Principal Investigator

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

Claire Tomaszewski, Ph.D.Candidate

Fifth Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

BS Materials Science Engineering, University of Maryland

Hadrian Kinnear, Ph.D.Candidate

Fourth Year Graduate Student, Cellular & Molecular Biology MD-PhD Student (MSTP), University of Michigan

BA Biochemistry, Bowdoin College

Andrea Jones, Ph.D.Candidate

Third Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

BS Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Margaret Brunette Ph.D.Candidate

Third  Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

BS Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech

MS Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

Monica Wall, pre-Candidate

Second Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering

BS Material Science Engineering, University of Florida

Despina Pavlidis, pre-Candidate

First Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering 

BS Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jordan H. Machlin
PhD Pre-candidate, Cellular & Molecular Biology
BS Biology, Brandeis University
MS Reproductive Science and Medicine, Northwestern University
Interested in human ovarian folliculogenesis and fertility preservation.
Emily Thomas, PhD pre-Candidate

First Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering 

BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Oklahoma

Allison Sutton, PhD pre-Candidate

First Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering 

MEng Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University

BS Biological Engineering, Cornell University

Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists

Cynthia Dela Cruz, Pharm, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Michigan;
2018 - 2020 - Research Associate - University of Colorado

2013 - 2018 - Postdoctoral Fellow - Reproductive Endocrinology, Division of Human Reproduction, UFMG, Brazil.

2009 - 2013 - Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology, UFMG, Brazil

2006 - 2008 - Master in Pharmacology, Unesp, Brazil

2002 - 2006 - Pharmacy School, USC, Brazil

Daniel Pfau, Postdoctoral Fellow


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2019 PhD in Neuroscience, Michigan State University, East Lansing

2014 MS in Biological Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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

Amanda Schwartz, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow, University of Michigan

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency, Duke University

MD, Rush Medical College

BA, Biology and History, Northwestern University

Colleen Flanagan, M.S.E.

MSE (BME), University of Michigan

BSE (ME), University of Michigan

BSE (Eng.Sci.), University of Michigan

Ms. Flanagan is a Sr. Research Specialist with her focus on the immuno-isolating device and supporting the project through preparation for FDA IND submission, process refinement and standardization, and preparing for commercialization.

Masters and Undergraduate Students

Faith Chang, Junior, Biomedical Engineering

Faith is working with Hadrian to investigate differential gene expression following testosterone therapy in female-to-male gender transition.

Natalie Hanby, Freshman 
Biomedical Engineering 

Natalie is working with Monica creating an artificial ovary and inducing immune tolerance.

Sridula Kallakuri, Freshman - Biomedical Engineering
Sridula will be working with Margaret to analyze the efficacy of immuno-isolating capsules of ovarian allografts as a treatment for premature ovarian insufficiency.

Maria Ciarelli

Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology

Ansen Tan

University of Michigan | Class of 2023
B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science Minor

Elle Cai, Senior Biomedical Engineering

Gender and Health Minor

Elle is working with Monica on creating an artificial ovary

Abigail Wandoff, Junior, 

B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry Minor

Abigail is working with Dr. DelaCruz studying the effects of testosterone administration in the mouse model of transgender transition


Ph.D. Alumni 


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

MSE Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan , BS Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh; present: Abbvie Pharmaceuticals,Boston, USA


Hong Zhou, PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2013-2017; postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, 2017-2018, present: Abbvie Pharmaceuticals, Boston, USA .

Jiwon Kim, PhD Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012-2016; present: P&G, Cincinnati, OH


Postdoctoral Alumni


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, China   


Elizabeth Constance, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow, University of Michigan, 2015-2017OBGYN Residency, University of Kansas Medical Center, MD University of Kansas School of Medicine

Sudipta Dutta, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan 2016-2018                                                                 

PhD: Syracuse University, NY; MS: University of Calcutta, India


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.


Lisa Green, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow, University of Michigan, 2015-2017OBGYN Residency, Howard University Hospital, MD and MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Present: attending OBGYN physician at the University of South Carolina

Prianka Hashim, Research Technician, BS Neuroscience, BA Gender & Sexuality Studies, Muhlenberg College

Yi Li, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan 2016-2019; 2012 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 MPhil. Materials Science and Engineering (Metallography), Wuhan University of Technology.

Medical Students Summer Research

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

Jennifer Park, University of Connecticut Medical School, summer 2017


Former Master and Undergraduate Students

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