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Former Post-Docs/Research Staff

Anup Kundu, Ph.D., 2004-2006 (Currently Assistant Professor at Xavier University of Louisiana)

David Lai, Ph.D., 2015 (Currently Process Engineer at Glaxo Smith Kline)

Gopinath Tiruchinapally, Ph.D., 2016-2018


Former Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students: University of Michigan

Jonathan Bezenah, Ph.D., 2013-2018 (Joined lab in 2014; Currently Product Development Engineer, NeuMoDx, Inc.)

Bita Carrion, Ph.D., 2006-2013 (Joined lab at UC Irvine in 2008; Currently Applications Scientist at Swift Biosciences)

Jacob Ceccarelli, Ph.D., 2007-2013 (Joined lab at UC Irvine in 2008; Currently Senior Scientist, Kite Pharma)

Stephanie Grainger, Ph.D., 2007-2012 (Joined lab in 2009; Currently Senior Research Scientist at Infraredx)

Isaac Janson, Ph.D., 2007-2014 (Joined lab at UC Irvine in 2008; Currently Medical Writer at Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center, Inc.)

Ana Rioja, Ph.D. 2012-2017 (Co-advised by Jan Stegemann; Currently Research Scientist at Community Tissue Resources, Kettering, OH)

Rahul Singh, Ph.D., 2009-2015 (Joined lab in 2009; Currently Research Scientist at Baxter International, Inc.)

Marina Vigen, Ph.D. 2009-2014 (Joined lab in 2011; Currently Associate at McKinsey & Company)


Ph.D. Students: UC Irvine

Cyrus Ghajar, Ph.D., 2003-2008 (Co-advised by Steve George; Currently Assistant Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

Carlos Huang, Ph.D., 2005-2010 (Co-advised by Noo Li Jeon; Currently Technical Services Engineer for St. Jude Medical)

Suraj Kachgal, Ph.D., 2005-2011 (Currently Licensing Associate, Texas A&M University)

Chirag Khatiwala, Ph.D., 2004-2008 (Currently Director of Technical Services at Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.)

Ekaterina Kniazeva, Ph.D., 2007-2011 (Currently post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern)

Max Kotlarchyk, Ph.D., 2007-2011 (Co-advised by Elliot Botvinick; Currently Director of Biomedical and Systems Engineering, Intelon Optics, Inc.)

Shelly Peyton, Ph.D., 2002-2007 (Currently Associate Professor at UMass-Amherst)


M.S.E./SGUS Students: University of Michigan

Nathan Bohn, M.S.E., 2012-2013 (Currently employed by Abbott, Technical Sales Specialist)

Evan Chen, M.S.E., 2016-2017 (Currently Medical Student, Central Michigan University)

Cynthia Li, M.S.E., 2012-2013 (Currently employed by the FDA)

Jordan Sykes, M.S.E., 2016-2017 (Currently employed by Abbott, Technical Sales Specialist)

Matt Tan, M.S.E., 2014-2015 (Employed by Biomet Biologics upon graduation; currently PhD student at Cornell University)


M.S. Students: UC Irvine

Sara Chastain, M.S., 2003-2005

Vic Keschrumrus, M.S., 2005-2007 (Currently PhD student at University of Arizona)

Peter Kim, M.S., 2006-2008; Research Technician, 2008-2009 (Currently Senior Product Development Engineer at SeaSpine, Inc.)

Amy VanStrien, M.S., 2008-2009 (Currently Field Clinical Specialist, Transcatheter Heart Valves, Edwards Life Sciences)


Former Rotation Students

UC Irvine

Abdolhossein Edalati, 2007

Nikita Malavia, 2004 (Completed PhD with Steve George at UCI in 2008)

Vincent Nguyen-Hoai, 2006-2007 (Last known whereabouts: St. Jude Medical)

Chris Raub, 2005 (Completed PhD with Steve George at UCI in 2009; Currently Assistant Professor at Catholic University of America)

Allison Sarff, 2009 (Completed MD program at Tufts University)

Himanshu Sharma, 2008 (Completed PhD with Michelle Khine at UCI in 2014)

Michael Shen, 2005 (Last known whereabouts: graduate student with Nancy Da Silva at UCI)

Bhupinder Shergill, 2008 (Completed PhD with Elliot Botvinick at UCI in 2012)

Sheila Vaziri, 2003

Kristine Velasco, 2009


Former Undergraduate Students

University of Michigan

Shane Allen, 2012-2013 (Currently graduate student at Univ. of Texas)

Albert Cheng, 2010-2012 (Currently graduate student at Georgia Tech)

Julia Habif, 2014-2016 (Currently graduate student at University of Florida)

Jacob Heller, 2012 (Currently Application Engineering Team Manager, National Instruments)

Spencer Paris, 2013-2015 (Currently Senior Engineer, Advanced Surgery R&D at Baxter International, Inc.)

Remzi Sipahi, 2010-2011 (Completed medical school at Michigan State Univ.; currently medical resident in Milwaukee, WI)

Jacob Steiber, 2012-2013 (Currently Medical Student, Rush Medical College)

Luis Sosa, 2014-2015

Matt Tan, 2013-2014 (Employed by Biomet Biologics upon graduation; currently PhD student at Cornell University)

Elizabeth (Betsy) Zwier, 2014-2015 (Currently R&D Engineer, 3M)


UC Irvine

Rita Blaik, 2007-2008

Katie Blevins, 2004-2006 (Completed MD and PhD at Univ. of Utah; currently surgery resident at Stanford University)

Michael Brown, 2003-2006

Phuong Vy Ho, 2005

Max Klement, 2007-2009

David Lai, 2006-2008 (Completed PhD at University of Michigan; currently Process Engineer at Glaxo Smith Kline)

Jacklyn Ma, 2004 (Completed MD program at University of Hawaii)

Christine Nee, Summer 2004

Tammy Nguyen, 2006-2008 (Completed MS program at UCSD; currently Staff Engineer at Edwards Lifesciences)

Vanessa Pau, 2005-2007 (Completed MS program at Johns Hopkins; currently employed by Verily Life Sciences)

Shakti Regmi, 2004

Andrew Jason Santiago, 2007-2008 (Currently Senior Research Associate at Sutro Biopharma)

Harry Sin, 2004-2006 (Currently pursuing MBA at University of Texas-Austin)

Aswathi Sreedharan, 2005-2006

Justin Tilan, 2003-2005 (Completed MD program UC Irvine)

Sandra Tran, 2007


Former High School Students

UC Irvine

Ronney Tay, Saint Margaret’s High School, Summer 2005 (Completed DMD degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine)