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Principal Investigator

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Sebastián L. Vega, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Henry M. Rowan Department of Biomedical Engineering

Rowan-Virtua School of Translational Biomedical Engineering & Sciences

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Trainee, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

  • Ph.D., Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2014

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006

  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006

CV (July 2023)

Postdocs & Graduate Students

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Stacy Love, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D., Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University, 2022

  • B.S., Biology, Rutgers University, 2018

  • Hometown: Deptford, NJ

  • Interests: horseback riding, hiking, cats, reading, and art

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Umu Jalloh

  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Arizona State University, 2021

  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2020

  • Hometown: Freetown, Sierra Leone

  • Interests: movies, listening to music, and exploring new places

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Matthias Recktenwald

  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University 2019

  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2019

  • Hometown: Media, PA

  • Interests: running, cooking, playing basketball, traveling, Philadelphia sports

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Daniel Ball

  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rowan University, 2022

  • A.S., Engineering Science, Camden County College, 2020

  • Hometown: Pennsauken, NJ

  • Interests: playing guitar, video games, hiking, and watching football

Undergraduate Students

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Abigail McSweeny

  • Hometown: Burlington, NJ

  • Interests: baking, photography, music, and books

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James MacAulay

  • Hometown: Old Bridge, NJ

  • Interests: drawing, gardening, video games, and learning languages

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Arielle Gsell

  • Hometown: Westville, NJ

  • Interests: gardening, baking, and painting

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Aryanna Copling

  • Hometown: Pennsauken, NJ

  • Interests: painting, listening to music, and traveling

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Tulika Khanna

  • Hometown: Williamstown, NJ

  • Interests: cooking, dancing, reading, and swimming

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Marissa Pestritto

  • Hometown: Sewell, NJ

  • Interests: volleyball, painting, playing piano, singing, and outdoor activities

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Raaha Kumaresan

  • Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ

  • Interests: volunteering, listening to music, and learning languages

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Josh de Guzman

  • Hometown: Deptford, NJ 

  • Interests: swimming, thrifting, Survivor on CBS, music

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Mackenzie Sozio

  • Hometown: Washington Township, NJ

  • Interests: running, music, reading, and baking

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Tyler Torres

  • Hometown: Woolwich, NJ

  • Interests: lifting, football, and listening to music

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Hayley Jankowski

  • Hometown: Barnegat, NJ 

  • Interests: sports, hiking, movies, and research

Lab Alumni

Graduate Students & Medical Fellows

  • Anna Stevens, M.D., Summer 2022 to Summer 2023. Next position: General Surgery resident at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU)

  • Kirstene Gultian, Ph.D., Fall 2018 to Fall 2022. Next position: Senior Scientist at GSK

  • Mehdi Benmassaoud, Ph.D., Fall 2018 to Fall 2022. Next position: Postdoc at Temple University

  • Matt Lowe, M.S., Fall 2019 to Fall 2022.

  • Sarah Furman, M.S., Fall 2018 to Spring 2021. Next position: Scientist at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

  • Matt DiCerbo, M.S., Fall 2018 to Spring 2021. Next position: Quality Engineer at In Vitro Diagnostic Solutions

Undergraduate Students

  • Shrey Dalwadi, Fall 2020 to Spring 2023. Next position: Medical student at CMSRU

  • Kayla DeCesari, Spring 2021 to Fall 2022. Next position: Validation Field Specialist at Bioquell

  • Abby Madden, Spring 2021 to Summer 2022.

  • Katie Driscoll, Fall 2018 to Spring 2022. Goldwater Scholar. Next position: Medical student at University of Maryland School of Medicine

  • Gatha Adhikari, Fall 2019 to Spring 2021. Next position: Graduate student at University of Maryland

  • Roshni Gandhi, Fall 2019 to Spring 2021. Next position: Medical student at CMSRU

  • Khushi Sarin, Fall 2019 to Spring 2021. Next position: CareerPath Analyst at Optimum Healthcare IT

  • Sebastian Naranjo, Fall 2018 to Spring 2020. Next position: Graduate student at Boston University

  • Antonio Quinones, Summer 2019 (NSF REU Program)

High School Students

  • Maya Butani, Fall 2019 to Summer 2022. Next position: Undergraduate at Princeton University

  • Gavi Melman, Summer 2022 (RISER Program). Next position: Undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University

  • Jillian Smith, Summer 2022 (RISER Program). Next position: Undergraduate at Barnard College

  • Roshan Patel, Summer 2019 (RISER Program). Next position: BS/MD Program at The College of New Jersey

  • Matthew Rondinella, Summer 2019 (RISER Program). Next position: Undergraduate at Georgia Tech

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