PI

Beth L. Pruitt

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of BioMolecular Science and Engineering
Director, Center for Bioengineering University of California, Santa Barbara
https://bioengineering.ucsb.edu
Program Director, NSF Research Training in Data Driven Biology: https://ddb.bioengineering.ucsb.edu
Program Director, T32 Training Program in Quantitative Mechanobiology: https://t32.bioengineering.ucsb.edu
Email: blp@ucsb.edu

Lab Manager

Postdocs

PhD Students

Orlando Chirikian

My research focuses include genome engineering, tissue engineering and disease modeling utilizing induced pluripotent stem cell (IPSC) technology.
Email: Ochirikian@ucsb.edu

Liam Dow

PhD candidate in the Biomolecular Science and Engineering program
B.S. in Bioengineering, Lehigh University '18

I design, develop, and apply microfabricated tools to study epithelial mechanobiology and cell-cell adhesions. Our findings help us understand how mechanics influence the function of epithelial cells in development, disease, and normal adult tissue function.
Email: ldow@ucsb.edu

Kerry Lane

PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering
Email: klane@engineering.ucsb.edu

Undergraduate Researchers

Noor Gill

My research centers around implementing IHC and Western Blot to investigate the effects of cancer drugs on mitophagy.
Email: ggill@ucsb.edu

Jeffrey Pham

My research investigates cardiomyocyte maturation using induced pluripotent stem cell technology and engineering techniques.
Email: jeffreyvpham@ucsb.edu

Zachary Singh

My research focuses on the role of mechanical forces in cardiac development and atrial/ventricular segregation. Specialties include stem-cell/cardiomyocyte culture and differentiation.
Email: zacharysingh@umail.ucsb.edu

Senior Researchers