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Esther Gomez

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

44 Greenberg Building

ewg10@psu.edu

814-867-4732

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology, Interfaces and Surfaces

Interest Areas:

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 2002
  • Ph D, Chemical Engineering, University of California, 2007

Publications

Parts of Book

  • Esther Gomez and Celeste M Nelson, 2011, Lithographically-defined two- and three-dimensional tissue microarrays, Springer, New York, New York, United States, pp. 107-116

Journal Articles

  • Virginia Aragon-Sanabria, Steven E *Pohler, Vikram J Eswar, Matthew *Bierowski, Esther Gomez and Cheng Dong, 2017, "VE-Cadherin Disassembly and Cell Contractility in the Endothelium are Necessary for Barrier Disruption Induced by Tumor Cells", Scientific Reports, 7, pp. 45835
  • D Jake Follmer, Sarah E Zappe, Enrique Daniel Gomez, Esther Gomez and Shane E Haydt, 2017, "Changing the Conversation: impact of a seminar-based classroom innovation on student perceptions of engineering", International Journal of Engineering Education, 33, pp. 519-526
  • D Jake Follmer, Esther Gomez, Sarah E Zappe and Manish Kumar, 2017, "Evaluation of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in Chemical Engineering indicates benefit from a collaborative model", Chemical Engineering Education, 51, pp. 145-150
  • Joseph W *O'Connor, Krunal *Mistry, Dayne *Detweiler, Clayton *Wang and Esther Gomez, 2016, "Cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion promote alpha smooth muscle actin expression during TGFß1-induced epithelial-myofibroblast transition via Notch and MRTF-A signaling", Scientific Reports, 6, pp. 26226
  • Sandeep M *Nalluri, Joseph W *O'Connor and Esther Gomez, 2015, "Cytoskeletal signaling in TGFb-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition", Cytoskeleton, 72, (11), pp. 557-569
  • Joseph W *O'Connor, Patrick N *Riley, Sandeep M *Nalluri, Parth K *Ashar and Esther Gomez, 2015, "Matrix rigidity regulates TGF-beta-induced epithelial-myofibroblast transition by controlling cytoskeletal organization and MRTF-A localization", Journal of Cellular Physiology, 230, pp. 1829-1839
  • Thinh P Le, Zhengrong Shang, Lizhu Wang, Nanwen Li, Sameer Vajjala Kesava, Joseph W *O'Connor, Ying Chang, Chulsung Bae, Chenhui Zhu, Alexander Hexemer, Esther Gomez, Alberto Salleo, Michael A Hickner and Enrique Daniel Gomez, 2015, "Miscibility and acid strength govern contact doping of organic photovoltaics with strong polyelectrolytes", Macromolecules, 48, pp. 5162-5171
  • Eric Weidert, Steven E *Pohler, Esther Gomez and Cheng Dong, 2014, "Actinomyosin contraction, phosphorylation of VE-cadherin, and actin remodeling enable melanoma-induced endothelial cell-cell junction disassembly", PLoS One, 9, pp. e108902
  • Joseph W *O'Connor and Esther Gomez, 2014, "Biomechanics of TGFbeta-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition: implications for fibrosis and cancer", Clinical and Translational Medicine, 3, (23)
  • Joseph W *O'Connor and Esther Gomez, 2013, "Cell adhesion and shape regulate TGF-beta1-induced epithelial-myofibroblast transition via MRTF-A signaling.", PLoS One, 8, (12), pp. e83188
  • Esther Gomez, Qike K Chen, Nikolce Gjorevski and Celeste M Nelson, 2010, "Tissue geometry patterns epithelial-mesenchymal transition via intercellular mechanotransduction", Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 110, pp. 44-51
  • Esther Gomez, Nathan G Clack, Hung-Jen Wu and Jay T Groves, 2009, "Like-charge interactions between colloidal particles are asymmetric with respect to sign", Soft Matter, 5, pp. 1931-1936
  • Esther Winter and Jay T Groves, 2006, "Surface binding affinity measurements from order transitions of lipid membrane-coated colloidal particles", Analytical Chemistry, 78, pp. 174-180

Conference Proceedings

  • D Jake Follmer, Sarah E Zappe, Esther Gomez and Manish Kumar, 2015, "Preliminary evaluation of a research experience for undergraduates (REU) program: A methodology for examining student outcomes", American Society for Engineering Education
  • Sarah E Zappe, Melissa D Marshall, Enrique Daniel Gomez, Esther Gomez and Angela Lueking, 2012, "Using student ambassadors to relay themes from Changing the Conversation in Engineering First-Year Seminars", American Society for Engineering Education

Research Projects

  • May 2017 - April 2020, "REU Site: Integration of Biology and Materials in Chemical Engineering," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • July 2017 - June 2019, "Resonant soft X-ray scattering to examine proteins and nanophase separation in lipid membranes," (Sponsor: Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
  • July 2016 - June 2018, "Examining the structure of coxsackievirus during cell entry processes using resonant soft X-ray scattering," (Sponsor: Grace Woodward Grants for Collaborative Research in Engineering and Medicine).
  • August 2016 - July 2018, "Advanced X-ray scattering of plant cell walls," (Sponsor: Department of Energy Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation).
  • May 2014 - April 2017, "REU Site: Integration of biology and materials in chemical engineering," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • May 2015 - June 2017, "Compositional Analysis of Cell Membranes during Epithelial to Myofibroblast Transdifferentiation using the Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer," (Sponsor: Materials Research Institute/Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences).
  • July 2015 - June 2017, "Resonant soft x-ray scattering of proteins and biological assemblies," (Sponsor: Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
  • May 2015 - June 2016, "Spatial patterning of epigenetic remodeling during epithelial-mesenchymal transition," (Sponsor: Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences).

Honors and Awards

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Chairperson, Graduate Studies and Research Committee, Engineering Faculty Council, May 2015 - August 2017
  • Panelist, A Panel Discussion: Journey to Becoming a Researcher, Millennium Scholars Program, February 2017
  • Member, Academic Integrity Committee, June 2014 - July 2016
  • Member, Graduate Studies and Research Committee, Engineering Faculty Council, August 2014 - May 2015
  • , A Panel Discussion: Journey to Becoming a Researcher, Millennium Scholars Program, Panelist, February 2015
  • Chairperson, Diversity Committee, July 2013 - 2014
  • Faculty Mentor, New Student Orientation, May 2014 - August 2014
  • Faculty Mentor, New Student Orientation, May 2013 - July 2013
  • Member, Incorporating Chemical Engineering Concepts in EDSGN 100 Course Committee, May 2011 - August 2012
  • Advisor, Engineering Advising Center, August 2012 - December 2012
  • Mentor, Mentor to undergraduate student, FastStart Program, August 2011 - July 2012
  • Committee Member, Graduate Fellowship Review Committee, March 2016
  • Co-Chairperson, Academic Integrity Committee, August 2016
  • Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, October 2014
  • , Learning Factory, Project Coordinator, August 2012
  • Faculty Mentor, WISER Program, January 2014

Service to External Organizations:

  • Co-Chairperson, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Cell Adhesion and Migration Session, November 2017
  • Co-Chairperson, Biomedical Engineering Society, Substrate Effects in Mechanobiology Session, October 2017
  • Reviewer, Biomedical Engineering Society, May 2017 - June 2017
  • Chairperson, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Biomechanics Session, November 2016
  • Reviewer, Biomedical Engineering Society, May 2015 - June 2015
  • Chairperson, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Biomechanics Session, November 2015
  • Chairperson, Biomedical Engineering Society, Engineered Models of Cancer I Session, October 2014
  • Chairperson, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Tissue Engineering Microenvironment I and Engineering Cells and Microenvironments for Tissues Sessions, November 2014
  • Reviewer, Biomedical Engineering Society, April 2014 - May 2014
  • Reviewer, Biomedical Engineering Society, April 2013 - May 2013
  • Chairperson, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Biomechanics I and Biomechanics II Sessions, November 2013
 


 

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