People
Principal Investigator
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Ipsita Banerjee

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering    

Email:  ipb1@pitt.edu 

Phone: 412-624-2071

Fax: 412-324-9639

Office: 930 Benedum Hall

Post Doctoral Associate
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Dr. Joe Candiello

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests: Cytoskeleton Analysis, Atomic Force Microscopy, Drug Delivery

Email: jec40@pitt.edu

 Office: 917, BEH

Mentoring Graduate Students
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Thomas Richardson

Since January 2011

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests: Cell-encapsulation, Hydrogel, Immuno-isolation, 3D culture

Email: tcr13@pitt.edu

Office: 917, BEH

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Hikaru Mamiya

Since September 2012

Department of Bioengineering

Research Interests: Signaling events affecting maturation of the β-like-cell differentiated from human ESCs

Email: him25@pitt.edu

Office: 917, BEH

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Vimal Vaidya

Since January 2015

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests: 3D co-culture systems, cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions, tissue engineering

Email: vhv2@pitt.edu

Office: 917, BEH

Alumni
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Maria Jaramillo

Ph.D work
January 2009 - June 2013
Department of Bioengineering
Evaluate effect of physical properties of substrates in early differentiation events, analyzed different pathways implicated in definitive endoderm commitment and their effects in beta cell comment and developed a co-culture platform for endothelial cell mediated hesc-derived beta cell maturation

Post-Graduation
June 2014 - Present
Postdoctoral research fellow, Center for Engineering in Medicine (GMH/HMS)
Hepatic Tissue Engineering with emphasis in use of decellularized liver extracellular matrix for differentiation of pluripotent stem cells and maintenance of primary hepatocytes

Email: maja983@gmailcom 

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Sankaramanivel Sundararaj 

Postdoctoral work in our lab
April 2012 - November 2013
Postdoctoral research fellow
Understand PI3K, TGF-beta and Wnt signaling cross-talk to improve human embryonic stem cell differentiation into pancreatic beta cells

Career after work in our lab
March 2014 - October 2014
Research Associate, Stanley Medical College, Chennai
Isolation of hepatic stem cells

November 2014 - April 2015
Quality Manager, M.V. Diabetes Research Centre, Chennai
Conducting internal & external audit as per the NABL reference, Maintenance of instruments in Biochemistry, Haematology laboratories

June 2015 - November 2015
Assistant Professor, Jaya College of Arts and Science, Chennai, Department of Biotechnology
Involved in teaching Undergraduate & Postgraduate students
Subjects Handled: Bioinformatics & Molecular Developmental Biology

December 2015 - Present
Scientist & Assistant Professor, National College, Trichy, SERB Young, Department of Biotechnology
Pursuing research on hepatic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells towards hepatocytes and co-culture with endothelial cells
Teaching undergraduate students

Email: sankaramanivel@gmail.com   

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Keith Task 

Ph.D work
May 2009 - July 2014
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Post-Graduation
January 2015 - present
Scientist, Mathematical Modeling. BASF Corporation
Supporting various business and research units across the company by providing modeling support. This includes performing statistical and mechanistic modeling on plant and lab data/systems to help guide experiments and make more informed decisions

Email: kdt123@gmail.com

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Saik-Kia Goh 

Ph.D work
September 2010 - November 2015
Department of Bioengineering
Research Interests: Extracellular matrix, Whole Organ Decellularization, Tissue Engineering, Cell-matrix interactions

Post-Graduation
January 2016 - present
Business associate consultant, ZS Associates
As an business associate consultant at ZS, my job is to provide a wide range of sales and marketing consulting, outsourcing and technology offerings to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies

Email: SaikKia.goh@gmail.com 

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Shibin Mathew 

Ph.D work
September 2010 - January 2016
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Research Interests: Systems and Synthetic Biology, Network Analysis, Signal Transduction, Endoderm Differentiation

Post-Graduation
January 2016 - Present
Postdoctoral research fellow, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Gaudet lab
Survival/death decisions in cancer cells in the context of inflammation and HIV infection

Email: shibin_mathew@dfci.harvard.edu 

Maya Lemmon-Kishi Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh January, 2016 - Present
Eloise Parry-Nweye Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh January, 2016 - Present
Bodhisatwa Biswas Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
 
January, 2015 - Present
Sierra Barner  Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh May, 2013 - May, 2015
Kimaya Padgaonkar Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh Jan, 2013 - May, 2015
Kelly Donovan Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh May, 2014 - May, 2015
Manuel Segarra Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico June, 2012 - August, 2012
Brittany Givens Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh June, 2012 - August, 2012
Phillip Olsen Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh June, 2011 - May, 2013
Li Ang Zhang Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, CMU June, 2010 - August, 2012
Danielle Yang Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh June, 2009 - August, 2009
Courtney Baker Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, CMU June, 2009 - August, 2009
Sydney Gibson        University of Pittsburgh, EXCEL Program June, 2009 - July, 2009