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Natalie Larson

University of California Santa Barbara, PhD

During her PhD, Natalie developed methods to study microstructure evolution in ceramic matrix composites using X-ray computed tomography. In the Lewis Lab, her research is focused on multimaterial 3D printing of structural and functional materials with locally tailored structure and composition.

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Jeffrey Aceves - G2

University of California-Merced, Bioengineering, BS 

I work with the bioprinting team and am interested in scaling up our kidney organoid models to print scalable, vascularized tissues. I also aim to develop improved proximal tubule models for disease modeling and drug screening.

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Bok Yeop Ahn

Bok Yeop Ahn

Korea University, PhD
Bok Yeop Ahn received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Korea University in 2006 and joined the Lewis research group in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as a postdoctoral researcher. During his Ph.D., he worked for the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) in the Advanced Materials Division and focused his researches on the transition metal oxide nanoparticles, sol-gel coatings, and alkyl-modified silica core/shell microcapsules. He moved to Harvard University in 2013 and currently holds the title of Senior Research Scientist in the Lewis Research Group through the Wyss Institute and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). He focuses his efforts on the development of functional inks and direct-write assembly of printed electronics, 3D microbatteries, and 3D bio-architectures.
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John Ahrens

John Ahrens - G5

Stanford University, Biomechanical Engineering, BS
I am interested in 3D printing scalable, vascularized tissues that could improve current stem cell derived disease models and regenerative therapies.
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Jaehyeong Bae

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, PhD
Jaehyeong Bae received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) under the supervision of Prof. Il-Doo Kim in 2020. During his Ph.D., he developed various energy harvesting systems by using water flow and light-responsive chemicals. In addition, he developed colorimetric chemical sensors, colorimetric thermometers, and dendrite-free lithium metal batteries. In the Lewis Lab, Jaehyeong focuses his research on the development of hybrid 3D printed biosensors. He is also interested in the development of chemical sensors by 3D printing.
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Leslie Cunningham- G1

ETH Zurich, Medical Technology

My research focuses on the isolation of specific subpopulations from kidney organoids with the aim to improve disease modelling and drug screening.

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Zoey Davidson

University of Pennsylvania, PhD
Zoey received his PhD in soft matter physics at the University of Pennsylvania and then moved to the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems where he developed electrically driven liquid crystal elastomer actuators. In the Clarke and Lewis groups, his research focuses on materials and device design to improve performance and fabrication of electrically driven soft actuators. Using materials and methods such as liquid crystal elastomers and 3D printing, he is creating new actuation mechanisms for soft robotics with an eye on the fundamental physics to better understand these systems. 
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Daniele Foresti

Daniele Foresti

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, PhD
Society in Science - Branco Weiss Fellow
The inherent limits of the existing printing technologies strongly restrict the range of possible inks (i.e.materials) that can be dispensed, hence the potential applications of such technologies. Could we do better? As a Branco Weiss fellow, I will investigate a new concept of printing mechanism based on ultrasound. By using acoustic forces any ink could be potentially printed on any substrate.
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Florine Guitton

Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Mechanical Engineering, MS
I am a Research Fellow in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering from France, and I am working closely with the acoustophoretic printing team.
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Szilvia Heja

Research Assistant III
In collaboration with Professor Lewis we studied physiology of the cortical collecting duct using 3D kidney-on-a-chip model at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. I am interested in developing 3D printed tissue models to better understand kidney physiology and pathomechanism of renal diseases, focusing on drug induced nephrotoxicity. 
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Jeremy Huang - G6

Jeremy Huang - G6

University of California at San Diego, Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS
University of California at Berkeley, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, BS
As a PhD student at Harvard Medical School who is co-advised by Professor Lewis, my work focuses on gene-regulation and cell-lineage decision making in the early mammalian embryo. In collaboration with the Lewis group, I am interested in how maternal in vivo conditions can be recapitulated in vitro.
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Arda Kotikian

Harvard University, PhD

I am working on programming 3D shape change in actuators by controlling molecular orientation at the filamentary scale while programming structure at the macroscopic scale via direct ink writing. I am especially interested in developing 3D liquid crystal elastomer actuators for use in soft robotics.

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Katharina T.  Kroll - G4

Katharina T. Kroll - G4

University of Freiburg, Molecular Medicine, MSc
As part of the bioprinting team, I am investigating printing of hierarchical blood vessel systems with complex cellular interactions. Scaling up the bioprinting approach to incorporate biologically relevant geometries and cellular variety could be the next step towards building functional tissues mimicking complexity and organization of tissue physiology.
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