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Roy

Shuvo Roy, PhD
Professor and Principal Investigator
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Development of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology for biomedical applications with an emphasis on implantable devices

Administration

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Gordon

Illya Gordon
Research Associate
Cleanroom Coordinator and Lab Manager
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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

Elizabeth Gress, MPA
Director of Strategy & Operations
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Clinical and regulatory affairs, research operations, partnerships, communications, and outreach

Desiree Khu, MBA
Project Policy Analyst
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Operational and administrative support for the Biodesign Lab and The Kidney Project

 

Alfonz Suguitan, BS

Project Coordinator

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Provide administrative support and manage social media for The Kidney Project

 

Postdoctoral scholars

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Moyer

Jarrett Moyer, MD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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Evaluates surgical considerations necessary for implantation of the kidney device as well as collaborating on the ECMO and bioartificial pancreas projects in similar capacities

 
David Blauvelt, MD
Clinical Fellow
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Building an implantable artificial lung using silicon micropore membranes  

Caressa Chen, MD
Surgical Innovations Fellow
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Utilization of tissue engineering techniques to optimize cells in bioreactor of implantable bioartificial kidney

 

Graduate students

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Alonso Torres, BS
Bioengineering Student
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Immunoisolation with silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs); construction of cell scaffolds for fabrication of intravascular bio-artificial pancreas (iBAP); testing of allogenic, xenogenic, and stem-cell derived cells for Type One Diabetes therapy; application and efficacy of substance identifying techniques

Nicholas Higgins

Bioengineering Student 

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Design and fabrication of implantable MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems) based devices, with a focus on a robust artificial implantable lung utilizing silicon membrane technology

Lauren Kim

Graduate Research Assistant

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Developing, implementing, and optimizing blood filtration therapies that utilize silicon nanopore membranes (SNM) as well as BioMEMS technologies for future implantable hemodialysis medical devices

Laboratory staff

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Blaha

Charles Blaha, MS
Research Associate
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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
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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

Ana Santandreu, BS
R&D Engineer
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Design and validation of cell encapsulating technologies and tissue engineered scaffolds for the intravascular bioartificial pancreas (iBAP); testing of allogeneic and xenogeneic islet sources compatible with the iBAP platform; analysis and characterization of silicon nanopore membranes (SNMs) in-vivo performance; collaboration with The Kidney Project

Ben Chui, PhD
Staff Researcher
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Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-related research including design, layout, and fabrication, with a focus on device prototyping and process development; use of MEMS and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) to implement breakthrough technology in the bio-sciences

Tariq Haniff, MS
Staff Researcher
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Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), remote sensing applications, and transducers in renewable energy

Wright

Nathan Wright, MS
R&D Engineer
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Development of advanced therapy systems and devices to improve outcomes and quality of life for end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients

Francisco Baltazar, MS
Staff Researcher
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Fabrication of silicon nanoporous membranes and surface film characterization for hydrolysis and corrosion research. Interested in progressing the field of semiconducting nanotechnology with biology and physics for breakthrough devices.

Edward Porock, BS
Staff Researcher
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Characterization and quality control for surface modifications on silicon substrates. Interested in researching the surface chemistry of silicon substrates, ceramic thin films and organic monolayer coatings exposed to the complex matrix of components and aqueous chemistry in blood.

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