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Joy P. Dunkers, Ph.D.

Experience and Interests

As a science advisor, I provide support and guidance for division scientific programs, communications, and operations by working with division management and technical staff. I help promote external communication of division programs through the division website, by developing promotional materials, and by helping staff identify the most relevant forums to market their work. I also support the division programs and operations internally by creating and maintaining the internal website with relevant information on technical resources, division operations and safety, as well as other communication centered duties.

My technical interests and experience are in the areas of Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy and imaging, confocal microscopy, dual mode optical coherence tomography and two-photon fluorescence imaging, and quantitative image analysis for biosystems and materials.

Awards and Funding

2011 - 2013: Co-champion of Innovations in Measurement Science Award for Shape Metrology Proposal

2007: Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Federal Service for Creating and Implementing Rigorous Testing Protocols and Benchmarks Needed to Ensure the Security and Integrity of the New US ePassport

Selected Publications

Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine

Lafarge, T., Pateiro Lopez, B., Possolo, A., Dunkers, J. "R Implementation of a Polyhedral Approximation to a 3D Set of Points using the Alpha-Shape." Journal of Statistical Software, 56(4), (2014)

Dunkers, J. P., Lee, Y. J., and Chatterjee, K. "Single Cell Viability Measurements in 3D Scaffolds using in situ Label Free Imaging by Optical Coherence Microscopy." Biomaterials, 33(7), 2119(2012)

Dunkers, J. "Neutron Techniques for Biomaterial Measurements." Biomaterials Forum, 34(2), 7(2012)

Dunkers, J., Lee, H. J., Matos, M., Pakstis, L., Taboas, J., Hudson, S., Cicerone, M. "Effect of Surface Modification on Protein Retention and Cell Proliferation Under Strain." Acta Biomaterialia, 7(7), 2902(2011)

Dunkers, J., "How Well Do You Know Your MATES?" Biomaterials Forum, 33(4), 10(2011)

Chiang, M., Giuseppetti, A., Qian, J., Dunkers, J., Antonucci, J., Schumacher, G.,Lin- Gibson, S. "Analyses of a Cantilever-beam Based Instrument for Evaluating the Development of Polymerization Stresses." Dental Materials, 27(9), 899(2011)


McDonough, W., Dunkers, J., Forster, A., Heckert, N. A.,  Kim, J. H., Wight, S., Holmes, G., "Investigation and Characterization of Co-Polymer Aramid Ballistic Fibers." Journal of Materials Science, submitted

Kobayashi, H., McDonough, W. G., Dunkers, J. P., Wight, S. A., Lee, H. J., Kim, J. H., Forster, A. L., Rice, K. D., Homes, G. A. "X-ray Scattering Study on the Damage in Fibers Used in Soft Body Armor after Folding." Polymer Composites, 33(5), 803(2012)

Dunkers, J. P. "Applications of Optical Coherence Tomography to the Study of Polymer Matrix Composites." Handbook of Optical Coherence Tomography, B. Bouma and G. Tearney, eds., Marcel Dekkar, Inc. pp. 421-443, 2002

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Science Advisor
Biosystems and Biomaterials Division

Employment History:

October 2012-present: Science Advisor, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division

1993 - present: Physical Scientist, Polymers Division, NIST

2005 - 2007: Project leader, Biomechanics Project, Polymers Division,

2002 - 2005: Project leader, Multimodal Imaging and Quantitative Visualization Project, Polymers Division, NIST


Ph.D., Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University

M.S., Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University

B.S.E., Macromolecular Science with Honors, Case Western Reserve University

Phone: (301) 975-6841
Fax: (301) 975-4977