Research laboratory of Shuvo Roy, PhD
Biodesign Laboratory


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Principal investigator



Research interests


Shuvo Roy, PhD
Professor and Principal Investigator

Development of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology for biomedical applications with an emphasis on implantable devices




What I do


Illya Gordon
Research Associate
Cleanroom Coordinator and Lab Manager

Management of Biodesign Lab and Biomedical Micro & Nanotechnology Core (BMNC), focusing on facilitating and assisting in device fabrication and development for application in urgent biomedical challenges such as drug delivery, stem cell differentiation, and point-of-care diagnostics

Susan Kram
Project Manager, The Kidney Project

Manages development timelines, deliverables, and communications as it pertains to The Kidney Project.

Stephanie Brummett

Stephanie Brummett

Coordinates operational logistics of The Kidney Project and provides communications and administrative support to Dr. Shuvo Roy.


Kamran Haikal
Project Coordinator, Smart Diaphragm

Coordinates and oversees operational logistics of the Smart Diaphragm Project and provides communications and administrative support to the engineering and clinical teams, ensuring milestones are met.

Postdoctoral scholars



Research interests

Ajay Dharia, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Development of efficient and compact membrane oxygenator for respiratory support using silicon membrane technology.


Benjamin Feinberg, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Development and validation of mechanistic transport models for silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs).

Buddhadev Paul Chaudhuri, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Design, microfabrication, testing of silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs), and MEMS process development, optimization and integration thereof.

Jarrett Moyer, MD
Surgery Resident

Evaluates surgical considerations necessary for implantation of the kidney device as well as collaborating on the ECMO and bioartificial pancreas projects in similar capacities.

Jimmy Ly, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar 

Design and fabrication of robust silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs) and housing for blood filtration and cell immunoisolation. 


Shang Song, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Development of a bioartificial pancreas for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes using silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs)

Graduate students



Research interests

Emily Abada
PhD Student, UCSF/UCB Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering

Development of an extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO) using silicon membrane technology.

Bancroft Brown

Jeremy Bancroft Brown
Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

Development of miniaturized sensors and electronics for point-of-care diagnostics and MRI biomarker discovery as part of collaboration between the Roy and Kurhanewicz labs


Zohora Iqbal
PhD student, UCSF/UCB Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering

Improving the biocompatibility of silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs) by surface chemistry alteration with polymer coatings


Aishwarya Jayagopal
PhD student, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG)

Designing scaled in vitro model of the implantable bioartificial kidney for use in drug clearance and toxicity testing


Torin Yeager
PhD student, UCSF/UCB Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering

Development of an efficient and compact membrane oxygenator for respiratory support (in effect, a wearable or implantable artificial lung), utilizing silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs)

Laboratory staff



Research interests


Charles Blaha, MS
Research Associate

Construction of the housing for the implantable bioartificial kidney and testing of silicon membrane technology for various biomedical applications; assists the Principal Investigator with reports, manuscripts, and proposals

Eun Jung Kim

Eun Jung Kim, PhD
Associate Specialist

Surface modification techniques and hemocompatibility testing for silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs); characterization of cellular responses of bone marrow stem cells, connective tissue progenitor cells, derived mammalian cells on microtextured surfaces in order to understand cell-surface interactions for tissue engineering applications


Nathan Wright, MS
Research and Development Engineer

Development of advanced therapy systems and devices to improve outcomes and quality of life for end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients

Sukhveer Sandhu, MS
Medical Device Engineer

Medical Device Engineer for UCSF's Surgical Innovations Program

Former lab members



Now at


Willieford Moses, MD, PhD

UCSF Department of Surgery


Jae Hyun Park, PhD

Applied Materials


Philip Chung, MS

UCSF Medical School


Alex Heller, MS

Northwestern University


Mozziyar Etemadi, MD, PhD

Northwestern University

Steven Kim

Steven Kim, MD

Kaiser Permanente


Naveed Rabbani, BS

Harvard Medical School


Peter Soler, PhD candidate

Bristol-Meyers Squibb

Image credit for Shuvo Roy: ©

Susan Kram
Project Manager, The Kidney Project