I am extremely proud of my former PhD students and post-docs with what they did while they were with us and also where they have gone afterwards (in reverse chronological order).


  • Mark Whiting. Background: Mechanical Engineer. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University with Michael Bernstein in computer science. He completed his PhD in mechanical engineering at CMU entitled Anomaly classification through automated grammar representation.

  • Kyle Justus. Background: Mechanical Engineer; Postdoc - Jim Spudich - Stanford. His research focused on the integration of genetically engineered cells as sensory components within soft robotic systems and the development of a magnetic tensile cytometry chip for magnetoliposomes.

  • Naser Naserifar. Background: Mechanical Engineer. He studied material gradients in thin stretchable substrates for wearable electronics.

  • Kristin Warren. Background: Mechanical Engineer with Biomedical Engineering specialty. Her work was on passive mechanical lysis of bioinspired systems involving computational modeling and microfluidic experiments. Work - Senior Consultant for the California Black Caucus

  • Melis Hazar. Background: Mechanical Engineer. Her research was on probing collective migration of a 3-D embryonic tissue through microfluidics with 3-D bio-etching. Work - Roche Tissue Diagnostics.

  • Paul Egan. Background: Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering; Postdoc - Kristina Shea - ETH Zurich. His research was on cognitive and agent based design methodologies for engineering complex biological systems.

  • Lina Gonzalez. Background: Mechanical Engineer; Postdoc - Chris Voigt - MIT. Her research was on investigating magnetotactic bacteria through advanced custom developed physics approaches and developing genetic based approaches to magnetotactic bacteria.

  • Cheemeng Tan. Background: Biomedical Engineer. His research was on developing an interface between synthetic biology and artificial cells with a focus on the effects of molecular crowding on these systems. Work - University of California-Davis (top 20 department by USNWR) as an Assistant Professor.

  • Yukai Zeng. Background: Mechanical Engineer; A* Star-Singapore. His research was on understanding dorsal ruffle structural relationships with mechanics of substrates along with developing a novel dynamic mechanical switchable cell substrate interface.

  • John Kang. Background: Computational Biology; MD part of the MD-PhD program. His research was on developing computational approaches to mechanotransduction including a novel structure and geometry based biochemical approach.

  • Mary Beth Wilson. Background: Biomedical Engineer; Innovesca. Her research was on examining biological architectures in terms of 3D regenerative medicine platforms and developing plant cell mechanics approaches toward global nutrition.

  • Robert Steward. Background: Mechanical Engineer; Postdoc - Jeff Fredberg, Harvard School of Public Health. His research was on logic gate approaches to multiple mechanical input stimulation and on carbon fixation with microorganism based approaches.

  • Si Yen Chou. Background: Animal Studies and Engineering Sciences; Her research was on developing differential substrates with controlled stiffnesses to study fibroblast, neural, and motility responses.

  • Yong Tae Tony Kim. Background: Mechanical Engineer; Postdoc - Bob Langer, MIT. His research was on developing control feedback microfluidic systems for 3D stimulation and Xenopuslaevis response. Work - Georgia Tech (top 5 department by USNWR) as an Assistant Professor.

  • Warren Ruder. Background: Civil and Environmental Engineer; Postdoc - Jim Collins - HHMI, Boston University and Harvard University. His research was on developing 3D approaches to cell calcium mechanotransduction and understanding magnetotactic bacteria interfaced with synthetic systems. Work - Virginia Tech (top 10 department by USNWR) as an Assistant Professor.

  • Jonathan Didier. Background: Chemical and Biomedical Engineer; Postdoc - Don Ingber/David Weitz, Harvard University. His research was on using molecular structures such as the cytoskeleton for templating and enhancing biochemical reactions through biologically inspired approaches.

  • Chao-Min Cheng. Background: Mechanical Engineer; Postdoc - George Whitesides, Harvard University;. His research was on developing novel lithographic technology in cell and molecular interactions including mechanotransduction and neural response. Work - National Tsing Hua University (one of the top universities in Taiwan) as an Assistant Professor.

  • Theresa Cassino. Background: Chemical Engineering. Her research was on examining loading history and cell memory for repair of heart defects with stem cells. Work - Precision Therapeutics.

  • Rachel Ying Zhang. - Background: Chemistry. Her research was on developing artificial cells with respect to controlled molecular reactions and mechanical properties.

  • Lacramioara Trofin. Background: Chemistry; in MIT's Executive MBA program. Her research was on developing novel polymer interfaces with cells through biologically inspired approaches.

  • Bin Li. Background: Chemistry. His research was on developing polymeric based approaches for optical use with cells. Work - Soochow University as an Assistant Professor.

  • Adriana Antunez de Mayolo. Background: Genetics. Her research was on working with labeling Dictyostelium with novel nanoparticle probes for visualizing live intracellular responses related to cell structure. Work - Chiquita Brands.

  • Brandon Kuczenski. Mechanical Engineer; Assistant Researcher - University of California at Santa Barbara. His research was on controlled microfluidics approaches for understanding dynamic responses of single cells such as in calcium signaling.

  • Ioanna Pagani. Background: Biomedical Engineer; Postdoc - Sanjay Kumar, University of California at Berkeley; Her research was on examining red blood cell mechanics and interfacing microtechnologies with cells. Current - Computational Biologist at Broad Institute.

  • Kathleen Puskar. Background: Mechanical Engineer; Postdoc - University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research was on developing computational approaches to cell structure and molecular crowding. Work - Point Park University as an Associate Professor.

  • James Kubicek. Background: Mechanical Engineering. His research was on developing novel mechanical stimulation approaches for understanding mechanotransduction through syndecans. Work - Citibank Financial Service, Smule.