Naga Neehar Dingari, M. Tech.
Naga received his B.Tech and M.Tech (Dual degree) in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. As a part of his Bachelors' thesis Naga worked on modeling electroosmotic flows in narrow fluidic confinements with simultaneous spatio-temporal perturbations in zeta potential. In his Masters' thesis he worked on modeling the effect of random surface inhomogeneities on capillary flows in microfluidic confinements. Naga joined LEMI in the fall 2012 and works on the modeling non-linear electrokinetic phenomena.
Paulo Garcia, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Scholar)
Paulo A. Garcia completed his PhD at the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences in 2010. During his time at Virginia Tech he developed imaging-based computational models for the planning and implementation of in vivo irreversible electroporation for the treatment of spontaneous malignant glioma in canine patients. At MIT he is developing a microfluidic platform to rapidly characterize the optimal conditions required for successful in vitro field-assisted transformation of bacteria. His research interests are in pulsed electric fields for therapeutic and biotechnology applications such as genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Paulo was recently inducted into the Translational Fellows Program at MIT. He is a native of the salsa capital of the world (Cali, Colombia) and enjoys playing soccer, dancing, and relaxing by the beach.
Prior to joining LEMI, Zhifei obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. As an undergraduate Zhifei joined a 3D MEMS laboratory to study energy harvesting with a focus on mechanical dynamics analysis. Through statistically designed experiments, Zhifei studied key factors governing ZnO nanowire growth prepared via Vapor-Liquid-Solid mechanism in the Nanomaterial Synthesis and Manipulation Group. With combined experiences in micro and nano technology, he spent his final undergraduate year studying an inorganic proton exchange membrane based micro fuel cell.
Laura joined LEMI in 2013, after receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. As an undergraduate, she worked in the MIT Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Laboratory, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis about a device for nanoparticle fabrication for drug delivery. Laura is currently working towards an MS degree, with a subsequent goal of pursuing a PhD.
Andrew Jones III
Andrew received both an S.B. in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from MIT. As an undergraduate, Andrew worked in a group that was part of the Center for Solider Nanotechnologies on Alternating Current Electro-Osmotic pumps. As part of that group, he manufactured pumps and tested the pumps dependence on electrolyte size and concentration. Andrew wrote his undergraduate thesis developing a numerical model of the transport mechanisms in a single wafer Atomic Layer Deposition Process. Andrew is currently pursuing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering on the road to a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Youngsoo Joung, M.S.
Youngsoo received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University and his M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University. Prior to joining MIT Youngsoo spent five years at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT). As a member of the research staff at SAIT, Youngsoo developed direct methanol fuel cells for portable power applications.
Jeffrey Moran, Ph.D. (Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow)
Jeff received his PhD from the University of Washington in 2013. For his doctoral work, he developed a quantitative model to explain the self-propulsion of platinum/gold nanorods in hydrogen peroxide solutions. His expertise and interests lie in electrochemistry, micro-scale fluid dynamics, electrokinetics, and applied mathematics. He joined LEMI as a Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2013 to construct a theoretical model of electroporation-mediated gene transfer in bacteria and to co-teach graduate and undergraduate thermal-fluids courses. Jeff is also a musician and is actively involved with the MIT Chamber Music Society, playing bass in a small jazz group.
Alisha Schor, M.S.
Alisha received both her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Prior to beginning graduate school Alisha worked as an R&D engineer in the plastics division of Dow Chemical in Tarragona, Spain. There she helped develop a non-woven fabric for use in household anti-microbial wipes. Her master's work focused on controlling inputs to an in vitro assay for studying angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones); in particular, by modeling the dynamics of the concentration and gradient of a chemical in a one-dimensional, diffusive system. Away from engineering, Alisha enjoys outdoor activities, including running, ultimate frisbee, hiking and snowboarding.
Qianru received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong Univerisity. As an undergraduate student, Qianru joined the Institute of Robotics, and focused on solving human-centered mechanical design problems. She designed a low-cost prosthetic myoelectric elbow joint for an artificial limp factory to help disabled users who lose their lower arms regain independence. Qianru joined LEMI in Fall 2012.