ACABI Researchers

Kaitlyn Amman

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering.  I received my BS in Biomedical Engineering at University of Arizona with an emphasis in Biomaterials and a minor in Mathematics.  I have previously published research on migration and proliferation of vascular cells.  I am currently researching the effects of direct current electric fields on the migration of vascular cells (galvanotaxis) as well as the effects of processing degradable polymer films on the behavior of vascular cells.  After my PhD, I would like to continue research and development of medical devices in the cardiovascular field in industry.

Yana Roka Moiia

Yana Roka Moiia, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate I. I have earned my PhD in Biochemistry at Palladin Biochemistry Institute, Kiev, Ukraine. According to the results of my work, I have published 15 articles, received 2 patents for invention and taken part at 29 international congresses & conferences. My research goals are focused towards understanding the molecular basis of regulatory interactions between platelets and plasminogen activation system as well as their relationships with tumor cells. Influence of heparin anticoagulant drugs on platelet functions is the topic of my further studying. I sincerely believe that our team findings will be used to develop new generation of antiplatelet drugs and modern strategies of local thrombolytic therapy.​​  

Alice Sweedo

"I am a third year PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering, investigating ways to inhibit mechanically-induced platelet activation. In the future I would like to continue conducting research for the public good, possibly in a national lab. "

Marcus Hutchinson

I am currently a first year medical student at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Tucson. I completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona in Molecular and Cellular Biology and have worked in the lab since 2012. My research interests include testing novel therapies for thrombosis as well as advancing knowledge of platelet properties.  My goals include providing high quality, compassionate clinical care to my patients while continuing to advance medical science.

Daniel Palomares

Naing Bajaj

I graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s in Biochemistry. In addition to assisting with a broad spectrum of basic and translational studies, my project is mainly focused on modulating platelet activation and aggregation using mechanoceuticals. My goal is to pursue medicine and promote for the advancement of research linked to clinical care. My future goals are to advance medical science and provide compassionate clinical care to my patients.

Maxwell Li

I am a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Arizona obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis on Biomaterials. My projects in Dr. Slepian’s lab include working on non-injury vs. injury migration assays of smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells, studying the effects of various surface topographies of processed PCL films on cardiovascular cells and platelets, and developing an optimal, FDA-approved helminthic therapy delivery system for the novel treatment of auto-immune disorders. In the future, I hope to attend medical school to become a research physician.

Emily Evans

I am a fourth year undergraduate student in the biomedical engineering program at the University of Arizona. I am seeking my Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering with an emphasis on biomechanics. In addition to my engineering courses, I also study Spanish and Italian as language minors. I work in Dr. Slepian's lab as part of a team developing a method of helminth therapy administration as a novel treatment for common autoimmune and allergic disorders. I will further my education and obtain my Master's degree in biomedical engineering following graduation and I hope to continue to implement both my engineering and language skills to participate in the global effort to improve human health.

Jacob Garlant

I am a fourth year undergraduate student in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona. I am in the process of obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in BioMechanics and minors in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish. In Dr. Slepian's lab, my project consists of working with wireless motion detection skin conformal stamps to create novel solutions to problems regarding movement of the body in today's society. In the future, I hope to further my education with a Masters in Science degree of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Eventually, I would like to take my knowledge and training to underserved Spanish-speaking countries to provide healthcare to underprivileged populations.  

Stephanie Zawada

I am currently an Electrical & Computer Engineering M.S. student at the University of Arizona where my research broadly examines the technical development and clinical use of emerging technologies, infrastructures that support the dissemination of biomedical research information, and hospitals as sites of innovation. I am passionate about the intersection of patient rights, intellectual property, and the merger of the Internet of Things with disease care modeling.

Annalisa Dimasi

I'm a third year PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. I am currently a visiting researcher at the University of Arizona. I'm working on developing novel microfluidic devices for emulating mechancial circulatory support device shear-induced platelet activation. Such platforms can be used to test anti-platelet drug efficacy under realistic shear conditions.

Martio Harris

I am a 1st year undergraduate student that plans on majoring in Business Management. I am currently in the process of recieving a bachelor's degree in business and I work as an intern for John Jackson in Dr. Slepian's lab. My work consist of finding contacts for potential collaborators as well as an updater for the ACABI website. In the future, I plan to double major in Business Management and Spanish.