Dr. Abigail Koppes, Principal Investigator

Lab Alumni

Alumni – Post-Docs

Chris Bertucci2019 Regeneron Pharmaceuticals


Alumni – Graduate Students

Jessica Snyder, Bioengineering, PhD 2023

Currently at: TBD

Project: Bioengineering the Intestinal Niche on a Chip: Investigating Signal Transmission Between the Epithelium and Enteric Neurons

Adam Bindas, Chemical Engineering, PhD 2022

Currently at: Xellar Biosystems (Scientist)

Project: Microphysiological Systems to Investigate Parkinson’s Disease and Elucidate Gut-Brain Axis Biology

Erika WheelerBioengineering, MS 2022

Currently at: University of California, Davis (PhD Student)

Project: Characterization of sex-based differences in irritable bowel syndrome and irritable bowel disease

Kirstie Belanger, Chemical Engineering, MS 2021

Currently at: Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (Scientist)

Project: Modeling cardiac innervation on chip

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

Bryan Schellberg Successfully Proposes

Bryan Schellberg Successfully Proposes

Bryan Schellberg, graduate student of both Drs. Abigail and Ryan Koppes, successfully defended his research proposal back in May. This defense earned him the title of "PhD Candidate"! We all look forward to watching Bryan's work unfold as he fulfills his proposed...

Katelyn Neuman’s Article Accepted for Publication

Katelyn Neuman’s Article Accepted for Publication

Katelyn Neuman, current graduate student of Dr. Ryan Koppes, had her article titled "En route to next-generation nerve repair: static passive magnetostimulation modulates neurite outgrowth" accepted for publication in the Journal of Neural Engineering. Her article...