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Principal Investigator

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Dr. Ariella Shikanov, Associate Professor

University of Michigan
Department of Biomedical Engineering    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program

Ph.D. Students

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Monica Wall, Ph.D. Candidate
mawall@umich.edu

Fifth Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

BS Material Science Engineering, University of Florida

MSE Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Jordan Machlin, Ph.D. Candidate
machlinj@umich.edu
Fourth Year Graduate Student, Cellular and Molecular Biology
BS Biology, Brandeis University
MS Reproductive Science and Medicine, Northwestern University
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Despina Pavlidis, Ph.D. Candidate
dpavlidi@umich.edu

Fourth Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering 

BS Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

MSE Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Emily Thomas, Ph.D. Candidate
emilyet@umich.edu

Third Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering 

BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Oklahoma

MSE Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

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Delaney Sinko, Candidate
dsinko@umich.edu

Second Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering 

BS Biomedical Engineering, Tufts University

MSE Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Taylor Schissel, Candidate
tschisse@umich.edu

Second Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering 

BS Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

MSE Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

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Bhavya Vats, pre-Candidate
vatsb@umich.edu

First Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering 

BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa

Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists

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Daniel Pfau, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

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pfaud@umich.edu 

PhD in Neuroscience, Michigan State University, East Lansing

MS in Biological Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

BS Neuroscience, BA in Animal Science, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

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Robin Kruger, PhD , Postdoctoral Fellow

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PhD Cell and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing

BS Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame 

 

Gabrielle Blevins, Research Lab Specialist Associate

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gblevins@umich.edu

BS Bioengineering, University of Toledo

MS Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

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Kimmi Chan-Sui, Research Technician

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chansui@umich.edu

BS Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Masters and Undergraduate Students

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Nikolas Hoffman, Masters Student

Biomedical Engineering

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Chloe Fischer, Masters Student

Material Science Engineering

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Michelle Tong, Senior

Material Science Engineering

Bipasha Ray, Senior

Biochemistry 

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Kate Potocsky, Senior

Movement Science

Science, Technology and Society

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Sarah Horst, Senior

Biomedical Engineering

Amy Lu, Junior 
Biomedical Engineering 

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Victoria Jan, Junior

Biomedical Engineering

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Rebecca Pennington, Senior

Biomedical Engineering

Evelyn Cho, Junior 
Biomedical Engineering 

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Suhani Thakur, Sophomore

Biomedical Engineering

Alumni

Ph.D. Alumni 

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Margaret Brunette, PhD Biomedical Engineering 2018-2024

MS Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University 

BS Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech

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Andrea Jones, PhD Biomedical Engineering 2018-2023

MS Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan 

BS Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Present: Postdoctoral Associate, Segura Lab, Duke University

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Claire E. Nason-Tomaszewski,  PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2016-2022

MS Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

BS Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland

Present: Alcon, Atlanta, GA

Hadrian M. Kinnear,  PhD Cellular and Molecular Biology

(MD-PhD), 2017-2021

BA Biochemistry, Bowdoin College

Present: MSTP Program, University of Michigan

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James R. Day,  PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2014-2019

MSE Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

BS Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh

Present: Abbvie Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA

Hong Zhou, PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2013-2017

Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, 2017-2018

Present: Abbvie Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA .

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Jiwon Kim, PhD Macromolecular Science and Engineering, 2012-2016

Present: P&G, Cincinnati, OH

Postdoctoral and Research Scientist Alumni

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Yuting (Fanny) Fan, M.D. Ph.D. University of Michigan, Urology & BME, 2016-2018

Visiting Scholar, Page Lab, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Boston, USA, 2013-2019

Ph.D, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, OB/GYN, Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, China, 2008-2013

M.D, Clinical Medicine, Zhongshan Medical School, Sun Yat-sen University

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Elizabeth Constance, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow, University of Michigan, 2015-2017 

OBGYN Residency, University of Kansas Medical Center, MD University of Kansas School of Medicine

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Sudipta Dutta, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, 2016-2018

PhD: Syracuse University, NY

MS: University of Calcutta, India

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Anu David, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan 2013-2019 
PhD, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) 2007-2012
MS, Biochemistry, University of Mumbai (India) 2003  

Present: Research Associate-4 with CHU Sainte Justine, Montreal.

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Lisa Green, M.D.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow, University of Michigan, 2015-2017

OBGYN Residency, Howard University Hospital, MD and MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Present: Attending OBGYN Physician at the University of South Carolina

Yi Li, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan 2016-2019

PhD in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (MBE), City University of Hong Kong, 2010

PhD in Material Processing (Biomaterial and Surface Treatment), Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 2007

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Prianka Hashim

Research Technician, 2019-2021

BS Neuroscience, BA Gender & Sexuality Studies, Muhlenberg College

Present: PhD Student, Northwestern University

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Cynthia Dela Cruz, Pharm, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Michigan 2020-2023

Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology, UFMG, Brazil, 2013

2006 - 2008 - Master in Pharmacology, Unesp, Brazil, 2008

Pharmacy School, USC, Brazil, 2006

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Amanda Schwartz, M.D.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow, University of Michigan

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency, Duke University

MD, Rush Medical College

BA, Biology and History, Northwestern University

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Colleen Flanagan, M.S.

Senior Research Scientist, Shikanov Lab, 2019-2023

M.S.E Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Medical Students Summer Research

Anne Marie Opipari, Univerity of Michigan Medical School, summer 2016

Jennifer Park, University of Connecticut Medical School, summer 2017

 

Former Students

Ana Sofia Pereza Muñuzuri, PREP Trainee ('24)

Natalie Hanby, Biomedical Engineering ('24)

Maria Jennings, Biomedical Engineering ('24)

Caitlyn Schwegel, Biomedical Engineering ('24)

Marisa Leo, MSE Biomedical Engineering ('22-'23)

Allison Sutton, MS Biomedical Engineering GSRA ('21-'23)

Ansen Tan; BSE, Biomedical Engineering, UM ('23)

Abigail Wandoff; BSE, Biomedical Engineering, UM ('23)

Aarthi Arab; BSE, MSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’13; ’14). Currently: Regulatory Engineer at FDA.

Tanay Kulkarni; BSE, MSE (’14, ’15) Biomedical Engineering, UM.

Rachel Ferguson; BS Cellular and Molecular Biology & Biomedical Engineering (’14); MSE (’15) Biomedical Engineering, UM.

Ashley Shipley; BSE Mechanical Engineering (2013); MSE (2014) Biomedical Engineering, UM.Currently: Mechanical Design Engineer at Stryker

Nicolas Espinosa (UROP)                                             

Angelica Okorom (UROP)

Eric Waselewski, BSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’15)

Matthew Hill, BSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’14)

Yuxin Shi,BSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’14)

Johanna Buschhaus 

Olivia Nelson (UROP) 

Aurelia Busse (UROP)

Ellen Stewart, UM (’16 )

Amanda Barnes (UROP)

Steven Niedzielski (UROP);BSE Chemical Engineering, UM  (’15) Currently: Engineer at Air Liquide;

Jake Claflin, BSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’16)

Alexa Cichon (UROP)

Rachel Forsyth (UROP)

Malika Malik (UROP) BS Environmental Sciences, UM (’16)

Kavinmozhi Caldwell, (UROP), BSE Electrical Engineering, UM (’16)

Shaina Martin (Summer ’16), BME University of Toledo

Cara Young (UROP)

Saloni Jaikamal (Winter, Summer and Fall 2017, MCubed)

Catherine Long BSE Biomedical Engineering (’17); MSE Biomedical Engineering (’18)

Irina Kopyeva, BSE Chemical Engineering (’19)

Leah Marks, MSE 

Christian Duvall, BME (19-20)

Rigoberto Vazquez, MM ('21)

Brendan Flannagan, BM ('21)

Likitha Nimmagadda, BM ('21)

Gillian Rubenstein, BM ('21)

High School Students 

Henry Vandermark, summer 2016

Eve Shikanov, summer 2015-16

Madeline Parks, summer 2016

Kevin Santoro, summer 2015-16

Alex Schwenderman, summer 2018

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