Jae-Won Shin is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering at Harvard University. His key research contributions include the discovery that physical forces make and distribute blood cells, and the development of novel biomaterial and physical techniques to leverage this insight for stem cell engineering, therapeutic delivery, and drug discovery. He is a recipient of the Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and was previously supported by the American Heart Association. His work has been published in various high impact journals, including Cell Stem Cell, PNAS, and Nature Materials. He has contributed to U.S. patent-pending inventions in blood engineering and biomaterial-based cell therapy.
Peter Newman Postdoctoral fellow
Peter joined us as a postdoctoral research associate in May of 2017 after completing his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia. As an engineer, his work focuses on the material science and technological challenges facing bioengineers. His current projects span across bioprinting, microfluidics and molecular biomechanics.
Sing Wan wong Postdoctoral fellow
Sing Wan Wong received his Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong under Prof. Arthur Mak and Prof. Kenneth Lee. He worked on the effects of oxidative stress on muscle cell mechanics. Sing Wan joined the Shin lab as a post-doctoral fellow in Nov 2016. He is now working on microfluidic encapsulation of single cells and investigating how physical microenvironments contribute to immunomodulation by mesenchymal stromal cells.
Stephen Lenzini Graduate student, Bioengineering
Stephen Lenzini received his BS and MS in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University. He has worked previously as a research associate with Dr. Joshua Leonard and Dr. Keith Tyo at Northwestern. He is interested in the production, release, and delivery of cell-derived particles and their applications in biotechnology and bioengineering. Stephen joined the Shin Lab as a doctoral student in Bioengineering in August 2016. He is currently working on hydrogel-based systems for the production and secretion of extracellular vesicles.
Adam Szmelter MD/PhD student, Bioengineering
Adam Szmelter received his BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked previously on membrane biophysics as a research associate under Dr. Steve Granick. He is interested in understanding how cells sense and modulate the physical properties of their environment and how this understanding can be leveraged for enhanced delivery of stem cells as therapeutics. Adam is a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program who joined the lab in August of 2017 to pursue his PhD in Bioengineering. He is currently working on mechanisms by which cells escape hydrogel encapsulation and controlling those factors for enhanced therapeutic potential.
Adedamola Elujoba, M.S.: Research Technician (2016-2017) - Current: Ph.D. student in Pharmacology, UIC