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Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Bioadhesion

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  • Megan T. Valentine

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



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


    Jaejun Lee
    Jaejun Lee
    Postdoctoral Scholar
    Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
    Project: Developing materials that convert light energy into mechanical work



    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235

    Aimal Khankhel

    Aimal Khankhel

    Biomolecular Science and Engineering Graduate Program, Ph.D. Student  
    Project: Mechanical signals in tissue development and maintenance


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1235

    Marcela Areyano

    Marcela Areyano

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Student 
    Project: Mechanics and manufacturing of mussel-inspired adhesive structures


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 1227

    Luke Gockowski

    Luke Gockowski

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Student 
    Project: Novel uses of additive manufacturing to create bio-inspired materials


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 2223

    Younghoon Kwon

    Younghoon Kwon

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Student 
    Project: Vascular Mechanics


    Office: Elings Hall/CNSI, Room 2219

    Justin Bernstein

    Justin Bernstein

    Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry, College of Creative Studies (CCS) 
    Project: Structural properties of mussel byssal materials
    CCS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship


    Dane Brouwer

    Dane Brouwer

    Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering 
    Project: Design optimization of multiphase mussel-inspired materials
    Future Leaders in Advanced Materials (FLAM) program, Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)

    Emma Filippidi

    Emma Filippidi
    UCSB Affliate
    Ph.D., Physics, New York University, 2014
    Postdoctoral Scholar & Otis Williams Fellow, UCSB 2014-2018
    Expertise: Biomaterials design and characterization



    Donna M. Mancusi

    Donna M. Mancusi
    Former Lab Manager





    Former Lab Members Current Coordinates
    Donna M. Mancusi Materials Research Laboratory, UCSB
    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 YangMD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX
    Bugra KaytanliIntegration Engineer, Intel
    Menaka WilhelmScience Writer, WIRED Magazine and NPR
    Nick Zacchia Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Ph.D. Program, University of British Columbia
    Dezhi YuHong Kong
    Charlotta LorenzDepartment of Physics Ph.D. Program, University of Gottingen
    Veronica Pessino Biophysics Graduate Program (iPQB), University of California, San Francisco
    Erin Watson Software Engineering, Oculus VR
    Jackie Ohmura BioEngineering Ph.D. Program, M.I.T.
    Steve Kuei Chemical and Biological Engineering Ph.D. Program, Rice University
    Margaret Merritt Associate Brand Manager, Unilever
















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