Kara E. McCloskey, PhD
Associate and Founding Professor, School of Engineering
Chair, Graduate Program in Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST)
5200 N Lake Rd
Merced, CA 95343
Science and Engineering Building, Rm 344
Phone: (209) 228 - 7885
B.S. ChE, Ohio State University, 1996
M.S. ChE, Ohio State University, 1999
Ph.D. ChE & BME, Joint Program with Ohio State University and Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 2001
NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001-2005
Samuel Reyes, PhD email@example.com
Using a cone-and-plate shear stress device (designed by Dr. Hanjoong Jo), Sam is researching the role of shear stress in directing stem cell fate.
Anley Tefera, M.S. firstname.lastname@example.org
Anley (goes by T) is a PhD candidate in Biological Engineering & Small-scale Technologies (BEST). T's project involves studying the development of a cell stretching device for cardiac tissue slices as an in vitro model of cardiac tissue. He has been funded as an NSF-Diversity Fellow, as well as, a Fellow under UCM 's Faculty Mentor Program.
Nicole Madfis, M.S. email@example.com
Nicole is a PhD candidate in Quantitative and Systems Biology (QSB). She is investigating the derivation, purification, characterization, and plasticity of tip, stalk, and phalanx-type endothelial cells from embryonic stem cells.
Rachel Hatano firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel is a PhD candidate in Biological Engineering & Small-scale Technologies (BEST) graduate program and an NSF-IGERT Fellow. Rachel's project is aimed towards building a heart patch from embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes for heart repair.
Lian Wong email@example.com
Lian is a PhD candidate in Biological Engineering & Small-scale Technologies (BEST) graduate program. Lian was an NSF-IGERT Fellow for 2 years and now is an NSF-CREST Fellow. She is studying the role of stiffness and patterning in vascular fate towards building perfusable microvasculature in vitro.
Edwin Shen firstname.lastname@example.org
Edwin is a PhD candidate in Biological Engineering & Small-scale Technologies (BEST) graduate program. He is interested in bioprinting and vascular smooth muscle fate from stem cells.
Jose Zamora email@example.com
Jose is a PhD student in Biological Engineering & Small-scale Technologies (BEST) and NSF-CREST Fellow. He studies the emergence of spatial patterning between endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells during vasculogenesis, with an interest in how mechanotransduction influences the formation of these co-populations.
Basia Zuniga - Bioengineering
Lisa Salmeron - Bioengineering
Michael Brooks - Bioengineering
Gregory Crawford - Bioengineering
Gregory Girardi - Bioengineering
Christina Blaul - Biology