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S. Rahima Benhabbour, MSc. PhD.

Associate Professor

Dr. Benhabbour received a BS in polymer engineering from the Algerian Petroleum Institute (Institut Algerien du Petrol, IAP, Algeria), a Master’s of Science in medicinal organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), and a PhD in organic/polymer chemistry at McMaster University (Canada). She is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the UNC_NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with a secondary appointment in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Benhabbour is also Founder and Director of Anelleo, Inc., a startup company using the innovative 3D printed intravaginal ring technology for unmet women’s health indications.

Current Members


Jasmine King, PharmD, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Madison Davidson, PhD

Laboratory Operations Manager

Nanditha Chundayil Kalathil, PhD

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Annu Anna Thomas, PhD

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Sarah Anne Howard

PhD Candidate

Thy Le

PhD Candidate

Andres Prieto Trujillo

Graduate Student

Saba Zanganeh

Graduate Student

Parmiss Khosravi

Graduate Student

Pooja Devang

Undergraduate Student

Sabine Yessayan

Undergraduate Student

Colleen Lake

Undergraduate Student

Lab Alumni and Former Members


Jordan B. Joiner, PhD

Research Scientist at Gilead Sciences

Rima Janusziewicz, PhD

Co-Founder and Senior Scientist at AnelleO

Panita Maturavongsadit, PhD

Preclinical Research Scientist at Landos Biopharma

Alka Prasher, PhD

Formulation Scientist at GSK

Denali Dahl

Denali Dahl, PhD

Scientist at FHI 360

Isabella C. Young, PhD

Senior Scientist at Merck

Alexandra Abel, PhD

Application Scientist at The Lubrizol Corporation

Roopali Shrivastava, MSc

Research Specialist

Jair Valenzuela

Graduate Student

Allison Thorson

Undergraduate Student

Lydia Claire

Undergraduate Student