Members

Principal Investigator

Lonnie Shea

Lonnie Shea, PhD (CV)
Professor, Chemical and Biological Eng.
BS, MS: Case Western Reserve University
PhD: University of Michigan
Research Interests: Tissue and Cellular Engineering; Drug Delivery; Gene Therapy; Signal Transduction
Email: ldshea@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 764-7149
Fax: (734) 936-1905


Postdoctoral Fellows

Joseph Decker

Joseph Decker, PhD
 
BS: University of Wisconsin, Madison
MS/PhD: University of Florida
Research Interests: Systems Biology, Tissue Engineering, Cell-Material Interactions
Email: jtdecker@umich.edu

Eiji Saito

Eiji Saito, PhD
 
BS: Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan
MS/PhD: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research Interests: Tissue engineering, Biomaterials, Ovarian follicle transplantation, Biodegradable Nanoparticles for Immunomodulation
Email: esaito@umich.edu

Jing Wang

Jing Wang, PhD
 
BS: Peking University
PhD: Chinese Academia of Science
Research Interests: Targeted drug delivery, Nanoparticles, Cancer therapy
Email: jgwg@umich.edu

Aaron Morris

Aaron Morris, PhD
 
BS: Georgia Institute of Technology
MS/PhD: Yale University
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Tissue-Material Interactions,  Autoimmune Disease, Immune Modulation, Cancer Metastasis
Email: aharmorr@umich.edu

Sophia Orbach

Sophia Orbach, PhD
 
BS: University of Michigan
MS/PhD: Virginia Tech
Research Interests: Tissue engineering, cancer metastasis, biomaterials
Email: smorbach@umich.edu

Russell Urie

Russell Urie, PhD
 
BS: Brigham Young University
MS/PhD: Arizona State University
Research Interests: Tissue Engineering, Immunomodulatory Nanoparticles, Prenatal & Early Life Immunology
Email: rurie@umich.edu

Ramon Ocadiz Ruiz

Ramon Ocadiz Ruiz
 
BS: National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM
MSc/PhD: CINVESTAV, Mexico
Research Interests: Cancer Therapy, Specialized medicine, Cancer Metastasis, Cancer Molecular Biology, Tissue Engineering
Email: jocadizr@umich.edu


Graduate Students

Dan Clough

Dan Clough
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Stem cell-derived beta cell therapy for T1D, Transplantation, Biomaterials
Email: dwclough@umich.edu

Ravi Raghani
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Research Interests: Immune Checkpoint Blockade Therapy, T-cell Suppression, Cancer Metastasis, Tissue Engineering
Email: rraghani@umich.edu

Feiran Li

Feiran Li
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: Georgia Institute of Technology
MS: University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, Stem cell research, Immunomodulation, Biomaterials
Email: feiran@umich.edu

Jeffrey Ma

Jeffrey Ma
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: University of California, Davis
Research Interests: Tumor microenvironment, cancer metastasis, tissue engineering
Email: jeffama@umich.edu

Ian Schrack

Ian Schrack
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS/MS: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Research Interests: CAR T/NK Cell Therapy, Checkpoint Blockade, Cancer Metastasis, Immunosuppression
Email: ischrack@umich.edu

Sarah Hocevar

Sarah Hocevar
PhD Student | Neuroscience
 
BS/MS: Boston University
Research Interests: Neuroregeneration, Immunomodulation, Stem Cell Differentiation, Tissue Engineering
Email: shocev@umich.edu

Jessica King

Jessica King
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: Boston University
Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, Stem cell research, Biomaterials, Immunomodulation
Email: kingjl@umich.edu

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders
MD/PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BSE: Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests: Tissue Engineering, Immune Modulation, Nanoparticles, Stem Cell Biology, Biomaterials
Email: mnsaundr@umich.edu

Guillermo Escalona

Guillermo Escalona
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: University of Florida
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Immunomodulation, Regenerative Medicine, Cancer Metastasis
Email: gesca@umich.edu

Kate Griffin

Kate Griffin
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Research Interests: Cell therapy, Immunotherapy, Bioinformatics
Email: grifkate@umich.edu

Laila Rad

Laila Rad
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests: Cell and Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Immunomodulation, Systems Biology
Email: lmrad@umich.edu

Liz Bealer

Liz Bealer
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: Rowan University
Research Interests: Immunomodulation, Stem cell research, Biomaterials, Transplantation
Email: bealere@umich.edu

Brian Ross

Brian Ross
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BSE: Lafayette College
Research Interests: Tissue engineering, Biomaterials, Immune modulation, Regenerative medicine
Email: rossbrc@umich.edu

Kelly Crumley

Kelly Crumley
PhD Student | Biomedical Engineering
 
BS: University of Michigan
Research Interests: Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Research, Immunomodulation, Biomaterials
Email: kcrumley@umich.edu


Lab Technicians

Rohit Maramraju

Rohit Maramraju
 
BS: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research Interests: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Email: rmaram@umich.edu


Shea Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Associate — Current Affiliation

Dr. Matthew Hall
Dr. Jonghyuck Park — University of Kentucky
Dr. Briana Dye — Scientific Associate at ProEd Communications
Dr. Tadas Kasputis
Dr. Rachel Hartfield — Biomedical writer
Dr. Robert Oakes — University of Maryland
Dr. Courtney Dumont — University of Miami
Dr. Ryan Pearson — University of Maryland
Dr. Ekaterina Kniazeva
Dr. Shreyas Rao — University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Dr. Fallon Noto — Hera BioLabs
Dr. Samira Azarin — University of Minnesota
Dr. Juan Sánchez-Cortés — Choice Healthcare Solutions
Dr. R. Michael Gower — University of South Carolina
Dr. Stephanie Seidlits — University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Misael Aviles — Proctor & Gamble
Dr. Tao Tu
Dr. Seungjin Shin
Dr. Ariella Shikanov — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dr. Maria Barbolina — University of Illinois, Chicago
Dr. Anne des Rieux — Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
Dr. Julie Wieland — University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Brian Anderson — Abbott Laboratories

Graduate Student — Current Affiliation

Dr. Jessica Y Chen — David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Dr. Kevin Hughes
Dr. Yining Zhang
Dr. Richard Youngblood
Dr. Dominique Smith
Dr. Liam Casey — Flagship Pioneering
Dr. Grace Bushnell — University of Michigan
Dr. Jeffrey Liu — Stanford University
Dr. Robert Kuo — University of Maryland College Park
Dr. Michael Skoumal — Shire
Dr. Daniel Margul
Dr. Peter Rios — CellTrans, Inc.
Dr. Brian Aguado — University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Jeane Chen — Genzyme Corporation
Dr. Kelan Hlavaty — Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Dr. Beatriz Penalver Bernabe — Northwestern University
Dr. Aline Thomas — Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Woon Teck Yap — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. Anaar Siletz — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. David Tagler — Data Scientist
Dr. Ryan Boehler — Eli Lilly and Company
Dr. Jack Graham — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. Romie Gibly — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. Hannah Tuinstra — Eli Lilly and Company
Dr. Jackie Shepard — Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Michael Weiss — Quanticell
Dr. Abigail Bellis — Northwestern University
Dr. David Salvay — Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Dr. Laura LaPorte — DWI RWTH Aachen
Dr. Jennifer Cruz Rea — Genetech, California
Dr. Tiffany Houchin Ray — Eli Lilly and Company
Dr. Erin West — Abbott Laboratories
Dr. Angela Pannier — University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Dr. Chris Rives — Shire
Dr. Zain Bengali — NIH
Dr. Courtney Berkholtz
Dr. Yang Yang — Genzyme
Dr. Jae-Hyung Jang — Yonsei University
Dr. Pam Kreeger — University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dr. Kevin Whittlesey — CIRM
Dr. Tatiana Segura — Duke

Master Students

Devak Nanua
Longshun Li
Margaret Plank
Shelby Joe
Joshua Sampson
Sam Steinberg
Rachel Sun
Paul Weingarden
Bansi Vedia
Durga Nyayadhish
Michael Verleye
Rachel Smith
Dennis Bluver
Christine Ricci
Shreya Rajan
Ani Rajan
Chia-Hsua Lin
Will Briley
Lake Kubilius
Elizabeth Parrish
Aaron Bowling
Leocadia Mosquea
Kanika Bhatia
Laura Swift
Sinead Igoe
Lisa Ludvig
Robert Yu
Moriah Nof
Joseph Scaduto
Walter Grubb
Mitchell Carlson
Zhao Xu

Undergraduate Students

Sarah Mills
Erica Santos
Richelle Wilson
Regan Bernstein
Jessica Kaplan
Hamza Turkistani
Alexander Hostetler
Michelle Cai
Chavis Ferguson III
Georgios Mentzelopoulos
Angelica Galvan
Kayla Moss
Hasan Sawan
Devak Nanua
Angela Bedoya
Fiona Li
Jasmine Thornhill
Emanuelle Grody
Kimberly Lebioda
Sam Steinberg
Kevin Rychel
Josh Sampson
Kelly Crumley
Emily Fu
Tejaswini Hardas
Matthew Federbush
Kallen Schwark
Andrew Ciciriello
Ravindra Tatineni
Amina Guo
Emily FuJustin Rose
Angela Bedoya
Madison Coraddi
Lauren Liebman
Mady North
Andrew Ao
Molly Munsell
Jeff Riskin
Madison Corradi
Nicholas Anderson
Joseph Entenman
Ting He
Eric Jiang
Adam Morabito
Matthew Pilecki
Shreya Rajan
Christine Ricci
Ho Jin Sun
Stanley Weng
Evan Rausch
Chia-Hsuan Lin
Michael Yarrington
Jason Deck
Bonnie Lai
Amy Lewis
Antonia McKinney
Matt Rafferty
Hammad Saudye
Stephen Sung
Shimon Unterman
Matt Volk
Andy Adler
Vivian Leung
Rachel Loh
Anna Yan
Jordan Caffe
Todor Kukushliev
Yinying Ren
Dominique Smith
Jenna Stoehr
Shirley Xu
Jesse Zhang

High School Students

Gabriel (Gabe) Seir
Morgan Gallimore
Maya Behrend


Select portraits courtesy of Michigan Engineering