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).


  • Lina Gonzalez. 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.

  • YukaiZeng. 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.