The Kramer Group

Jessica Kramer

Now accepting rotation students
Students in the Kramer Lab will learn diverse techniques from materials science, cell biology, and chemistry of amino acids, sugars, and polymers. Join the fun! Email Dr. Kramer directly to discuss your interests (

Jessica Kramer
Prof. Jessica R. Kramer, Ph.D.

Current Members

Sr.Victoria Kohout
Victoria holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Viterbo University. She is an expert in carbohydrate chemistry and is working on mucin glycan structures. She enjoys roller derby and travel.
Graduate students

Austin Schlirf
Austin holds a Bachelor’s degree in bioengineering with a concentration in materials science from Clemson University. He has experience with both organic and inorganic nanoparticles, surface modification, and polymer synthesis. He enjoys travel and has studied in Tokyo, Japan. Austin is currently studying synthetic mucin glycoproteins and their biomedical applications.

Zachary Clauss
Zach earned dual bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering. His previous research experiences have focused on acyclic diene metathesis for precision polyolefin synthesis, nanoparticle-hydrogel composites, and polyurethanes as rheology modifiers. His current interests are in polymer brush chemistries and elucidating the immunological role of MUC1 in cancer.

Casia Wardzala
Casia earned her BS in Bioengineering from Oregon State University, Portland, Oregon. Her current research focuses on protein engineering using the amber supression method.

Anna Deleray
Anna earned a BS in Chemical and Biochemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Her previous research includes protein engineering and biosensor design at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her current research involves the synthesis and characterization of antifreeze glycoproteins for applications in cryopreservation.

Rachel Detwiler
Rachel received her BS in biomedical engineering with a premed concentration from the University of Maine. Her previous research experience includes controlled drug delivery through hydrogels and development of an immunoassay diagnostic for intestinal parasites in canines. Rachel’s current research involves the synthesis and characterization of antifreeze glycoproteins for applications in cryopreservation.

Undergraduate students

Anna Busato
Anna is a Biomedical Engineering and Kinesology double major, expecting to graduate spring of 2021. Anna is working in the Kramer Lab to investigate the structure and properties of glycosylated and proline containing polypeptides.

Spencer Sawas
Spencer is a Biomedical Engineering major, who is expecting to graduate spring of 2020. Spencer is working in the Kramer Lab to explore engineering of cell surface proteins.

Former Members

Nathaniel Wright

Simranpreet Singh Saini

Dr. Zeliha Ates