University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
http://www.umn.edu/
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David Odde Laboratory

Angela Burgess
Sophomore, Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
burg168@umn.edu
Research interests:Currently, I am researching the effect of PDMS stiffness on the migration and structure of U251 Glioma cancer cells. Through this research, I hope that the behavior of Glioma cells in response to their mechanical environment will be better understood.

Former Lab Members

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

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

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

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Andrew Bicek
“Origin and Consequences of Microtubule Bending in Living Cells,” 2007.
Program: Biomedical Engineering
Currently Senior R&D Engineer, Boston Scientific, Inc., Maple Grove, MN.
Andrew.Bicek@bsci.com

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

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

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Dominique Seetapun
“Microtubule Dynamics and Neuronal Polarity Establishment During Neurite Initiation,” 2011.
Program: Biomedical Engineering
Currently Senior R&D Scientist, Miromatrix Medical, Eden Prairie, MN.
seet0007@umn.edu

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Completed Master of Science Degrees

Joseph Powers
B.S. Physics, University of Wisonsin-La Crosse 2012
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota 2012
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota 2013
Currently attends the University of Washington.
powersjd@u.washington.edu

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Completed Bachelor of Science Degrees

Kelsey McCoy
B.S. Chemistry, University of Minnesota 2014
Currently attends Columbia University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
nathan.hinson@duke.edu

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