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COSKUN LAB AT GEORGIA TECH SINGLE CELL BEEs.
Ahmet F. Coskun
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR [E-mail: ahmet.coskun [at] bme.gatech.edu]
Dr. Coskun is currently a Bernie-Marcus Early-Career Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Coskun directs an interdisciplinary research team at the Single Cell Biotechnology Laboratory. He is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health K25 Career Award (2018), the Burroughs Wellcome Fund CASI Award (2016), and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Research Fellowship (2015). Previously, Dr. Coskun was an Instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine, working with Prof. Garry Nolan as a faculty member at Stanford University. Dr. Coskun is an alumnus of the Ignite Entrepreneurship Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Dr. Coskun received his postdoctoral training from the California Institute of Technology with Prof. Long Cai. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, working with Prof. Aydogan Ozcan.
Thomas Hu is a first-year Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering in Georgia Tech. He completed his undergraduate degree in France and Master degree in Georgia Tech. His research interests are application of machine learning and deep learning model for bioimaging. Outside of classes, he loves workout, eating and spending time with friends.
Zhou Fang is a first year Ph.D. student in Machine Learning with the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. He earned two Bachelor’s degrees from the dual engineering degree program between Emory University and Georgia Tech, with a degree in Engineering Science, Engineering Physics track from Emory, and Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Tech. During undergraduate study at Georgia Tech, Zhou helped developing diffuse correlation spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy technologies to monitor blood flow and blood oxygenation. His research interest is application of machine learning methods in medicine for improvement of disease diagnosis, treatment planning, and monitoring. When not working, he enjoys playing badminton and fencing, cooking, and playing the guitar.
Shuangyi is currently a Ph.D. student in the Joint Biomedical Engineering Program at Georgia Tech and Emory University. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Georgia Institute of Technology. During her undergraduate study, she worked on the impact of sickle cell disease on the hemodynamics and morphology of vessels in the mouse model. She interests in using bioimaging techniques incorporated with computational analysis to study cancer signaling process and tumor microenvironment. Outside of classes, she likes to reading, dancing and spending time with friends.
Mayar is currently pursing her Ph.D. degree in the joint biomedical engineering program between Georgia Tech and Emory School of Medicine. She completed her Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering at Arizona State University. During her time at ASU, she was studying the impact of the tumor microenvironment on breast cancer progression using 3D microfluidic models. Under the supervision of Dr. Coskun, Mayar is utilizing bioimaging and biocomputation techniques to better understand the impact of the tumor microenvironment on the progression of lung cancer and pediatric leukemia. Mayar is passionate about engineering education as well as cancer-related research, and she aspires to pursue a career in academia by becoming a professor in a top research university. Mayar grow up in Cairo, Egypt and enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. Outside of lab, she spends her time perfecting new recipes, playing piano, and reading books.
Zexing Song is the first-year Master Student in Statistics Program in Georgia Tech with H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in B.S Statistics; B.S Mathematic and a Certificate of Large Data Analysis at the University of Iowa. He interests in Classical Statistical Analysis with DOE & Optimization and Data Virtualization; Also some area in Data Mining with multiple classical algorithms. Outside of classes, he loves workout, shooting, swimming and reading.
Saurabh Doodhwala is a first-year Master's Student of Operations Research in Georgia Tech with H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE). He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Surat and was awarded Gold Medal for his academic pursuits. He has 2 years of work experience in HPCL (Major Oil and Gas Industry in India). His interest lies in Statistical Machine Learning, Entrepreneurship, Optimization of Systems and Energy Sciences. Outside of classes and research, he loves to cook, play pool, swim, read and hike.
Ryan Abramowitz is a 1st year masters student in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech. They completed their Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Florida. Ryan’s research interest is synthetic biology. Outside of research, they love rock climbing and mathematics.
Mythreye Venkatesan is a first-year Masters student in Bioengineering in Georgia Tech with Electrical and Computer Engineering as the Home School. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science - Pilani, India. Mythreye's research interests are primarily bioimaging/image processing and applying machine learning in biomedical applications. Outside of classes, she loves reading books, singing and playing the melodica.
Amirtha Ganesh Pugazhendhi
GRADUATE RESEARCHER Amirtha Ganesh Pugazhendhi is a Graduate student from H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), Georgia Tech. He is majoring in Industrial Engineering (MS) and Analytics (MS). Currently, he is working on a research project titled “i-MEDICUS”, which deals with modeling and recommending multiple diseases based on multiple symptoms and cellular anomalies, using Machine Learning and Deep Learning techniques. He is also working as Graduate Teaching Assistant for CSE 6242 Data and Visual Analytics course and it is the most popular course in Georgia Tech with 1200+ student enrolment. Previously, he served as Graduate Research Assistant at Physical Internet Center, Georgia Tech. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai, India and he passed out in May 2016 with university rank #2. He has three years of working experience in R&D Ashok Leyland Ltd (Second Largest Commercial Vehicle manufacturer in India). He is passionate about Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Image Processing, and Text Processing. He wants to be a Data Scientist. Besides the coursework and research, he is interested in reading facts about the world, knowing about human Anatomy & Physiology, watching motivation videos, and listening to spiritual lectures and songs.
Jeremy Heit grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia and moved to Atlanta as a Georgia Tech freshman in 2016 and travels to Lynbrook, NY to visit family. Currently, he is a Fourth Year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology with a passion for human health. He has developed fluorescent biomarkers to study signaling pathway in V. cholerae in the school of Biological Sciences. He is interested in multiplexed single cell imaging of immune cells and engineering immune cells towards fighting cancer cells. After he receives a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in Fall 2020, he hopes to apply to medical school and pursue an M.D in oncology or immunology. Outside of classes and lab he spends his free time climbing with friends, hiking, and spending time with family
Aditi Kumar grew up in Northern California and moved to Atlanta, GA to attend Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016. She is currently a fourth year biomedical engineering student, graduating in Fall 2020. Previously, she researched under Dr. Silvia Caggia at the Clark Atlanta University to determine small molecule inhibitors to target the Gi2 protein to reduce cancer cell migration in multiple cancer pathways. She has also researched single cell suspension and learned multiple protocols. After graduation, she hopes to apply to medical school. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and spending time with her family and friends.
Medha Acharya is a third year biomedical engineering student who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was previously a part of the research team led by Dr. James Dahlman of the Dahlman Lab for Precision Therapies, Georgia Tech, to investigate novel lipid nanoparticle formulations for targeted drug delivery. She also worked with Dr. Travis Shaffer at the Gambhir Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab, Stanford University, to explore triple-reporter gene delivery in natural killer cells for improved immunotherapy response monitoring. She is interested in novel diagnostic and therapeutic interventions stemming from immune engineering. Apart from this, Medha is a dancer on Tech's premier Indian classical dance team, GT Pulse. She also enjoys event planning and is an avid board member of India Club at Georgia Tech.
Sam Henderson is currently a first year mechanical Mechanical Engineering student on the pre-med track at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and then moved to Houston, Texas, but went to boarding High School at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. After his junior year, he participated in a summer internship at the Non-Invasive Brain-Machine laboratory at the University of Houston where he investigated, which regions of the brain correlated with creativity. Sam became interested in becoming a physician after reading medical books by Atul Gawande and is volunteering at the WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. In his free time, Sam likes reading, hanging out with friends, and hiking.
Andy Borst is currently a first year undergraduate biomedical engineering student on the pre-health track at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where he attended Mountain View High School. After his junior year, Andy started volunteering at Gwinnett Medical center, which is where he developed his interest in pursuing medicine. In his free time, Andy enjoys painting, playing the guitar, and spending time with his family and friends.
Pushti Desai is currently a first year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She grew up in Pennsylvania and went to North Penn High School. Previously, Pushti was a part of the research team led by Dr. Irwin Chaiken working on determining the interaction mechanisms of HIV-1 cell entry and designing mechanisms-based HIV-1 envelope protein inactivators for AIDS prevention and treatment. She has also independently researched the estrogen-dependence for cyclical glycogenation of vaginal epithelia and presented this work at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting as well as interned at the Lansdale Pediatric and Adolescent Medical Associates and the Guardian Forensic Sciences Laboratory.
Beliz Utebay is currently a first year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She went to Robert College High School and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. Beliz was a part of Koc University Summer Research Program in the summer of her sophomore year under the Mechanical Engineering Lab, which was supervised by Prof. Dr. Ismail Lazoglu. She observed and assisted the scientific experiments on the first Turkish produced artificial heart pump and made a research about the heart pumps produced and used in the world. She also worked in Green Chemicals Inc. as a paid summer lab intern under the topic of waste water treatment.
Shivam Patel is currently a first year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is from Marietta, Georgia and went to Wheeler High School. After his junior year, Shivam participated in a summer research internship at Emory University where he investigated the effects of certain genes on cardiac growth in mice. He has also completed a research internship at Chemlink Labs where he made a model that could quantify the amount of a specific enzyme in a mixture using data from a Near Infrared Spectrometer.
Melissa Ozbeyler is currently a first year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She went to Istanbul Erkek High School and lived 17 years of her life in Istanbul. For her junior year of high school, she moved to South Florida and finished North Broward Preparatory School in coconut creek. Melissa was a part of John Hopkins University summer research program in the summer of her junior year, where she worked on DNA fingerprinting, gel electrophoresis, and extraction. She has also participated in the International Pioneer Academics Research Program focused on understanding the sense of touch through neuroscience lead by George Gescheider, emeritus professor at Hamilton College. She researched stimulation techniques and microneurography to cure congenital analgesia, a condition known as insensitivity to pain.
Kiley Burton grew up in Albany, Ga and transferred from Albany State University to Georgia Institute of Technology in Fall 2019 where she is currently a second year Biomedical Engineering student. While at Albany State University she assisted Dr. Arun Saha’s research on his “Engineered Material for Microwave Absorber” project to study the permittivity and permeability of artificially made materials. After receiving her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and gaining some industry experience, Kiley plans to pursue a masters in biomanufacturing. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, doing calligraphy, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Kasfia Kazi is currently a first year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She attended Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA. In high school, she competed in Science Olympiad and found an interest in forensics and genetics. She is also a volunteer with the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She is interested in learning more about how cells react to different molecular stimuli and immunotherapy. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and spending time with her family and friends.
FACULTY SUPPORT COORDINATOR [E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org] I am excited to have joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering. I come on board as a Faculty Support Coordinator. I will support and coordinate administrative and business affairs for a team of Biomedical Engineering faculty. I have worked many years in higher education. That includes working at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, School of Nursing and Mississippi State University where I retired in June of this year, after 15 years of state employment. I then moved to Georgia to be with my first grand baby. I know my passion for higher education and experience with working closely and for faculty members, that will allow me to excel in this position. I am very proud to be a part of the Georgia Tech’s family. Born in Mississippi, I have had the opportunity to live in Washington D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas as well. Now making Georgia home! I enjoy sports, starting with college and professional football. I enjoy cooking big meals to have my family congregate & wind down. There is nothing more important to me than family and my move to Georgia was just for that. I am eager to grow here at Georgia Tech. Both professionally and personally with continuing my education. There is no greater reward than success!