Beth L. Pruitt

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of BioMolecular Science and Engineering
Director, Center for Bioengineering University of California, Santa Barbara
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


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