Prof. Jamal Lewis
Jamal Lewis is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Prior to his professorship, Dr. Lewis was Senior Scientist at OneVax, LLC and a Post Doctoral Associate in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, where he also received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2012. Dr. Lewis completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University in 2004, and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from North Carolina State University. His research, educational and entrepreneurial efforts have been supported by the NIH. His honors and awards include the prestigious NIH Early Stage Investigator MIRA and Regenerative Medicine Workshop Young Faculty Award.
Melissa is a postdoctoral researcher in Lewis Lab. She completed her undergraduate degree in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. Then she did a PhD in Biomedical Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Carlos Rinaldi and Dr. Jon Dobson at the University of Florida. Her research was focused on developing a clinically translatable magnetic nanoparticle system for gene transfection. As a PhD student Melissa was a recipient of Robert T. Pittman Fellowship from the Institute for Cell and Tissue Science and Engineering at the University, and completed a certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship. During this time she also co-founded and presided PResente Corp., a non-profit organization that drew together $100,000 worth of efforts from cities in Florida, Georgia, and California to send relief to Puerto Rico after hurricane María hit the island. She is now back to the bench developing a universal microparticle system as an effective prophylactic vaccine. When she is not trying to save the world, Melissa is either cooking, hiking, traveling or dancing.
Rapeepat Sangsuwan Postdoctoral Scholar
Rapeepat Sangsuwan received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Silpakorn University, Thailand in 2011, and worked in the laboratory of Dr. Nantanit Wanichacheva. There, she studied fluorescence-based sensors for mercury ion detections in water. Shen then joined Dr. Prasat Kittakoop’s group at Chulabhorn Graduate Institute, Thailand in 2011 and worked on organocatalysts for the synthesis of coumarins and chromenes. In 2013, she finished her master’s degree in Chemical Biology and moved to California, where she worked as a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Matthew B. Francis at University of California, Berkeley. At UCB, her research focused on using bioconjugations for protein detection, intracellular delivery, and a study of protein conformational change. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2018, she moved to the Lewis lab at UC Davis where she now works as a postdoctoral fellow. Her current research interests include the study of immunosuppressive effects of lactic acid on immune cells and the application of drug-encapsulated microparticles for the treatment of diseases.
Riley is a fourth year Ph.D student in Biomedical Engineering. After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from UC Santa Barbara, Riley worked at a molecular pathology company in Santa Barbara for a year. Riley is a member of the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology. His current research involves determining the immunogenicity of poly lactic-co-glycolic acid and modulating dendritic cells for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Riley has received numerous accolades, including the Society for Biomaterials poster award, STAR honorable mention, and most recently the prestigious T32 Animal Models of Infectious Diseases Fellowship. In his spare time, Riley enjoys spending time at the beach, playing guitar, and hiking.
Noah Pacifici is a second year Ph.D. student and an NSF GRFP fellow in Biomedical Engineering and a member of the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology program. Before coming to UC Davis, Noah received his B.S. in Biological Engineering from Cornell University where he researched biomaterials to treat osteoarthritis. His current research focuses on developing a targeted microparticle vaccine that utilizes vomocytosis, a Cryptococcus phagocyte-escape mechanism. Outside of the lab, Noah regularly tutors students at Woodland High School in math and science. In his free time, Noah enjoys playing jazz guitar, going on hikes, and cooking new foods.
Luke McKibbin is a fifth year biomedical engineering major at UC Davis from Huntington Beach, California. His emphasis is in Cell and Tissue Engineering and he is minoring in Computer Science. His hobbies include reading, listening to music, and exploring Northern California. After graduating, he plans to pursue a career in industry for a few years before continuing his studies in a graduate program.
Amir Bolandparvaz is a fourth-year Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate, also a member of the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology, at UC Davis with an entrepreneurial drive in multidisciplinary and translational research to improve human health. His research focuses on designing an epitope-functionalized iron oxide nanoparticle (NP) system as a biomagnetic-trap for collecting disease propagating MAR autoantibodies. Amir received his Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering- Biotechnology at UC San Diego and has numerous internship and work experiences, including Genentech and Life Technologies. Amir was recently awarded the year-long prestigious Business Development Fellowship, recognized as an Anpac BioInnovation and Entrepreneurship scholar, and received the UC Systemwide Bioengineering conference Rapid-fire talk award. Further, he is interested in a career at the intersection of entrepreneurship, business development, and project management. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and basketball as well as playing the violin.
Rian Harriman is a second year Ph.D. student in Immunology and is a member of the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology program. After receiving his B.S in Microbiology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Rian worked at the biotech company Crystal Bioscience where he identified and isolated monoclonal antibodies to clinically significant targets. In addition, he assisted in Crystal’s milestone accomplishment of creating the world’s first transgenic chicken capable of producing fully human antibodies. His current research focuses on designing tolerance-inducing vaccine platforms consisting of microparticles composed of bacteria-derived polysaccharides. In his spare time, Rian enjoys playing basketball, eating adventurous foods, and camping.
Jasmeen Saini is a senior biomedical engineering major at UC Davis from Folsom, California. She is interested in cell and tissue engineering and biotechnology. Outside of lab and school, Jasmeen spends her time tutoring younger students in math, physics, and English. She enjoys spending any spare time with friends and family.
Bahieh Noorafkan is a fifth-year NPB major at UC Davis with an emphasis in Neuroscience. She is a transfer student from Cupertino, California. After graduating, she has the plan to continue pursuing her education in health and medical-related field. She loves nature and her hobbies are outdoor rock climbing and hiking. She also loves animals and has two kittens".
Yuming Xiang is a second-year biomedical engineering major from China. Her emphasis is in Cell and Tissue Engineering. She is planning on a double major in Chemical Engineering. Her hobbies: writing and travelling. She plans to engage in international medical business after graduation.
Kenneth Alvarez is currently a fourth year Biomedical Engineer major from Los Angeles, California. He is currently interested in Biomechanics, and Medical Devices. When he is not in the lab he is working as a tutor for students in Woodland High. And in his spare time you'll find him playing soccer at Dairy field. Kenneth hopes to improve current prosthetic technology in the future.
Zexi Zang is a fifth-year biomedical engineering major at UC Davis from Beijing, China. He is a pre-medical student aspiring to become a physician and is interested in immunoengineering. Apart from his studies, Zexi enjoys volunteering at Imani Clinic. You can also find him hanging out with friends and traveling.
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