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Dr. Manuela Ayee

Dr. Manuela Ayee
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Phone: (712) 722-6739
Email: manuela.ayee@dordt.edu



Dr. Ayee has experience in both academia and industry. Her research interests include combining computational and experimental techniques to reveal the role of small molecules in pathogenesis. These techniques aid in elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of small molecules on membrane biomechanics and their subsequent modulation of cell biophysical properties. As an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Ayee used both computational and experimental methods (e.g. atomic force microscopy - AFM) to investigate the modulation of cellular and tissue biomechanics by oxidized lipids and sterols under hypercholesterolemic conditions. Prior to that, Dr. Ayee earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in computational biomolecular modeling and interfacial phenomena, with applications involving the roles played by toxins in modulating the properties of lipid layers.