2023 Spring

Congratulations Dr. Michael Stager, Ph.D.! What an incredible 4 years with 7+ publications already. Great defense, and I know you are heading on to more great things!

2022 Fall

Congratulations to Bikram and Michael for being selected as DARPA Risers and presenting their work at DARPA conference in Fort Collins. Michael was selected as a top 5 presenter and gave a 5 minute talk to a larger audience.

Congratulations to Prasanga on being awarded the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Scholarship for his continued contribution to research.

2022 Spring

Congratulations to Alex on graduating with B.S in Chemical Engineering.

Congratulations to Bikram on a great presentation at the Annual Conference of ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology).

Many well earned congratulations for Bikram today in being awarded Distinctive Graduate Student in Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering Research Award!

Melissa is honored to have been selected to serve as a board member for Colorado BioScience Association.

Congratulations to Michael on acceptance of his manuscript to Journal of Visualized Experiments.

Melissa was awarded 1st place in the Open Division at University of Northern Colorado Entrepreneurial Challenge, 2022, for her pitch for GelSana Therapeutics.

Congratulations to Michael on his first 1st-author publication, describing photocrosslinkable zwitterionic hydrogels, published in ACS Applied Bio Materials.

Congrations to Bikram on the successful defense of his PhD proposal, and advancing to PhD candidacy!

Welcome to our new undergraduate research assistants: Clare Martingano and Jesutomisin Olusoji.

2021 Fall

Congratulations to Bikram on his first 1st-author paper, published in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Also congratulations to Ben and Matt as co-authors on this publication.

Melissa Krebs was selected as one of the scientists recognized as the I&EC Research 2021 Class of Influential Researchers – The Americas.

Melissa Krebs, on behalf of GelSana Therapeutics, wins the Innovation Showcase Pitch Competition at Colorado Bioscience Association’s Innovation Forward Forum and Awards Celebration.

Welcome to our new undergraduate research assistant: Prasanga Barakoti.

2021 Summer

Congratulations to Matt on his paper describing tunable materials as cell-instructive dental pulp capping agents, this one published in Journal of Biomaterials Science.

2021 Spring

Congratulations to Katie on successfully defending her MS thesis!

Congratulations to Michael on successfully defending his PhD thesis proposal and advancing to candidacy!

Congratulations to both Michael and Bikram on 2 awesome oral presentations at Society for Biomaterials!

Congratulations to Michael and Bikram on their poster presentations at CSM’s GRADS conference, and to Michael on winning Bronze for his poster!

Congratulations to Sydney on her poster presentation at CSM’s Undergraduate Research Symposium, and on winning honorable mention!

2020 Fall

Melissa has started a new company, GelSana Therapeutics, which will focus on the development of next-generation wound dressing materials and get them to the clinic.

Congratulations to Matt on another publication, this one in Biotechnology and Bioengineering.

2020 Spring

Melissa was awarded the Colorado School of Mines Faculty Excellence Award!

Congratulations to Ben Stinson on the successful defense of his M.S. thesis, the first QBE thesis at Mines! And during a pandemic no less!

Congratulations to Gulsu Sener, Matt Osmond, and Jake Newsom on our latest publication in Acta Biomaterialia.

2019 Fall

Welcome to Bikram Adhikari, a new PhD student that is joining our group, and Ben Stinson, a M.S. thesis student that is joining our group.

2019 Summer

Congratulations to Matt Osmond, Ph.D. on the successful defense of his thesis!

Welcome to Michael Stager, a new PhD student that is joining our group, and Abby Brouk and Alex Raichart, undergraduate researchers.

2019 Spring

Melissa has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor!

Congratulations to Matt and Rachel for the publication of our paper on dental pulp capping materials in Regenerative Medicine Frontiers!

The Krebs lab presented on 5 of our projects at Society for Biomaterials in Seattle, WA April 3-6; great job Matt and Jake.

Our group has published a review paper on the use of microgels in tissue engineering in Acta Biomaterialia. Congratulations to Jake for this achievement!

The research that our group is doing in the areas of growth plate regeneration and wound healing is featured in articles from Children’s Hospital Colorado:

2018 Fall

Melissa joins the editorial board of a new journal, Regenerative Medicine Frontiers.

Our group presented posters at the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation’s BioInterface 2018 Annual Symposium in Boulder, CO. Jake presented “Delivery of Anti-VEGF from Alginate – Chitosan Polyelectrolyte Complexes Decreases Bony Bar Formation in Physeal Injuries” and Matt presented “Chitosan-Calcium Phosphate Nanoparticle Composite as a Pulp Capping Agent”.

Congratulations to Matt for winning an Outstanding Poster Award at the BioInterfaces Conference and having an article published highlighting his work!

2018 Summer

Tori Danis joins us as a summer REU student to work on developing materials that can promote or block bone growth.

2018 Spring

The Krebs lab has been awarded a R21 from NIAMS at NIH in collaboration with Dr. Karin Payne (Orthopedics at UC Denver School of Medicine) to study impact of biopolymer mechanics and siRNA delivery in growth plate injuries.

Welcome to Jake Newsom, Ph.D. student who has joined our group.

2017 Fall

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Fletcher, Ph.D.! Nathan successfully defended his thesis in October. He has contributed much to the lab, and will be missed as he moves on to a new job!

Congratulations to Nathan on the acceptance of his paper ‘Tailoring Mechanical Properties and Protein Release of Alginate-Chitosan Polyelectrolyte Complexes” to Carbohydrate Polymers!

2017 Summer

Congratulations to Jackie and Matt on the acceptance of their paper “Engineering Osteoinductive Biomaterials by Bioinspired Synthesis of Apatite Coatings on Collagen Hydrogels with Varied Pore Microarchitectures” to Tissue Engineering Part A!

Congratulations to Jackie on acceptance of her paper “Bioinspired Deposition-Conversion Synthesis of Tunable Calcium Phosphate Coatings on Polymeric Hydrogels” in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering!

Ray Huff joins us as a summer REU student to explore 3D printing.

Melissa Krebs participates in the summer teaching program led by the Trefny Institute.

2017 Spring

The Krebs Lab in collaboration with Dr. Pantcheva at UC Denver has been awarded a R15 grant from National Eye Institute at NIH to investigate 3-dimensional biopolymer scaffolds for trabecular meshwork cell culture and drug screening.

In collaboration with Prof. Cash’s lab, we have been awarded a CSM Office of Research and Technology Transfer Proof of Concept grant to develop hydrogel pressure sensors for glaucoma.

Prof. Krebs was awarded the Colorado School of Mines 2017 Inventor of the Year award. Click HERE for the story.

2016 Fall

The Krebs Lab has been awarded a grant from Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado to investigate novel cavity filling materials and their interaction with dental pulp stem cells!

Congratulations to Matt Osmond and Sarah Bernier for acceptance of their paper “Collagen and collagen‐chondroitin sulfate scaffolds with uniaxially aligned pores for the biomimetic, three dimensional culture of trabecular meshwork cells” to Biotechnology and Bioengineering!

Colorado School of Mines Foundation has highlighted our growth plate research in a recent article highlighting innovation at Mines.

Melissa Krebs was awarded a Daniels Fund Faculty Fellow Award to incorporate bioethics into her Introduction to Biomedical Engineering course.

2016 Summer

Congratulations to Michael Riederer for acceptance of his paper “Injectable and microporous scaffold of densely-packed, growth factor-encapsulating chitosan microgels” to Carbohydrate Polymers!

Undergraduate students Jayde Thompson (from Red Rocks Community College) and Zach Furlow (from Mississippi State University) join us as summer REU students.

Congratulations to Jacqueline Harding for acceptance of her paper “Controlled and Tunable Biomimetic Apatite Mineralization of Synthetic Hydrogels” to Macromolecular Materials and Engineering!

Jacqueline Harding presents her research “Controlled and Tunable Biomimetic Apatite Mineralization of Synthetic Hydrogels” at World Biomaterials Congress, in the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Session.

2016 Spring

Congratulations to Ryan Czarny on the successful defense of his M.S. thesis!

Congratulations to Gulsu for acceptance of her paper “Zwitterionic cryogels for sustained release of proteins” in RSC Advances!

The Krebs lab is awarded a CSM Office of Research and Technology Transfer Proof of Concept grant to develop novel dental filling materials with biomimetic fluoroapatite and carbonated apatite.

The Krebs lab (co-I) and Payne lab (PI) at UC Denver have been awarded a R03 grant from NIAMS at NIH to pursue research associated with improving the healing of growth plate injuries through development of controlled release hydrogel systems.

2015 Fall

Congratulations to Nathan on having his first paper “Controlled delivery of antibodies from injectable hydrogels” accepted into Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications!

2015 Summer

Congratulations to Jackie Harding for being selected to present at University of Washington’s Distinguished Young Scholar Seminar series!

High school student Juju Lucena joins us for the summer.

2015 Spring

Congratulations to Sarah Bernier on the successful defense of her M.S. thesis!

Welcome to postdoctoral research associate Gulsu Sener who has joined our lab.

Nathan Fletcher presents his research at Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting.

Sarah Bernier presents her work at two conferences: American Chemical Society and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

The Krebs lab is awarded a Children’s Hospital – University of Colorado / Colorado School of Mines Collaboration Pilot Award for developing a new controlled drug delivery system in collaboration with Mina Pantcheva, M.D., Department of Ophthalmology at University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.

The Krebs lab is awarded a Start-Up Grant from the AO Foundation entitled “Incorporating Composite Design into Biopolymer Hydrogels for Strong Scaffolds in Bone Regeneration.” This is a collaborative project with Randall Erb, Ph.D., in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University.

Ph.D. student Matt Osmond joins the Krebs lab.

2014 Fall

Congratulations to Michael Riederer for presenting our group’s first oral presentation at a national conference! His presentation titled ‘Dual Delivery Biomaterial System for the Treatment of Growth Plate Injuries’ was given at the annual TERMIS (Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society) meeting in December in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Krebs is awarded a Boettcher Foundation Collaboration Grant to collaborate with University of Colorado Boulder student Cameron Whiteside, a Boettcher Scholar. He will be joining the lab in January 2015 and performing research on bone substitute biopolymer scaffolds.

The November edition of 5280 magazine highlighted some of our lab’s research in their ‘Big Ideas’ feature.

Welcome to postdoctoral research associate Jacqueline Harding who has joined our lab.

High school student Tara Srinivas joins us for the academic year.

2014 Summer

High school student Mara Westerville joins us for the Research Experience for Pre-Collegiate Students (REPS) program, working with Sarah Bernier.

Undergraduate student Maggie Bridgewater joins us from University of Michigan as a summer REU student.

Nathan Fletcher again participates in the Rocky Mountain Camp for Dyslexic Kids, helping lead science lessons for the students for 2 weeks.

2014 Spring

Melissa Krebs was interviewed by Colorado Public Radio about the biomaterial delivery system that her lab is developing to treat growth plate injuries. Click HERE to listen.

Michael Riederer presents a poster titled ‘Injectable Alginate Hydrogels with Embedded Chitosan Microspheres for Controlled, Localized Protein Release’ at the Society for Biomaterials annual meeting held in Denver, CO in April.

Graduate student Sarah Bernier joins the Krebs lab.

2013 Fall

The Krebs lab was awarded an NSF BRIGE grant for the group’s work on controlled dual drug delivery for growth plate injuries.

2013 Summer

Melissa Krebs was awarded the Boettcher Webb-Waring Early Career Investigator Award for her group’s work in controlled delivery of cancer therapeutics from biopolymers for glioblastoma treatment.

Nathan Fletcher participates in the Rocky Mountain Camp for Dyslexic Kids, helping lead science lessons for the students for 2 weeks.

Melissa Krebs participates in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Academies Mountain West Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology.

High school student Jessi Hansen joins us from Arvada West High School as an intern for the academic year.

Undergraduate student Vanessa Mackley joins us from University of Maryland – Baltimore County as a summer REU student.

2013 Spring

High school intern Lyndsey Babcock was awarded the Colorado School of Mines Florence Caldwell Achievement Scholarship. She will be attending CSM to major in Chemical & Biological Engineering starting this Fall 2013, and will continue working in the Krebs lab as an undergraduate research assistant. Congratulations Lyndsey!

The Krebs group was awarded a grant from the State of Colorado’s Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program to aid in the study and ultimate commercialization of a controlled release system for cancer therapeutics for glioblastoma treatment.

The Krebs group was awarded a Children’s Hospital – University of Colorado / Colorado School of Mines Collaboration Pilot Award for our newly formed collaboration with Karin Payne, Ph.D. in Orthopedics at University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus to study new methods for treating growth plate injuries.

Graduate students Nathan Fletcher and Michael Riederer join the Krebs lab.

2012 Fall

High school students Lyndsey Babcock (Broomfield High School) and Hailey King (Green Mountain High School) join the Krebs lab as interns for the academic year.

Krebs Research Group founded in Chemical & Biological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines


Melissa Krebs received the 2011 TERMIS Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow.

Melissa Krebs was awarded the American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship.