxia? An Exploratory Study with Transgenic Porcine Islets”, Artificial Organs, 31(7) 521-531 (2007).
Tilakaratne, H. K., Hunter, S. K., Andracki, M. E., Benda, J. A., and Rodgers, V.G.J., “Characterizing Short-Term Release and Neovascularisation Potential of Multi-Protein Growth Supplement from Alginate-Hollow Fiber Devices”, Biomaterial, 28(1), 89-98 (2007).
Buettner G.R., Ng C. F., Rodgers V.G.J., Schafer F.Q., “A New Paradigm: Manganese Superoxide Dismutase Influences the Production of H2O2 in Cells and Thereby their Biological State”, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2006.07.015, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 41(8) 1338-1350 (2006).
Zhao, A. and Rodgers, V.G.J., “Using TEM to Couple Transient Protein Distribution and Release for PLGA Microparticles for Potential Use as Vaccine Delivery Vehicles”, Journal of Controlled Release, 113(1) 15-22 (2006).
Derjani-Bayeh, S., and Rodgers, V.G.J., “Sieving Variations Due to the Choice in Pore Size Distribution Model”, Journal of Membrane Science, 209(1) 1-17 (2002).
Yousef, M. A., Datta, R., and Rodgers, V.G.J., “Monolayer Hydration Governs Nonideality in Osmotic Pressure of Protein Solutions”, AIChE Journal, 48(6) 1301-1308 (2002).
Tilakaratne, H.K., Hunter, S.K., and Rodgers, V.G.J., “Mathematical Modeling of Myoglobin Facilitated Transport of Oxygen in Genetically Engineered Pancreatic Beta Cells”, Mathematical Biosciences, 176(2) 253-267 (2002).
Yousef, M. A., Datta, R., and Rodgers, V.G.J., “Model of Osmotic Pressure for High Concentrated Binary Protein Solutions”, AIChE Journal, 48(4), 913-917 (2002).
Rodgers, V.G.J., and Wang, Y., “Ultrafiltration and Nanofiltration Membranes”, for the Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science, Second Edition; Taylor & Francis: New York, 8, 6394 – 6415 (2006).
Rodgers, V.G.J., “Protein Adsorption Effects on Transport in Ultrafiltration Membranes”, in Surface Chemistry and Electrochemistry of Membranes, T.S. Sørensen (Ed.), Surfactant Science Series, Marcel Dekker, Inc., 79 225-246 (1999).
For additional information, please see Professor Rodgers' faculty webpage.