Graduate Research Assistant
NSF Graduate Research Fellow & NIH Cell & Tissue Engineering training grant fellow
Stem Cell Biomanufacturing IGERT associate
Project Title:
“Microsphere-mediated differentiation of embryonic stem cells”


Anh was born in Redbank, NJ and attended Marist High School in Atlanta, GA. She then obtained her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech where she worked in Dr. Yadong Wang's lab on developing a biocompatible cationic polymer for the controlled release of growth factors. After completing her undergraduate studies, she worked in Dr. Nicholas Peppas' lab at the University of Texas at Austin on developing nanoparticles and microparticles for the oral delivery of chemotherapeutics. She is currently working towards her doctorate degree at Georgia Tech in Bioengineering in Dr. Todd McDevitt's lab.


B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests

Anh's research involves developing microparticles with tunable degradation rates and growth factor release kinetics. The biomolecule-laden microparticles can be incorporated within stem cell aggregates for greater spatial control of differentiation from the "inside-out" and to overcome transport limitations of soluble factor delivery to aggregates. Furthermore, the control of growth factor release rate can be employed in stem cell differentiation strategies where temporal kinetics of growth factor presentation are important in obtaining specialized cell types. 


National Institutes of Health Cell and Tissue Engineering Training Grant: January 2013- January 2015

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: September 2009-September 2012

Georgia Tech Dean’s List Honor Award: 2005-2009

Presidential Undergraduate Research Award (PURA): Summer 2007 and Summer 2008

Nguyen AH, McKinney J, Miller T, Bongiorno T, McDevitt TC. Gelatin methacrylate microspheres for controlled growth factor release. Acta Biomaterialia. 2015;.
Bratt-Leal AM, Nguyen AH, Hammersmith KA, Singh A, McDevitt TC. A microparticle approach to morphogen delivery within pluripotent stem cell aggregates. Biomaterials. 2013;.
Suri S, Singh A, Nguyen AH, Bratt-Leal AM, McDevitt TC, Lu H. Microfluidic-based patterning of embryonic stem cells for in vitro development studies. Lab on a Chip. 2013;.