People

Meni Wanunu

Meni Wanunu

Principal Investigator

Ph.D. Weizmann Institute (2005)

Office: +1-617-373-7412 (Dana 202)
E-mail: wanunu@neu.edu

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CV (as of Jan. 2022)

Recent Positions:

2023 – Present: Professor, Northeastern Univ.
2017 – 2023: Assoc. Prof., Northeastern Univ.
2011 – 2017: Asst. Prof., Northeastern Univ.
2009 – 2011: Research Associate, Univ. of Pennsylvania
2006 – 2009: Research Associate, Boston Univ.

Research Interests: The interface between biomolecules and nanomaterials.

What I do: I enjoy spending (too much?) time in the lab doing experiments, teaching physics/biophysics, and I don’t like to write grant proposals… but I do that also.

Postdocs and Staff

Kevin Bardon

Kevin Bardon

Post-Doctoral Associate - Ph.D. Bioengineering, Northeastern University

E-mail: bardon.k@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, bioconjugation, photophysics.

Rik Dhar

Rik Dhar

Post-Doctoral Associate - Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Kansas

M.Tech. in Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India; B.Tech. in Biotechnology, Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India.

E-mail: ri.dhar@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Nanopore-based sequencing of membrane proteins.

Drew Bostrom

Drew Bostrom

Software Technician

E-mail: a.bostrom@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Software development, DNA and RNA sequencing data analysis

Sriram Velmurugan

Sriram Velmurugan

Part-time Technician

E-mail: velmurugan.s@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Protein expression and purification

Melissa Scanlon

Melissa Scanlon

Undergraduate Researcher / Co-op

E-mail: scanlon.m@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Organic chemistry, molecular biology, RNA sequencing

Ph.D. Students

Laxmi Pandey

Laxmi Pandey

Ph.D. Student, Physics - B.S. Tribhuvan University, Katmandu

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: pandey.l@husky.neu.edu

Scientific Activities: Nanoporous systems.

Xinqi Kang

Xinqi Kang

Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering - B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jilin University, China

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: kang.xin@husky.neu.edu

Scientific Activities: New platforms for nanopore-based sensing.

Fatemeh Farhangdoust

Fatemeh Farhangdoust

Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering - B.S. University of Tehran

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: f.farhangdoust@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Optical biopolymer sequencing.

Ali Fallahi

Ali Fallahi

Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering - B.S. Bioengineering (Bioelectronics), University of California, Santa Cruz

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: fallahi.a@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Nanopore-based Sequencing, Nanofabrication, Electrical Engineering and DAQ systems, Machine Learning, Viral Particles.

Amr Makhamreh

Amr Makhamreh

Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering - B.S. Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: makhamreh.a@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Nanopore-based sequencing, RNA modifications, Machine Learning, Bioinformatics.

Zhuoyu Zhang

Zhuoyu Zhang

Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering

E-mail: zhang.zhuoyu@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Organic chemistry, Biomolecule modifications

Seunghwan Noh

Seunghwan Noh

Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering - B.S. and M.S. Nano-bioengineering, Incheon National University

E-mail: noh.s@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: DNA Sequencing, Nanofabrication, Nanocomposites, BioOptics and Bioelectronics

Yvonne Yee

Yvonne Yee

Ph.D. Student, Chemical Engineering - M.S. Cornell University, Chem. Eng., B.S. UC San Diego Chem. Eng.

E-mail: yee.y@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Biooptics, RNA sequencing, RNA modifications, nanofabrication.

Yuanyuan Shi

Yuanyuan Shi

Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering - M.S. Bioengineering, Northeastern University

E-mail: shi.yua@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Membrane protein expression and processing

Yu Chen (Viola)

Yu Chen (Viola)

Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering - B.S. Mat Sci and Eng, Sichuan University, and M.S. Mat Sci and Eng, Duke University

E-mail: chen.yu20@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: nanopore-based sensing and detection.

Former

Luning Yu

Luning Yu

Ph.D. Student, Physics - M.S. University of Cincinnati

Defended his Ph.D. on Aug 25, 2023

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 355)
E-mail: yu.lun@husky.neu.edu

Scientific Activities: articifical membranes, protein sensing and sequencing.

Pengyu Zheng

Pengyu Zheng

Ph.D. Student, Physics - B.S. China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

Defended his Ph.D. on Aug 21, 2023
Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: zheng.p@husky.neu.edu

Scientific Activities: Optical probing of transport through nanopores.

Dr. Prabhat Tripathi

Dr. Prabhat Tripathi

Post-Doctoral Associate – PhD, UMass Amherst

Current position: Assistant professor in the chemistry department at IIT BHU (Varanasi, India).

Scientific Activities: Protein studies using synthetic and biomimetic nanopores.

Mohammad Nabizadeh

Mohammad Nabizadeh

Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering - M.S Mechanical Engineering, Koc University, Turkey, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: nabizadehmashhadto.m@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Nanopore-based sequencing, DNA storage.

Mehrnaz Mojtabavi

Mehrnaz Mojtabavi

Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering - B.S. Sharif University of Technology

Defended her Ph.D. on Sep 20, 2021

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: mehrnaz.mojtabavi@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Protein channel pores.

Libo Zhu

Libo Zhu

Visiting Ph.D. Student, Southeast University, Nanjing, China

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: lib.zhu@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Solid-state nanopore development.

Hirohito Yamazaki

Hirohito Yamazaki

Post-Doctoral Associate - PhD, Keio University, Japan

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: h.yamazaki@neu.edu

Scientific Activities: Optical observation of DNA transport through nanopores.

 Bedanga Sapkota

Bedanga Sapkota

Ph.D. Student - Physics M.Sc. Univ. Memphis

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 359)
E-mail: sapkota.b@husky.neu.edu

Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate at MSE Department, Tuskegee University.

Mohammad Amin Alibakhshi

Mohammad Amin Alibakhshi

Associate Research Scientist - PhD, Boston University

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: m.alibakhshi@northeastern.edu

Vivek Jadhav

Vivek Jadhav

Post-Doctoral Associate - PhD, University of Pune, India

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: v.jadhav@neu.edu

Scientific Activities: Single-molecule biophysics has always fascinated me and I’m keen to learn and enhance my knowledge in the interdiciplinary fields of science. I will be working at the interface of biophysics and nanotechnology.

Current position: postdoc at Cornell, Michael Shuler lab.

Anthony Vargas

Anthony Vargas

Post-Doctoral Associate - PhD, Northeastern University

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 355)
E-mail: vargas.a@husky.neu.edu

Scientific Activities: 2D materials synthesis, CVD.

Yinghua Qiu

Yinghua Qiu

Post-Doctoral Associate - PhD, Southeast University / UC Irvine

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: y.qiu@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Nanopore fabrication and particle analysis.

Current Position: Professor, Shandong University.

Benjamin Cressiot

Benjamin Cressiot

Post-Doctoral Associate - PhD, University of Evry, France

E-mail: b.cressiot@neu.edu

Current Position: Professor, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France.

Haojie Yang

Haojie Yang

Visiting Ph.D. Student - Southeast University, Nanjing, China

E-mail: ha.yang@northeastern.edu

Scientific Activities: Extreme nanopores for detecting objects.

Rui Hu

Rui Hu

Visiting Scholar, Peking University

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: hooray@pku.edu.cn

Scientific Activities: Protein detection using nanopores.

Xiaoqing Li

Xiaoqing Li

Visiting Scholar, Peking University

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: 329274746@qq.com

Scientific Activities: Virus detection using nanopores.

Dr. Robert Y. Henley

Dr. Robert Y. Henley

Former position in lab: Ph.D. Student

Current position: postdoc at Salk Institute, Joseph Ecker lab.

Hannah Bialic

Hannah Bialic

Former position in lab: Undergraduate student co-op

Currently at University of Glasgow.

Kathryn Larkin

Kathryn Larkin

Undergraduate student, Northeastern University

Dr. Pradeep Waduge

Dr. Pradeep Waduge

Defended his Ph.D. on April 7, 2017

Expert on 2D materials, nanopores, nanofabrication and microfabrication, protein analysis using nanopores.

Current position: Global Foundries, Malta NY.

Ana Vazquez-Pagan

Ana Vazquez-Pagan

Undergraduate, Biology

E-mail: vazquez-pagan.a@husky.neu.edu

Current: Internship at Purdue University.

Dr. Spencer Carson

Dr. Spencer Carson

Defended his Ph.D. on Feb 1, 2016

Expert on nanopores, nanofabrication and microfabrication, DNA biophysics, data analysis, and DNA molecular biology.

Current position: Genedata, Lexington MA.

Dr. Joseph Larkin

Dr. Joseph Larkin

Defended his Ph.D. on Dec 7, 2015.

Expert on complex nanofabrication, single-molecule measurements, nanopores, and optical devices. Developed nanopore zero-mode waveguides as tools to focus individual biomolecules for single-molecule optical interrogation and DNA sequencing.

Current position: Postdoc with Gurol Suel, UC San Diego.

Baram Sosis

Baram Sosis

Intern

Lab: +1-617-373-7818 (Egan 331)
E-mail: b.sosis@neu.edu

Work performed: Helped to build and maintain the website and running PCR and gel electrophoresis for various projects in the lab.

Current position: Undergraduate student at U Maryland.

Cohavit Gil

Cohavit Gil

Intern, Summer 2013, 2015.

Worked on thin membrane characterization using AFM, ellipsometry, and contact angle measurements.

Current: Undergraduate student, UMass Amherst.

Alec Mitkov

Alec Mitkov

Intern, Summer 2015. Designed nanopore fluidic cell using CAD software.

Current: Senior, Sharon High School.

Dr. Andrey Ivankin

Dr. Andrey Ivankin

Postdoctoral Associate, 2012 - 2014.

Current position: Mirkin Lab, Northwestern U. Fluent in instrumental design and software interface design (LabVIEW, Arduino), multi-project leadership and development, biochemical assay development, and other skills.

Martin Langecker

Martin Langecker

Visiting student

Current: Ph.D. student in physics, TU Munich (Simmel Lab). Built various apparati, LabVIEW/electronics guru, and developed various types of new nanopore-based experiments.

Lauren Moore

Lauren Moore

Undergraduate co-op researcher, 2011 - 2012

Helped with setting up lab, used AFM to investigate self-assembly of peptides on various surfaces.

Current: Ph.D. student in neuroscience, University of Michigan

Igue Moroke

Igue Moroke

Undergraduate researcher, 2013

Purified DNA constructs using gel electrophoresis and other tools.

Current: Medical Student, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Dr. Mirela Mustata

Dr. Mirela Mustata

Postdoctoral Associate, 2011 - 2013

AFM guru, expert on amyloid peptides and biological AFM.

Current: Lecturer, Simmons College

Carolyn Shasha

Carolyn Shasha

Undergraduate researcher, summers of 2013 and 2014

Measured biologically relevant viral RNA structures using nanopores.

Current: Ph.D. student in physics, University of Washington. NSF Graduate Fellow!

Dan Stoloff

Dan Stoloff

Ph.D. candidate, 2012 - 2013

Used very small nanopores to probe various biomolecules and their shape.

Current: US Department of Labor

Mike Toscano

Mike Toscano

Undergraduate researcher

Developed asymmetric PCR protocols, performed nanopore experiments, 2013-2014

Current: NYIT College of Medicine, NY

Ingy Jabri

Ingy Jabri

Undergraduate researcher

Performed biochemical assays, 2013

Current: Intern, Neurology department, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Lukas Voortman

Lukas Voortman

Helped with setting up lab

Performed biochemical assays, 2011-2012. Current: Intern, Moderna Theraputics

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