Susan Braunhut's Research Laboratory

Research Team

Braunhut-Susan-optSusan Braunhut

Expertise: Reproductive and Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine; Radiation Therapy and Medical Countermeasures for Radiological Terrorism; Development of Novel Cancer Treatments and Biosensors for Cancer Diagnosis.

Educational Background: B.A. from Kent State University; M.A. from the University of Hartford; M.S. and Ph.D. from Columbia University; Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biophysics and Physiology and then in Vascular Biology at the Harvard Medical School. Tenure track faculty appointment within the Cannon Society of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Susan Braunhut has supported her independent research laboratory since 1986 through extramural funding acquisition while teaching and performing service at the university and within the community. Dr. Braunhut has worked continuously in the areas of cancer therapy and diagnosis, regenerative medicine and tissue reconstruction, radiobiology and biosensors. Her current laboratory includes full-time research staff and undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students conducting research in these areas. Dr. Braunhut serves as a reviewer for three national study sections and reviews manuscripts for numerous journals. Her work has been published in nationally recognized and international journals.

Dr. Braunhut was elected University Professor in September 2008. The title of University Professor is the most esteemed title bestowed on faculty at UMass Lowell. The honor recognizes an individual who, over a period of years, has consistently demonstrated exemplary teaching, nationally significant research, and extraordinary service to the University community. The professorship runs from September 2008 through August 2011.


Abiche Dewilde

Abiche is a staff scientist. She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2003 with a B.S. in Biotechnology and from UMass Lowell in 2006 with a master’s degree in Biology. She has worked in industry as an animal facility & breeding supervisor. Her research interests include animal research, tissue healing and regeneration research, isolation and identification of extracellular matrix, and breast cancer research.


Jianping Zhang

Jianping is a staff scientist. She graduated from Duquesne University at Pittsburgh, PA, in 1993 with a M.S. in Molecular Biology. She worked on brain tumors at Children Hospital of Boston for several years. Her research interests include wound healing and cancer research.


Patricia Arnold

Patricia is a Program Administrator. She received a BS in Business from Excelsior College. Previously she has worked at the MIT Alumni Association as well as the Macklowe Gallery in NYC. In her spare time Patti enjoys crafts, Jazzercise and spending time with her husband and their 9 year old twins.