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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 tenured Associate Professor at the UNC_NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with a secondary appointment in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Benhabbour is the recipient of multiple grants and awards including the Alexander R. Matzuk Award, the CRS Member of the Year Award, the CRS Young Investigator Award, the David Sokal Innovation Award, the BME Faculty Research Award, the Eshelman Institute for Innovation Award and many more. 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

Colleen Lake

Undergraduate Student

Sabine Yessayan

Undergraduate Student

Mackenzie Cole

Undergraduate Student