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Esther Gomez

Associate Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

410 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

ewg10@psu.edu

814-867-4732

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology; Interfaces and Surfaces

 
 

 

Education

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

  • Sintu *Rongpipi, Dan *Ye, Enrique Daniel Gomez and Esther Gomez, 2019, "Progress and opportunities in the characterization of cellulose - an important regulator of cell wall growth and mechanics", Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, pp. 1894
  • Dan *Ye, Sintu *Rongpipi, Joshua H Litofsky, Youngmin Lee, Tyler Culp, Sang-Ha Yoo, Thomas N Jackson, Cheng Wang, Esther Gomez and Enrique Daniel Gomez, 2019, "Aluminum oxide free-standing thin films to enable nitrogen edge soft X-ray scattering", MRS Communications
  • Dan *Ye, Thinh P Le, Brooke Kuei, Chenhui Zhu, Peter H Zwart, Cheng Wang, Enrique Daniel Gomez and Esther Gomez, 2018, "Resonant soft x-ray scattering provides protein structure with chemical specificity", Structure, 26, pp. 1-9
  • Shixin Huang, Mohamadamin Makarem, Sarah N Kiemle, Yunzhen Zheng, Xin He, Dan *Ye, Esther Gomez, Enrique Daniel Gomez, Daniel J Cosgrove and Seong H Kim, 2018, "Dehydration-induced physical strains of cellulose microfibrils in plant cell walls", Carbohydrate Polymers, 197, pp. 337-348
  • Dan *Ye, Sarah N Kiemle, Sintu *Rongpipi, X Wang, Cheng Wang, Daniel J Cosgrove, Esther Gomez and Enrique Daniel Gomez, 2018, "Resonant soft x-ray scattering reveals cellulose microfibril spacing in plant primary cell walls", Scientific Reports, 8, pp. 12449
  • Tyler Culp, Dan *Ye, M Paul, A Roy, M Behr, S Jons, S Rosenberg, Cheng Wang, Esther Gomez, Manish Kumar and Enrique Daniel Gomez, 2018, "Probing the internal microstructure of polyamide thin-film composite membranes using resonant soft X-ray scattering", ACS Macro Letters, 7, pp. 927-932
  • Sandeep M *Nalluri, Joseph W *O'Connor, Gage A *Virgi, Samantha E *Stewart, Dan *Ye and Esther Gomez, 2018, "TGFß1-induced expression of caldesmon mediates epithelial-mesenchymal transition", Cytoskeleton, 75, (5), pp. 201-212
  • Chao Lang, Yue-xiao Shen, Jacob A LaNasa, Dan *Ye, Woochul Song, Tawanda J Zimudzi, Michael A Hickner, Enrique Daniel Gomez, Esther Gomez, Manish Kumar and Robert Hickey, 2018, "Creating Crosslinked Lamellar Block Copolymer Supporting Layers for Biomimetic Membranes", Faraday Discussions, 209, pp. 179-191
  • Akanksha V *Gupta, A N Brigeman, Esther Gomez and Thomas N Jackson, 2018, "Simple polymethylglutarimide microfluidic channels with hydrogel-assisted fluid exchange", IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, 17, (2), pp. 97-101
  • 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
  • D Jake Follmer, Sarah E Zappe, Esther Gomez and Manish Kumar, 2017, "Student Outcomes from Undergraduate Research Programs: Comparing Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Models", SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, 1, (1)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Joseph C Tise, Kirsten S Hochstedt, Sarah E Zappe, Esther Gomez and Manish Kumar, 2018, "Lessons Learned from a Chemical Engineering REU: The Importance of Training Graduate Students who are Supervising REU Students", American Society for Engineering Education
  • D Jake Follmer, Sarah E Zappe, Manish Kumar and Esther Gomez, 2016, "Examining student outcomes from a research experiences for undergraduates (REU) program: Year two results", American Society for Engineering Education
  • 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 2018 - April 2023, "CAREER: Mechanobiology of mesenchymal-epithelial transition," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • May 2017 - April 2020, "REU Site: Integration of Biology and Materials in Chemical Engineering," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • August 2009 - July 2019, "Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (CLSF III)," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • July 2016 - June 2018, "Examining the structure of coxsackievirus during cell entry processes using resonant soft X-ray scattering," (Sponsor: Grace Woodward).

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2018

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About

The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614