Graduate Students

Abigail Nolin
Materials Science and Engineering

2016-2019: Dow Chemical and DuPont
2016: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University

Abigail’s research interests include material development and surface interactions at the molecular level for functional and specialty materials in businesses such as molecular diagnostics, biomaterials, arts and entertainment, and consumer care.

Tianzheng Guo
Materials Science and Engineering

2019: B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Tianzheng’s research interest is measuring mechanical properties of biological systems by using microfluidic device.

Shalini Sundar
Biomedical Engineering

2020: B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
B.S. in Electrical Engineering
University of Delaware

Shalini’s research interests are in developing platforms that measure cellular and tissue level mechanical properties to better understand biological systems.

Lisa Ta
Biomedical Engineering

2020: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Drexel University

Lisa’s research interests include understanding the biomechanics of tactile sensations to better understand human exploration. 

Kayla Hepler
Materials Science and Engineering

2021 B.S. in Material Science & Engineering, The Ohio State University

Kayla’s research interests include developing computational approaches to classifying mesoscale friction traces and creating next generation tactile aids.

Nishtha Pant
Materials Science and Engineering

2017: B.Tech in Chemical Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, India
2019: M.S in Polymer Science, University of Akron, Ohio

Nishtha’s work involves identifying and quantifying fundamental tactile sensations.

Avery Boyer
Masters Program
Materials Science and Engineering

2022: M.S. in Material Science and Engineering
2021: B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Delaware

Avery’s research interest is in adhesive and silane chemistry, polymer synthesis, and polymer degradation.

Undergraduate Students

Amanda Licht
2022: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering Minor: Neuroscience

Amanda researches haptics on a micro level and looks forward to successful collaboration in the lab.

Kelly Pierson
2022: B.S. in Chemical Engineering

Kelly’s research looks into haptics at a molecular level and how it can be further understood and utilized for real life purposes.

Irene Mesa
2022: B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Minor: Biomechanical Engineering

Irene’s work looks at haptics on a micro level and how it can be utilized for further purposes.

Rainer Hlibock
2022: B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Minor: Biochemical Engineering, Neuroscience

Rainer’s work looks at haptic technologies and their applications.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Ghodeejah Higgins
2020: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Cape Town.
2015: BEng in Mechanical Engineering, Stellenbosch University

Ghodeejah’s research interests are understanding the interaction between biology and mechanics of cells during physiologically relevant disease models and how cell mechanical properties may be employed to improve diagnosis and treatment strategies.


Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty in Mechanical Engineering

2018: Postdoc, UC San Diego
(with Prof. Darren Lipomi)
2016: Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
(with Prof. Joelle Frechette)
2012: B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UC Berkeley
(with Prof. Roya Maboudian & Prof. Danielle Tullman-Ercek)