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Principal Investigator


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 (Mar. 2023)

Postdoc/Medical Fellows & Graduate Students


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


Anna Stevens, M.D.

  • M.D., University of South Alabama

  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Alabama

  • Hometown: Walton, KY

  • Interests: group fitness classes, college football, exploring the Philly food scene


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


Mahsa Khodabakhshmajd

  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Tehran Politechnic, 2022

  • Hometown: Tehran, Iran

  • Interests: movies, swimming, basketball


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


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


Shrey Dalwadi

  • Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

  • Interests: playing music, football, and hiking


James MacAulay

  • Hometown: Old Bridge, NJ

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


Marissa Pestritto

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Tyler Torres

  • Hometown: Woolwich, NJ

  • Interests: lifting, football, and listening to music


Abigail McSweeny

  • Hometown: Burlington, NJ

  • Interests: baking, photography, music, and books


Aryanna Copling

  • Hometown: Pennsauken, NJ

  • Interests: painting, listening to music, and traveling


Josh de Guzman

  • Hometown: Deptford, NJ 

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


Hayley Jankowski

  • Hometown: Barnegat, NJ 

  • Interests: sports, hiking, movies, and research


Arielle Gsell

  • Hometown: Westville, NJ

  • Interests: gardening, baking, and painting


Tulika Khanna

  • Hometown: Williamstown, NJ

  • Interests: cooking, dancing, reading, and swimming


Raaha Kumaresan

  • Hometown: Robbinsville, NJ

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


Mackenzie Sozio

  • Hometown: Washington Township, NJ

  • Interests: running, music, reading, and baking

Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

  • 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

  • Kayla DeCesari, Spring 2021 to Fall 2022.

  • Abby Madden, Spring 2021 to Summer 2022.

  • Katie Driscoll, Fall 2018 to Spring 2022. Goldwater Scholar.

  • 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 Cooper Medical School

  • 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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