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Esther Winter Gomez, PhD

Esther Winter Gomez, PhD

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Scientific Program:Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis

Research Interests

  • X-Rays
  • Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition
  • Neoplasms
  • Transcription Factors
  • myocardin
  • Membranes
  • Myofibroblasts
  • Cellulose
  • Actins
  • Proteins
  • Plant Cells
  • Cell Wall

Recent Publications


Sankhe, CS, Sacco, JL & Gomez, EW 2023, Biophysical Regulation of TGFβ Signaling in the Tumor Microenvironment. in Current Cancer Research. Current Cancer Research, Springer Nature, pp. 159-200.
Freeburne, S, Sacco, JL, Gomez, EW & Pester, CW 2023, 'Effects of Surface-Immobilization on Photobleaching of Xanthene Dye Photocatalysts', Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics.
Gilcher, EB, Kuch, N, Del Mundo, JT, Ausman, SF, Santiago-Martinez, L, Clewett, CFM, Gomez, EW, Gomez, ED, Root, TW, Fox, BG & Dumesic, JA 2023, 'Evolution of the Cellulose Microfibril through Gamma-Valerolactone-Assisted Co-Solvent and Enzymatic Hydrolysis', ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 3270-3283.
Del Mundo, JT, Rongpipi, S, Yang, H, Ye, D, Kiemle, SN, Moffitt, SL, Troxel, CL, Toney, MF, Zhu, C, Kubicki, JD, Cosgrove, DJ, Gomez, EW & Gomez, ED 2023, 'Grazing-incidence diffraction reveals cellulose and pectin organization in hydrated plant primary cell wall', Scientific reports, vol. 13, no. 1, 5421.


Chakraborty, I, Rongpipi, S, Govindaraju, I, Rakesh, B, Mal, SS, Gomez, EW, Gomez, ED, Kalita, RD, Nath, Y & Mazumder, N 2022, 'An insight into microscopy and analytical techniques for morphological, structural, chemical, and thermal characterization of cellulose', Microscopy Research and Technique, vol. 85, no. 5, pp. 1990-2015.
Del Mundo, JT, Rongpipi, S, Gomez, ED & Gomez, EW 2022, Characterization of biological materials with soft X-ray scattering. in JA Tainer (ed.), Small Angle Scattering Part A: Methods for Structural Investigation. Methods in Enzymology, vol. 677, Academic Press Inc., pp. 357-383.
Nalluri, SM, Sankhe, CS, O'Connor, JW, Blanchard, PL, Khouri, JN, Phan, SH, Virgi, G & Gomez, EW 2022, 'Crosstalk between ERK and MRTF-A signaling regulates TGFβ1-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition', Journal of Cellular Physiology, vol. 237, no. 5, pp. 2503-2515.
Rongpipi, S, Del Mundo, JT, Gomez, ED & Gomez, EW 2023, Extracting structural insights from soft X-ray scattering of biological assemblies. in JA Tainer (ed.), Small Angle Scattering Part B: Methods for Structural Interpretation. Methods in Enzymology, vol. 678, Academic Press Inc., pp. 121-144.


Julien, JA, Fernandez, MG, Brandmier, KM, Del Mundo, JT, Bator, CM, Loftus, LA, Gomez, EW, Gomez, ED & Glover, KJ 2021, 'Corrigendum to “Rapid preparation of nanodiscs for biophysical studies” [Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 712 (2021) 109051] (Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics (2021) 712, (S0003986121003003), (10.1016/', Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, vol. 714, 109073.
Julien, JA, Fernandez, MG, Brandmier, KM, Del Mundo, JT, Bator, CM, Loftus, LA, Gomez, EW, Gomez, ED & Glover, KJ 2021, 'Rapid preparation of nanodiscs for biophysical studies', Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, vol. 712, 109051.
Rongpipi, S, Del Mundo, JT, Gomez, ED & Gomez, EW 2021, 'Resonant X-ray scattering of biological assemblies', MRS Communications, vol. 11, no. 1.
Fromel, M, Crisci, RL, Sankhe, CS, Reifsnyder Hickey, D, Tighe, TB, Gomez, EW & Pester, CW 2021, 'User-friendly chemical patterning with digital light projection polymer brush photolithography', European Polymer Journal, vol. 158, 110652.


Farell, M, Self, A, Guza, C, Song, H, Apollon, L, Gomez, EW & Kumar, M 2020, 'Lipid-Functionalized Graphene Loaded with hMnSOD for Selective Inhibition of Cancer Cells', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 12, no. 11, pp. 12407-12416.
Ye, D, Rongpipi, S, Kiemle, SN, Barnes, WJ, Chaves, AM, Zhu, C, Norman, VA, Liebman-Peláez, A, Hexemer, A, Toney, MF, Roberts, AW, Anderson, CT, Cosgrove, DJ, Gomez, EW & Gomez, ED 2020, 'Preferred crystallographic orientation of cellulose in plant primary cell walls', Nature communications, vol. 11, no. 1, 4720.


Lang, C, Ye, D, Song, W, Yao, C, Tu, YM, Capparelli, C, Lanasa, JA, Hickner, MA, Gomez, EW, Gomez, ED, Hickey, RJ & Kumar, M 2019, 'Biomimetic Separation of Transport and Matrix Functions in Lamellar Block Copolymer Channel-Based Membranes', ACS nano, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 8292-8302.
Rongpipi, S, Ye, D, Gomez, ED & Gomez, EW 2019, 'Progress and opportunities in the characterization of cellulose – an important regulator of cell wall growth and mechanics', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 9, 1894.
Tise, JC, Zappe, SE, Gomez, EW, Kumar, M, Vriend Croninger, RM & Cutler, S 2019, 'Work-in-progress: An exploration of students' conceptualization of research after participating in an undergraduate research experience.', ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.