Current members

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Alex Abramson

Alex Abramson

Graduate Student
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins
Keywords: Drug Delivery, GI Tract, Device Prototyping
aabram@mit.edu
Room:76-646

Andrew Ayoob

Andrew M. Ayoob

Graduate Student
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Keywords: Drug delivery, inner ear, biodegradable, triggerable delivery, biomaterials, hydrogels
aayoob@mit.edu
Room:76-611

Sahab Babaee

Sahab Babaee

Postdoc
Ph.D., Material Science and Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA USA
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA USA
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Keywords: Mechanics of Materials, Computational Sciences, Architected Materials, Biomedical Devices, Translational Medicine, Smart Drug Delivery
sbabaee@mit.edu
Room76-637

Arijit Basu

Arijit Basu

Postdoc
Ph.D., Medicinal Chemistry, Birla Institute of Technology, India
M.Pharm., Medicinal Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi
Keywords: Molecular modelling, organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, material science
arijitb@mit.edu

Ali Beyzavi

Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, USA.
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Nanyan technological University.
Keywords: Drug delivery, Microfluidics, Biomedical devices, Microfabrication.
beyzavi@mit.edu; a.beyzavi@gmail.com
Room:76-617

Sachin Bhagchandani

Sachin Bhagchandani

Graduate Student
M.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
Keywords: Biomaterials, Hydrogels, Drug delivery, Tissue engineering
sachb@mit.edu
Room:76-617

Chandrabali Bhattacharya

Chandrabali Bhattacharya

Postdoc
Ph.D., Chemistry, Arizona State University
M.Sc., Chemistry, IIT Kharagpur, India
B.Sc., Chemistry, Presidency College, Kolkata, India
Keywords: Organic chemistry, carbohydrates, glucose sensing, RNA delivery
cbhattac@mit.edu
Room:76-632B

Paul W. Bisso

Paul W. Bisso

Graduate Student
M.S., Chemical Engineering, MIT
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
Keywords: Immunology, Nanostructured Materials, Drug Delivery, mRNA Delivery, Inflammatory Disorders
pbisso@mit.edu
Room: 76-607

Suman Bose

Suman Bose

Postdoc
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.Tech and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, India
Keywords: Microfluidics, BioMEMS, Cell Encapsulation, Single-cell analysis. 
sumanb@mit.edu
Room 76-687

Ester Caffarel-Salvador

Ester Caffarel-Salvador

Postdoc
Ph.D. in Drug Delivery, School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast, UK.
M.Ed. in Science, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
B.S. in Biochemistry, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and University of Milan, Italy.
Keywords: Drug Delivery, Transdermal, Microneedles, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Hydrogels, Insulin, Diabetes
caffarel@mit.edu
Room 76-642

Crystal Chu

Crystal Chu

Postdoc
Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology
B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Keywords: organic chemistry, materials chemistry, drug delivery, diabetes
ckchu@mit.edu
Room 76-617A 

Vikash P. Chauhan

Vikash P. Chauhan

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, Engineering Sciences, Harvard University
MS, Applied Physics, Harvard University
BS, Biomedical Engineering; BS, Chemical Engineering; MSE, Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Keywords: Cancer biology, Drug delivery, Gene therapy
vpc@mit.edu
Room 76-691

Derfogail Delcassian

Derfogail Delcassian

Postdoc
Ph.D., Immunomodulatory Materials, Imperial College London
M.Chem, Chemistry, University of York, UK
B.Sc., Chemistry, University of York, UK
Keywords: immune engineering, biomaterials, cell transplant, encapsulation, drug and gene delivery
ddelcass@mit.edu
Room 76-687

Joshua C. Doloff

Joshua C. Doloff

Postdoc
MA/PhD, Molecular Cellular Biology & Biochemistry, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
Keywords: Immunology, Cancer, Biomaterials, Biomedical Devices, Drug delivery, Gene therapy, cell encapsulation, and Diabetes
jcdoloff@mit.edu
Room 76-601

Thomas von Erlach

Thomas von Erlach

Postdoc
PhD, Materials science & Bioengineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
M.Sc. Biotechnology, ETH Zurich
B.Sc. Biochemistry, ETH Zurich
Keywords: Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Cell Geometry, Mechanobiology, Soft Lithography, Cell biology, Drug delivery, Cancer
Thomasve@mit.edu
Room 76-643

Shady Farah

Shady Farah

Postdoc
PhD, MSc (Direct track), BSc, Medicinal Chemistry; Natural Products;Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Keywords: Polymers, Drug delivery, Biomaterials, Biomedical Devices, Bioactive surfaces, Nanomaterials, Targeted delivery, API Crystallization, Tissue engineering, Cells encapsulation, Combinatorial chemistry, and Diabetes.
sfarah@mit.edu
Room 76-611

Amanda Facklam

Amanda Facklam

PhD Candidate
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Keywords: Biomaterials, Immunology, Cell Encapsulation, Diabetes
afacklam@mit.edu
Room 76-687

Owen Fenton

Owen Fenton

Postdoc
Ph.D., Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Sc., Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A. Chemistry, College of the Holy Cross
Keywords: RNA delivery, lipid synthesis, lipid nanoparticles, total synthesis of alkaloid natural products, hydrogels
osfenton@mit.edu
Room 76-611

Pedro P G Guimarães

Pedro P G Guimarães

Postdoc
PhD, Chemistry, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG, Brazil.
MS, Biopharmaceutical Innovation, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG, Brazil.
BS, Pharmacy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG, Brazil.
Keywords: Drug delivery, nanoparticles, cancer metastasis, tumor microenvironment.
ppiresgo@mit.edu
Room 76-635

Edward Guzman

Edward Guzman

Graduate Student
M.S., Bioengineering, Harvard University
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Keywords: drug delivery, siRNA, lipid nanoparticles, endothelial cells
Ebguzman@mit.edu
Room 76-661

Yuxuan Huang

Yuxuan Huang

Technical Assistant
M.S, Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
B.E, Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Technology
Keywords: mRNA delivery, drug delivery, nanoparticles, polymers, organic synthesis, nanostructured materials
yuxuanh@mit.edu

Tianjiao Ji

Tianjiao Ji

Postdoc
Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Keywords: Drug delivery, Peptide self-assembly, Anesthesia, Tumor microenvironment
jitj@mit.edu

Miguel Jimenez

Miguel Jimenez

Postdoc
Ph.D., Columbia University, Chemistry and Synthetic Biology
B.A., Harvard University, Chemitry and Chemical Biology
Keywords: synthetic biology, microbiome, drug delivery, biosensors, devices
Email: jmiguelj@mit.edu; Twitter:@jmigueljd

Piotr S. Kowalski

Piotr S. Kowalski

Postdoc Fellow
PhD, Biomedical Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands
MS,Biochemistry, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Keywords: Drug delivery, biomaterials, nanotechnology, gene therapy, cancer and vascular biology
piotrk@mit.edu
Room 76-617A

Wen Li

Wen Li

Postdoc
Ph.D. Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Keywords: stimuli-responsive materials, the controlled drug delivery, stem-cell based therapy
wenl@mit.edu
Room 76-64

Linxian Li

Jason Li

Postdoc
Ph.D, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toronto
M.S., Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University
Keywords: Drug Delivery, Biologics, Nanoparticles, Biomaterials, Medical Devices, Microfabrication
jasonsli@mit.edu
Room 76-691

Linxian Li

Linxian Li

Postdoc
Ph.D, Organic Chemistry, Ruprecht-Karls-Univeristy of Heidelberg, Germany
M.S., Medicinal Chemistry, Chinese Pharmaceutical University, China
Keywords: bioengineering, lipid synthesis, gene delivery, biointerfaces, nanomedicine
lxli@mit.edu
Room 76-632

Chih-Hsin (Melody) Lin

Chih-Hsin (Melody) Lin

Postdoc
Ph.D, Dentistry, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
MS, Zoology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
BS, Life Science, National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Keywords: Stem cell biology, vascular biology, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine
chihhsin@mit.edu
Room 76-691

Jiaqi Lin

Jiaqi Lin

Postdoc
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
BS, Spacecraft Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing, China
Keywords: drug delivery, mucosal berrier, polymer physics, computational chemistry
jqlin@mit.edu
Room 76-612

Andong Liu

Andong Liu

Postdoc
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Keywords: Drug delivery, surface modification, polymers, hydrogels
adliu@mit.edu

Xueguang Lu

Xueguang Lu

Postdoc
PhD, Polymer Chemistry, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
BS, Chemistry, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China
Keywords: polymer, nucleic acid, nanoparticles, gene/vaccine delivery
xueguang@mit.edu
Room 76-632B

Corina MacIsaac

Corina MacIsaac

Graduate Student
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Arizona
B.S. Physiology, University of Arizona
Keywords: Biomaterials, Cell Encapsulation, Medical Devices, Tissue Engineering, Wound Healing
corinam@mit.edu
Room 76-687

Nafiseh Masoumi

Nafiseh Masoumi

Postdoc PhD, Bioengineering, The Pennsylvanian State University, State College, PA, USA
MS, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, Sharif University, Tehran, IR
BS, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, Sharif University, Tehran, IR
Keywords: Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells, Hydrogel Fabrication, Bioreactor Design, Cardiovascular Regeneration
masoumi@mit.edu
Room 76-611

Malia McAvoy

Malia McAvoy

Medical Student
M.S. Biochemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
B.S. Biochemistry, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
Keywords: Neurological diseases, biomedical devices, biomaterials
mmcavoy@mit.edu
Room 76-687

 Benjamin Mead

Benjamin Mead

Graduate Student (Primary advisor: Jeff Karp, BWH/HMS)
B.S. Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO USA
Keywords: tissue engineering, microbiome, stem cells, drug discovery, biomaterials
bemead@mit.edu
Room 76-661

Kevin J. McHugh

Kevin J. McHugh

Postdoc
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Keywords: Biomaterials, microfabrication, vaccine delivery, tissue engineering
kjmchugh@mit.edu
Room 76-621

Lei Miao

Lei Miao

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Molecular Pharmaceutics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. School of Pharmacy, Shandong University, China
Keywords: lipidoid, mRNA delivery, tumor microenvironment, anti-cancer vaccine, nanoparticle
mysky_05@mit.edu
Room 76-687

Seyed M. Mirvakili

Seyed M. Mirvakili

Postdoc
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BioInstrumentation Laboratory)
M.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering, University of British Columbia
B.A.Sc. Electrical Engineering (minor in nanotechnology and microsystems), University of British Columbia
Keywords: Artificial Muscles, Energy Storage/Harvesting Devices, Bio-Photovoltaic, RF, Circuit Design, Biomedical Devices, Smart Drug Delivery
seyed@mit.edu

Marion Paolini

Marion Paolini

Postdoc
Ph.D., Oncology - Nanomedicine, Universite Paris-Saclay, France
M.Sc./M.E., Biomedical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, France
Keywords: Drug delivery, Nanotechnology, Oncology, Hepatic cells, Biomaterials
mpaolini@mit.edu
Room 76-632

Asha K. Patel

Asha K. Patel

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK
MPharm, School of Pharmacy, King's College London, UK
Keywords: Gene Delivery, Nucleic acid therapeutics, Biomaterials, Nanomedicine, Non-viral vectors, Regenerative medicine
akpatel@mit.edu
Room 76-687

Padmini Pillai

Padmini Pillai

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. in Immunobiology, Yale University
B.A. in Biochemistry, Regis College
Keywords: Immunology, Inflammation, Mucosal Drug Delivery, Biomaterials, Vaccines, Nanoparticles
padmini@mit.edu
Room 76-637

Ritu Raman

Ritu Raman

Postdoc
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
Keywords: implantable devices, smart materials, bioactuators, hydrogels, tissue engineering
ritur@mit.edu

Daniel Reker

Daniel Reker

Postdoc
Ph.D., Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
M.Sc., Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
B.Sc., Computer Science, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Keywords: Bio- and Chemoinformatics, Drug Design and Delivery, Machine Learning and Data Science
reker@mit.edu

Arnab Rudra

Arnab Rudra

Postdoc
Ph.D. Synthetic studies on bryostatins, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
M.S. Synthetic studies on bis-homocubanes, IIT Bombay, Mumbai
Keywords: Ionizable lipids, peptide receptors, polymers, nucleosides, RNA delivery
arnabr@mit.edu

Yulia Rybakova

Yulia Rybakova

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
MS, Cell Biology and Histology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Keywords: Cancer biology, RNAi/gene therapy, Drug discovery
rybkayu@mit.edu
Room 76-637

Kaitlyn Sadtler

Kaitlyn Sadtler

Postdoc
Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD, USA
Keywords: Immunology, Regenerative Medicine, Immunoengineering, Biomaterials, Wound Healing, Tissue Engineering

Morteza Sarmadi

Morteza Sarmadi

Graduate Student
MS, Mechanical Engineering-Biomechanics, Sharif University of Technology, Iran
BS, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran
Keywords: Drug Delivery, Tissue Engineering, Microfluidics, Numerical Simulation
msarmadi@mit.edu
Room 76-635

Yue Shao

Yue Shao

Postdoc Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
M.E., Solid Mechanics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
B.E., Engineering Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Keywords: Biomaterials, Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine, Human Embryology and Developmental Biology, Mechanobiology, Micro/Nano-fabrication
yueshao@mit.edu
Room 76-661

Elena M Smekalova

Elena M Smekalova

Postdoc
Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Chemistry department of Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
M.Sc., Chemistry, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Keywords: RNA biology and therapeutics, molecular biology, telomerase 
esmekal@mit.edu
Room 76-601

 

 
Virginia Spanoudaki

Virginia Spanoudaki

Postdoc
PhD, Experimental Physics, Technical University of Munich, Germany
MSc, Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
BSc, Physics, National Kapodistrian University of Athens
Keywords: Biomedical Imaging technology and applications
vspan@mit.edu
Room 76-637

Martin P. Stewart

Martin P. Stewart

Postdoc
PhD, Biophysics, TU Dresden, Germany
BSc (Hons), University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Keywords: cell biophysics and mechanics, cytoskeleton, cell squeezing, membrane injury-recovery cycle, cell homeostasis, microfluidics
martstew@mit.edu
Room 76-635

Christoph Steiger

Christoph Steiger

Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. rer. nat., Chair for Drug Formulation and Delivery, University of Wuerzbug
License to practice pharmacy, Free State of Bavaria
Keywords: Gastrointestinal delivery, biomedical devices, therapeutic gases
csteiger@mit.edu
Room 76-642

Lavanya S. Thapa

Lavanya S. Thapa

Technical Assistant
BS, Pharmacy, IICP
M.S. Biomedical Sciences, Northeastern University
lthapa@mit.edu
Room 76-617

Zachary Tochka

Zachary Tochka

Technical Assistant
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
Keywords: Tissue engineering, biomaterials, nanotechnology, molecular biology
ztochka@mit.edu
76-632B

Malvika Verma

Malvika Verma

Graduate Student
BS, Bioengineering, Caltech
Keywords: Drug Delivery, Device Testing, Cell Geometry
mverma@mit.edu
Room 76-643

Lisa Volpatti

Lisa Volpatti

PhD Candidate
M.S., Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MPhil, Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Keywords: Drug delivery, biomaterials, responsive polymers, nanotechnology, diabetes
volpatti@mit.edu
Room 76-687

Yanfei Wang

Yanfei Wang

Postdoc
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
B.S., Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China
Keywords: Polymers, Drug delivery, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials
yanfeiw@mit.edu

Jamie Webster

Jamie Webster

Postdoc
Ph.D, Molecular and Cellular Biology. Harvard University
B.S, Biology. University of Massachusetts Boston
Keywords: Inflammation, Drug delivery, Immunology, Nanoparticles
websterj@mit.edu
Room 76-637

Jihyeon Yeom

Jihyeon Yeom

Postdoc
Ph.D., Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Keywords: Nanomaterials, Biomaterials, Vaccine delivery
jyeom@mit.edu
Room 76-635

Sufeng Zhang

Sufeng Zhang

Postdoc
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
M.Sc. Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Tianjin University, China
B.Eng. Tianjin University, China
Keywords: Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Bone regeneration, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Nanoparticles, Self-assembled hydrogels, protein bioconjugation
sfzhang@mit.edu
Room 76-661D

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang

Postdoc
Ph.D., Polymer Science, the University of Akron
B.S., Chemistry, Peking University
Keywords: polymer chemistry, polymer physics, biomaterials, self-assembly, triggerable drug delivery
wzhang89@mit.edu

Chao Zhao

Chao Zhao

Postdoc
Ph.D. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China
B.E., Polymer Materials and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Keywords: Polymer chemistry, biomaterials, drug delivery, disease treatments, and tissue engineering