People

Principal Investigator

Hossein Tavana, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Akron
Olson Research Center, Rm 301
260 S. Forge St., Akron, OH 44325
Office: (330) 972-6031
Cell: (734) 972-3270
Fax: (330) 374-8834
Email: tavana@uakron.edu

Graduate Students

Sunil Singh

PhD student

Email: ss502@zips.uakron.edu

Sunil received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from India. He joined the lab in September 2016. Sunil’s project involves developing immunocompetent tumor models.
Astha Lamichhane

PhD student

Email: al229@zips.uakron.edu

Astha received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Nepal. She joined the lab in September 2018. Astha’s project is to study on cancer stem cells in engineered tumor models.
Jacob Heiss

PhD student

Email: jsh98@zips.uakron.edu

Jacob received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from University of Akron. He joined the lab in September 2019. Jacob’s project is to develop 3D human triple negative breast cancer models and study tumor-stomal signaling as a therapeutic target.
Santino Palma

PhD student

Email: sdp37@zips.uakron.edu

Santino received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from University of Akron. He joined the lab in September 2019. Santino’s project is to develop a 3D model of hormone receptor positive breast cancer for drug testing and resistance studies.
Pouria Rafsanjani Nejad

PhD student

Email: pr86@zips.uakron.edu

Pouria received his BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Amirkabir University in Iran. He joined the lab in September 2019. Pouria’s project is to develop organic models to study toxicities of cancer therapeutics in normal tissues.

Undergraduate Students

Megha GuptaMadison PlasterSydnie TranJustin Putman

Alumni

Ehsan Atefi
PhD, 2015
David Petrak
MASc, 2013
Golnaz Jalalahmadi
MASc, 2013
Stephanie L. Ham
PhD, 2017
Antonio Copploe
MS, 2017
Ramila Joshi
PhD, 2018
Pradip Shahi Thakuri
PhD, 2019