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Meet the postdoctoral research fellows from the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Aylin Acun, PhD

Aylin Acun, PhD

Education:
PhD, Bioengineering Graduate Program, University of Notre Dame, 2018
MS, Biotechnology, METU, 2013
BS, Biological Sciences, METU, 2010

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Research:
My research at CEMS focuses on the development of functional liver substitutes using donor livers that were rejected for transplantation. We aim to repurpose such livers through decellularizing them and subsequently repopulating them with primary hepatocytes or human induced pluripotent stem cells. In addition, I am interested in identifying the extracellular matrix factors that play role in liver function and regeneration through studying rat and human livers at different ages and disease conditions.


Daniel Browe, PhD

Daniel Browe, PhD

Education:
BS, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2018

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Research:
My main research goal is to regenerate the corneal stroma by controlling the self-assembly of type I collagen. Our hypothesis is that the highly precise and ordered morphology of the corneal stroma is the result of collagen monomers self-assembling under highly precise conditions, and we aim to reproduce those conditions in vitro. My secondary project investigates the limbal epithelial stem cell niche.

 


Luciana Da Silveira Cavalcante, PhD

Luciana Da Silveira Cavalcante, PhD

Education:
Postdoc, Cryobiology, University of Alberta, Canada 2017-2018
PhD, Biopreservation, University of Alberta, Canada, 2017
MSc, Clinical Biochemistry, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2011
BSc, Pharmacy and Laboratory Medicine, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2009

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Research:
I am a pharmacist and medical laboratory technologist who specializes in biopreservation. My interests and expertise revolve around the area of preservation of clinically relevant cell types and cryobiology, I recently joined CEMS/Mass General as a research fellow where I will develop novel methods for the handling and bio-stabilization of hearts for transplantation.


Felix Ellett, PhD

Felix Ellett, PhD

Education:
PhD, Medical Biology, the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, 2011
BS (Hons), the University of Melbourne, 2006

Contact:
Phone: 617-724-3209
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Research:
My research is centered on achieving a deeper understanding of the innate immune response during inflammation and infection, with a particular focus on sepsis. Using microfluidic technologies, I study alterations in immune cell activity that occur during sepsis. These assays can be used both as a diagnostic tool, and to provide insight into the fundamental biology that underpins sepsis development in at-risk patients.


A. Aslihan Gokaltun, PhD

A. Aslihan Gokaltun, PhD

Education:
PhD, Chemical Engineering, Hacettepe University, 2014
MS, Chemical Engineering, Hacettepe University, 2009
BS, Chemical Engineering, Hacettepe University, 2007

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Research:
I have a strong background that crosses polymer design, synthesis and characterization, materials science and surface engineering. In my past studies, I synthesized new, promising reactive polymeric microparticles and monoliths for the separation of various compounds in chromatographic applications with suitable chemistries, porosity properties and high specific surface areas.

I’m also an expert in various chemical synthesis/surface functionalization methods for the prevention of the fouling or the non-specific adsorption of proteins and other biomacromolecules on surfaces. Non-specific protein adsorption is a significant challenge in biomaterials including biomicrofluidic devices.

At CEMS, I am using my background in chemical engineering and I’m designing and synthesizing novel polymeric materials to control bulk and surface properties of PDMS using scalable approaches to significant challenges in the manufacture of microfluidic devices with no added steps.


Shijie He, PhD

Shijie He, PhD

Education:
PhD, Biomechanics, Beijing Institute of Technology, 2016
BS, Engineering of Mechanics, Dalian University of Technology, 2010

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Research:
I am mainly interested in cell mechanics, i.e. the roles of physical/mechanical factors including forces, stiffness, geometries in cell migration, proliferation and differentiation. Currently I am studying the effects of extracellular matrix on intestinal organoids which are derived from primary intestinal stem cell.


Alex Hopke, PhD

Alex Hopke, PhD

Education:
PhD, Microbiology, The University of Maine, 2016
BS, The University of Maine, 2010

Contact:
Phone: 978-758-0692
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Research:
Using a micro-spotting machine, I am examining the behaviors of immune cells during interactions with microbes, particularly the “neutrophil swarming” behavior. The role of neutrophil swarming during injury and infection in humans is poorly understood. Through our investigations we hope to both gain insight into the importance of swarming in humans and to apply this knowledge to develop ways to assist patients who may have swarming defects.


Ziya Isiksacan, PhD

Ziya Isiksacan, PhD

Education:
PhD, Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, 2020
MS, Bioelectronics & Biosensors, Edinburgh University, 2014
BS, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Koc University, 2012

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Research:
I study red blood cell dynamics to measure blood material properties and key hemorheological parameters. To this end, I develop portable diagnostic platforms and fabricate microfluidic chips using novel fabrication techniques. I am interested in optimizing red blood cell storage conditions through deep supercooling to enable safer blood transfusion. I focus on biochemical and biophysical aspects of blood coagulation and thromboembolism.


Justyna Jaskiewicz

Justyna Jaskiewicz, PhD, MSc, DVM

Education:
PhD, Infectious Diseases, Tufts University, 2020
MSc, Control of Infectious Diseases, Royal Veterinary College, 2012
DVM, Veterinary Medicine, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, 2008

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Research:
As a biomedical researcher with background in veterinary medicine I am interested in studying zoonotic and One Health pathogens of global health importance. My investigations at the CEMS focus on methods of preservation of apicomplexan parasites of Cryptosporidium and Plasmodium species.


Gunes Kibar, PhD, MS

Gunes Kibar, PhD, MSc

Education:
PhD, Bioengineering, Hacettepe University, 2016
MSc, MBA,Hacettepe University, 2015
MSc, Bioengineering,Hacettepe University, 2009
BSc, Chemical Engineering,Hacettepe University, 2007

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Research:
Targeted drug delivery systems are vital for the treatment of inoperable with only local disease and unresectable types of liver cancer, which are the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the worldwide. The project offers a new drug loading strategy to improve drug delivery efficacy, increase the fusion with target cell, reduce side effects, lower treatment cost by using microfluidic systems for the production of micro/nanostructured lipid carriers in monodisperse, negative charged and para-magnetic form. The performance of drug carrier/cell interaction will be tested on hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines.


Jae Jung Kim, PhD

Jae Jung Kim, PhD

Education:
PhD, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017
BS, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Seoul National University 2012

Contact:
Phone: 857-200-0458
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Research:
My research focuses on the development of a ‘skin-on-a-chip’ device to study the neutrophil behavior in the skin. Using the controllability of microfluidic devices, this study will provide the fundamental knowledge of how neutrophil function in skin disease, such as cellulitis. Eventually, I will apply my knowledge towards the development of rapid diagnostic tool for skin disease.


Jenny Nesbitt, PhD

Jenny Nesbitt, PhD

Education:
PhD, Chemistry, Vanderbilt University 2016
BS, Chemistry, Wake Forest University 2010

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Research:
My research at the CEMS focuses on biopreservation as it relates to Global Health, specifically infectious diseases such as malaria. I work on the development of several cryopreservation strategies for the mosquito Anophelese gambiae and multiple stages of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax.


Ruben V. Oganesyan, MD

Ruben V. Oganesyan, MD

Education:
MD, Sechenov University, Moscow, 2017


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Research:
My research is focused on tissue engineering of liver and skin derivatives. The liver project is aimed on vasculature restoration using endothelial cells following organ decellularization. The skin project is conducted in collaboration with Plastic Surgery Department of Mass General and aimed on improving cosmetological outcomes after breast cancer surgeries. Im also interested in mechanical engineering and developing custom perfusion bioreactors for our research projects at the CEMS.


Joao Paulo Oliveira da Costa, PhD

Joao Paulo Oliveira da Costa, PhD

Education:
PhD, Pathology, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2014
MS, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2010
DDS, Alfenas Federal University, Brazil, 2006

Contact:
Phone: 617-643-7213
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Research:
My research is focused in identifying molecular markers of progression in adult and pediatric solid tumors. We use circulating tumor cells and exosomes as models for blood-based biopsies to identify such markers, and better understand how tumors spread and metastasize. Using microfluidic technologies, we isolate tumor-specific exosomes and circulating tumor cells for downstream analysis such as single cell RNA sequencing, digital droplet PCR, label-free mass spectrometry and next generation sequencing.

Furthermore, I still try to integrate Anatomic Pathology into state-of-art technologies, such as microfluidic isolation of tumor-derived cargo, and to single-cell analysis of tumor content. Maintaining tissue architecture as part of analysis is a powerful way of understanding more than cell signaling pathways, but also to understand how those different tumor cells interact in space. To achieve this goal I apply multispectral imaging and multiplexed immunohistochemistry to validate single cell RNA-Seq results, providing important clues on how tumor architecture helps shape the multiclonal nature of tumor cells, and how they interact with the microenvironment.


Daniel C Rabe, PhD

Daniel C Rabe, PhD

Education:
PhD, Cancer Biology, University of Chicago, 2017
MS, Translational Research, University of Chicago, 2014
BA (with honors), Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2007
BS (with honors), Biochemistry, University of Chicago, 2007

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Research:
My current project is utilizing single-cell in droplet (inDrop) RNAseq to understand how tumor extracellular vesicle (EV) secretion is altering the tumor microenvironment in glioblastoma. Additionally, we are examining how tumor and immune EVs isolated using microfluidics developed in the Stott laboratory can be utilized as biomarkers for response to immunotherapy.


Derin Sevenler, PhD

Derin Sevenler, PhD

Education:
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, 2017
BS, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 2011

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Research:
I'm a biomedical engineer with a background in optics, automation and biomolecular assay development. I'm broadly interested in technology development for both biomedical research and applications in healthcare. Right now I'm working on several projects related to infectious disease and biopreservation. For example, one of my current projects involves researching new approaches to cryopreserve living cells, model organisms and pathogens so they can be studied in the lab or made available for therapeutic use.


Technical Staff

Hannah Bordogna

Hannah Bordogna

Research Technician, Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery (CEMS)



Education:

BS, Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2018
MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2019

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I am mainly involved in two projects. The first project focuses on developing a technique to isolate and quantify rare brain endothelial cells using microfluidic technology. This information will be used to create a diagnostic methodology for brain trauma. The second project focuses on the deconvolution of rare bone marrow stromal progenitor cell subsets using mass cytometry assays for the characterization of the bone marrow cells.


Suhaas Garre

Suhaas Garre

Research Engineer



Education:

BS Bioengineering, UC Berkeley 2018

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As part of the Stott Lab, I am mainly involved with computational spatial analysis of Multi-Spectral Imaging (MSI) data, as well as implementation of deconvolutional methods for RNA sequencing. I am also researching the application of computer vision to the problem of cell segmentation.


Anika Marand

Anika Marand

Title:
Research Engineer

Education:
BS in Biological Sciences and BS in Biochemistry, Virginia Tech, 2016

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Research: I am involved with a clinical study with ER patients that uses microfluidics as a diagnostic tool for early detection of sepsis using a drop of whole blood. I look at the interactions between antibiotic treated neutrophils and S. aureus, which have led to clinical studies taking skin biopsies and blood samples from patients with staph infections. This will hopefully lead to future developments of diagnostic platforms for better diagnosing diseases like cellulitis.

Lastly, I’m working at the forefront of the Dicty World Race where laboratories from around the world send in genetically engineered dictyostelium discoideum cells, other amoebas and mammalian leukocytes to race against neutrophils, the ultimate chemotaxic cell.


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 Che

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.


Other Personnel

Personnel at the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery, part of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Jon F. Edd, PhD

Jon F. Edd, PhD

Education
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2006
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2001

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Research:
As a member of the innovation team at the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery, my primary focus is to develop rare cell isolation technologies. This includes antigen-agnostic isolation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), CTC clusters, and bacteria, from whole blood.


Ravi Kupur, PhD

Ravi Kupur, PhD

Education
PhD, Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 1995
MS, Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 1991
BE, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, India, 1989

Contact:
Phone: 781-363-3530
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Website: www.micro-medicine.com

Research:
Innovation to bring nascent technologies through development, clinical translation and commercial launch. Specializing in rare cell isolation for detection, diagnosis and therapy. Current initiatives include the transition to commercial setting of the circulating tumor cell isolation platform & commercial development of automated microfluidic platform for autologous cellular therapy and diagnosis.


Jonah Poster

Jonah Poster

Education
BA, Honors Economics and Sociology, New York University, 2013
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, Harvard Extension School, 2017

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Website: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1868-5963

Director of Sponsored Clinical Research
I am responsible for the management of sponsored clinical research studies for pediatric acute burn injuries. This primarily involves investigational device and investigational drug studies on burn imaging, phototherapy to reduce microbial burden, regenerative epithelial suspension and debridement enzyme agents. Additionally, I write papers analyzing critical care methods and surgical techniques of pediatric burn wounds.