Prof. Dennis Discher
Biophysical Eng. and Nanobiopolymers Lab

Pseudo colored total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) image of a cell protrusion.

Former Group Members

Catherine Picart
Post-doctoral Fellow in Bio-Engineering , 1998-1999
Currently: Associate Professor, Univ. Montpelier, France

James C-M. Lee
PhD 2000 in Chemical Engineering,
Currently: Assistant Professor, U. Missouri Columbia, Biol. Eng.
Project:membrane & polymer physics

Helim Aranda
Post-Doc and IME Fellow 2000-5
Currently: Assistant Professor, U. Maryland College Park, Bioeng.
Project:membrane & polymer physics

Harry Bermudez
PhD 2003 in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,
Currently: Assistant Professor, U. Mass. Amherst, Polymer Sci. Eng.
Project:polymersome membrane properties

Yan Geng
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2006
Currently: Assistant Professor in Chemistry U. Georgia Athens
Project:Diblock copolymer worm micelles

Kris Dahl
PhD 2004 in Chemical Engineering,
Currently: Assistant Professor in Chem. Eng. and Biomed Eng., Carnegie Mellon Univ.
Project:mechanical properties of the nucleus

Bohdana Discher
Postdoctoral Fellow
Currently: Research Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics, UPenn
Project:Polymersomes.

Alina Popescu
Post-doctoral Fellow in Bio-Engineering, 2000-2003
Currently: Post-doc fellow in Penn Muscle Institute
Project:AFM imaging and adhesion of membranes

Philippe Carl
Postdoctoral Fellow in Bio-Engineering
Currently:Applications engineer ScienTec, France
Project:Single molecule mechanics with AFM.

Lucie Bacakova
Research Fellow in Bio-Engineering , 2001-2002
Currently: Research Faculty in Cell Physiology Institute/Biomatls, Prague, Cz
Project:Muscle Cell adhesion

Adam Engler
PhD 2006 in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics,
Currently: Assistant Professor in Bioengineering, UCSD
Project:Muscle and stem cell differentiation & adhesion on soft substrates

Paul Dalhaimer
PhD 2003 in Chemical Engineering,
Currently: Post-doc fellow in T. Pollard's Cell Biology group, Yale
Project:drug delivery w/ block copolymer worm micelles, liquid crystal elastomers - simul'n thru expts.

Fariyal Ahmed
PhD 2005 in Bioengineering,
Currently: Post Doc Fellow in Liebermann Lab, Harvard
Project:Preparation, characterization & drug delivery with polymersomes

Shyamsundar Subramanian
PhD 2006 in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering,
Currently: Senior Research Biochemical Engineer at Merck
Project:CD47 and RBCs

Maureen Griffin
PhD 2003 in Chemical Engineering,
Currently: Research Staff at SelectX Pharmaceuticals
Project:muscle cell adhesion

Richard Law
PhD 2004 in Chemical Engineering,
Currently: Amgen
Project:single molecule AFM of proteins and also intact membranes

Peter Photos
PhD 2004 in Chemical Engineering,
Currently: Schlumberger
Project:CD47, polymersomes, and phagocyte interactions

Adam Eckhardt
Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering, 2003-2004
Currently: Research Staff in Cell Physiology Institute/Biomatls, Prague, Cz
Project:Smooth Muscle Cell Spreading

Ranganath Parthasarathy
Research Fellow in Chemical Engineering, 2000-2004
Currently: Research Staff in Biomolecular Engineering. Lab, UPenn
Project:Yeast display

Nishant Bhasin
PhD 2006 in Chemical Engineering,
Currently: Amgen
Project:AFM protein unfolding

Kandaswamy Vijayan
PhD 2007 in Physics,
Project:Charged Worm Micelle Dynamics and Properties

Vanessa Ortiz
PhD 2007 in Chemical Engineering,
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Project:Simulation of soft matter systems with molecular methods

Colin Johnson
Post-doctoral fellow 2005-07,
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Project:Protein unfolding in cells

Younghoon Kim
PhD 2007 in Chemical Engineering,
Project:Drug delivery with polymerosomes

Shamik Sen
PhD 2007 in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics,
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Caliornia - Berkeley
Project:Muscle cell adhesion & AFM indentation theory

Shenshen Cai
Post-doctoral fellow 2005-07,
Currently: Mylan Pharmaceuticals
Project:Polymeric carriers for drug delivery

Xiulian Du
Research fellow 2006-2008
Project:Molecular biology for nuclear biology and biophysics

Florian Rehfeldt
Post-doctoral fellow 2005-2008
Currently: University of Goettingen
Project:Novel gels for stem cell differentiation driven by mechanics

David Pajerowski
PhD 2008 in Bioengineering
Currently: Merck
Project:Mechanical properties of the nucleus

Andre Brown
PhD 2009 in Physics
Currently: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
Project: Structure and mechanics of proteins from single molecules to cells

Richard Tsai
PhD 2009 in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Currently:Consultant at L.E.K. Consulting
Project: Functional characterization of the self signal CD47: From macrophage clearance mechanisms to therapeutic development

David Christian
PhD 2009 in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Currently: Postdocdoral Fellow with Christopher Hunter, Veterinary School, University of Pennsylvania
Project:The Role of Electrostatics in the Self-Assembly of Neutral and Charged Amphiphiles. Tracking the role of carrier shape and surface charge on biodistribution.

Karthikan Rajagopal
Postdoctoral Fellow 2007-2010
Currently: Genentech
Project:Design of Functional Nano-Assemblies of Diblock Copolymers for Drug Delivery

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