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Principal Investigator

Lonnie Shea, PhD (CV)
Professor, Chemical and Biological Eng.

BS, MS: Case Western Reserve University
PhD: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Tissue and Cellular Engineering; Drug Delivery; Gene Therapy; Signal Transduction

Email: l-shea@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-7043
Fax: 847-491-3728

 

Research Assistant Professor

Seungjin Shin, PhD

BS/MS: Seoul National University
PhD: Seoul National University

Research Interests: Viral Gene Therapy, Spinal Cord Regeneration

Email: s-shin@northwestern.edu

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Samira Azarin, PhD

MS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: Tumor metastasis, pre-metastatic niche

Email: samira.azarin@northwestern.edu

 


R. Michael Gower, PhD

BS: Colorado School of Mines
MS, PhD: University of California, Davis

Research Interests: Disease mechanisms and animal models of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Biomaterial scaffolds for extravascular, extraheaptic islet transplant. Allogeneic and xenogenic cell transplant. Gene and protein delivery for local immunomodulation to enhance cell transplant.

Email: rmgower@gmail.com

 


Ekaterina Kniazeva, PhD

BS: Harvey Mudd College
MS, PhD: University of California, Irvine

Research Interests: Tissue Engineering, Cell Signaling and Mechanotransduction

Email: ekniazeva@gmail.com

 


Shreyas Rao, PhD

BE: R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India

MS, PhD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Research Interests: Tissue Engineering and Drug delivery, 3D Biomimetic Tissue Models,   Tumor Metastasis, pre-metastatic niche

Email: shreyas.rao@northwestern.edu

 


Eiji Saito, PhD

BS: Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan
MS/PhD: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Interests: Tissue engineering and Biomaterial; Hydrogel for ovarian follicle transplantation, Biodegradable Nanoparticles for Immunological tolerance induction

Email: eiji.saito@northwestern.edu

 

Graduate Students

Brian Aguado
Third-Year PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering

BS: Stanford University

Research Interests: Tumor Metasasis, pre-metastatic niche, cell signaling

Email: baguado@u.northwestern.edu

 


Jeane Chen
Third Year PhD student | ChBE

BS: Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests: Drug Delivery, Liver Cancer, MRI Imaging

Email:  jchen97@u.northwestern.edu

 


Daniel Margul
Third Year MD/PhD Student | BME

BS: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Spinal cord regeneration, gene delivery 

Email: dmargul@gmail.com

 


Kelan Hlavaty
Fifth Year PhD Student | BME

BS: Central Michigan University

Research Interests: Allogeneic tolerance in islet transplantation, protein delivery for human islet transplantation

Email: k-hlavaty@u.northwestern.edu

 


Bea Penalver
Fifth-Year PhD Student | ChBE

BS: University of Murcia, Spain
MS: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests: Systems biology, systems biomedicine, dynamics of transcriptional regulatory networks during tissue development.

Email: BeatrizPenalver2013@u.northwestern.edu

 


Peter Rios
Second Year PhD Student | BME

BS: University of Virginia

Research Interests: Utilization of PEG Hydrogels and PLG Scaffolds for Islet Transplantation

Email: PeterRios2016@u.northwestern.edu

 


Michael Skoumal
Fourth Year PhD Student | Chemical & Biological Engineering

BS: Vanderbilt University

Research Interests: Localized gene delivery, spinal cord regeneration

Email: MichaelSkoumal2015@u.northwestern.edu

 


Jonathan Woon Teck Yap
Fifth Year PhD Student BME

MEng: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Induction of immunological tolerance for the improvement of islet transplantation

Email: woonteck@northwestern.edu

 

Lab Technician

Jaime Palma

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Coordinator

Debora Boetcher

BPhilCommunication: Northwestern University

Phone: 847-461-2623
Fax: 847-491-3728

Email: d-boetcher@northwestern.edu

 

Masters' Student

Durga Nyayadhish

Bansi Vedia

Michael Verleye

Paul Weingarden

 

Undergraduate Students

Jordan Caffe

Samson Fong

Todor Kukushliev

Yinying Ren

Dominique Smith

Jenna Stoehr

Shirley Xu

Jesse Zhang

 

Shea Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Associate -- Current Affiliation

Dr. Stephanie Seidlits

Dr. Brian Anderson
Dr. Misael Aviles
Dr. Julie Wieland
Dr. Maria Barbolina
Dr. Ariella Shikanov
Dr. Tao Tu
Dr. Juan Sánchez-Cortés

Graduate Student -- Current Affiliation

Dr. Aline Thomas

Dr. David Tagler

Dr. Ryan Boehler

Dr. Jack Graham - Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago

Dr. Hannah Tuinstra

Dr. Abigail Bellis

Dr. Jackie Shepard

Dr. Michael Weiss

Dr. Laura LaPorte -- Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Jennifer Cruz Rea -- Genetech, California

Dr. David Salvay -- Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago

Dr. Tatiana Segura -- University of California, Los Angeles

Moriah Nof -- Eli Lilly and Corporation

Dr. Kevin Whittlesey -- NAS

Dr. Pam Kreeger -- MIT

Dr. Jae-Hyung Jang - University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Courtney Berkholtz

Dr. Zain Bengali -- NIH

Dr. Angela Pannier - University of Nebraska

Dr. Yang Yang

Dr. Tiffany Houchin Ray

Dr. Erin West

Dr. Chris Rives

Masters' Students

Dennis Bluver

Rachel Smith

Undergraduate Students

Nicholas Anderson
Joseph Entenman
Ting He
Eric Jiang
Adam Morabito
Matthew Pilecki
Shreya Rajan
Christine Ricci
Ho Jin Sun
Stanley Weng
Evan Rausch
Chia-Hsuan Lin
Michael Yarrington
Jason Deck
Bonnie Lai
Amy Lewis
Antonia McKinney
Matt Rafferty
Hammad Saudye
Stephen Sung
Shimon Unterman
Matt Volk
Andy Adler
Vivian Leung
Rachel Loh
Anna Yan