The Proud Members of Our BAST Laboratory

We all come from a different side of the world. However, we all believe, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”(John 8:32)

MinJun Kim Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. MinJun Kim is the Robert C. Womack Endowed Chair Professor in Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He has been developing new approaches to control small-scale robots in in vivo environments for drug delivery as well as fabricate solid-state nanopores for in-depth understanding of protein-protein interactions and membrane deformability of viruses and vesicles.
mjkim@lyle.smu.edu
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Louis W. Rogowski Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineer

Louis Rogowski is a Ph.D. who is investigating the propulsion of microparticles inside biological fluid mediums and the development of new microswimmers and experimental set ups for in vivo applications. He received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 2018 and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 2016.
lrogowski@mail.smu.edu

Xiao Zhang

Mechanical Engineer

Xiao Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate whose research focuses on 3D and swarm control of magnetic microrobots with the development of magnetic tweezer system. He received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2016 and his B.S. in Aircraft Design and Engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2014.
xiaozhang@mail.smu.edu

Jiannan Tang Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineer

Jiannan Tang started his second Ph.D. career in BAST Lab in fall 2018. His research focuses on the development of new controllable nano/micro-robots and investigating the propulsion behavior of flagellar nanorobot. He received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S in Energy and Power Engineering from North China Electric Power University in 2019, 2015, and 2012, respectively. Until 2020, he has published 15 articles as first/co-author.
jiannant@mail.smu.edu
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Jugal Saharia

Mechanical Engineer

Jugal Saharia is a doctoral candidate who is working on solid-state nanopore based single molecule biophysics, with special focus on protein studies. He received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Tezpur University in 2012 and his M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Sciences) from the University of Kerala in 2015.
jsaharia@mail.smu.edu

Jung Soo Lee

Biomedical Engineer

Jung Soo Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Applied Science Program in the Lyle School of Engineering. His research has been about DNA analysis using a 2-D h-BN solid-state nanopore. He received B.S. in Bioengineering from Yonsei University in 2013 and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 2018.
jungsool@mail.smu.edu
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Anuruddha Bhattacharjee

Mechanical Engineer

Anuruddha Bhattacharjee is a Ph.D. student at BAST Lab. His research focuses on investigating assembly/disassembly mechanisms of modular micro-robots and their application in small-scale manufacturing. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2017.
abhattacharjee@mail.smu.edu

Gokhan Kararsiz

Mechanical Engineer

Gokhan Kararsiz is a Ph.D. student at BAST Lab. His research focuses on designing control algorithms for the motion of the alginate artificial cell in uncertain fluid environment. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in 2013 and Bogazici University in 2017, respectively.
gkararsiz@mail.smu.edu

Matthew Odonohue

Biomedical Engineer

Matthew Odonohue is a Ph.D. candidate in the Applied Science Program in the Lyle School of Engineering. His research focuses on utilizing a bimodal nanopore sensor for single-molecule analysis, analyzing and characterizing cancer-related proteins and viruses, among other analyte. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2020. When not conducting research, Matthew likes to shred on his 7-string guitar.
modonohue@mail.smu.edu

Yasin Cagatay Duygu

Mechanical Engineer

Yasin Cagatay Duygu is a Ph.D. student at BAST Lab. His research focuses on haptics-assisted microrobotics. He received his B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 2020.
aduygu@smu.edu

Roberto Recuero Chen

Materials Science Engineer

Roberto Recuero Chen is a Ph.D. student in the Appled Science Program in the Lyle School of Engineering. His research is forced on measuring the mechanical properties of soft-nanoparticles (liposomes and viruses) using solid-state nanopores. He received his M.S. in Materials Science Engineering for the University of North Texas in 2019 and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technological University of Panama (UTP) in 2016.
rchen@mail.smu.edu
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Ahmet Ata Ersoy

Mechanical Engineer

Ahmet Ata Ersoy is a Ph.D. student at BAST Lab. His research forcuses on developing a nanopore sensor to investigate protein-protein interactions and dynamics. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 2020.
aersoy@smu.edu