Graduate Students

John Ahrens

John Ahrens - G3

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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Michael Bell

Michael Bell

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Computer Engineering, BS; Mechanical Engineering, BS
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Harvard Pierce Fellow
Evolving 3D printed objects from more than metal brackets and plastic toys requires the synergy of engineering disciplines and materials science. With a background in computer engineering, mechanical engineering, robotics and current PhD work in materials science I lead cutting edge research in 3D printed electronics at Harvard. I develop patent-pending machines, processes and materials to 3D print entire electromechanical devices, from simple embedded antennas to entire cell phones using integrated pick-and place technologies.
NWL B148.30
Nicole Black - G5

Nicole Black - G5

Boston University, Biomedical Engineering, BS
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
I am interested in the relationship between structure and function at the micron-scale in living tissues. My research investigates 3D printed biodegradable elastomeric grafts that can be remodeled into mechanically anisotropic tissues in vitro and in vivo. Currently, I am working with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to design tympanic membrane grafts with tailored motion patterns in response to acoustic stimuli. Eventually, we hope that this technology will improve hearing outcomes following tympanoplasty surgery.
NWL B148.30
Travis Busbee

Travis Busbee

Ohio State University, Materials Science and Engineering, BS
The coupling of mechanical forces with electrical signals could pave the way for the development of fully 3D printed functional devices capable of sensing and actuation. I am working to develop piezoelectric and pyroelectric polymer inks to add a new tool into the 3D printing toolbox. I am also working at the intersection of electronics and biology to use 3D printing to simplify the production of Lab-on-a-Chip assays for high throughput drug screenings.
NWL B148.30
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Luca Calderari

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Health Science and Technology
"As a master thesis student, I study drug crystal-induced kidney injuries using the 3D vascularized proximal tubule model previously developed in the Lewis Lab. In particular, I am interested in the crystal formation within the in vitro microphysiological system and how it leads to nephropathy."
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Jeremy Huang - G4

Jeremy Huang - G4

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.
NWL B148.30
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Arda Kotikian - G4

Mount Holyoke College, Chemistry & Math, BA
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

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.... Read more about Arda Kotikian - G4

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Katharina T.  Kroll - G2

Katharina T. Kroll - G2

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.
NWL B148.30
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Aric Lu -G1

University of Delaware, Electrical Engineering, HBEE

I work with the bioprinting team to develop materials and methods to model human systems in vitro.

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Kate Spies - G2

University of Southern California, Chemical Engineering, BS

As a Masters in Design Engineering candidate I am interested in mixed material printing, iterative fabrication, and architectural soft matter applications. In collaboration with the Graduate School of Design, my focus converges on novel material research and urgent social interventions.

Robert Weeks

Robert Weeks-G1

University of Waterloo, Mechanical Engineering, BASc
Research Fellow
The setup and fine tuning of all the different parameters in additive manufacturing often takes much longer than the actual print itself. I am interested in the development of novel additive manufacturing systems with process feedback to decrease setup time, increase printing throughput and optimize print quality.
NWL B148.30