Biomedical Engineering (BME) Ph.D. Students

Naubahar Agha
Box G
Lab: 401-863-2333

Research: The focus of my research is on extracting neural signals from the brain using novel, broadband, wireless, fully-implantable neural recording devices to determine intent and decision making for neural prosthetics applications.
Stephanie Angione
Box D
Lab: 401-863-1319

Research: My research focus is on developing rapid and more informative methods to detect infectious diseases like influenza A and Clostridium difficile using microfluidic techniques.

Glareh Azadi
Box D
Lab: 401-863-1319

Olivia Beane
Darling Lab
Box G-B3
Lab: 401-863-6807

Research: My research focuses on understanding the inherent differences of mesenchymal stem cell sources in diseased models, as well as identifying potential alternatives to mesenchymal stem cell purification methods with a goal to improve regenerative medicine therapies.

Alison Biercevicz
Box G

Research: Developing a non-invasive MR based technique for evaluating ACL treatment techniques as they relate to ex vivo structural properties.
Molly Boutin
Box G-E3
Lab: 401-863-3125

Research: My research focuses on the differentiation environment of neural stem cells and different variables which affect stem cell differentiation.
Sean Curran
Box G-B3
Lab: 401-863-9419

Research: My research focuses on the behavior of the ABCG2 transporter and the uptake of model drugs into a three dimensional micro-tissue.
Naside Durmus
Box G
Lab: 401-863-1319
Toni-Marie Ferruccio
Box G
Lab: 401-863-9419

Jason Gaudette
Simmons Lab
Box G
Lab: 401-863-3012

Research:
The focus of my research is on reverse engineering the neural information processing of echolocating bats to improve the capabilities of man-made sonar systems.
Michael Godfrin
Box D
Rafael Gonzalez Cruz
Box G
Lab:
401-863-6807

Eni Halilaj
Box G

Research: My research focuses on using computational derivates of medical imaging data, specifically computed tomography, to improve the current understanding of skeletal joint mechanics and quantify changes that may occur with joint pathology.
Mark Homer
Box G

Research: My research seeks to develop better decoding algorithms for use in brain machine interfaces.
Kwang-Min Kim
Box D
Lab: 401-863-1861

Research:
My research seeks to develop better decoding algorithms for use in brain machine interfaces.
Nicholas Labriola
Darling Lab
Box G-B3
Lab: 401-863-6807

Research: Research focuses on enrichment of stem cells by lineage potential through exploitation of mechanical differences, ultimately resulting in a device to be used in a clinical setting for single-surgery cell-based therapies.
Kara Larson
Box G
Beth Leary
Box G
Yu-Ting Dingle
Hoffman-Kim Lab
Box G-B3
Lab: 401-863-3125

Research: My research focuses on the effects of microenvironmental cues on stem cell differentiation towards the dopaminergic neuron lineage.
Christina Lopez-Fagundo
Hoffman-Kim Lab
Box G-B3
Lab: 401-863-3125

Research: My current project studies how Schwann cells sense and respond to the stiffness of their underlying substrates and how these responses can change with varying cell morphology.
Mary Machado
Box D
Lab: 401-863-1319

Research: My research focuses on the study of bacterial colonization on nanoroughened endotracheal tubes under the dynamic flow conditions found within the respiratory system. 
Travis May
Box D

Research: Developing an increasingly popular neuroscience tool, optogenetics, while studying the sensorimotor cortices and their applications towards neuroprosthetics, diseases of the brain, and basic science 

Jennifer Mitchel
Hoffman-Kim Lab
Box G-B3
Lab:401-863-3125

Research: My current project focuses on the connection between cellular shape, polarization, and motility. In particular, I am interested in how controlling the shape of Schwann cells, the supportive glia of the peripheral nervous system, can guide their movement, with an eye towards regenerative therapies.
Sunmee Park
Box D

Research: My research is developing neural recording system that can be implanted to cortical area of animal model; especially routed optical fibers to power the system as well as getting the data. My research includes fabrication of photovoltaic devices, fabrication of implantable neural recording device, collecting long-term data of biocompatible PDMS packaging devices, transition of bench top device to animal application, training animals for certain tasks and collecting and analyzing data. 
Cosima Schunk
Box D
Lab: 401-863-9754

Research: My research is about understanding bat flight by focusing on their wake, with the goal to understand how we can simplify the system for further applications, like flapping membrane-wing micro air vehicles. 

Vince Siu
Box G
Lab: 401-863-1863

Research: My research focuses on the development of applied innovative point-of-care diagnostics for microscale biochemical and clinical sensing.

David Stout
Box D

Research: The focus of my research is to create a nanoscale conductive cardiac patch that can promote the growth and viability of transplanted cardiomyocytes to an infracted portion of a heart.

Michael Susienka
Box G

Research: My research focuses on characterizing synovium-derived stem cells for use in orthopaedic tissue engineering applications.
Bryan Sutermaster
Box G
Lindsay Walker
Box G

Kimberly Waller
Box D
Lab: 401-444-5910

Research: My research focues on understanding the interaction of friction wear, and apoptosis in cartilage deterioration, and their role in the progression of degenerative joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis.

Jingjing Wang
Tang Lab
Lab: 401-863-3777

Research: My research focuses on developing a microfluidic technique to detect influenza target.

Bethany Wilcox
Box G
Lab: 401-444-4216