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Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Bioadhesion

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  • Megan T. Valentine

    Megan T. Valentine, Principal Investigator (C.V.)
    Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Office: Engineering II Bldg., Room 2361C
    Phone: (805) 893-2594
    Fax: (805) 893-8651

    Donna M. Mancusi

    Donna M. Mancusi, Lab Manager

    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1233
    Phone: (805) 893-6123
    Fax: (805) 893-8651

    Emma Filippidi
    Emma Filippidi, Postdoctoral Researcher
    Ph.D., Physics, New York University
    Project: Characterization and design of marine-inspired wet adhesives

    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235
    Phone: (805) 893-6123
    Link to website
    Bugra Kaytanli
    Bugra Kaytanli, Graduate Research Assistant
    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Candidate 
    Project: Force transmission in the cytoskeleton

    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1227

    Jamie Wilcox

    Jamianne Wilcox, Graduate Research Assistant

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Candidate 
    Project: Mechanisms of collective transport by kinesins

    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1245

    Menaka Wilhelm

    Menaka Wilhelm, Graduate Research Assistant

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Candidate 
    Project: Mussel-inpsired Adhesion

    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1239

    Lotta Lorenz

    Charlotta Lorenz, Visiting Graduate student

    Department of Physics  
    Project: Cellullar and cell-inspired network mechanics

    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1241

    Aimal Khankhel

    Aimal Khankhel, Graduate Research Assistant

    Biomolecular Science and Engineering Graduate Program, Ph.D. Candidate 
    Project: Bio-inspired tough gels, and Vascular Mechanics

    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235

    Marcela Areyano

    Marcela Areyano, Graduate Research Assistant

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Candidate  
    Project: Geometric control of adhesive attachments

    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235

    John Berezney

    John Berezney, Researcher

    Ph.D., Materials, UCSB
    Project: Development of novel magnetic tweezers systems for materials characterization

    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235

    Avik Mondal

    Avik Mondal, Undergraduate Student

    Department of Physics, College of Creative Studies  
    Project: Design of cellular force sensors, in collaboration with Prof. Jean Carlson


    Bofeng Chen

    Bofeng Chen, Undergraduate Intern

    Engineering Major, Chaffey College; Intern in the INSET/VIBRANT summer program
    Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, Georgia Tech (starting Fall 2016)
    Project: Development of Microhammer Device, collaboration with Prof. Kimberly Turner


    Dennis Huang

    Dennis Huang, Undergraduate Intern

    BioEngineering Major, University of Pennsylvania; Intern in the MRL FLAM summer program
    Project: Design biomimetic cellular cargos, in collaboration with Prof. Otger Campas

    Juan Ramirez

    Juan Ramirez, Undergraduate Student

    Mechanical Engineering
    Project: Design support


    Former Lab Members Current Coordinates
    Ben Lopez NRI/MCDB Microscopy Facility Director, UCSB
    Ken Desmond Research Scientist, ExxonMobil, Annandale, NJ
    Jun Lin Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Physics and HHMI, Cornell University
    Yali YangNanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Nick Zacchia Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia
    Dezhi YuHong Kong
    Veronica Pessino Biophysics Graduate Program (iPQB), University of California, San Francisco
    Erin Watson Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program, Stanford University
    Jackie Ohmura BioEngineering Ph.D. Program, M.I.T.
    Steve Kuei Chemical and Biological Engineering Ph.D. Program, Rice University
    Margaret Merritt Assistant Brand Manager, Proctor & Gamble

    Valentine Laboratory, California NanoSystems Institute, Room 2404, Elings Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106; 805-893-2594.