Born and raised in Arizona, Dr. Millhouse graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. Soon thereafter he began a fruitful career as a spinal implant and instrument design engineer for Globus Medical. He subsequently completed medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine before moving into academia. He worked as the senior spine research fellow at Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University with Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA for three years. While there he conducted a myriad of research projects, authored many publications, and performed leadership and editorial roles. Additionally he graduated at the top of his class with a Masters of Business Administration degree from Temple University Fox School of Business. He is currently undertaking a post-doctoral research fellowship at Clemson University where he works to develop sensor devices that will integrate with orthopaedic implants to add functional information to plain film radiographs, among other projects. In his free time Paul enjoys cooking and outdoor activities such as hiking and snowboarding.
Arifuzzaman’s work is focused on the chemistry of polymer materials and bioengineering. As a polymer scientist, he is interested in developing synthetic polymer hydrogels for medical and/or industrial applications. In his PhD work he invented, for the first time in gel-science, the formation mechanism of gigantic anisotropic structures in polymer hydrogel by the swelling-induced strong mechanical stretching. His present works involves targeting the invention of a noninvasive chemical sensor from polymer hydrogels for biomedical implants. He is playing with the fabrication of unique polymer hydrogels which respond to the stimulation or chemical conditions developed on implant surfaces. Using the knowledge of spontaneous hydrogel actuation or deformation due to non-equilibrium chemistry, he will create simple, robust chemical sensor for easy detection of infection around implanted medical devices.