2018 Class of Rising Stars

Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group congratulates 2018 Class of Rising Stars


The BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group brings together researchers with diverse scientific and clinical interests with a common goal of understanding and engineering molecules, cells, their interactions and microenvironments in the pursuit of controlling biological processes and improving the practice of medicine.


To maintain its multidisciplinary character and central research focus, the CMBE SIG is committed to supporting new investigators within the field. Towards this goal, the “Rising Star” award has been given to a select group of exceptional junior principal investigators each year. Awardees provide a podium presentation in a special session at the annual conference.


We congratulate our newest group of Rising Stars, who join a list of upcoming leaders in the CMBE field!




Liming Bian, PhD, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sarah Calve, PhD, Purdue University


Daniel Conway, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University


Yizhou Dong, PhD, The Ohio State University


Akhilesh Gaharwar, PhD, Texas A&M University


Padmini Rangamani, PhD, University of California, San Diego


John Slater, PhD, University of Delaware


Jeremiah J. Zartman, PhD, University of Notre Dame

Previous Rising Stars



Tzahi Cohen-Karni, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University


Kareen Coulombe, PhD, Brown University


Brandon DeKosky, PhD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Rong Fan, PhD, Yale University


Stephanie Fraley, PhD, University of California San Diego


Jianping Fu, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Penney Gilbert, PhD, University of Toronto


Jason Gleghorn, PhD, University of Delaware


Ngan Huang, PhD, Stanford University


Jenny Jiang, PhD, University of Texas at Austin


Allen Liu, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Megan McCain, PhD, USC


Evan Scott, PhD, Northwestern University


Chelsey Simmons, PhD, University of Florida


Qiaobing Xu, PhD, Tufts University



Umut Gurkan, PhD, Case Western Reserve University


Amit Pathak, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis


Shipla Sant, PhD, University of Pittsburgh


Jae-Won Shin, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago


Feng Zhao, PhD, Michigan Technological University


Pinar Zorlutuna, PhD, University of Notre Dame



Lauren Black, PhD, Tufts University


Ben Cosgrove, PhD, Cornell University


Guohao Dai, PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Brendan Harley, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Nic Leipzig, PhD, University of Akron


Siva Vanapalli, PhD, Texas Tech University




Pen-Hsiu Grace Chao, PhD, National Taiwan University


Brenton Hoffman, PhD, Duke University


Lucas Lu, PhD, University of Delaware


Corey Neu, PhD, Purdue University


Michelle Previtera, PhD, Setton Hall University


Ankhur Singh, PhD, Cornell University


Edward Sander, PhD, Iowa State University


Fan Yang, PhD, Stanford University




Randolph Ashton, PhD, University of Wisconsin


Nadeen Chahine, PhD, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York


Adam Feinberg, PhD, Case Western Reserve University


Doek-Ho Kim, PhD, University of Washington


Wendy Liu, PhD, University of California, Irvine


Krishanu Saha, PhD, University of Wisconsin


Leo Wan, PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



Eric Darling, PhD, Brown University


Nathan Gallant, PhD, University of Southern Florida


Charles Gersbach, PhD, Duke University


Jiro Nagatomi, PhD, Clemson University


Shelly Peyton, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Cindy Reinhart-King, PhD, Cornell University


Sihong Wang, PhD, City College of New York



Peter Butler, PhD, Pennsylvania State University


Roland Kaunas, PhD, Texas A&M University


Sanjay Kumar, PhD, University of California, Berkeley


Rob Mauck, PhD, University of Pennsylvania


Alisa Morss Clyne, PhD, Drexel University