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.

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)