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Tagbo Niepa

Assistant Professor
microBiointerface Lab Chem/Petroleum Engineering Bioengineering Department Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science


Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Syracuse University, 2014

B.S. in Bioengineering, Syracuse University, 2009

Lieber, A., Hildebrandt, M., Davidson, S.L., Rivero, J., Usman, H., Niepa, T.H.R., & Hornbostel, K. (2023). Demonstration of direct ocean carbon capture using encapsulated solvents. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 470, 144140.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2023.144140.

Balmuri, S.R., Phandanouvong-Lozano, V., House, S.D., Yang, J.C., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2022). Mucoid Coating Provides a Growth Advantage to Pseudomonas aeruginosa at Oil-Water Interfaces. ACS Appl Bio Mater, 5(5), 1868-1878.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acsabm.1c01198.

Davidson, S.L., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2022). Controlling Microbial Dynamics through Selective Solute Transport across Functional Nanocultures. ACS APPLIED POLYMER MATERIALS, 4(5), 2999-3012.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acsapm.1c01422.

Uzoukwu, E.U., Phandanouvong-Lozano, V., Usman, H., Sfeir, C.S., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2022). Droplet-based microsystems as novel assessment tools for oral microbial dynamics. BIOTECHNOLOGY ADVANCES, 55, 107903.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2021.107903.

Balmuri, S.R., Keck, N.C., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2021). Assessing the performance of wax-based microsorbents for oil remediation. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 627, 127227.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2021.127227.

Davidson, S.L., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2021). Micro-Technologies for Assessing Microbial Dynamics in Controlled Environments. Front Microbiol, 12, 745835.Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.745835.

Usman, H., Davidson, S.L., Manimaran, N.H., Nguyen, J.T., Seth, R., Beckman, E., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2021). Design of a well-defined poly(dimethylsiloxane)-based microbial nanoculture system. MATERIALS TODAY COMMUNICATIONS, 27, 102185.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.mtcomm.2021.102185.

Balmuri, S.R., Waters, N.G., Hegemann, J., Kierfeld, J., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2020). Material properties of interfacial films of mucoid and nonmucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates. Acta Biomater, 118, 129-140.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2020.10.010.

Manimaran, N.H., Usman, H., Kamga, K.L., Davidson, S.L., Beckman, E., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2020). Developing a Functional Poly(dimethylsiloxane)-Based Microbial Nanoculture System Using Dimethylallylamine. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 12(45), 50581-50591.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acsami.0c11875.

Parry-Nweye, E., Onukwugha, N.E., Balmuri, S.R., Shane, J.L., Kim, D., Koo, H., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2019). Electrochemical Strategy for Eradicating Fluconazole-Tolerant Candida albicans Using Implantable Titanium. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 11(44), 40997-41008.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acsami.9b09977.

Kim, D., Sengupta, A., Niepa, T.H.R., Lee, B.H., Weljie, A., Freitas-Blanco, V.S., Murata, R.M., Stebe, K.J., Lee, D., & Koo, H. (2017). Candida albicans stimulates Streptococcus mutans microcolony development via cross-kingdom biofilm-derived metabolites. Sci Rep, 7(1), 41332.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1038/srep41332.

Niepa, T.H.R., Hou, L., Jiang, H., Goulian, M., Koo, H., Stebe, K.J., & Lee, D. (2017). Corrigendum: Microbial Nanoculture as an Artificial Microniche. Sci Rep, 7(1), 42568.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1038/srep42568.

Niepa, T.H.R., Wang, H., Gilbert, J.L., & Ren, D. (2017). Eradication of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cells by cathodic electrochemical currents delivered with graphite electrodes. Acta Biomater, 50, 344-352.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2016.12.053.

Vaccari, L., Molaei, M., Niepa, T.H.R., Lee, D., Leheny, R.L., & Stebe, K.J. (2017). Films of bacteria at interfaces. Adv Colloid Interface Sci, 247, 561-572.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.cis.2017.07.016.

Hann, S.D., Niepa, T.H.R., Stebe, K.J., & Lee, D. (2016). One-Step Generation of Cell-Encapsulating Compartments via Polyelectrolyte Complexation in an Aqueous Two Phase System. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 8(38), 25603-25611.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b07939.

Murphy, D., Gemmell, B., Vaccari, L., Li, C., Bacosa, H., Evans, M., Gemmell, C., Harvey, T., Jalali, M., & Niepa, T.H.R. (2016). An in-depth survey of the oil spill literature since 1968: Long term trends and changes since Deepwater Horizon. Mar Pollut Bull, 113(1-2), 371-379.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.10.028.

Niepa, T.H.R., Hou, L., Jiang, H., Goulian, M., Koo, H., Stebe, K.J., & Lee, D. (2016). Microbial Nanoculture as an Artificial Microniche. Sci Rep, 6(1), 30578.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1038/srep30578.

Niepa, T.H.R., Snepenger, L.M., Wang, H., Sivan, S., Gilbert, J.L., Jones, M.B., & Ren, D. (2016). Sensitizing Pseudomonas aeruginosa to antibiotics by electrochemical disruption of membrane functions. Biomaterials, 74, 267-279.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2015.10.007.

Niepa, T.H.R., Wang, H., Dabrowiak, J.C., Gilbert, J.L., & Ren, D. (2016). Synergy between tobramycin and trivalent chromium ion in electrochemical control of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Acta Biomater, 36, 286-295.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2016.03.028.

Niepa, T.H.R., Gilbert, J.L., & Ren, D. (2012). Controlling Pseudomonas aeruginosa persister cells by weak electrochemical currents and synergistic effects with tobramycin. Biomaterials, 33(30), 7356-7365.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2012.06.092.

Szkotak, R., Niepa, T.H.R., Jawrani, N., Gilbert, J.L., Jones, M.B., & Ren, D. (2011). Differential Gene Expression to Investigate the Effects of Low-level Electrochemical Currents on Bacillus subtilis. AMB Express, 1(1), 39.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1186/2191-0855-1-39.

Niepa, T.H.R. (2019). Multifunctional nanoculture systems for studying microbial dynamics. In AfroBiotech Conference 2019, (p. 24).

Niepa, T.H.R. (2016). Designing novel interfaces to control beneficial and pathogenic microbes. In Meet the Faculty Candidate Poster Session 2016 - Sponsored by the Education Division - Topical Conference at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting, (pp. 227-230).