University of California, Riverside

Department of Bioengineering



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Fall 2017

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Karen Low Ph.D. Nam Remote-activated Electrical Stimulation Via Piezoelectric Scaffold System for Functional Nerve Regeneration  Graduate Student Researcher at University of California, Riverside
 Naiyin Zhang Ph.D. Liu Magnetic Nanocomposites and Fields for Bone and Cartilage Tissue Engineering Applications  N/A
 Jin Jiang M.S. N/A  N/A
 Truong Mai M.S. N/A  N/A
 Jasmine Shah M.S. N/A  N/A
 Christine Silken M.S. N/A  N/A

Summer 2017

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Dieanira Erudaitius Ph.D. Rodgers Interpreting Intracellular Hydrogen Peroxide in Cancer Cells to Understand Cancer Susceptibility to Pharmacological Ascorbate Therapy  
 Erica Freeman Ph.D. Dahanukar An Evolutionarily Conserved Sweet Clade is Involved in the Detection of Bitter and Sweet Tastants in Insects  
 Junchao Wang Ph.D. Grover Design Automation of Microfluidics  Graduate Student Researcher at University of California, Riverside
 Cheyann Wetteland Ph.D. Liu Magnesium Oxide Based Nanocomposites for Bone Repair  Graduate Student Researcher at University of California, Riverside

Spring 2017

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Koji Hirota Ph.D. Park Development and Application of Optical Coherence Elastography for Detection of Mechanical Property Changes Occurring in Early Osteoarthritis  N/A

Winter 2017

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Daniel Nampe Ph.D. Tsutsui Stirred Suspension Culture for Scalable Production and Differentiation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells  Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California, Riverside
 Leopold Green Ph.D. Franco Dynamic Self-Assembly: Growth and Breakage of Synthetic DNA Nano-Structures  Postdoctoral Researcher, Caltech
 Qiaomu Tian Ph.D. Liu Magnesium-Based Bioresorbable Medical Implants: Improvement to Standardization  Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago

Fall 2016

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Tyler Backman Ph.D. Girke Small Molecule Interaction With Biological Targets  Jay Keasling Lab at Berkeley National Laboratory
 Douglas Hill Ph.D. Grover Evolving a Tool Set for Biological Research and Education  Director, Tech Center Lab, UC Riverside
 Jillian Clinton Ph.D. Vullev Molecular Engineering of Synthetic Amino Acids for the Mechanistic Study of Dipole Effects on Intramolecular Charge Transfer  N/A
 Shirin Mesbah Oskui Ph.D. Grover Resonating Mass Sensors for Detecting Microgram Scale Objects in Fluids  Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)
 Nazila Norouzi Ph.D. Grover Continuous High-Throughput Cell Sorting Using Density  N/A
 Harry Scott Ph.D. Ghosh Role of Subendothelial Matrix Stiffness and Mechanotransduction in Chronic Vascular Inflammation  Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Riverside
 Trupti Terse Ph.D. Mulchandani Advanced Graphene Nanostructures for Biosensing Applications  N/A
 Jacob Vasquez Ph.D. Vullev Fluorescence Biosensing of Therapeutic Drug Concentrations in Biological Fluids  Senior Research Scientist, Custom Programs, Biomatrica, Inc.
 Khalid Akari M.S. Chang N/A  N/A
 Wedad Alhassen M.S. none N/A  N/A
 Astha Arora M.S. Grover N/A  N/A
 Michael Deo M.S. none N/A  N/A
 Kevin Pham M.S. Grover N/A  N/A

Summer 2016

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Thanh Yen Vuong Nguyen Ph.D. Wyman Integration of a Novel Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF) Pretreatment with Biological Conversion to Ethanol  Amyris
 Zied Gaieb Ph.D. Morikis Molecular Switches Coordinate Dynamically Coupled Allosteric Networks in Protein Complexes  Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Research in Biological Systems, University of California, San Diego
 Maldonando Maricela Ph.D. Nam Regulation of the Mechanical Niche to Guide Pluripotent Stem Cell Behaviors  City of Hope
 Anh-Tho Ngoc Duong M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Dana Rutherford M.S. Liu N/A  N/A

Spring 2016

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Jessica Wen Ph.D. Tsutsui Polydiacetylene-Based Colorimetric Sensors for Plant Diagnostics  Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
 Christopher Horner Ph.D. Nam Spatially Controlled Multi-Phenotypic Differentiation of Stem Cells in 3D Via an Engineered Mechanical Gradient  N/A
 Ian Johnson Ph.D. Liu Refinement of Nanocomposite Coating and Magnesium Substrate Surface Properties for Improved Degradation Resistance and Bone Cell Adhesion  Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brookes Army Medical Center
 Christopher Hughes M.S. Park Synthetic Aperture Technology Applied to OCT and an Analysis of Neuronal Swelling  N/A
 Candice Sanscartier M.S. Lo Induction of Ileal Microfold Cells Produced by Cholera Toxin Enhances Bacterial Adherence  Graduate Student Researcher at University of Pittsburgh
 Nathan Driver M.S. N/A N/A  N/ABiomaterial & Nanomedicine Lab
 Shane Eum M.S. N/A N/A  BD Biosciences
 Rafsan Hossain M.S. N/A N/A  Medtronic
 Natnale Fantaye M.S. N/A N/A  PSC Biotech
 Taylor Fujimoto M.S. N/A N/A  Associate Clinical Specialist at Medtronic
 Jonathan Lloyd M.S. N/A N/A  Celgene

Winter 2016

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Soroush Ardekani Ph.D. Ghosh Site-Targeting Nanotherapeutic for Suppression of Vascular Inflammation  Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
 Aaron Cipriano Ph.D. Liu Development and Optimization of Magnesium Alloys and Oxide Surface Treatments for Orthopedic Implant Applications  Research Engineer at Sensor-Kinesis Corp.
 Yadir Guerrero Ph.D. Anvari Virus-Resembling Nano-Structures for Fluorescence Imaging of Ovarian Cancer  Application Scientist, Neofluidics LLC
 Mohammad Sarshar Ph.D. Anvari Combined Optical Micro Manipulation, Force Microscopy, and Quantitative Phase Imaging for Studying Cellular Membrane Protrusion Dynamics   Department of Bioengineering, UCR
 Xiao Yang Ph.D. Ghosh Mechanical Control of Retinal Vascular Inflammation in Diabetes  National Institutes of Health
 Arun Bhaskaran M.S. Ghosh N/A  Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Fall 2015

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Matthew Choinski M.S. N/A N/A  Graduate Student Researcher at University of California Riverside
 Mikalie Lai M.S. N/A N/A  Solution Consultant at Dassault Systèmes
 Jennalisa Roman-Crohn M.S. N/A N/A  Biomedical Engineer at MedTronic
 Wilson Zhang M.S. N/A N/A  Research Associate at Micropoint Bioscience, Inc.
 Christopher Hale M.S. Rodgers N/A  Biotransport and Bioreaction Kinetics Group

Summer 2015

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Clarissa Rodriguez Ph.D. Park Development and Application of Optical Coherence Tomography for Detection of Cerebral in Vivo  N/A
 Yasaman Damestani Ph.D. Aguilar Windows to the Brain (WttB): Transparent Nanocrystalline Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Cranial Implants for Non-Invasive, Chronic Access to the Brain for Optical Diagnostics and Therapeutics  Engineer, Device & Final Drug Product Technologies at Amgen
 Melissa Eberle Ph.D. Park The Development of Optical Coherence Tomography to Study Optical Changes of Cortical Tissue During Seizures  Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Engineering and Internal Medicine Yale School of Medicine
 Carissa Rodriguez Ph.D. Park N/A  Optical Engineer The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
 Carla De Los Santos M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Paul Ehlinger M.S. N/A N/A  Associate Fund Manager at Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation
 Samson Or M.S. Wheeldon N/A  Doctor of Pharmacy Student at The Ohio State University
 Seija Maniskas M.S. N/A N/A  N/A

Spring 2015

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Ana Laura Quezada Lara Ph.D. Vafai Transport in the Mammary Glands  Assistant Professor Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona
 Anthony Lira M.S. Morikis N/A  Manufacturing Engineer at Microvention
 Christopher Horner M.S. Nam N/A   Continued onto Ph.D. Program at UC Riverside
 Justin Kovanis M.S. N/A N/A  High School Biology Teacher at Vallejo High School
 Lauren Wong M.S. N/A N/A  Production Associate at 10X Genomics
 Maricela Maldonado M.S. Nam N/A  City of Hope - postdoctoral fellowship
 Raphael Kung M.S. Grover Quantitative FRET (qFRET) Technology for Determination of Protein Interaction Dissociation Constant in the Presence of Other Proteins and Development of Microfluidic Device  University of California Riverside, Ph.D. Program
 Loopold Green M.S. Franco N/A  Continued onto Ph.D. program at UC Riverside
 Brittney McKenzie M.S. Grover N/A  Bioengineering PhD Candidate at University of California Riverside
 Anna Nguyen M.S. Wyman N/A  N/A
 Jamie Stewart M.S. Franco N/A  Bioengineering PhD Candidate at University of California Riverside
 Cheyann Werrland M.S. N/A N/A  N/A

Winter 2015

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Vicente Nunez Ph.D. Vullev Bioinspired Engineering for Microbial Sensing: The Development of Bacterial Sensing Methodologies Based on Fluorescence Staining and Microfluidic Emission Spectroscopy  Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, Neurobiology
 Allyson Dorsey M.S. N/A N/A  Advanced Quality Engineer at Stryker's Sustainability Solutions
 Danielle Ornelas M.S. Park N/A  N/A

Spring 2014

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Raymond Medina M.S. N/A N/A  Aspiring Music Producer, Remixer, & Singer-Songwriter
 Diana Perez Saldivar M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Koji Hirota M.S. N/A N/A  Continued onto persue Ph.D. at UC Riverside
 Atena Zahedi M.S. N/A N/A  Graduate Researcher UC Riverside
 Jose Alanis M.S. N/A N/A  Associate Quality Engineer at Abbott Vascular
 Daniya Ashhad M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Sepher Halabian M.S. N/A N/A  Senior Sales Engineer at Analytical Industries

Winter 2014

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Harbani Malik-Chaudhry Ph.D. Liao Development of in vitro Sensitive FRET Technology to Dissect Reaction Dynamics and Intermediates in NEDD8 Conjugation Cascade  Senior Research Scientist at Eos Biosciences, Inc.
 Narek Aramaisan M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 He Qu M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Andrew Reimer M.S. N/A N/A  Validation Engineer at Roche Molecular Systems
 Michael Reyes M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Trupti Terse M.S. N/A N/A  N/A

Fall 2014

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Kalia Bennett Ph.D Lo Breaking Down the Barrier: Novel Insights Into the Role of Intestinal Microvilli, M cells, and Exploiting "Innate" B Cells as Therapeutic Targets   Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Medical Microbiology, Utrecht University Medical Center
 Sandeep Dhall Ph.D Martin-Green Strategies for Development of Chronic Wounds Using the LIGHT-/- Mouse and a Diabetic Mouse: From Mechanism to Treatment  Senior Scientist at Osiris Therapeutics Inc.
 Md. Rezuanul Haque Ph.D. Park Temporally Registered Optical Coherence Tomography and Fluorescence Microscopy for in vitro Detection of Neural Activity  Thorlabs Quantum Electronics, Jessup, Maryland
 Christine Brethorst M.S. N/A N/A  Medtronic Neurovascular
 Ryan Kozaka M.S. Rodgers An Evaluation of Protein-Ligand Interactions Through Diffusion Coefficients Determined via Taylor Dispersion Analysis  Gilead Sciences, QA Investigator
 Tejas Patel M.S. Grover Cell and Particle Sorting Using Lateral Flow in Woven Meshes   University of California Riverside, M.S. Program
 Jacklyn Whitehead M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 William Yang M.S. N/A N/A  Admissions Advisor at University of California Riverside Extension

Summer 2014

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Michael Oliveira Ph.D. Park Multi-Scale Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging  Acutus Medical Inc, System Engineer
 Jason Crovisier M.S. Anvari N/A  Control System Engineer at SYCAL ENGINEERING

Spring 2013

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Devin McBride Ph.D. Rodgers Further Understanding the Physical Phenomena of Crowded Protein Osmotic Pressure and Its Application to Medical Devices  The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX
 Yan Wang Ph.D. Park Development and Applications of 4D Real-Time Multi-Functional Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography  Acuvue
 Yasmin Amin M.S. N/A N/A  Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
 Edward Cardenas M.S. N/A N/A  David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
 Carl Chen M.S. Morikis N/A  UCR Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Program
 Alexandra Eastes M.S. N/A N/A  Sr. Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Endologix, Inc.
 Nisar Farhat M.S. N/A N/A  Ph.D. Program at UCLA
 Salwa Sa'd M.S. N/A N/A  Eli Lilly, Research Biologist
 Christopher Tom M.S. N/A N/A  Sutter Health
 Marlena May Wong M.S. N/A N/A  Darden Restaurants
 Hayley Ostrin M.S. N/A N/A  Engineering at American Elements Inc.

Fall 2013

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Md. Shahidul Islam Ph.D. Park Optical Coherence Tomography for Structural Neuroimaging and Non-Contact Recording of Functionally Stimulated Neural Activity  Thorlabs Quantum Electronics
 Joseph Granelli M.S. N/A N/A  Neutrogena, Cleaning Validation Consultant
 Manasa Lanka M.S. Morikis N/A  Research Assistant, UCSD Moores Cancer Center
 Noriko Ozaki M.S. Morikis and Rodgers N/A  Application Engineer at Materialise

Winter 2013

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Duoduo Bao Ph.D. Vullev Design and Charge-Transfer Properties of Bioinspired Electrets  Azzule Systems

Summer 2013

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Baharak Bahmani Ph.D. Anvari Indocyanine Green Loaded Nanoconstructs for Optical Imaging and Phototherapeutic Applications  Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
 Ronald Gorham Jr. Ph.D. Morikis Mechanistic Exploration of Complement System Interactions and Design of Complement-Targeted Therapeutics  Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Medical Microbiology, Utrecht University Medical Center
 Jacyln Lock M.S. Liu N/A  PhD program at Northeastern University
 Jessica Wen M.S. Tsutsui N/A  MIDP Fellow, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
 Jonathan Ma M.S. Park Optical Coherence Tomography Elastography Technique for the Early Detections of Osteoarthritis in Rat Articular Cartilage  Naval Sea Systems Command, Engineer

Spring 2012

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Aliana Lopez de Victoria Ph.D. Morikis Studies of Protein Interactions and Knowledge-Based Drug Design: (A) The Electrostatic Nature of Recognition Between HIV-1 gp120 V3 Loop and Coreceptors CCR5/CXCR4, (B) Complement System Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida, PDF
 Erica Gwyn Faris M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Marilyn Elizabeth Foster M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Maria Emil Iskandar M.S. Liu Controlling the Biodegradation of Magnesium Implants Through Nanostructured Calcium-Phosphate Coating  Baxter Healthcare, Engineer
 Brandon T. Maraglia M.S. N/A N/A  Sofie Biosciences, Sr. Mechanical Engineer
 Daniel Pareza Nampe M.S. N/A N/A  UC Riverside - PhD Program Bioengineering Dept.
 Meriam Amel Sebaa M.S. Liu Synthesis and Evaluation of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) Coated Magnesium for Nerve Regeneration  Parker Hannifin Corp. Med. System, Materials/Process Engineer
 Jeremy Barth Stubbs M.S. N/A N/A  Research
 Steven M. Garcia M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Kyle J. McKeller M.S. N/A N/A  University of California Riverside, Graduate Program
 Aaron Alan Nichols M.S. Morikis N/A  R&D Engineer, Corpus Medical, Inc., Campbell, CA. SC Laboratories, Capitola, CA.

Summer 2012

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Chris Kielich Ph.D. Morikis Development and Applications of a Computational Framework for Protein and Drug Design  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, and Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University. Currently, Research Faculty, WallaceH Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech. 
 Ali Hadian M.S. N/A N/A  N/A

Fall 2012

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Yan Liu Ph.D. Liao Development of Quantitative FRET Technology for SENP Enzyme Kinetics Determinations and High-Sensitive High-Throughput Screening Assay for Protease Inhibitor Discovery  California Institute for Biomedical Research
 Prashanthi Vandrangi Ph.D. Rodgers Vascular Biotransport Considerations in Signaling Cascades  Edwards Lifesciences, Manager, Podium and Publications, Transcatheter Heart Valves
 Srigokul Upadhyayula M.S. Vullev Fluorescence-Enhancement Based Detection and Identification of Bacterial Contaminants Research Associate, Harvard
 Debbie Hlava M.S. Morikis Insights Into Toxin Binding to Tubulin as a Potential Trigger in Parkinson's Disease Using Molecular Modeling  Abbott Vascular
 Christian Oh M.S. Park N/A  Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

Spring 2011

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Shan Singh Dhillion M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Vipul Madahar M.S. N/A N/A  N/A
 Milan Nikolas Draganov M.S. N/A N/A  Med-Logics, R&D Engineer
 Joseph Steven Fletcher M.S. N/A N/A  Biosense Webster, Quality Engineer II
 Richard Lloyd Lauhead M.S. N/A N/A  Biosense Webster, Quality Engineer
 Rishi Ajay Matani M.S. Park N/A  Boston Scientific, Manufacturing Engineer
 Randall L. Mello M.S. N/A N/A  Boston Scientific, Manufacturing Engineer
 Howard Chun Hao Noz M.S. N/A N/A  Ambry Genetics
 Kenneth Gerard Sugerman M.S. N/A N/A  Allergan, Access Control Monitoring Consultant

Summer 2011

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Yang Song Ph.D. Liao Development of FRET-based Technologies for Dynamic and Quantitative Measurement of Protein-protein Interactions and High-throughput Screening of Small Chemical Inhibitors of the SUMO Pathway  Admera Health

Spring 2010

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Jana Renne Buccola M.S Rodgers Significance of the Choice of a Concentration Variable on Viscosity Model Predictions for BSA in Aqueous Media  Abbott Vascular, R&D Manager

Summer 2010

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Marlon Sheldon Thomas Ph.D. Vullev Exploring the Dynamics of Fluorescence Staining of Bacteria with Cyanine Dyes for the Development of Kinetic Assays  Sensor-Kinesis Corporation

Winter 2009

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Kaydence Marie Cowley M.S. N/A N/A  Ph.D. Colorado State University
 Sean Michael Guthrie M.S. Vullev N/A  Humana, Automation & Test Engineer
 Huiqing Ma M.S. N/A N/A  N/A

Summer 2008

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Yiheng Wang Ph.D. Rodgers Free-Solvent Model Shows Osmotic Pressure is the Dominant Factor in Limiting Flux During Protein Ultrafiltration  Lone Star College, Associate Professor of Engineering
 Xiulin Shen M.S. Rodgers N/A   McKinsey & Company

Summer 2007

Name Degree Advisor Thesis Title Last Known Employer
 Nathaniel Gerald Portney Ph.D. Ozkan N/A  University of California Riverside, Ph.D.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Bioengineering
205 Materials Science & Engineering

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tel: (951) 827-4303
Fax: (951) 827-6416
E-mail: big@engr.ucr.edu

Potential Undergraduate Students:
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Potential Graduate Students:
Professor Victor G. J. Rodgers

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