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Lab Members

Undergraduate Researchers

ALUMNI

Principal Investigator

Next Position

Carlow University

Astra Zeneca

Merck



Moderna Therapeutics

Translate Bio

Verve Therapeutics

Nitto Biopharma

Postdoc - MIT - Hammond Lab

Postdoc - Whitehead Lab



Ph.D. @ Arizona State

MedImmune, Inc.

Ph.D. @ UI Chicago

Ph.D. @ UI Chicago

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Ph.D. @ UConn

Ph.D. @ Univ. of Pittsburgh


Ph.D. @ Northeastern Univ.

Ph.D. @ Notre Dame

Sarepta Therapeutics

WuXi Biologics

Ph.D. @ Lehigh University




Ph.D. @ UC Santa Barbara



Shire

M.D. @ Tufts University



Eli Lilly and Company

D.V.M. @ Colorado State

Proctor & Gamble

NIH Post-bac Program


NIH Post-bac Program

Tenure

2017-2019

2017 - 2020

2019 - 2020



2012 - 2017

2013 - 2018

2013 - 2018

2014 - 2019

2014 - 2019

2015 - 2020



2012 - 2014

2012 - 2014

2013 - 2014

2013 - 2015

2014 - 2015

2014 - 2016

2015 - 2017

2015 - 2017

2017 - 2018

2017 - 2018

2018 - 2019

2018 - 2019

2018 - 2019

2018 - 2020



2014 - 2015

Summer 2015

Summer 2015

2014 - 2017

2014 - 2017

Summer 2017

2016 - 2017

2015 - 2018

2016 - 2018

2015 - 2018

2015 - 2018

2015 - 2019

2016 - 2019

2019

2019 - 2020

2019 - 2020

Postdocs

Ryan Weiss

Kristina Friis

John Gleeson


Ph.D. Students

Christopher Knapp

Rebecca Ball

Lisa Kasiewicz

Khalid Hajj

Nick Lamson

Katherine Fein


M.S. Students

Penghong Guo

Gabrielle Cusimano

Chang Liu

Daniel Lee

Kanika Suri

Jia He

Ya-Wen Cheng

Yan Zhang

Chinedu Okorafor

Sijie Xian

Kyle Cochran

Shena Marshall

Shiv Rekhi

Chenmin Ni


Undergraduates

George Degen

Lucine Gabriel

Sevahn Vorperian

Vishal Ahuja

Anna Zhang

Emily (Emma) Parks

Kye Stapleton-Gray

Palak Bajaj

Sarah Deluty

Himali Ranade

Shridhar Singh

Adrian Berger

Jamie Vizelman

Benjamin Pavlat

Natasha Shukla

Bryce Yeazell

Department

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ChE

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ChE

BME

ChE

BME

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BME

ChE

ChE

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BME



ChE

Chemistry - MIT

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

Chem / Neuro

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

Chemistry

Class of

2022

2022

2022

2021

2021

2023

2022

2022



Swathi Damodaran

Douglas Gearhart

Mia Hartman

James Kirkby

Pooja Pandya

Roshan Paul

Ashley Shu

Lily Wang


Department

ChE / BME

MSE

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

Chem

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME


Joined

Summer 2020

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Summer 2019

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Summer 2020


December 2018. Back row: Chenmin Ni, Daria Strelkova, Mariah Arral, Namit Chaudhary, Nick Lamson, Sijie Xian, and Kathy Fein. Front Row:  Ryan Weiss, Katie Whitehead, Kyle Cochran, Rose Doerfler, and Khalid Hajj. Data not shown: Kristina Friis, Chinedu Okorafor.

Rose Doerfler

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Chemical Engineering - The University of Notre Dame, 2016

B.A. Chinese Language - Notre Dame University, 2016


A Pittsburgh native, Rose completed a Fulbright fellowship in Taiwan following graduation from Notre Dame. In Taiwan, she built microfluidic devices to detect genetically modified crops. At CMU, she is pioneering the group's study of breast milk cells as vehicles for drug delivery. Outside of lab, Rose likes the outdoors and exercise.

Postdoctoral Associates

Daria Strelkova

Department of Biomedical Engineering

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B.S. Biology (Honors) - Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2016


Daria was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, and recently moved with her family to U.S. Her undergraduate research focused on viruses and the molecular adsorption mechanisms of a short tailed N4-like bacteriophage. Her Ph.D. research focuses on delivery of mRNA to stem cells. In her free time, Daria enjoys running, yoga, and reading fantasy and science fiction.

Namit Chaudhary

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.Tech. Chemical Engineering - IIT Madras, 2015

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering - IIT Madras, 2015


Originally from Gwalior, India, Namit completed a B.S. and M.S. before developing Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients at the pharmaceutical company, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. At CMU, he is studying the immune response to lipid nanoparticles. In his free time, Namit enjoys reading, music, and photography.

Jilian Melamed

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Biomedical Engineering - Rutgers University, 2013

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering - University of Delaware, 2018


Born & raised at the Jersey Shore, Jilian developed gold-polymer nanoparticles for siRNA delivery & studied Hedgehog signaling as a Ph.D. student with Emily Day. She now studies lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery. Outside of science, she enjoys baking, playing music, and Harry Potter.

Mariah Arral

Department of Chemical Engineering

NSF Graduate Fellow

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B.S. Chemical Engineering - Univ. of New Hampshire, 2018


Mariah hails from New England & developed an interest in drug delivery during an undergeraduate research experience in which she studied bacterial biofilms. At CMU, she is developing novel RNA delivery systems. In her free time, Mariah enjoys watching sports, reading, and cooking.

Sam LoPresti

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Biomedical Engineering - University of Rochester, 2012

Ph.D. Bioengineering - University of Pittsburgh, 2018


Born and raised in Western New York, Sam's Ph.D. focused on the effects of aging upon the host response to extracellular matrix biomaterials. At CMU, he is designing mRNA delivery strategies to the gut. In his free time, Sam enjoys running, watching football and hockey, and cooking.

Prof. Kathryn A. Whitehead

Associate Professor & Dean's Early Career Fellow

Department of Chemical Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering

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H.B.Ch.E. - University of Delaware, 2002

Ph.D. - University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007

Postdoctoral Fellow - MIT, 2008 - 2012



More about Prof. Whitehead

Staff

Trish Hredzak-Showalter

Lab Manager

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.A. Chemistry - Chatham University, 2007

M.S. Chemistry - Tufts University, 2010


Trish returned to Pittsburgh following graduate school and work at The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, SPI Pharma, & Carnegie Science Center. She was the lab manager for the Biology UG teaching labs at CMU before her current position. When not preoccupied with work and/or chasing children, Trish can be found exploring the outdoors and serving on her borough's Parks and Recreation Board.


Ph.D. Students

Alexandra Newby

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Chem Eng + Eng & Public Policy - Carnegie Mellon, 2016

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon, 2019


Originally from Pittsburgh, Alex brings a wealth of experience from Procter & Gamble and her prior research at CMU on topics like desalination and waste water optimization. She returned to ChemE to pursue her goal of a Ph.D. and is studying the permeation modulating effects of fruits and natural products. When not immersed in lab work, she likes to bake, play the piano, and travel.

Katherine Fein

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Chemical Engineering - Cornell University, 2015

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University, 2020


Kathy became involved in drug delivery and endosomal escape research during her undergrad at Cornell. Her Ph.D. research in the Whitehead Lab focused on intestinal permeation enhancers for oral protein delivery. She is excited to stay on for a postdoc investigating the influence of breast milk cells on the infant gut.  Kathy also enjoys reading, knitting, and horseback riding.