We are an interdisciplinary group of scientists that are passionate about membranes.
Our research environment brings together scientists from different backgrounds – from engineering to synthetic biology to biochemistry – to explore fundamental questions about membrane biophysics and reimagine the way we design biomaterial devices.
ABOUT THE PI
Department of Biomedical Engineering
PhD University of Pennsylvania
Postdoc Harvard University and MGH
BS Rice University
Neha Kamat is an Associate Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Center of Synthetic Biology and the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute and is a preceptor with the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Graduate Program and the Molecular Biophysics Training Program.
The Kamat lab seeks to reimagine the way we engineer biomaterials for applications in medicine, environmental monitoring, and basic biology by using innovations and techniques in synthetic biology and applying them to biomaterial design.
She received a BS in Bioengineering from Rice University (Advisor: Jennifer West), a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania (Advisor: Daniel Hammer), and completed her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital (Advisor: Jack Szostak).
Eli received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where he studied microalgal taxonomy under Dr. Robert Bell. Before joining Northwestern, he worked in clinical diagnostic facilities where he conducted COVID-19 testing for U.S. congress. He is interested in designing synthetic biosensing vesicles for use in water quality testing and environmental remediation.
Carina is a postdoc and recently finished her PhD in the medical and biological physics lab of Prof. Matthias F. Schneider at the Technical University Dortmund. She received her M.Sc. and B.Sc in medical physics from the Technical University Dortmund as well. During her PhD she worked on the characterization of thermodynamical phase states within cellular and synthetic lipid-based membranes. Carina is interested in exploring the role of the physical state of membranes within cellular processes and diseases.
PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering; Biotechnology Training Program Appointee (2019-2021)
Tim is a sixth-year graduate student in Biomedical Engineering. He graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and received his M.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University. He is interested in designing vesicle-based biomaterials to control lymphocytes activity.
PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering; NSF Graduate Fellow
Taylor is a fifth-year graduate student in Biomedical Engineering. He graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University where he worked in Dr. Xue Han’s laboratory. Before joining Northwestern, Taylor served in the United States Air Force as a test engineer evaluating upgrades to F-15 aircraft. He is interested in designing natural and synthetic biosensing vesicles for regenerative medicine and immunotherapy applications.
PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering; NSF SynBAS National Research Trainee
Vivian is a fourth-year Biomedical Engineering graduate student. She received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. During her undergraduate years, Vivian was a member of the Pittsburgh iGEM (International Genetically Engineering Machine) teams and completed a research internship at the National University of Singapore. Vivian is interested in using synthetic biology to design vesicles as therapeutic platforms.
PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences; Molecular Biophysics Training Program Appointee (2021-2023)
Citlayi is a fourth-year graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences (IBiS) program. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry from San Diego State University where she worked in Dr. Tom Huxford’s structural biochemistry laboratory. She is interested in studying the biophysical properties of lipid membranes and understanding their role in membrane protein folding.
PhD candidate in Chemical and Biological Engineering; Ryan Fellow (2021-2022); NSF Graduate Fellow
Beth is a third-year Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate student. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from Northeastern University where she conducted research in the lab of Abigail Koppes and completed 3 co-ops in the biotechnology industry. She is interested in bridging the gap between natural and synthetic vesicles to design more efficient therapeutics and vaccines.
PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering; Regenerative Engineering Training Program Appointee
Mary is a third-year Biomedical Engineering graduate student. She received a B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Colorado where she worked in Dr. Andrew Goodwin’s material science group and completed a research internship with the Biosciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. She is working on encapsulating cell-free expression systems within hydrogels to design dynamic materials.
PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences; NSF SYNBAS NATIONAL RESEARCH TRAINEE
Delfin is a third-year PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences (IBiS) program. He received a B.A. in Chemistry and Linguistics (double major) from Swarthmore College before working as a research technician at the University of Pennsylvania. Delfin is interested in studying the biophysical properties of lipid membranes and understanding their role in disease.
PhD student in biomedical engineering
Chemical engineering & Music studies
Andre is currently a senior undergraduate chemical engineering and music studies student at Northwestern University. He is designing synthetic compartments that engage in encapsulated reactions based on environmental stimuli.
Undergraduate Researcher; Biomedical Engineering
Yazeed is a senior undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He is working on designing strategies to modify cellular interactions with cell derived vesicles.
Undergraduate Researcher; Biomedical Engineering
- Jan Steinkuehler – Postdoctoral researcher (2020-2022) – NEXT: Professor Bio-Inspired Computation at University of Kiel
- Justin Peruzzi – PhD (ChBE 2017-2023) – NEXT: Technology Development Scientist at AI Proteins
- Miranda Jacobs – PhD (IBiS 2016-2022) – NEXT: Protein Scientist at Teledyne FLIR
- Maggie Boyd – PhD (BME 2017-2022) – NEXT: Postdoctoral Associate at PhenoVista Biosciences
- Michael Olagbiyan – SynBREU, University of Florida, Summer 2023
- Nina Galvez – UG Researcher, 2020-2023
- Lucas Sant’Anna – UG Researcher, 2020-2023 – NEXT: PhD Student in Bioengineering at Stanford University
- Jessy Gonzalez – SynBREU, UCSB, Summer 2022
- Anna Davis – UG Researcher, 2019-2022 – NEXT: PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech
- Nora Chambers – UG Researcher, 2019-2022 – NEXT: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
- Kenneth Wang – UG Researcher, 2018-2021 – NEXT: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
- Claire Hilburger – UG Researcher, 2017-2020 – NEXT: PhD Student in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley
- Summer Duffy – UG Researcher, 2019-2020
- Jacob Brandner – REU, University of Massachusetts, Summer 2020 – NEXT: PhD student at University of Washington
- Kayla Purdy – REU, Clarkson University, Summer 2019
- David Alex Fong – UG Researcher, 2017-2019 – NEXT: MS candidate, Northwestern University
- Kamryn Lewis (Murphy Scholar) – UG Researcher, 2017-2018 – NEXT: UT Southwestern Medical School
- Poonnam Srivastava – Postdoctoral Fellow April – June 2017 – NEXT: Research Scientist, Modern Meadow