CURRENT MEMBERS

Principal Investigator

Dr. Shuichi (Shu) Takayama, PhD

Professor, GRA Eminent Scholar
Price Gilbert, Jr. Chair in Regenerative Engineering and Medicine

takayama@gatech.edu

Dr. Shu Takayama earned his BS and MS in Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Tokyo. He earned a PhD in Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California studying bio-organic synthesis with Dr. Chi‐Huey Wong. He then worked as a postdoc with Dr. George Whitesides at Harvard University where he focused on applying microfluidics to studying cell and molecular biology.

Dr. Takayama began his career at the University of Michigan, where led his lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science & Engineering for over 17 years. In 2017, the lab moved to Georgia Tech where Shu became the Georgia Research Alliance Price Gilbert Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Takayama’s research interests are diverse and motivated by clinical and biotechnology needs. He is always interested in hearing from stakeholders in these areas who are seeking engineering collaboration.

 

Research Scientists and Postdoctoral Researchers

 

Soojung Lee, PhD

Soojung Lee, PhD

Research Scientist II

soojung.lee@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2018

Research Interests: Organoids, organotypic microenvironments, cancer

Education: BS, PhD

 

Jamie A.G. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Jamie A.G. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

jamie.hamilton@bme.gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2023

Research Interests: Lung transwell models, E-cigarette health effects

Education: BS, PhD 

 

 

 

Tas Ahmed, Ph.D.

Tas Ahmed, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

tas@gatech.edu

Joined: 2016

Research Interests: ATPS, bioassays, cell & molecular biology

Education: BS University of Michigan, PhD Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Graduate Students

Vishwa Vasani, MS

Vishwa Vasani, MS

Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering

vishwa.vasani@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2019

Research Interests: Microfluidics, cancer mechanobiology, pulmonary physiology

Education: BS, MS Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Katherine Nguyen

Katherine Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering

katherine.nguyen@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2019

Research Interests: Neutrophil extracellular traps, Biomaterials, organotypic microenvironments

Education: BS Bioengineering, University of California San Diego

Cell & Tissue Engineering Trainee

Eashaan Godbole

Eashaan Godbole

Chemical Engineering

egodbole6@gatech.edu

Joined: Spring 2021

Research Interests: Aqueous two-phase systems

Coadviser: Dr. Cheung (https://cheunglab.chbe.gatech.edu/)

Liang-Hsin Chen

Liang-Hsin Chen

Biomedical Engineering

lchen668@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2021

Research Interests: Organoids, lung organotypic microenvironments

Education: BS, MS Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Fernando Martinez

Fernando Martinez

Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering

fmartinez36@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2021

Research Interests: Pulmonary fibrosis, aging

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Coadviser: Dr. Jang (https://www.janglabgatech.org/)

Badiallo Diani

Badiallo Diani

Biomedical Engineering

bdiani3@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2022

Research Interests: Pulmonary physiology, endothelial organoids, asthma

Education: BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, Honors College

Coadvisor: Dr. Anne Fitzpatrick

Alejandro de Janon

Alejandro de Janon

Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

adejanong@gatech.edu

Joined: Spring 2023

Research Interests: Bone marrow organotypic microenvironments, cancer biology, normal and malignant hematopoiesis

Education: BS Chemical Engineering, National Technological University (Argentina), MS Biotechnology, Texas A&M University

Co-advisor: Dr. Graham/Dr. DeRyckere

Undergraduate Students

Sindhu Nama

 

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Fall 2022

Mentor: Vishwa Vasani

Abigail Sim

 

Biology

Joined: Spring 2023

Mentor: Vishwa Vasani

Daniel Feng

 

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Spring 2022

Mentor: Liang-Hsin Chen

PURA Scholar

Puchangxin (Logan) Li

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Spring 2022

Mentor: Katherine Nguyen

Petit Scholar

Leehan Kim

 

Chemistry

Joined: Fall 2022

Mentor: Soojung Lee

Sophie Anderson

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Fall 2023

Mentor: Soojung Lee

Pranitha Kaza

 

Biochemistry

Joined: Summer 2023

Mentor: Alejandro de Janon