Dr. Abigail Koppes, Principal Investigator

Lab Alumni

Alumni – Post-Docs

Chris Bertucci2019 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals


Alumni – Graduate Students

David Diaz Vera, Chemical Engineering, PhD 2020

Currently at: Sanofi (Scientist)

Project: A study of primary sensory neurons and Schwann cells sensitivity to visible light irradiation in vitro, and feasibility of a light inducible system in Schwann cells for neurite outgrowth enhancement in vitro

Tess TorregrosaChemical Engineering, PhD 2020

Currently at: Sanofi (Scientist, Gene Therapy)

Project: Mechanisms to Investigate the Nervous System: Genetic Engineering with Adeno-Associated Viruses

Caroline MillsChemical Engineering, MS 2020

Currently at: Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (R&D Engineer II)

Project: Using magnetic and topographical cues to influence the growth of neuron extensions

Sanjin Hosic: Chemical Engineering, PhD 2019

Currently at: Bluebird Bio (Scientist)

Project: Harnessing Patient-Derived Organoids and Microfluidics to Investigate Cholinergic Regulation of the Epithelial Barrier

Marissa Puzan: Chemical Engineering, PhD 2019

Currently at: Pfizer (Senior Scientist)

Project: Development of an Innervated, Tissue Engineered Model of the GI Tract

Dan Ventre: Bioengineering, PhD 2019

Currently at: Seven Bridges Genomics (Technical Writer)

Project: Investigating the Mechanisms of Ultrasonic and Electrical Neuromodulation

Megha KamathPharmaceutical Sciences, MS 2015

Currently at: National Institute of Health (Biology Research Assistant)

Project: Small intestinal models for drug delivery and tissue engineering

Joshua ScaraliaChemical Engineering, MS 2016

Currently at: Azzur Group (Technical Services Engineer)

Project: Decellularized retina ECM hydrogels for increased cellular migration and integration

Alumni – Undergraduate Students

Minhal AhmedChemical Engineering, BS 2019

Now: Mitchell Fellow @ University of Cork (Cryan Lab)

Rachel ShapiroChemical Engineering, BS 2017

Now: PhD Student @ Johns Hopkins University

Emily AshboltMedical Physics, BS 2017

Mina IskarousChemical Engineering, BS 2018

Alon DuvalChemical Engineering, BS 2019

Audrey LeeChemical Engineering, BS 2020

Yang LinChemical Engineering, BS 2018

Mary Lou NadeauChemical Engineering, BS 2021

David UrickChemical Engineering, BS 2018

Meron WonderadChemical Engineering, BS 2020

William Cisneros: Chemical Engineering, BS 2018

Nicholas PhelanChemical Engineering, BS 2019

Brooke Wojeski Chemical Engineering, BS 2019

Best wishes to Francesco!

Best wishes to Francesco!

Francesco Fontana joined the lab as a visiting scholar over the winter from Italy and conducted experiments in magnetism on cells. He will hopefully defend his thesis in the coming months. Good luck Francesco!