Biomedical Engineering Graduates Spring 2021

Commencement activity on the campus mall.

See BME Student Awards 2021

Graduate Students

  1. Ellen Meiling Lindquist
  2. Alexander Ray Fetner
  3. Pegah Kord Forooshani
  4. Ellen Meiling Lindquist
  5. Kevin William Sunderland
  6. Karl Lawrence Schneider


  1. Will O. Ark
  2. Michael S. Bachman
  3. Kaitlyn M. Beesley
  4. Hannah E. Bekkala
  5. Cem B. Cedetas
  6. Gina R. Chamberlain
  7. Lukas J. Cherney
  8. Danielle M. DeVine
  9. Hunter P. Dercks
  10. Jacob C. Evans
  11. Madeline G. Fike
  12. Katelynn L. Flom
  13. Samuel R. Fuhrman
  14. Dairion N. Hartshorn
  15. Madison J. Hicks
  16. Malary F. Hiney
  17. Lynnsey S. Hooker
  18. Jesse M. Jacobusse
  19. Lidia T. Johnson
  20. Clare R. Lalonde
  21. Zonghan Lyu
  22. Nathan D. Marus
  23. Kaylee M. Meyers
  24. Elisabeth N. Miller
  25. Lea M. Morath
  26. Quinn T. Murphy
  27. Molly E. Niska
  28. Ethan G. Odriscoll
  29. Elizabeth S. Park
  30. Keanan M. Peterson-Rucker
  31. Kyle J. Pike
  32. Skylar E. Pond
  33. Braeden A. Rai
  34. Maxwell C. Reaume
  35. Joshua R. Robles
  36. Shaina P. Royer
  37. Lindsay L. Sandell
  38. Erican J. Santiago
  39. McKenzie M. Schulist
  40. Christiana T. Strong
  41. Joseph A. Stuck
  42. Marina L. Visser
  43. Samuel R. Wade
  44. Kathryn M. Waineo
  45. Jeremy P. Wales
  46. Austin T. Yakes
  47. Alana N. Young

Sangyoon Han Joins the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems

Sangyoon Han
Sangyoon Han

Sangyoon Han, an assistant professor in Michigan Tech’s Biomedical Engineering department, and an affiliated assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, recently joined the multi-disciplinary Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC) and its Data Sciences research group.

Han’s primary research interests are in mechanobiology, cell migration, and image data modeling, and he’s looking for collaborators. His research goals include applying computer vision to microscopic images to capture meaningful information, and Han invites researchers and students to contact him to discuss potential research opportunities. Learn more about Sangyoon Han in the blog post.

By Institute of Computing and Cybersystems.

Biofluids Lab News (@hatoum_hoda)

**Our paper “Flow dynamics in the sinus and downstream of third and fourth generation balloon expandable transcatheter aortic valves” is now published in the Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (JMBBM). Congratulations to PhD student Brennan Vogl! Link to the paper is here:

**Our paper “Impact of blood pressure on coronary perfusion and valvular hemodynamics after aortic valve replacement” is now published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) Journal. Congratulations to PhD student, Brennan Vogl, on his second first-authored paper this year! Link to the paper is here:

**Dr. Hatoum was awarded a Research Excellence Fund (REF) research seed proposal to study hemodynamic factors associated with thromboembolic risk in Kawasaki Disease.

**Our paper “Predictive Model for Thrombus Formation After Transcatheter Valve Replacement” is now published in Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology (CVET).

**Congratulations to Brennan Vogl for his first first-authored publication “Impact of calcific aortic valve disease on valve mechanics” in the Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology (BMMB) journal.

**Our paper “Neosinus and Sinus Flow After Self-Expanding and Balloon-Expandable Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement” is now published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions journal.

**PhD student Brennan Vogl had an oral presentation on “Hemodynamic Assessment Of The New Generation Balloon Expandable Transcatheter Aortic Valve” at BMES 2021.

**PhD student Brennan Vogl had a poster presentation that aims at “Evaluating the impact of ablation on atrial hemodynamics” at BMES 2021.

**PhD student Brennan Vogl and undergraduate student Nick Niemi had a poster presentation on “Effect Of Blood Transfusions On Silent Cerebral Infarctions In Sickle Cell Disease Patients” at BMES 2021.

**Dr. Hatoum had an oral presentation on “Neo-Sinus and Sinus Flows After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation of Evolut, SAPIEN 3, Acurate Neo, and Allegra” at SB3C 2021.

**Brennan Vogl presented his work on the “Effect of Blood Pressure Conditions on Transcatheter Aortic Valve Performance and Coronary Flow” at SB3C 2021.

**Dr. Hatoum received an honorable mention at the American College of Cardiology (ACC 2021) Young Investigator Awards: Basic and Translational Science. The talk was on a novel thrombosis predictive model after transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

**Dr. Hatoum was awarded the Summer of Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport (SB3C) 2021 Diversity Participation Award. This award has been funded by the Georgia Tech Parker H Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences.

**Nick Niemi was awarded a SURF award to continue working on a novel transcatheter mitral valve device. Congratulations Nick!

Lee Attends Meeting of the Adhesion Society

Bruce Lee (BioMed) and former PhD student Rattapol Pinnaratip (BioMed) attended the 44th Annual Meeting of the Adhesion Society virtually on February 22-25, 2021. Pinnaratip gave a talk entitled “Utilization of Hydrogen Peroxide Byproduct in Catechol-Based Adhesive for Dermal Wound Healing.”

Lee gave a talk entitled “Antimicrobial Property of Biomimetic Halogenated Catechol Adhesive Moiety”. Lee also chaired two sessions entitled “Biomedical Adhesion” and “Organismal Adhesion”.

Hoda Hatoum Trainees

Current Trainees

Graduate Students

Brennan Vogl

Brennan Vogl
PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering
BS in Biomedical Engineering from Michigan Tech
Brennan is currently working on atrial, ventricular, and valvular flow assessment and congenital heart defects flow studies. Brennan’s work is experimental and computational. In his free time, Brennan enjoys cooking and downhill skiing.

Alireza Asadbeygi

PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering
BS in Mechanical Engineering from K.N. Toosi University
Alireza is interested in numerical and experimental investigations in the cardiovascular system.
He is currently doing research in developing computational and experimental tools for KAWASAKI disease. He enjoys swimming and running in his free time.

Undergraduate Students

Nick Niemi

Nick Niemi
BS Student in Biomedical Engineering
Nick is currently working on designing a novel transcatheter mitral valve device. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, biking, fishing, and hunting. Nick is a member of the Track/XC teams.

Past Trainees

Shivam Tiwari

Shivam Tiwari
MS Student in Mechanical Engineering
BS in Mechanical Engineering
Shivam worked on CFD and finite element simulations of cerebral vessels for sickle cell disease. In his free time, Shivam enjoys painting, singing, CAD modeling, performing simulations, and sketching.

Rajat Ratnakar Gadhave

Rajat Ratnakar Gadhave
MS student in the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics department

Rajat was a graduate student who worked in the biofluids lab from Fall 2020 – Fall 2021. Rajat assisted in the design and manufacturing of a whole left heart model with a pulse duplicator testing system. Rajat also worked on projects involving in-vitro characterizations of surgical aortic valve and transcatheter aortic valve performance. Moreover, Rajat worked on creating patient-specific models from computed tomography scans. In his free time, Rajat enjoys exploring.

Alex MacLean

Alex MacLean
BS Student in Biomedical Engineering
Alex worked on Finite Element Analysis as part of designing a novel transcatheter mitral valve device. In his free time, Alex enjoys snow skiing, snowmobiling, and hiking.

Hoda Hatoum Profile

Position Openings in the Brain Stimulation Lab

Please email Dr. Traci Yu ( in Biological Sciences, including a copy of your CV for any of the following positions:

Graduate Students

We currently have openings for highly-motivated graduate/master students with interests and/or experience in neuroscience, engineering, or computer science. Previous experience in computational modeling is beneficial.

The focus of this position is on developing novel strategies to improve therapeutic efficiency and efficacy of brain stimulation in neurological disorders using various experimental and computational approaches.

Graduate students will be accepted into the Department of Biomedical Engineering through the appropriate graduate admissions process and start in the fall of 2021. Those interested should hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related field and contact Dr. Yu first before applying.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

We are also seeking motivated undergraduates with knowledge of engineering, biology, or computer science. Students will acquire knowledge and hand-on skills in brain dissection, electrophysiology, behavioral testing, and computational data analysis. Students with MATLAB programming skill are preferred.

Graduate Research Assistant Needed for the Biofluids Lab

Position is Closed

The Biofluids Laboratory at the Biomedical Engineering Department of Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Michigan) has an opening for a graduate research assistant (PhD) starting January 2021.

The candidate will contribute to:

  • The design and implementation of cardiovascular devices.
  • Conducting experimental and computational studies on various congenital and adult cardiovascular models.
  • Image reconstruction and processing by using and expanding existing tools and development of novel methodologies.

Applicants should hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field.

To apply, please submit applications here. In addition, send a copy of your CV and the contact information of three references to Dr. Hoda Hatoum ( Review of applications will begin immediately.

NSF Funding for Antiviral Application

Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee (BioMed/HRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $80,586 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “Biomimetic Redox Chemistry for Antiviral Application.” Caryn Heldt (ChE/HRI) is the Co-PI on this three year project.


Reactive oxygen species (ROS) can be used to disinfect a wide range of pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. ROS is an attractive disinfectant as it decomposes into non-toxic degradation products (water and oxygen). However, ROS is highly reactive and can be hazardous to store and transport. This project aims at utilizing a unique chemistry found in mussel adhesive proteins to create a portable biomaterial that can be activated to generate ROS.

Read more at the National Science Foundation.

Bruce Lee Group Publishes on Antimicrobial Biomaterials

Bruce Lee (BioMed), post doctoral researcher Bo Liu (BioMed), graduate student Zhongian Zhang (BioMed), undergraduate student James Roland (BioMed) and collaborator Chao Zhao (Changzhou University) co-authored “Antimicrobial property of halogenated catechols,” published in Chemical Engineering Journal.

This paper demonstrated that the adhesive molecule found in mussel adhesive proteins can be chemically modified to prepare antimicrobial biomaterials that are effective against multidrug-resistant bacteria.