University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
http://www.umn.edu/
612-625-5000

David Odde Laboratory

Patrick Bangasser
Junior, Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
banga017@umn.edu
Research interests: I am investigating the effects of microtubule-targeting agents on U251 glioma cell traction force. I hope this research will lead to a better understanding of how microtubules facilitate cell traction by interacting with the motor-clutch system.

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Brooke Braman
Junior, Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
brama025@umn.edu
Research interests: I am working to characterize the in vivo proliferation of glioblastoma subtypes using bioluminescent imaging and statistical moment series analysis.

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Former Lab Members

Completed Postdoctoral Fellowships
Bruce Gao, Ph.D. University of Miami, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
2000-2003.
Currently Associate Professor (Tenured), Dept. of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
ZGAO@clemson.edu

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Theodore Tower, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
2001-2002.
Currently Technical Leader at Kimberly-Clark, Neenah, WI.
tedtower1@yahoo.com

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Erkan Tüzel, Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
2007-2009.
Currently Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Dept. of Physics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.
etuzel@WPI.EDU

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Brannon McCullough, Ph.D. Yale University, Dept. of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
2012-2015.
Currently Lecturer, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
mccullou@umn.edu

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Completed Ph.D. Degrees
Joseph Fass
Thesis Title: “Investigation of neurite initiation and elongation for neural network engineering applications”
Program: Chemical Engineering, 2003
Currently Bioinformatics Programmer / Analyst, UC Davis Genome Center, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA.
joseph.fass@gmail.com

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Yaakov Nahmias
Thesis Title: “Laser-guided direct writing for three-dimensional tissue engineering analysis and application of radiation forces”
Program: Biomedical Engineering, 2004
Currently Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem, Israel.
ynahmias@cs.huji.ac.il

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Mauris DeSilva
Thesis Title: “Investigation of micropatterning and micromechanical forces towards engineering neural networks with defined connectivity”
Program: Materials Science and Engineering, 2005
Currently Research Scientist, Naval Medical Research Unit, San Antonio, TX.
mauris.desilva@amedd.army.mil

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Andrew Bicek
Thesis Title: “Origin and consequences of microtubule bending in living cells”
Program: Biomedical Engineering, 2007
Currently Senior R&D Engineer, Boston Scientific, Inc., Maple Grove, MN.
Andrew.Bicek@bsci.com

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Melissa Gardner
Thesis Title: “Modeling and analysis of microtubule-mediated chromosome transport during mitosis”
Program: Biomedical Engineering, 2008
Currently Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Genetics, Cell Biology, & Development Dept., University of Minnesota.
klei0091@umn.edu

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Clarence Chan
Thesis Title: “Cellular adhesion dynamics: investigation of molecular clutch attachment and force transmission”
Program: Biomedical Engineering, 2008
Currently Principal Systems Engineer, Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, CA.
chan0659@umn.edu

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Dominique Seetapun
Thesis Title: “Microtubule dynamics and neuronal polarity establishment during neurite initiation”
Program: Biomedical Engineering, 2011
Currently Senior R&D Scientist, Miromatrix Medical, Eden Prairie, MN.
seet0007@umn.edu

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Brian Castle
Thesis Title: “Multiscale modeling and analysis of microtubule self-assembly dynamics”
Program: Biomedical Engineering, 2014
Currently Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
cast0189@umn.edu

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Benjamin Bangasser
Thesis Title: “Optimality in the nanomechanics of cell migration and adhesion”
Program: Chemical Engineering, 2014
Currently Engineer III, Valspar Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
bang0078@umn.edu

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Rebecca Markovitz (Klank)
Thesis Title: “Physical determinants of glioma cell migration and disease progression”
Program: Biomedical Engineering, 2015
klan0038@umn.edu

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Emily Tubman
Thesis Title: “Modeling and analysis of chromosome attachment error correction and congression during mitosis”
Program: Biomedical Engineering, 2016
Currently Program Manager - Scientific Affairs, Boston Scientific, Minneapolis, MN
tubma006@umn.edu

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Completed Master of Science Degrees
Joseph Powers
Thesis Title: "The predicted role of stereospecificity in crowding-mediated effects on reversible biomolecular association"
B.S. Physics, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 2012
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2012
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2013
Currently attends the University of Washington.
powersjd@washington.edu

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Khoa Cao
Thesis Title: "Estimating mechanical differences between dorsal and ventral surfaces of U251 cells"
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2015
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2016
caoxx335@umn.edu

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Former Laboratory Staff
Andrew Gardeck
B.A. Physiology, University of Minnesota, 2014
Currently Researcher II, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
garde046@umn.edu

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Completed Bachelor of Science Degrees
Jesse Kasim
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2016
Currently attends the University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI.
kasim005@umn.edu

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Matthew Hunt
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2016
Currently working in Research & Development at Boston Scientific.
huntx203@umn.edu

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Divya Palanisamy
B.S. Neuroscience & Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 2015
Currently participating in Teach For America Corps.
pala0099@umn.edu

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Stephanie Vogeli
B.S. Biology, University of Minnesota, 2015
Currently attends Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Hempstead, NY.
vogel284@umn.edu

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Shan Zhong
B.S. Biology, University of Minnesota, 2014
Currently attends University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN.
zhong100@umn.edu

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Kelsey McCoy
B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2014
Currently attends Columbia University, New York, NY.
mccoy211@umn.edu

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Benjamin Schlichtmann
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2014
Currently Research Technician, Miromatrix Medical, Eden Prairie, MN.
schli161@umn.edu

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Alistair McIntyre
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2013
Currently attends the University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.
amcintyr@eng.ucsd.edu

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Benjamin Fuller
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2013
Currently attends the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison, WI.
bfuller2@wisc.edu

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Aaron Lomicka
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2013
Currently Design Assurance Engineer, Boston Scientific, Maple Grove, MN.
lomic005@umn.edu

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Jordan Bernens
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2012
Currently attends the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Lewisburg, WV.
berne041@umn.edu

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Kwaku Opoku
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2009
B.A. Applied Science, Concordia College, Moorehead, MN
Currently attends the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
opokuk@u.washington.edu

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Allison Claas
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2011
Currently attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
aclaas@mit.edu

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Thomas Hoelkinger
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2012
Currently Engineer at Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN.
hoelk005@umn.edu

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Former High School students
Nathan Hinson
Currently Attends Duke University, Durham, NC.
nathan.hinson@duke.edu

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