Group Members (old page 2)

Principal Investigator

Krystyn J. Van VlietKrystyn J. Van Vliet

Paul M. Cook Career Development Associate Professor Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Department of Biological Engineering

krystyn at mit dot edu
Ph: 617.253.3315 (e-mail preferred)
Office: 8-237

Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering (MIT, 2002)
Sc.B., Materials Science & Engineering (Brown University, 1998)

Graduate Students

Aarthy Adityan

Aarthy Adityan

MS Student, MechE

Aarthy’s research aims to implement the finite element method to predict the macroscale mechanical properties of polymer gels which can be used as tissue surrogates to mimic the mechanical response and energy dissipation characteristics of biological tissues. Tissue surrogate polymers could serve as better test materials to study the effects of ballistics on soft tissues, and to devise better armor for protecting soldiers against impact forces. In her free time, Aarthy enjoys listening to music, reading and photography.

Irene Chou Chen

Irene Chou Chen

PhD Candidate, ChemE
Co-advised by Prof. Paula Hammond, ChemE

Irene’s research focuses on the synthesis and advancement of a unique class of stimuli-responsive polymer gels that are capable of undergoing the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) self-oscillating reaction. Due to the cyclic nature of the BZ reaction, the gels exhibit periodic changes in gel size and color. Irene creates sensor applications by developing novel methods for eliciting responsive behavior in these materials. In her spare time, she enjoys running, snowboarding, and photography.

William Herbert

William Herbert

PhD Candidate, MatSci&Eng
Co-advised by Prof. Bilge Yildiz, NSE

Will looks at the relations between defect chemistry, structure and electronic properties of iron sulfide thin films. The focus is on the material’s behaviour in corrosion scales under highly aggressive oilfield conditions, but a fundamental understanding of sulfide films has implications for a wide range of applications, from electrochemical energy systems to thin-film photovoltaics. In his spare time, Will enjoys sailing, skiing and most types of sport involving a ball.

Deepak Jagannathan

Deepak Jagannathan

Graduate Student, MatSci&Eng

Did you know that the cement industry is the third largest source of industrial CO2 emissions and cities of the future may not have amazing concrete based architectures and skylines because it is unsustainable? Don’t worry, Deepak and a group of awesome people at MIT are working on developing high performance concrete that is environmentally friendly, sustainable and has a wider range of applications. Deepak studies the interplay between mechanics and chemistry of concrete using a number of experimental characterization techniques. For more information on his work, click here. When he is not saving the world with science, Deepak listens to Lady Gaga, builds his tie collection or enjoys impressionist art of the late 19th century.

Ilke Kalcioglu

Ilke Kalcioglu

PhD Candidate, MatSci&Eng

Ilke’s research is based on characterization of the multiscale mechanical
properties of soft tissues, tissue surrogate materials, hydrogels, elastomers,
and polymer nanocomposites under low and/or high loading rates. Using methods
such as atomic force microscopy and instrumented indentation, she has been
studying the structure-mechanical property relationship of soft tissues such as
liver and heart in order to design tissue surrogate gels that could recapitulate
soft tissue responses under extreme loading conditions. In her free time, she
likes to sing in an unprofessional band.

Chia-Hua Lee

Chia-Hua Lee

PhD Candidate, MS&E
Co-advised by Prof. Rohit Karnik, MechEng

Chia-Hua’s is working on developing biomimetic techniques for adhesion-based separation of cells. Chia-Hua has engineered patterned substrate for controlling cell rolling trajectories. She is currently working on biopanning to identify specific peptides for cells separation. In her spare time, Chia-Hua enjoys jogging or running.

Kwan Li

Kwan Li

Graduate Student, DMSE

Kwan’s research is on the mechanisms and effects of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of metals such as low-carbon steel which is used in large quantities in industrial applications, most relevant of which being the oil and natural gas industry in which pipelines are constantly exposed to extreme chemical conditions conducive to the growth of highly corrosive microorganisms.

Ranjani K. Paradise

Ranjani K. Paradise

PhD Candidate, Biological Eng
Co-advised by Prof. Doug Lauffenburger, BE

Ranjani’s research is focused on regulation of integrin activation and binding in the acidic extracellular pH conditions that are characteristic of the tumor and wound microenvironments. Using computational and experimental methods over length scales ranging from single atoms to whole cells, she has characterized the effect of acidic extracellular pH on the conformational changes involved in integrin activation, and has measured the consequences for cell adhesion and migration. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, eating, and reading about food.

Remi Jolibois Quinot

Remi Jolibois Quinot

Graduate Student, MatSci&Eng
Singapore-MIT Alliance in Research & Technology (BioSyM)

Remi’s research focuses on the relations between mechanical, physical and chemical properties of human mesenchymal stem cells. In his spare time, Remi enjoys skiing, ice hockey, and wine tasting.

Jessica Swallow

PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

Jessica’s research focuses on the chemomechanics of transition-metal-oxides and rare-earth-metal-oxides for solid oxide fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries.  She uses specialized nanoindentation to investigate the causes of mechanical failure in these materials, with the aim of informing the design of mechanically stable, high performance oxides for energy applications.  In her spare time, she enjoys volleyball, drawing, and foosball.

Adam Zeiger

Adam Zeiger

PhD Candidate, DMSE

Adam is currently investigating molecular-scale chemomechanics at cell-cell and cell-matrix interfaces. He hopes his research will help narrow the gap between in vitro cell culture and in vivo physiology, especially in regards to how macromolecular crowding and cell-generated mechanical cues guide angiogenesis. Adam is a new father to an adorable little boy (and future scientist).

Postdoctoral Associates

Patrick Bonnaud

Patrick Bonnaud

Ph.D., Université d’Aix-Marseille

Patrick’s PhD research mainly focused on the thermodynamics, the structure, and the
dynamics of confined water adsorbed in slit mesopores ranging from amorphous silica
systems to C-S-H systems. His current activities are focused on i) the pressure that
is transmitted to the pore wall by confined water or electrolyte under various thermodynamics conditions (temperature, pressure) and ii) the interactions between C-S-H particles as a function of the distance between them.

Romain Grossier

Romain Grossier

Ph.D., National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse

Romain Grossier’s research focuses on nucleation process in solution. His research is now particularly focussed on cementitious materials and problematics within the scope of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub. His aim is to characterize through using different techniques (optical microscopy, AFM, TEM), especially confining droplets of solution he developed in his previous postdoctoral position, the physics of dissolution and nucleation behind the hydration process of cement.

Roza Mahmoodian

Roza Mahmoodian

Ph.D., Drexel University
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Roza’s research focuses on using multiscale finite element analysis to guide the design of tissue surrogate material systems for the study and prevention of ballistic impact injuries of the Soldier. In her free time, Roza enjoys skiing, running, kayaking, rock climbing, and any other type of sporting and outdoor activity.

Abdul Salam Thelakkadan

Abdul Salam Thelakkadan

Ph.D., Department of Naval and Electrical Engineering, University
of Genova, Italy

The research activity I am involved in is to study the impact initiated exothermic alloying reactions between Ni and Al nanoparticles in their nanocomposites with polymer. The high reaction enthalpies during the alloying reaction in these reactive nanocomposites upon impact are investigated for controlling energy release processes in military/ballistic applications.

Matt Whitfield

Matt Whitfield

Ph.D., University of Washington, Department of Bioengineering

Matt uses a variety of experimental and computational techniques to probe the multiscale mechanical characteristics of cells. A main focus is on untangling the heterogeneity within adult stem cell populations. In his spare time, Matt enjoys soccer, ultimate frisbee, backpacking, and basically everything outdoors.

Research Scientists

Anna Jagielska

Anna Jagielska

Ph.D., University of Warsaw, Department of Chemistry, Poland

Anna is interested in understanding the interplay between in vivo chemomechanical environment and stem cell differentiation, with an ultimate goal of improving stem cell based therapies. She is currently focused on the role of mechanical factors in neural stem cell differentiation in the context of myelin repair in neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Anna’s past research fields include quantum mechanics (PhD) and computational biology and biophysics (postdoctoral).

John Maloney

John Maloney

PhD, Materials Science & Engineering, MIT (Van Vliet Group)

I study the chemomechanical coupling in and around attached and suspended tissue cells, most recently the intrinsic mechanical heterogeneity of cell populations. (PhD thesis, 7MB.) (Personal website.)

Staff

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Alumni/ae

Name Position in Group Last Known Affiliation
Jeremy M. Young ScM, Harvard School of Dental Medicine 2004 Private Practice
Anita Shukla NSF REU, Summer 2004 PhD student, MIT ChemE
Patrick Barragan UROP, 2004 Undergraduate, MIT
Yemisi Afere NSF REU, Summer 2005 Technician, Johns Hopkins University
Irene Tobias DMSE UROP, Summer 2005 MEng student, MIT BE
Kendall Werts DMSE UROP, Summer 2005
Doria Holbrook UROP, 2005 Undergraduate, MIT
Catherine Roberts NSF RET, Summer 2005 Somerville High School
Esther Yu NSF REU, Summer 2005
John Maloney MEng student, 2005-2006; PhD student, 2006-2012 VV Group research scientist
Mitsuo Notomi Visiting scientist, 2005-2006 Meiji University, Japan
Adam Zeiger NSF REU, Summer 2006 VV Group PhD student
Binu Oommen MS student, 2004-2006 Bose
Ted Feldman NSF REU, Summer 2006
Georgios Constantinides Postdoctoral associate, 2006-2007 University of Cyprus
Tim Lau MS student, 2005-2007 Stanford Law School
Jack Milwid MS student, 2005-2007 PhD student, MIT DMSE/HST
Dessy Nikova Postdoctoral associate, 2006-2007 Postdoctoral associate, Harvard Medical School
Catherine Tweedie PhD student, 2004-2007 McKinsey
Emilio Silva PhD student, 2004-2007
M. Todd Thompson PhD student, 2004-2008
Christopher Bruce DMSE senior thesis, 2008 Harvard Business School
James Dahlman CMSE REU, Summer 2008 PhD student, HST
Wing Yee Lau NSF REU, Summer 2008
John Oliverio Summer researcher, 2008
Joan Mao MS student, 2006-2009
Sunyoung Lee PhD student, 2003-2009
Kyle Bryson NSF REU, Summer 2009 PhD student, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
Ran Li NSF REU, Summer 2009
Sezen Buell PhD student, 2004-2010
Jennifer DeBerardinis NSF REU (BE), 2010 Universities of Sydney and Melbourne
Juan F. Rodriguez NSF REU (CMSE), 2010
Karen Stewart Postdoctoral associate, 2008-2010 GVD Corporation
Emily B. Walton PhD candidate, 2006-2011
Qing (Kitty) Ji Postdoctoral associate, 2009-2011
Fei Deng Postdoctoral associate, 2009-2011
Mukul Kabir Postdoctoral associate, 2007-2011
Meng Qu Postdoctoral associate, 2008-2011
Jon Estrada UROP (MSE), 2011 Graduate student, Brown University
Eva Cheung UROP (ChemE), 2011
Ben Hinton NSF REU (BE), Summer 2011 Undergraduate, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Jacob Wagner NSF REU (CMSE), Summer 2011 Undergraduate, Case Western Reserve University
Eric Lehnhardt NSF REU (BE), Summer 2011 Undergraduate, Arizona State University