Melissa A. Grunlan

Assistant Professor - Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: (979)-845-2406

Fax: (979)-845-4450



  • Ph.D. 2004, Chemistry, University of Southern California
  • M.S. 1997, Polymers and Coatings, North Dakota State University
  • B.S. 1995, Chemistry, North Dakota State University

Research Interests

Design of novel silicon-based polymeric materials with molecular control to improve performance in applications, including: blood-compatible coatings, biosensor membranes, tissue engineering scaffolds, and shape memory polymer devices.


  • 2005 - Present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Senior Chemist, H.B. Fuller Company
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Research Assistant, Department of Polymers & Coatings, North Dakota State University
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, North Dakota State University
  • 1993
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, North Dakota State University
  • 1974 - 1978
  • CONICET Graduate Fellow, INTEC, Santa Fe, Argentina


  • Rufin, M.A.*; Barry, M.A.**; Adair, P.A.**; Hawkins, M.L.*; Raymond, J.E.; Grunlan, M.A..+ “Protein resistance efficacy of PEO-silane amphiphiles: Dependence on PEO-segment length and concentration in silicone,” Acta Biomaterialia, in revision.
  • Erndt-Marino, J.D.; Munoz-Pinto, D.J.; Samavedi, S.; Jimenez-Vergara, A.C.; Woodard, L.*; Zhang, D.*; Grunlan, M.A..; Hahn, M.S.+ “Evaluation of the osteoinductive capacity of polydopamine-coated poly(ε-caprolactone) diacrylate shape memory foams,” ACS Biomat. Sci. Eng., accepted.
  • Nail, L.N.*; Zhang, D.*; Reinhard, J.**; Grunlan, M.A..+ “Fabrication of a bioactive, PCL-based ‘self-fitting’ shape memory polymer scaffold,” J. of Visualized Experiments (JOVE), 2015, 104, e52981.
  • Rufin, M.A.*; Gruetzner, J.A.**; Hurley, M.J.**; Hawkins, M.L.*; Raymond, E.S.; Raymond, J.E.; Grunlan, M.A..+ “Enhancing the protein resistance of silicone via surface-restructuring PEO-silane amphiphiles with variable PEO length,” J. Mater. Chem. B. 2015, 3, 2816-2825.
  • Yu, Y.-J.; Infanger, S.; Grunlan, M.A.; Maitland, D.J.+ “Silicone membranes to inhibit water uptake into thermoset polyurethane shape-memory polymer conductive composites,” J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41226-41234.
  • Zhang, D.*; George, O.J.**; Petersen, K.M.**; Jimenez-Vergara, A.C.; Hahn, M.S. Grunlan, M.A.+ “A bioactive “self-fitting” shape memory polymer (SMP) scaffold with potential to treat craniomaxillofacial (CMF) bone defects,” Acta Biomaterialia, 2014, 10, 4597-4605.
  • Fei, R.*; Hou, H.; Munoz-Pinto, D.; Han, A.; Hahn, M.S.; Grunlan, M.A.+ “Thermoresponsive double network micropillared hydrogels for cell release” Macromol. Biosci.; 2014, 14, 1346-1352.
  • Hawkins, M.L.*; Rufin, M.A.*; Raymond, J.E.+; Grunlan, M.A.+ “Direct observation of the nanocomplex reorganization of antifouling silicones containing a highly mobile PEO-silane amphiphile,” J. Mater. Chem. Part B, 2014, 2, 5689-5697.
  • Hawkins, M.L.*; Fav, F.; E. Cheverau; Linossier, I.+; Grunlan, M.A.+ “Bacteria and diatom resistance of silicone modified with PEO-silane amphiphiles,” Biofouling, 2014, 30, 247-258.
  • Abraham, A.A.(*); Fei, R.*; Coté, G.L.; Grunlan, M.A.+ “A self-cleaning membrane to extend the lifetime of an implanted glucose biosensor,” ACS Appl. Mater. & Interfaces, 2013, 5, 12832-12838.
  • Bailey, B.M.*; Nail, L.N.**; Grunlan, M.A.+ “Continuous gradient scaffolds for rapid screening of cell-material interactions and interfacial tissue engineering,” Acta Biomaterialia, 2013, 9, 8254-8261.