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

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

 

Postdoctoral Scholars

Cameron Yamanishi, PhD

Cameron Yamanishi, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

cyamanishi@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2013

Research Interests: ATPS, Bioassays

Education: BS Bioengineering, UCLA; PhD Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

EBICS Fellow, NSF-IGERT Fellow, NSF-GRFP HM

 

 

 

Graduate Students

Ge-Ah Kim

Ge-Ah Kim

Bioengineering, Materials Science & Engineering

geahkim@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2015

Research Interests: Organoids, organotypic microenvironments, intestinal physiology

Education: BS, Materials Science & Engineering

Midori Maeda, MS

Midori Maeda, MS

Biomedical Engineering

maeda@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2017

Research Interests: Biomaterials, inflammation, organotypic microenvironments

Education: BS Materials Engineering, Univ. of Florida, MS Macromolecular Engineering, Univ. of Michigan

ImmunoEngineering Trainee

Tas Ahmed

Tas Ahmed

Biomedical Engineering

tas@gatech.edu

Joined: 2016

Research Interests: ATPS, bioassays, cell & molecular biology

Education: BS University of Michigan

 

Eric Parigoris

Eric Parigoris

Biomedical Engineering

eparigoris3@gatech.edu

Joined: Spring 2018

Research Interests: Cancer, organoids, mechanobiology

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

NSF-GRFP Fellow, President’s Fellow, Whitaker Fellow

Jon Chang

Jon Chang

Biomedical Engineering

jonathanchang@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2018

Research Interests: Microfluidics, bioassays, organotypic microenvironments

Education: BS, Biomedical Engineering, THE Ohio State University

NSF-GRFP Fellow

Hannah Viola

Hannah Viola

Bioengineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

hannah.viola@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2018

Research Interests: Pulmonary physiology, inflammation, organotypic microenvironments

Education: BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

BioMAT Trainee, President’s Fellow, CPTR Scholarship, Grand Challenges Facilitator, NSF-GRFP Honorable Mention

Ji Hoon Lee, MS

Ji Hoon Lee, MS

Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering

jhl@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2018

Research Interests: Microfluidics, pulmonary physiology, organoids

Education: BS, MS Electrical Engineering, Imperial College London

Vishwa Vasani, MS

Vishwa Vasani, MS

Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering

vishwa.vasani@gatech.edu

Joined: Fall 2019

Research Interests: Pulmonary physiology, microfluidics, mechanobiology

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

Undergraduate Students

Kelsey Brew

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Spring 2020

Mentor: Jon Chang

 

Pallavi Ekbote

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Fall 2019

Mentor: Midori Maeda

 

Varun Kumar

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Spring 2020

Mentor: Jon Chang

PURA Scholar

 

Amy Liu

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Fall 2018

Mentor: Eric Parigoris

Petit Scholar

 

Alec Pfeffer

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Spring 2019

Mentor: Cameron Yamanishi

 

Cauviya Selva

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Spring 2019

Mentor: Hannah Viola

PURA Scholar

 

Jason Sentosa

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Fall 2019

Mentor: David Mertz, Ji Hoon Lee

 

Noriyuki Shinagawa

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Spring 2020

Mentor: Ji Hoon Lee

 

Kendra Washington

Biomedical Engineering

Joined: Fall 2019

Mentor: Hannah Viola