The Proud Alumni of Our BAST Laboratory

We were a team of individuals, experts in state-of-the-art technology, in fluid dynamics, robotics, biophysics, chemistry, and nanobioengineering. We relied on the integrity of our academic endeavors, through decades of research and published works. The fruition of such work has brought together the most cutting-edge nanotechnology, such as nanorobotics and nanopore force spectroscopy.

Buddini Karawdeniya Ph.D.

Chemist

Dr. Buddini Karawdeniya worked mainly on the characterization of soft nanoparticles, such as adeno-associated viruses and HIV, using solid-state nanopores. Before joining BAST Lab as a postdoc, she worked on surface modification of silicon nitride nanopore surfaces with metal and organic functional groups to manipulate surface chemistry for sensing. Currently she is a research fellow at The Australian National University.
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Nuwan Bandara Ph.D.

Chemist

Dr. Nuwan Bandara established chemically-tunable controlled dielectric breakdown (CT-CDB) methods for the fabrication of solid-state nanopore. During his postdoctoral fellowship at BAST Lab, Dr. Bandara worked on protein analysis and DNA sequencing using h-BN nanopores. Currently he is a research fellow at The Australian National University.
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Jamel Ali Ph.D.

Chemical Engineer

Dr. Jamel Ali is currently an assistant professor in chemical and biomedical engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. During his PhD at BAST Lab (2013-2016), Dr. Ali worked on engineering bacterial flagellar filaments for micro- and nanoscale actuation and sensing. He was a recipient of NDSEG Fellowship for his Ph.D. research. Before joining BAST Lab, he completed his B.S., and M.S. degree in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Howard University.
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Hoyeon Kim Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Hoyeon Kim worked on autonomous motion control of bacteria-powered microrobots using electric fields during his Ph.D. (2011-2016) at BAST Lab. He developed static/dynamic obstacle avoidance algorithms for navigation of microbots in low Reynolds number fluidic environments. Currently he is a robotics engineer at York Exponential Inc.
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Armin Darvish Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineer

Dr. Armin Darvish worked on single molecule detection (DNA and protein) as well as single particle detection (liposomes, exosomes, viruses) with resistive pulse sensing in solid-state nanopores. His main focus during Ph.D. (2012-16) was developing a nanopore-based method for morphological analysis of soft-nanoparticles deformation in nanopores. He is currently a research scientist at BOSCH, U.S.A.
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Gaurav Goyal Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineer

Dr. Gaurav Goyal is currently a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. During his Ph.D. at BAST Lab (2011-15), he worked on graphene nanopores for single protein analysis. After completing his Ph.D., he joined Quantum Biosystems Inc. to develop novel single molecule DNA sequencing technology.
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Paul S.S. Kim Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Paul Kim worked on the control of Tetrahymena pyriformis using behavioral responses to various stimuli as a biological actuator. During his Ph.D. (2011-15), his research was supported by NSF EAPSI Fellowship, enabling Dr. Kim to visit work on microcyborg project at Korea Institute of Science and Technology. He is currently a software engineer at Osloft Inc.

U Kei Cheang Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineer

Dr. U Kei Cheang is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at SUSTECH. He dedicated himself to the development of robotic micro- and nanoswimmers during his B.S., Ph.D., and postdoctoral fellowship (2008-16)at BAST Lab. He was a recipient of the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Before joining SUSTECH, he was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rowan University.
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Kevin Freedman Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineer

Dr. Kevin Freedman is an assistant professor of Bioengineering Department at UC Riverside. During his Ph.D. (2010-14) at BAST Lab, he studied single molecule protein biophysics using a solid-state nanopore. Dr. Freedman was a recipient of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Whitaker Postdoctoral Fellowship. His research group at UCR is focused on developing and characterizing micro and nanotechnology for studying unexplored biological systems and pathways, single cells, molecular biophysics, and kinetics.
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Wonjin Jo Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Wonjin Jo worked on design, model, and synthesis of biologically inspired flagella-templated silica nanotubes. During her Ph.D. (2008-13) at BAST Lab, she also developed gold nanorods for biofilm disinfection using surface plasmonic phenomena. Dr. Jo was a postdoctoral research fellow at KIST to develop advanced functional materials including thermoplastic polymers, nanomaterials, composites, etc. by coating, embedding, or surface wettability control.
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Dalhyung Kim Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Dalhyung Kim is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at Kennesaw State University. During his Ph.D. (2008-13) at BAST Lab, he worked on the development of micro-cyborgs using Tetrahymena pyriformis at low Reynolds numbers. His ongoing research at KSU is focused on motion compensation system for behaving animals, active treadmill system for walking Drosophila, and fly-driving mobile robot.
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Anmiv S. Prabhu Ph.D.

Biomedical Engineer

Dr. Anmiv Prabhu is a senior staff engineer at illumine. During his Ph.D. (2009-13) at BAST Lab, his research was to separate nanoparticles through nanoporous membranes using electrophoresis.
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Edward Steager Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Edward Steager is currently a senior research investigator at the University of Pennsylvania. During his Ph.D. (2006-09) at BAST Lab, he worked on actuation and control of microfabricated structures using flagellated bacteria.
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Sam Sheckman M.S.

Mechanical Engineer

Sam Sheckman completed his M.S. degree at BAST Lab (2016-18). His research was focused on soft-microrobotics. Sam developed a method in the manufacturing of microassemblies via a control algorithm under global inputs for additive manufacturing at low Reynolds numbers. He was a recipient of NSF EAPSI Fellowship. Currently Sam is a mechanical engineer at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
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Sean E. Brigandi M.S.

Mechanical Engineer

Sean E. Brigandi worked on the characterization and control of artificial magnetotactic Tetrahymena pyriformis for his M.S. thesis at BAST Lab (2010-11). Currently he is a senior engineer at PECO.
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