REU Faculty Mentors

A multidisciplinary faculty mentor team has been formed to train REU students. Faculty mentors will engage and assist REU students in developing research plans and in designing and conducting experiments to achieve the goals established by the program. Faculty mentors will also assist students in their career development by advising students of career opportunities and helping them identify career paths in biomedical science and engineering. The below table lists a group of faculty mentors for the REU program.

Kaiming Ye
Professor/Department Chair
Biomedical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: 3D tissue biofabrication and human organoid development

Sha Jin
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: Bioinformatics, bioimaging, and pancreatic tissue engineering

Aaron Beedle
Associate Professor/Vice Chairman
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Projects for REU Training: Creating gene mutant cell lines with CRISPR/Cas9 and evaluation of pharmacological studies in muscle

Tracy Hookway
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: Stem cell differentiation and cardiac tissue engineering

Guy German
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: Characterizing progression of age, bacterial skin disease, and solar damage related skin mechanical properties

Ryan Pelis
Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Projects for REU Training: Characterization of renal organic solute transport mechanisms

L. Nathan Tumey
Assistant Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Projects for REU Training: Studying the stability of antibody-drug-conjugates for the treatment of cancer and/or autoimmune disorders

Shahrzad "Sherry" Towfighian
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: Fabrication of energy scavenging devices for biomedical implants

Gretchen Mahler
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: Endothelial cell mechanobiology

Heather Fiumera
Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
Projects for REU Training: Assessing and quantifying the impact of mitochondrial DNA variation on cellular physiology

Changhong Ke
Associate Professor 
Mechanical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: Characterization of DNA-inspired boron nitride nano-tube hybrids

Xin Yong
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: Characterizing the interactions of signaling molecules with outer membranes

Fake Lu
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: Capturing biomolecular dynamics through live cell imaging using a multi-modality multiphoton microscope

Ahyeon Koh
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: Developing biosensors (e.g., the glucose sensor); Evaluating of sensor performance in various biological media; Investigation of interface materials for wearable devices

Yuan Wan
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Projects for REU Training: isolation of extracellular vesicles, cargo extraction, and downstream molecular analyses