Newly Appointed Materials Science Engineering Faculty

Welcome to our newly appointed faculty members!

Read below to find out about their research interests, their primary appointments and what they are delving into at Boston University.


Abigail Plummer, Assistant Professor (ME, MSE)

Professor Plummer combines theory, experiment and simulation in her research to explore how materials deform and adapt in complex environments.

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The Plummer Research Group is a new group within MSE. Their goal is to develop applicable models that can be used to control physical phenomena. They are a theoretical and computational group with an experimental lab, where members can design experiments to explore their own calculations and predict behavior of their systems.

Plummer’s primary appointment is Mechanical Engineering, and her interests include biology/medicine, earth science, soft materials, instabilities, metamaterials, biomaterials and geophysics.


Miguel Jimenez, Assistant Professor (BME, MSE)

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Professor Jimenez researches the capacity of living cells to monitor their environment at the molecular level. With el Microbial Integration Group, he has shown that it is possible to use genetically engineered microorganisms in electronic and mechanical devices.

His group develops these devices, which natively interface with biology. The devices are sensors and actuators with microorganisms that allow the monitoring and acting on changes in people’s bodies, plants, livestock and the environment.

Jimenez’s primary appointment is Biomedical Engineering, and his interests include microbial devices, bioelectronic devices, synthetic biology, human health and space travel.


Timothy O’Shea, Assistant Professor (BME, MSE)

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Professor O’Shea is on a mission to help his childhood friend, Ben Harvey, who damaged his spinal cord playing rugby. This brought O’Shea to his research and purpose: developing new treatments for brain and spinal cord disorders by engineering glia to perform reparative functions.

His research group, Glia Engineering Lab, uses bioengineering tools to regulate functions of glia to treat these disorders. The Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation has given O’Shea a grant to develop his research.

O’Shea’s primary appointment is in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and his interests include glia engineering, biomaterials, neural engineering, stroke, regenerative medicine and cell transplantation.


Minjung Son, Assistant Professor (Chemistry, MSE)

Professor Son researches ultrafast optical spectroscopy and microscopy, which has spectral band-width and time resolution with high-speed detection.

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In The Son Lab, a series of materials science and biochemical tools are used, such as thermal evaporation, spin coating and chromatography.

Members of Son’s group deepen their knowledge of physical chemistry, optics, materials science and biochemistry. They gain experience in design, construction and operation of optical instruments and analysis of spectroscopic data.

Son’s primary appointment is in the Department of Chemistry, and her interests include controlled nanomaterials, hybrid photonic materials and new photophysical processes.