David Wendell

David W. Wendell

Assoc Professor

Engineering Research Cntr


CEAS - Environmental Eng & Science - 0012

School of Energy, Environmental, Biological and Medical Engineering
2901 Woodside Dr., 732 Engineering Research Center
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221


Ph.D, UCLA 2006 (Department of Biomedical Engineering )

M.S, Cornell University Ithaca, NY, 2002 (Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering )

B.S, Cornell University Ithaca, NY, 2000 (Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering)

Positions and Work Experience

2010 -To Present Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2009 -To Present Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2006 -2009 Post-doctoral scholar, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

2002 -2006 Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Biomedical Engineering, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

2001 -2002 Graduate Student Researcher, Dept. Bio. & Env. Eng., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2000 -2001 Lab Technician , Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Research Support

Grant: #CBET-1552456 Investigators:Wendell, David 03-01-2016 -02-28-2021 National Science Foundation CAREER: Engineering Biological Photocatalysts for Selective Disinfection Role:PI $500,000.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #NSF CBET-1509022 Investigators:Wendell, David 09-01-2015 -08-31-2018 National Science Foundation A Synthetic Bacterial Riboswitch Sensor for Microcystin Detection and Remediation Role:PI $299,894.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #CBET-1550093 Investigators:Wendell, David 09-01-2015 -08-31-2016 National Science Foundation EAGER: Anthropogenic Impact Assessment in Environmental Water with Human Hyper-Variable Region Mitochondrial DNA Role:PI $60,901.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #EEC-1404766 Investigators:Angelopoulos, Anastasios; Bhattacharya, Prabir; Cohen, Kelly; Franco, John; Guliants, Vadim; Kastner, Jeffrey; Kukreti, Anant; Kupferle, Margaret; Lu, Mingming; Nistor, Vasille; Sorial, George; Wei, Heng; Wendell, David 05-01-2014 -04-30-2017 National Science Foundation RET Site on "Challenge-Based Learning and Engineering Design Process Enhanced Research Experiences for Middle and High School In-Service Teachers." Role:Collaborator $498,949.00 Awarded Level:Federal

Grant: #EP-C-11-006/PEG-UC-11-0002 Investigators:Sorial, George; Wendell, David 08-01-2011 -09-29-2011 Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials Role:PI $4,003.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #Task Order # 0310000364 T1 / MSA 85X10431 Investigators:Wendell, David 03-15-2011 -03-15-2013 Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati Applying Molecular Tools for MST in the Duck Creek Watershed Role:PI $150,000.00 Active Level:Local Government

Grant: #Task Order # 0310000364 / MSA 85X10431 Investigators:Buchberger, Steven; Suidan, Makram; Wendell, David 03-15-2011 -08-31-2013 Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati Detention-Based Green Infrastructure (DBGI) Assessment for Combined Sewer Overflow Control Role:Collaborator $434,341.00 Active Level:Local Government

Grant: #ODOT 27834 Investigators:Esfandiari, Leyla; Helmicki, Arthur; Hunt, Victor; Wendell, David 10-07-2016 -04-07-2017 Federal Highway Administration Noninvasive method to detect Eastern Hellbender in the state of Ohio using the environmental DNA Role:Collaborator $98,541.11 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #30792 (FHWA), Hellbender Phase II Investigators:Esfandiari, Leyla; Wendell, David 03-20-2018 -03-20-2021 Ohio Department of Transportation Phase II: Non-Invasive Detection and Identification of Eastern Hellbender in Ohio Surface Waters Using Aquatic Environmental DNA Role:PI $659,659.69 Active Level:State of Ohio


Published Abstracts

Richard Brokamp, David Wendell, Carlo Montemagno (2008. )Engineering the Calvin Cycle: A Cell Free Photoconversion System for Biofuels Generation .[Abstract]Co-Author

Jun Isobe, Zhilin Qu, Jordan Patti, David Wendell, Hyojick Choi, Carlo Montemagno (02-2006. )Preliminary Studies on the Effect of Size on the Action Potential of an Excitable Vesicle .[Abstract] WSEAS Transactions on Systems, 5 (2 ),Co-Author

Hyo-Jick Choi, David Wendell, and Carlo D. Montemagno (2005. )Engineering Emergent Functionality Using Synthetic Biomimetic Polymers .[Abstract]International Symposium on EcoTopia Science,

Jordan Patti, David Wendell, Jun Isobe, Carlo Montemagno (09-2004. )Integration of Biological Molecules and Synthetic Membranes to Create Excitable Vesicles .[Abstract]Trends in Nanotechnology Abstract, Co-Author

Jinsoo Yi, David Wendell, Sergio Freire,Jacob Schmidt, Herc Nerves and Carlo Montemagno (08-2003. )Microsphere Dynamics for Actin Based Nanorobotic Motility .[Abstract] Proceedings on Nanotechnology, 2 ,725Co-Author

Sergio Freire, David Wendell, Jin-Soo Yi, Hercules Neves, Jacob Schmidt, Toshikazu Hamasaki, and Carlo Montemagno (2003. )Development of a cantilever-based system for measurement of biopolymerization forces .[Abstract]11th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, Co-Author

Peer Reviewed Publications

Jacob Todd, Bala Murali Venkatesan, Elizabeth Wurtzler, Rashid Bashir and David Wendell (2016. )Determining DNA Methylation State with an Engineered GP10-MeCP Nanopore .ACS Nano, ,

Elizabeth M. Wurtzler, Ranjani Ravi, Vikram Kapoor and David Wendell (2016. )Direct Isothermal RNA Detection and Quantification Using Duplex Specific Nuclease .ACS Central Science, ,

Shelli L. Frey, Jacob Todd, Elizabeth Wurtzler and David Wendell (2015. )A non-foaming proteosurfactant engineered from Ranaspumin-2 .Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, ,133 ,239-245

Scott Keely, Nichole Brinkman, Brian Zimmerman, David Wendell, Kristen Wiles, Susan De Long, Sybil Sharville, and Jay Garland (2015. )Characterization of the Relative Importance of Human- and Infrastructure-Associated Bacteria in Graywater .Applied Microbiology, ,119 (1 ),289-301

Abderrahman Zehraoui, Vikram Kapoor, David Wendell, and George A. Sorial (2014. )Impact of Alternate Use of Methanol on n-Hexane Biofiltration and Microbial Community Structure Diversity .Journal of Biochemical Engineering , ,85 ,110-118

Brian Zimmerman, Nicholas Ashbolt, Jay Garland, Scott Keely and David Wendell (2014. )Human Mitochondrial DNA and Endogenous Bacterial Surrogates for Risk Assessment of Graywater Reuse .Environmental Science and Technology, ,48 (14 ),7993-8002

Abderrahman Zehraoui, David Wendell and George Sorial (2014. )Treatment of Hydrophobic VOCs in Trickling Bed Air Biofilter: Emphasis on Long Term Effect of Initial Alternate Use of Hydrophilic VOCs and Microbial Species Evolution .UAWM: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, ,64 (10 ),1102-1111

Vikram Kapoor, Ronald DeBry, Dominic Boccelli and David Wendell (2014. )Sequencing Human Mitochondrial Hypervariable Region II as a Molecular Fingerprint for Environmental Waters .Environmental Science and Technology, ,48 (18 ),10648-10655

Geshan Zhang, Elizabeth M. Wurtzler, Xuexiang He, Mallikarjuna N. Nadagouda, Kevin O'Shea, Said M. El-Sheikh, Adel A. Ismail, David Wendell and Dionysios D. Dionysiou (2014. )Identification of TiO2 photocatalytic destruction byproducts and reaction pathway of cylindrospermopsin .Applied Catalysis B, ,163 ,591-598

Vikram Kapoor, Tarja Pitka, Hodon ryu, Michael Elk, David Wendell, and Jorge Santo Domingo (2014. )Distribution of human-specific Bacteroidales and fecal indicators in an urban watershed impacted by sewage pollution using RNA and DNA based quantitative PCR assays .Applied and Environmental Microbiology, ,81 (10 ),91-99

Vikram Kapoor and David Wendell (2013. )Engineering Bacterial Efflux Pumps for Solar Powered Bioremediation of Surface Waters .Nano Letters, ,13 (5 ),2189-2193

Vikram Kapoor, Christopher Smith, Jorge SantoDamingo, Ting Lu and David Wendell (2013. )Correlative Assessment of Fecal Indicators Using Human Mitochondrial DNA as a Direct Marker .Environmental Science and Technology, ,47 (18 ),10485-10493

Ting Lu, Biju George, MaryLynn Lodor, Deborah Metz, James Parrott, James Fitzpatrick, Gary Hunter,Vikram Kapoor, and David Wendell (2013. )What is the right biomarker for water quality monitoring? .WE&T, ,52-55

Elizabeth Wurtzler and David Wendell (2013. )A Streptavidin-SOG Chimera for All-Optical Immunoassays .Biomacromolecules, ,15 (1 ),228-233

Jacob Todd, Brad Thielman, David Wendell (2012. )Detailed kinetic analysis of the Φ29 DNA packaging motor: Evidence for the coordinated inter-subunit ATPase activity of GP16 .Virology, ,432 (2 ),370-375

Cole Brokamp, Jacob Todd, Carlo Montemagno, David Wendell (2012. )Single and Aggregate Electrophysiology of Cx43 Hemichannels .PLoS ONE, ,7 (10 ),

Bala Murali Venkatesan, James Polans, Jeffrey Comer, Supriya Sridhar, David Wendell, Aleksei Aksimentiev, and Rashid Bashir (2011. )Lipid bilayer coated Al2O3 nanopore sensors: towards a hybrid biological solid-state nanopore .Biomed Microdevices, ,13 (4 ),671-682

David Wendell (2010. )Artificial photosynthesis processes as a means of producing biofuels .Biofuels , ,1 (6 ),855

David Wendell, Jacob Todd, and Carlo Montemagno (2010. )Artificial Photosynthesis in Ranaspumin-2 Based Foam .Nano Letters, ,10 (9 ),3231

David Wendell, Peng Jing, Jia Geng, Varuni Subramaniam, Tae Jin Lee, Carlo Montemagno, and Peixuan (2009. )Translocation of double-stranded DNA through membrane-adapted phi29 DNA motor protein nanopores .Nature Nanotechnology, ,4 (11 ),765

Hyo-Jick Choi, David Wendell, Carlo D. Montemagno (2007. )Advances in Nano Biotic/Abiotic Hybrid Systems: Protein-Based Engineered Devices .Nanobiotechnology, ,3 (2 ),66

David Wendell, Jordan Patti, and Carlo D. Montemagno (2006. )Using Biological Inspiration to Engineer Functional Nanostructured Materials .Small, ,2 (11 ),1324

Wendell, David W; Patti, Jordan; Montemagno, Carlo D (2006. )Using biological inspiration to engineer functional nanostructured materials.Small (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany), ,2 (11 ),1324-9

de la Cruz A.; Dionysiou D.; Karci A.; Wendell D.; Wurtzler E. (05-05-2018. )Solar photo-Fenton treatment of microcystin-LR in aqueous environment: Transformation products and t.Journal of Hazardous Materials, ,349 ,282-292

Mezgebe B.; Sahle-Demessie E.; Sorial G.; Wendell D. (01-01-2017. )The removal of volatile trihalomethanes mixtures under different environmental conditions by using t .Proceedings of the Air and Waste Management Association's Annual Conference and Exhibition, AWMA, ,

Buchberger S.; Garde W.; Kupferle M.; Wendell D. (01-01-2017. )Application of Moringa Oleifera seed extract to treat coffee fermentation wastewater.Journal of Hazardous Materials, ,329 ,102-109

Wendell D.; Wurtzler E. (09-01-2016. )Selective photocatalytic disinfection by coupling strepminisog to the antibody catalyzed water oxida.PLoS ONE, ,11 (9 ),

Frey S.; Strelez C.; Todd J.; Wendell D.; Wurtzler E. (09-01-2015. )A non-foaming proteosurfactant engineered from Ranaspumin-2.Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, ,133 ,239-245

Brinkman N.; De Long S.; Ekeren K.; Garland J.; Keely S.; Sharvelle S.; Wendell D.; Zimmerman B. (07-01-2015. )Characterization of the relative importance of human- and infrastructure-associated bacteria in grey.Journal of Applied Microbiology, ,119 (1 ),289-301

Dionysiou D.; El-Sheikh S.; He X.; Ismail A.; Nadagouda M.; O'Shea K.; Wendell D.; Wurtzler E.; Zhang G. (02-01-2015. )Identification of TiO2 photocatalytic destruction byproducts and reaction pat.Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, ,163 ,591-598

Elk M.; Kapoor V.; Pitkänen T.; Ryu H.; Santo Domingo J.; Wendell D. (01-01-2015. )Distribution of human-specific Bacteroidales and fecal indicator bacteria in an urban watershed impa.Applied and Environmental Microbiology, ,81 (1 ),91-99

Ashbolt N.; Garland J.; Keely S.; Wendell D.; Zimmerman B. (07-15-2014. )Human mitochondrial DNA and endogenous bacterial surrogates for risk assessment of graywater reuse.Environmental Science and Technology, ,48 (14 ),7993-8002

Kapoor V.; Sorial G.; Wendell D.; Zehraoui A. (04-15-2014. )Impact of alternate use of methanol on n-hexane biofiltration and microbial community structure dive.Biochemical Engineering Journal, ,85 ,110-118

Wendell D.; Wurtzler E. (01-13-2014. )A streptavidin-SOG chimera for all-optical immunoassays.Biomacromolecules, ,15 (1 ),228-233

Sorial G.; Wendell D.; Zehraoui A. (01-01-2014. )Treatment of hydrophobic VOCs in trickling bed air biofilter: Emphasis on long-term effect of initia.Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, ,64 (10 ),1102-1111

Sorial G.; Wendell D.; Zehraoui A. (01-01-2014. )Biodegradation of a ternary mixture of hydrophobic and hydrophilic VOCs in trickle bed air biofilter.Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, ,225 (8 ),

Boccelli D.; DeBry R.; Kapoor V.; Wendell D. (01-01-2014. )Sequencing human mitochondrial hypervariable region II as a molecular fingerprint for environmental .Environmental Science and Technology, ,48 (18 ),10648-10655

Kapoor V.; Lu T.; Santo Domingo J.; Smith C.; Wendell D. (09-17-2013. )Correlative assessment of fecal indicators using human mitochondrial DNA as a direct marker.Environmental Science and Technology, ,47 (18 ),10485-10493

Kapoor V.; Wendell D. (05-08-2013. )Engineering bacterial efflux pumps for solar-powered bioremediation of surface waters.Nano Letters, ,13 (5 ),2189-2193

Kapoor V.; Ravi R.; Wendell D. (01-01-2013. )Rapid detection and quantification of norovirus in environmental waters using a novel isothermal ass .86th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2013, ,7 ,4363-4367

Bahar A.; George B.; Kapoor V.; Lu T.; Wendell D. (01-01-2013. )Use of mitochondrial DNA and bacteroides for source tracking in fecally contaminated surface water .86th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2013, ,11 ,7224-7230

Fitzpatrick J.; George B.; Hunter G.; Kapoor V.; Lodor M.; Lu T.; Metz D.; Wendell D. (01-01-2013. )Fecal coliforms, E. Coli or Alternative Pathogens, What is the Right Indicator for Water Quality Mon .86th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2013, ,10 ,6234-6242

Thielman B.; Todd J.; Wendell D. (10-25-2012. )Detailed kinetic analysis of the ?29 DNA packaging motor providing evidence for coordinated intersub.Virology, ,432 (2 ),370-375

Brokamp C.; Montemagno C.; Todd J.; Wendell D. (10-24-2012. )Electrophysiology of Single and Aggregate Cx43 Hemichannels.PLoS ONE, ,7 (10 ),

Kapoor V.; Lu T.; Wendell D. (01-01-2012. )Applying molecular tools for microbial source tracking in the Duck Creek watershed .WEFTEC 2012 - 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, ,10 ,6541-6561

Donald L.; George B.; Johnstone R.; Kapoor V.; Lu T.; Wendell D. (01-01-2012. )A holistic watershed planning approach: How MSDGC conducts an integrated water quality monitoring pr .WEFTEC 2012 - 85th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, ,3 ,1416-1423

Aksimentiev A.; Bashir R.; Comer J.; Polans J.; Sridhar S.; Venkatesan B.; Wendell D. (08-01-2011. )Lipid bilayer coated Al2O3 nanopore sensors: Towards a.Biomedical Microdevices, ,13 (4 ),671-682

Wendell D. (11-01-2010. )Artificial photosynthesis processes as a means of producing biofuels.Biofuels, ,1 (6 ),855-860

Montemagno C.; Todd J.; Wendell D. (09-08-2010. )Artificial photosynthesis in Ranaspumin-2 based foam.Nano Letters, ,10 (9 ),3231-3236

Geng J.; Guo P.; Jing P.; Lee T.; Montemagno C.; Subramaniam V.; Wendell D. (01-01-2009. )Translocation of double-stranded DNA through membrane-adapted phi29 motor protein nanopores.Nature Nanotechnology, ,4 (11 ),765-772

Choi H.; Montemagno C.; Wendell D. (05-01-2007. )Advances in nano biotic/abiotic hybrid systems: Protein-based engineered devices.Nanobiotechnology, ,3 (2 ),66-75

Dy E.; Montemagno C.; Patti J.; Wendell D. (02-19-2007. )Biologically Inspired Hybrid Nanodevices.Nanobiotechnology II: More Concepts and Applications, ,401-418

Montemagno C.; Wendell D. (12-01-2006. )Excitable vesicles - A new platform for investigating biological complexity .3rd Conference on Foundations of Nanoscience: Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices, FNANO 2006, ,119-120

Choi H.; Isobe J.; Montemagno C.; Patti J.; Qu Z.; Wendell D. (02-01-2006. )Preliminary studies on the effect of size on the action potential of an excitable vesicle .WSEAS Transactions on Systems, ,5 (2 ),347-352

Freire S.; Montemagno C.; Nerves H.; Schmidt J.; Wendell D.; Yi J. (01-01-2003. )Microsphere dynamics for actin based nanorobotic motility.Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, ,2 ,725-728

Other Publications

David W. Wendell (2006. )Nanoscale Networking: Engineering Polymer Vesicle Communication with Connexin .

Book Chapter

David Wendell, Dean Ho and Carlo Montemagno (2007 )Complexity and Emergence as Design Principles for Engineering Decentralized Nanoscale Systems Springer Handbook on Nanotechnology .(Author)

David Wendell, Eric Dy, Jordan Patti, and Carlo D. Montemagno (2007 )Nanobiotechnology II:More Concepts and Applications Biologically Inspired Hybrid Nanodevices .Wiley Press,Niemeyer, Christof and Mirkin, Chad A. Editors(Author)


Invited Presentations

Wendell, D.W. (2010. )Engineering Hybrid Biotic/Abiotic Systems .ASME, Sharonville, OH.

Wendell, D.W. (02-2009. )Engineering and Fabricating Hybrid Biotic/Abiotic Systems .NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Wendell, D.W. (12-2008. )Nanotechnology, what is it? .Glaucoma Foundation, New York City, NY.

Wendell, D.W. (11-2006. )Biologic Nanofabrication .Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH.

Wendell. D (2011. )Light Activated Insulin Release from Pancreatic Beta Cells .Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Wendell. D (2015. )Engineering Energy Harvesting Remediation Materials with Synthetic Biology .University of Louisville, Louisville KY .

Wendell. D (2014. )Artificial Photosynthesis Using Hybrid Biotic/Abiotic Nano Architectures .The Royal Society, Chicheley Hall, London England.

Wendell. D (2014. )Engineering Remediation Materials and Sensors with Synthetic Biology .Miami University, Oxford OH.

Wendell D (2013. )Engineering Molecular Efflux Pumps for Bioremediation of Groundwater .National Groundwater Association Summit, San Antonio, Texas.

Wendell D (2013. )Nanoscale Biological Engineering .Global Thinker Series, Eastside Prep Seattle, WA .

Wendell D (2012. )Applying Molecular Tools in the Duck Creek Watershed .GCWW, Cincinnati, OH.

Wendell D (2011. )Engineering Biologically Functionalized Materials .BYU, Provo UT.

Wendell D (2011. )Artificial Photosynthesis within an Ranaspumin-2 based Foam .Global Artificial Photosynthesis Conference, Lord Howe Island, Australia.

Honors and Awards

2004 Trends in Nanotechnology Award Segovia, Spain

2004 -2005 University of California, Los Angeles, Bioengineering Departmental Fellowship

2010 International Earth Award, Grand Prize Winner and Future Category Winner

Student Advising

Brian Zimmerman (Master )Chair Status:Completed 2014

Christopher Smith (Master )Chair Status:In Progress 2016

Dan Li (Master )Chair Status:Completed 2011

Elizabeth Wurtzler (Doctoral )Chair Status:Completed 2016

Ranjani Ravi (Master )Chair Status:Completed 2014

Vikram Kapoor (Doctoral )Chair Status:Completed 2014

Professional Affiliation

2007 -To Present: Support for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources, founder and moderator, A Facebook cause, with over 85,000 members. All donations and fundraising benefit the non-profit organization: The Clean Energy Coalition, a Michigan based group dedicated to community education and alternative energy awareness.

2004 -To Present: Biophysical Society Member.

1998: thaca Science Center, water pressure module. Provided an acrylic installment to demonstrate water pressure as a function of depth. An interactive display designed for young children (ages 4-8) to explain hydraulic pressure.

1996 -To Present: American Indian Program, member. Promotes American Indian studies, community outreach, and various Native American social and cultural events.

1996 -1998: NCAA Football DI-AA, Cornell University, DT and DE

Patents and Inventions

Duplex Specific Nuclease as a Means of Isothermal Amplified RNA Detection Wendell, D., Ravi, R., Kapoor, V. , 2015

StrepMiniSog: A novel biotin-binding and singlet oxygen generating protein Wendell, D., Wurtzler, B. , 2014

Bacterial Efflux Pump and delta-Rhodopsin Wendell, D., Kapoor, V. , 2013

Bubble Architectures and Methods of Making and Using Thereof Montemagno, C. Wendell, D. Choi, H.J. , 2011

Engineered Rsn-2 for use as a biologically labile surfactant Wendell, D., Montemagno, C. , 2010

A Membrane Bound Nanopore from the Capsid Protein GP10 Wendell, D., Montemagno, C. , 2009

Contact Information

School of Energy, Environmental, Biological and Medical Engineering
2901 Woodside Dr., 732 Engineering Research Center
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45221
Phone: (513) 556-2482
Fax: (513) 556-2599