• 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

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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.


  • Mollie Bienstock

    Mollie Bienstock

    Research Technician

    Education:
    BS, Applied Physics, 2015
    SUNY Geneseo


  • Stephanie Cronin

    Stephanie Cronin

    Research Technician

    Education:
    MSc Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2016

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    Studying the potential of various cryopreservation techniques for improving organ storage prior to transplantation, as well as the biology of organ storage.


  • Katherine Gilchrist

    Katherine Gilchrist

    Research Engineer

    Education:
    BS, Western New England University, 2016

    Contact:
    Phone: 774-573-7695
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  • Fatemeh Jalali

    Fatemeh Jalali

    Education:
    MS, Villanova University
    BSc, Shahid Beheshti University

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    I started in Dr Irimia’s lab by volunteering to establish bacterial research to an interduce interface of bacteria and white blood cells in microfluidic devices. I am working on the effect of different antibiotics on neutrophils recruitments against Staphylococcus aureus. I am also involved in several projects that are in collaboration with people outside our lab including Forsyth Institute. We are trying to replicate in vitro of the human oral microbiome in a microfluidic device and imaging the interaction of individual taxa that comprise the oral microbial community.


  • Michelle Jewett

    Michelle Jewett

    Education:
    BS, Santa Clara University, 2017

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    As part of the BioMEMS Resource Center, I microfabricate, test, and analyze novel microfluidic devices for ultra high-throughput blood cell sorting. I also focus on the development of nanofluidic devices for size-based nanoparticle sorting.

    In another aspect of my research, I isolate, expand, and characterize circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from blood-based liquid biopsies. I maintain a variety of cell lines to optimize the growth conditions for CTCs, as well as to provide cells for other lab members’ experiments.


  • 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.


  • Will Moyo

    Education:
    BSc, Engineering Science, Harvard University, 2016

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    I work with various post doctoral fellows to better understand preservation and cancer cell clusters. To do this we employ a variety of methods including the use of microfluidic technologies and multiple preservation methods.


  • 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.


  • Jessica Wallace

    Jessica Wallace

    Research Engineer

    Education:
    BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2017

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    I am currently working on isolating circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and circulating tumor cell clusters from whole blood samples. These cells, and more prominently cell clusters, can give important information on the diagnosed cancer. Using various microfluidic technologies, we are working to develop an optimum chip to isolate these cells, for further research, without damaging them.


  • 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
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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.