People

Where to find us

Office Location:

5000 Forbes Avenue
Wean Hall, Room 1319
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Driving directions:

If you are visiting campus, hourly parking is available in the East Campus Garage:
5040 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Laboratory Location:

Our research laboratory space is located in:
Hamerschlag Hall D301 & D306

Our Team

Rebecca Taylor

Director (curriculum vitae)

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Manoj Kumar Gupta, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Self assembly of synthetic nucleic acid moiety for applications in nanostructures and mechanical biosensors.

      Emma Benjaminson, B.S.

      Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2023) Co-advised with Matt Travers (RI)

      Studying the fabrication and control of hybrid top-down/bottom-up manufactured microswimmers.

        Susana Beltrán, B.S.

        Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2023) Co-advised with Phil LeDuc

        Susana is studying nanosensors and shear flow in microfluidics.

          Weitao Wang, M.S.

          Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2023) Co-advised with Xi (Charlie) Ren (BME)

          DNA nanostructres interfacing with cellular membranes; computational tools for molecular dynamics, data and image analysis

            D. Sebastian Arias Roldan, B.S.

            Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2024)

            Sebastian won a GEM Fellowship! He is developing a nano-scale DNA strain sensor.

              Bolutito Babatunde, B.S.

              Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2024) Co-advised with Jonathan Cagan

              Tito won a DoD NDSEG Fellowship! She is exploring the intersection between DNA nanotechnology and automated design.

                Taryn Imamura, B.S.

                Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2025) Co-advised with Sarah Bergbreiter

                Taryn is an NSF and GEM fellowship awardee, who is developing a hybrid top-down, bottom-up manufacturing process for microswimmers using DNA origami.

                  Vismaya Walawalkar M.S.

                  Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2025)

                  Studying nano-scale DNA shear sensors.

                    Isabella Ferranti, B.S.

                    Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2026)

                    Studying how DNA origami nanostructures and nanobiosensors interface with cells

                      Rebekah Adams, B.S.E.

                      Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2026) Co-advised with Burak Ozdoganlar

                      Creating cell-based in vivo sensors using DNA origami delivered by microneedle arrays.

                        Indranil Sinha, M.S.

                        Ph.D Student in Mechanical Engineering(expected 2026)

                        Neil is studying structural and functional characterization of micro and nanorobots.

                          Anuhya Edupuganti, B.S.

                          Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2023) Co-advised with Matt Travers (RI)

                          Investigating the Self-Assembly of Modular Robots Constructed using DNA

                            Zijuan Liang, B.S.

                            Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2027) Co-advised with Burak Ozdoganlar

                            Studying DNA origami and microneedle arrays.

                              A.J. Vetturini, B.S.E

                              Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2027) Co-advised with Jonathan Cagan

                              A.J. is exploring the expansion of design methodologies for DNA origami

                                Bhavya Chopra, B.Tech

                                M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering(expected 2022)

                                Investigating strategies for targeted attachment of DNA origami to endothelial cell membranes.

                                  Ethan Husted

                                  Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2022)

                                  Designing PNA nanostructures with 2-domain inputs

                                    Lawrence Onyango

                                    Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics (expected 2024)

                                    Mapping the analytical design space for DNA for 3D lever nanosensors.

                                      Aparna Nair

                                      Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2023)

                                      Working computationally on controlling the length of DNA fabricated nanotubes using a hybridized origami/SST method

                                        Caleigh Goodwin-Schoen

                                        B.S./M.S. Student in Mechanical Engineering (expected 2022/2023)

                                        Creating 3D printed models of biological structures

                                          Lab Alumni

                                          NAME

                                          PROJECT

                                          GRADUATION

                                          Peter Sauer

                                          Creating a Dataset to Predict DNA Origami Formation

                                          Biological Sciences and Statistics/Machine Learning UG expected graduation '23

                                          Anika Banga

                                          Remotely operable microscope-based microswimmer test arena

                                          SCS UG '22

                                          Ying Liu

                                          Biosensing and imaging with structural DNA nanotechnology

                                          MechE Ph.D. '21

                                          Sriram Kumar

                                          Self-assembly of synthetic nucleic acid nanostructures for the development of mechanical biosensors

                                          MechE Ph.D. '21, now at Pacific Biosciences.

                                          Charlotte Andreasen

                                          Nanoscale DNA wall shear stress sensor

                                          MechE UG '21, now Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan in the Arruda Lab

                                          Kayleigh Boyle

                                          Designing and modelling 3D PNA and DNA nanostructures

                                          MechE UG '21, now at Key Tech

                                          Mitchell Harmatz

                                          Magnetically actuated microswimmers made from microbeads and DNA

                                          Research assistant through May 2020, now at Perelman School of Medicine (UPenn)

                                          Fatima Basit

                                          Design and fabrication of nanostructures and nano-devices using two photon polymerization

                                          MechE UG Expected '21

                                          Yishun (Daphne) Zhou

                                          Design and simulation of nanoscale DNA origami shear sensor

                                          MechE UG '20

                                          Rishabh Jain

                                          Tracking magnetic microswimmers and stretching nanosprings.

                                          MechE UG '22

                                          Taylor Clayton

                                          Nanoscribe-fabrication templates for bead pocketing self-assembly, now at General Motors in the NextGen Controls Group

                                          MechE Masters '19

                                          Benjamin Pavlat

                                          Micropost tracking analysis

                                          ChemE UG'21

                                          Mitchell Riek

                                          Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Summer 2017

                                          MechE UG'19, now at Caterpillar Inc.

                                          Rachel Sneeringer

                                          Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Summer 2017

                                          MechE UG'20

                                          Dilhara Jayarathna

                                          Voice assisted protocol training, PNA, and origami validation

                                          Postdoctoral Researcher 2018

                                          Paula Arambel

                                          Wrinkling of Silicone Sheets Subject to Partial Clamping and Rationally-designed Perforations

                                          MechE MS Research '18

                                          Alexander Kwakye

                                          Microfluidic Platform for Multimodal Microscopy Studies of Structural DNA Nanotechnology

                                          MechE MS Research '18, now at Intel

                                          Alexandra Eggleston

                                          Cell culture for MFI project

                                          ChemE/BME UG'17

                                          Berk Sahin

                                          BME Carnegie Heart Fellowship, Summer 2017

                                          MechE UG'19

                                          Will Anstett

                                          SURG Project Spring 2018

                                          MechE UG'18

                                          Isabel Roscoe

                                          Rapid prototyping of molecular models

                                          MechE UG'18 / Tepper MBA '19

                                          Jade Crockem

                                          Course development for "Modern Manufacturing in Steeltown"

                                          MechE UG'18

                                          Sarah Karp

                                          Spring 2017 Course development for "Modern Manufacturing in Steeltown"

                                          MechE UG'18

                                          Shivang Chordia

                                          Spring 2017 Course development for "Modern Manufacturing in Steeltown"

                                          MechE UG'18

                                          Kelly Underwood

                                          Spring 2018 Course development for "Modern Manufacturing in Steeltown"

                                          MechE UG'18