• Peony Banik

    Peony Banik

    Research Associate, Cell Resource Core (CRC)
    Research Technician, Center for Engineering in Medicine (CEM)

    Education:
    BS, Biochemistry, Minor in Biomedical Engineering
    University of Rochester, 2016

    Contact:
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    As a part of the organ reengineering team, I'm currently involved in animal surgery to isolate highly viable rat hepatocytes for use by lab members and hospital researchers. Additionally, I perform rodent liver harvests for projects such as liver recellularization/decellularization. I am also responsible for distribution and monitoring of controlled substances for the CEM. As a member of the CRC, I routinely perform human hepatocyte isolations and cryopreservation. My research area focuses on prolonging the time transplantable human organs and tissues remain alive ex vivo via perfusion techniques and supercooling methods. My goals consist of creating and developing life-saving technologies in the field of transplant surgery.


  • Lauren Bookstaver

    Lauren Bookstaver

    Research Engineer

    Education:
    BS, Brown University, 2015

    Contact:
    Phone: 781-864-4803
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  • Andrew Doyle

    Andrew Doyle

    Research Engineer

    Education:

    BS, Louisiana State University, 2014

    Contact:
    Phone: 617-724-5336
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  • Katherine Gilchrist

    Katherine Gilchrist

    Research Engineer

    Education:
    BS, Western New England University, 2016

    Contact:
    Phone: 774-573-7695
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  • Julianne Jorgensen

    Julianne Jorgensen

    Research Technician

    Education:
    BS, Olin College of Engineering

    Contact:
    Phone: 626-808-5464
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    I develop clinically relevant microfluidic assays to measure neutrophil behaviors and neutrophil and microbial interactions. In addition to studying the healthy phenotypes, I also study these behaviors and interactions in patients (mostly septic, diabetic, and transplant) to create diagnostics, measure drug efficacy, and better understand each disease.


  • Sonal Nagpal

    Sonal Nagpal

    Associate Product Manager, Cell Resource Core
    Research Technician, Center for Engineering in Medicine

    Education:
    BS, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016

    Contact:
    Phone: 617-722-3000
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    Research:
    I am part of the Cell Resource Core (CRC) and the organ reengineering team. I perform rodent and human hepatocyte isolations, to consistently provide highly viable primary cells for researchers. I also conduct rodent liver harvests and custom isolations upon request. I am involved in a hepatocyte cryopreservation project and an extended ex-vivo kidney perfusion project, as my research interests lie in rescuing discarded organs and maximizing donor organ viability.

  • Cleo Stannard

    Cleo Stannard

    Research Technologist

    Education:
    MS, RWTH-Aachen University, Germany, 2014
    Diplom, Luebeck University of Applied Sciences, Germany, 2011
    BS, East China University of Science and Technology, China, 2011

    Contact:
    Phone: 857-540-8703
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    Using whole-liver engineering technique, I'm attempting to reconstruct functional artificial livers with intact vascular structure and biliary tree via recellularizing decellularized liver matrix. This way we hope to improve the quality of marginal donor livers to solve the transplantable liver shortage crisis.


  • Yibin Chen

    Yibin Chen

    Research Technologist

    Education:
    MS, RWTH-Aachen University, Germany, 2014
    Diplom, Luebeck University of Applied Sciences, Germany, 2011
    BS, East China University of Science and Technology, China, 2011

    Contact:
    Phone: 857-540-8703
    Contact by email

    Using whole-liver engineering technique, I'm attempting to reconstruct functional artificial livers with intact vascular structure and biliary tree via recellularizing decellularized liver matrix. This way we hope to improve the quality of marginal donor livers to solve the transplantable liver shortage crisis.