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).


  • Li Wan. Background: Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics. Interdisciplinary fields of mechanical engineering and cancer biology. He worked on applying micromachining techniques in fabrication of in vitro 3D cancer model system with vasculature for breast cancer research purposes. Currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.

  • Adam Wood. Background: B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on utilizing specialized plant materials and waste materials as the main component in various desalination technologies. Currently an Assistant Professor, Engineering Sciences, Saint Vincent College.

  • Ryan Yeh. Background: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He pursued research related to shape grammars and explainable AI in medical imaging. Currently a Maintenance Worker (Trails) at National Park Service.

  • Christian Ingham. Background: Meyerhoff Scholar with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering. His research interest includes rehabilitative technologies, robotics and autonomous systems.

  • Dan Clymer. Background: Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. His research focused on improving pattern recognition and problem identification through computational and machine learning methods, particularly in the field of healthcare technology. Currently a Sr. Research Scientist at BAE Systems, Inc.

  • Jorge Salome. Background: Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Research experience in aerospace technology, exoskeleton systems, and flexible circuit techniques. Currently a Mechanical Engineer at Stevens Institute of Technology.

  • Jonelle Yu. Background: Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, and Controls. Her research focused on designing and devloping an extrusion-based 3D printing platform for tissue engineering applications. Currently working at Align Technology as a R&D engineer - 3D printing.

  • Ardon Shorr. Background: Biological Sciences. His research studied why astronauts come back with so many health problems, exploring cellular exposure to different gravity environments. He teaches academic writing and science communication at Princeton.

  • 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.