2018 NSF Travel Grant Awardees
Adriana Coll De Peña
M.S. and double B.S.
Science Technology and Public Policy M.S., Biomedical Engineering B.S., Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology.
Advisor Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas
Adriana Coll De Peña is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology currently pursuing an M.S in Science, Technology and Public Policy and a B.S. Biomedical Engineering. She completed the courses for the B.S. in Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience as of May 2017. Her research topic is the study of the electrokinetic behavior of bacteria, yeast, and bacteriophages.
Alan YL Jiang
PhD Student
Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
Advisor Dr. Lisa A. Flanagan
Alan YL Jiang graduated from University of California, Irvine in 2014 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science Engineering. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Her research topic is Label-free separation of Neural Stem and Progenitor Cells.
Ashwin Ramachandran
PhD Student
Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University
Advisor Prof. Juan G. Santiago
Ashwin Ramachandran graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2015 with a B.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Stanford University. His current research interests include developing rapid and automated methods for clinical diagnostics, water desalination, and microfluidic transport and mixing.
Armita Salahi
PhD Student
Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia
Advisor Dr. Nathan Swami
I graduated from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2010 with a BSc degree and in 2012 with a master's degree in Material Science and Engineering. I also got my master's in Electrical Engineering from University of Virginia in 2017. I’m currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, where my research is focused on Microfluidics, Electrokinetics, and Micro/Nano Fabrication.
Shannon Huey Hilton
PhD Student
Chemistry, Arizona State University
Advisor Dr. Mark Hayes
Shannon Huey Hilton is a Ph.D. candidate in her last year in Chemistry at Arizona State University, working with Dr. Mark Hayes. Her current research is in dielectrophoresis of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the connection between biophysical properties and dielectrophoretic data. She received a B.S. in Chemistry at Brigham Young University.
Dai Hyun Kim
PhD Student
Chemistry, Arizona State University
Advisor Dr. Alexandra Ros
Dai Hyun Kim is graduated from Hangyang(Seoul, Korea) University in 2009 and 2012 with a B.Sc. and M.S in Chemistry, respectively. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in ASU. His research topic is Non-intuitive phenomena-based (bio)particle separation in the microfluidic system.
Rucha Natu
PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
Advisor Dr. Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte
Rucha Natu is completed her Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from WCE, India. Currently she is working on her PhD in Clemson University. Her work focusses on microfluidics and microfabrication
Sanaz Habibi
PhD Candidate
Chemical Engineering, Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI
Advisor Dr. Adrienne Minerick
Sanaz Habibi is a PhD candidate at the Chemical Engineering department of the Michigan Tech University in Houghton. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tehran University of Science and Research in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Her research topic is exploring the role and impact of Faradaic reactions on electrode, microdevice, and cellular function at the microscale.
Michael Beauchamp
PhD Candidate
Analytical Chemistry, Brigham Young University
Advisor Dr. Adam Woolley
Mike Beauchamp graduated from Xavier University in 2011 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He is currently working toward a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. His current research involves the use of 3D printing to create microfluidic devices for microchip electrophoresis of pre-term birth biomarkers.
Devin Keck
PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
Dr. Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte
Devin Keck graduated from Clemson University in 2015 with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. His research involves utilizing dielectrophoresis to enable microprinting with bacteria.
Karina Torres
PhD Student
Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia
Advisor Dr. Nathan Swami
Karina Torres graduated from University of Costa Rica in 2013 with a Licenciate in Chemical Engineering and obtained her M.Sc. in Electronics from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica in 2016. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Her research interests lie on Microfluidics, Dielectrophoresis and Micro- electromechanical systems (MEMS).
Maryam Moarefian
Ph.D. Candidate
Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
Advisor Dr. Caroline Jones
Maryam Moarefian works on developing a microfluidic device coupled with computational fluid dynamics model to investigate the effect of electric field on drug delivery into the tumor. The application of advanced computational fluid dynamics model validated with 3D cell culture systems has proven benefits in providing more physiologically relevant conditions, and a capability of mimicking biomedical devices for precision cancer treatment. To investigate the effectiveness of recent cancer treatments such as iontophoresis, she designed and fabricate a novel 3D microfluidic platform to effectively control the flow rate, electric field, and drug dosage. Various projects she has worked on include the fundamental mathematical model shows the effect of electric field on increasing the fraction of tumor killed published in peer reviewed publication (Mathematical Biosciences, 272:1-5, 2016). Her new work on developing a microfluidic device was presented in thirteen oral and poster presentations in national and international conferences.
Nicole Hill
PhD Student
Microsystems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
Advisor Dr. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas
Nicole Hill graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2017 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Microsystems Engineering. Her research topic is insulator-based dielectrophoresis chromatography.
Mohammad Towshif Rabbani
PhD Student
School of Molecular Sciences, Arizona State University
Advisor Dr. Alexandra Ros
Mohammad Towshif Rabbani finished his B.Sc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh in 2012 with a M.Sc. in Automation and Information Engineering from University of Bremen, Germany in 2015. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry. Currently his active interest is in Microfluidics platform and his research topic is fractionation of single walled carbon nanotubes by lengths with insulator based dielectrophoresis. He is also studying the dielectrophretic properties of DNA and protein.