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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Olivia Nalley

Mechanical Engineer

Olivia Nalley is an undergraduate researcher at BAST Lab. She is studying Mechanical Engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering. In high school, she did research on the Effects of a Simulated Mars Environment Carbon Dioxide Chamber on the Primary Productivity in Select Cyanobacteria. Currently, she is working on single molecule studies using solid state nanopores.

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.

Grace Josephson

Mechanical Engineer

Grace is an undergraduate Pre-med/Engineering student at SMU conducting research on nanopores. Grace has competed internationally in figure skating, and is now a coach. When recharging, Grace enjoys composing music and playing the violin. Bach and Tchaikovsky are her favorite composers.

Dr. Sung Jea Park

Mechanical Engineer

Dr. Sung Jea Park is a visiting scholar for his sabbatical research at BAST lab. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Korea University of Technology and Education. During his stay, he is studying nanopore technology and its applications.

Hannah Siegel

Mechanical Engineer

Hannah Siegel is an undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Physics. She is a President's Scholar and completed a Manufacturing Engineering Co-Op in Summer/Fall 2021. She is assisting research to develop modular robotics for biomedical applications and additive manufacturing.

Harry Wang

Electrical Engineer

Harry Wang is a doctoral student who is developing reconfigurable modular robots for assembly and disassembly. He received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 2020 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2022.

Madhav Ghimire Ph.D.


Dr. Madhav Ghimire is a Post Doctoral Fellow at BAST Lab. His research focuses on developing bimodal electrical and optical nanosensors for single-molecule analysis. In addition, he is studying various small molecules using solid-state nanopores at the single molecular level. After graduating (B.Sc) from Tribhuvan University in 2010, he received his first master's degree (M.Sc) in astronomy & physics in 2012 from the University of Delhi and a second master's degree (MS) from The University of Memphis in 2017 with a materials science concentration. In between, he worked as a full-time Physics lecturer at the National School of Sciences located in his home country Nepal. He then obtained his doctoral degree (PhD) in 2018 from Virginia Commonwealth University being enrolled in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology program conducted jointly by the physics & chemistry departments.
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