Position: 
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rossin College of Engineering
Address: 
Whitaker Lab 344
5 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Areas of Research

Neuroengineering
Biointerface Design
Surface Science
Biomaterials
Polymers
Bioengineering
Medicine and Life Science
Mechanical Characterization
Optical Characterization
Structural and Chemical Characterization
Synthesis and Processing
Neuronal Cell Biology

Profile

Dr. Sabrina Jedlicka is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering.  As the Associate Dean, her office is open to student inquiries of all kinds, from course advising to career guidance.  In addition, she works closely with student organizations and academic departments.  She also organizes the first year engineering course, ENGR 005 and the interdisciplinary capstone course for Bioengineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  In these efforts, she works with students to develop a robust engineering mindset and eventually practice their engineering skills on real-world problems sponsored by external partners.  Finally, she has a keen interest in professional development and ethics.  

Dr. Jedlicka is also an associate professor with the departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Bioengineering.   

Dr. Jedlicka's research interests focus on the fundamental interactions between mammalian cells and cell cultural substrates. Specifically, she is interested in developing reproducible, stable biointerfaces that communicate with cells and ultimately modulate cell fate and function. Research in her lab is centered on the novel development of new implantable biomaterials, as wells as a variety of characterization methods, including the adaptation of non-traditional methods to biological problems. Her research revolves around biologically functional material design for use in cell-based therapeutics and drug delivery. The ability to develop a homogenous, directed cell population has implications in stem cell research, regenerative medicine, cell-based devices, and biosensing technology. Dr. Jedlicka has published in refereed journals and made numerous presentations on her research. 

Dr. Jedlicka has obtained several grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as Lehigh internal research grants. She has received awards from the National Science Foundation, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Lehigh University, Purdue University, and Kansas State University. She has served in several volunteer positions for the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE).  In 2021, she is serving as the President of IBE. 

 

Recent Publications:

Sarkhosh, T., Mayerberger, E., Jellison, K., and Jedlicka, S. (2021). Development of cell-imprinted polymer surfaces for Cryptosporidium capture and detection. Water Research.

Jaafar, I., Jedlicka, S., and Coulter, J. (2021) Poly(glycerol sebacate): A revolutionary biopolymer. Physical Sciences Reviews. 

Wei, M.T., Jedlicka, S., Ou-Yang, D. (2020) Intracellular nonequilibrium fluctuating stresses indicate how nonlinear cellular mechanical properties adapt to microenvironmental rigidity. Scientific Reports.

Jedlicka, S. (2020). Using creative writing as a tool for learning professional development in materials science and engineering. ASEE 2020: 10.18260/1-2--35459.

Pimputkar, S., Skutches, G., and Jedlicka, S. (2020). Enhancing student appreciation for materials science: Integration of domain specific project based learning in an introductory materials science course.  ASEE 2020: 10.18260/1-2--34575. 

Pirbhai, M., Chandrasekar, S., Zheng, M., Ignatova, T., Rotkin, S., and Jedlicka, S. (2019). Augmentation of C17.2 Neural Stem Cell Differentiation via Uptake of Low Concentrations of ssDNA-Wrapped Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes. Advanced Biosystems.

Education

Ph.D., Engineering, Purdue University, 2007
M.S., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2006
B.S.E./B.S., Biological and Agricultural Engineering/Chemical Science, 2002
B.S., Psychology and Women's Studies, Kansas State University, 2002