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

Stephanie Brummett

Stephanie Brummett
Project Coordinator

Coordinates outreach and social media for The Kidney Project; provides administrative support for the principal investigator and lab members

Postdoctoral scholars



Research interests


Mozziyar Etemadi, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

Development of inexpensive, cloud-enabled medical technologies to diagnose and treat disease; projects: new treatment for congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH); new device for early detection of preterm labor

Eun Jung Kim

Eun Jung Kim, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Collaborates with The Kidney Project; 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

Steven Kim

Steven Kim, MD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Division of Nephrology

Collaborates with The Kidney Project; development and characterization of the next generation of dialysis, using silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs)


Jaehyun Park, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Design, fabrication, and testing of silicon membranes, as part of The Kidney Project

Graduate students



Research interests

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

Collaborates with members of The Kidney Project; 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 kidney for use in drug clearance and toxicity testing


Peter Soler
PhD student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UC Berkeley

Collaborates with The Kidney Project; design, fabrication, and study of the bioreactor, one half of the implantable bioartificial kidney device: specifically, membrane transport characteristics, fluid mechanics, and device design affecting overall mass transport in the bioartificial kidney


Shang Song
PhD student, UCSF/UCB Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering

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


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


Philip Chung, MS
Smart Diaphragm Project Director

Development of noninvasive intravaginal device for early preterm birth detection; development of mobile health apps and sensors that provide clinicians with more treatment data for decision-making and improved patient outcomes


Alex Heller, MS
Hardware Manager

Engineering aspects of many projects within the lab, focusing on the HeartPulse and Smart Diaphragm


Naveed Rabbani, BS
Research and Development Engineer

Assists in the building and testing of analog and digital circuits; developing wireless mobile applications for clinical use


Nathan Wright, MS
Research and Development Engineer

Development of advanced therapy systems and devices to improve outcomes and quality of life for ESRD patients; projects: The Kidney Project

Former lab members



Now at

Elizabeth Leefland, MD

Elisabeth Leeflang, MD

University of Utah

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