Alisa Clyne Alisa Morss Clyne, Principal Investigator
Dr. Clyne earned her BS in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, and her PhD in Mechanical and Medical Engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She is currently the P.C. Chou Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with a courtesy appointment in Biomedical Engineering. When not in the lab, Dr. Clyne can be found walking her dog or playing volleyball.
Danni Dannielle Solomon Figueroa, PhD candidate
Danni earned her BS in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering studying the effects of hyperglycemia on endothelial cell response to strain and extracellular matrix signaling. She is the president of the Drexel Biomedical Grad Association and a Drexel NSF IGERT fellow. Originally from FL, Danni enjoys anything related to the beach and bad reality TV.
Justin Justin Mathew, PhD candidate
Justin earned his BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics and Human Performance from Drexel University. He is currently a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering. Justin’s research is focused on angiogenesis on native and glycated collagen substrates, in particular the role of uPA (an activator) and PAI-1 (an inhibitor). He hopes to eventually become a professor and share his knowledge with future generations. Justin enjoys football and basketball and is always looking for other sports to compete in.
Rebecca Urbano, PhD candidate
Becky earned her BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering. Becky's research focuses on the development of a dielectrophoretic device for measuring endothelial cell stiffness. In her spare time, Becky enjoys cooking, practicing yoga and spending time with friends and family.
Adam Adam Canver , MD/PhD candidate
Adam earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and he is currently an MD/PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering. Adam's research focuses on the effects that mechanical forces generated by the ECM and neighboring cells have on impaired angiogenesis in chronic pathologic states, such as wound healing, diabetes mellitus, and cancer. He enjoys being a Resident Assistant for Drexel's Graduate Student Apartments, building custom computers, and watching non-laugh track TV comedies and immersive dramas.
Isabel Buckner, BS/MS candidate
Isabel is currently a BS/MS candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. Her research focuses on adhesion strength in cells in response to different integrins. She enjoys spending her free time volunteering and is the president of Drexel’s community service sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma.
  Stephanie Cicalese, undergraduate
Stephanie is currently a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering. For her third co-op, she is studying endothelial cell mechanics in Alzheimer's disease. She lives in Philadelphia and enjoys watching Philadelphia sports, shopping, and fine dining.
  Gary Tang, technician
Gary earned his BS in chemistry, with a minor in biological sciences, from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. He then earned an MS in Biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University. He is currently working on siRNA knockdown of the FGF receptor in breast cancer cells and endothelial cell function in Alzheimer's disease.


  Nisha Patel , MS 2012
Nisha earned her BS in Bioengineering from the University of Toledo and her MS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University. She studied fibroblast growth factor-2 binding kinetics in fluid flow conditions. Nisha is currently an engineer at Ben Venue Laboratories.
  Aniel Padrino, MS 2012
Aniel earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. Aniel studied cell response to substrates of varying stiffness in low and high glucose environments. He is currently an engineer at General Electric.
Lab 3 Steve Kemeny, PhD 2012
Steve earned his BS in Engineering Science and Mechanics with a focus in Biomechanics from Virginia Tech. He earned an MS in biomedical engineering and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Drexel University. Steve studied endothelial cell response to fluid flow in low and high glucose to better understand the link between heart disease and diabetes. He currently works at Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services.
Sameer Kalghatgi, PhD 2010
Sameer earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai, India. He studied mechanisms of interaction of non-thermal plasma with mammalian cells and tissues. He is currently a post-doctoral associate at Boston University.
Lab member Karl Reisig, MS 2010
Karl Reisig concurrently earned his BS and MS in biomedical engineering from Drexel. He investigated the interaction among endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and growth factor storage in the basement membrane. Karl is currently in medical school.
Kivilcim Kivilcim Buyukhatipoglu, PhD 2010
Kivilcim earned her BS and MS degrees from Mechanical Engineering Departments of Middle East Technical University (METU) and Koc University, Turkey, respectively. Her research focused on superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and their interactions with living cells and tissues for tissue engineering. She is currently works at BD Biosciences.
Lab 5 Greeshma Manomohan, MS 2009
Greeshma came to Drexel from Dubai, where she completed her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences. She earned her Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2009, doing research on a dielectrophoretic device to study the mechanical properties of endothelial cells. She currently works as a research technician at Harvard University.
Lab 2 Kavitha Rajendran, MS 2009
Kavitha holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics from Anna University, India and she earned her Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2009. She designed and built a device to study single cell mechanics using dielectrophoresis. She was born and brought up in Chennai, India. She currently works as a research technician at Harvard University.
Lab member Pak Lim, BS Mechanical Engineering 2009
Pak came to Drexel from Hong Kong. He worked in the lab as part of the Hess Honors Research program, both adapting the Lattice-Boltzmann method for drug diffusion through tissue and leading a senior design project to create a microfluidic device to measure endothelial cell permeability. Pak is currently in an applied mathematics PhD program at Boston University.