© 2016 by the Paszek Research Group

Current members

 

We are a multidisciplinary group with a strong desire to cross the traditional boundaries of biology, physics, and engineering. We figure out how things work with cutting edge microscopy, biotechnology, computational models, and tools from glycoscience.  

 

Faculty

Matthew Paszek

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Email: mjp31[at]cornell.edu

Address: 360 Olin Hall

Phone: 607-255-6277

Prof. Paszek is a faculty member in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and field faculty member in Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University.  He has a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with Professors Daniel Hammer and Valerie Weaver.  He did his postdoctoral research with Valerie Weaver at the University of California San Francisco and later with Professors Abraham Stroock and Claudia Fischbach as a Kavli Fellow at Cornell.

 

Postdoctoral fellows

Joe Kuo

Postdoctoral fellow

Email: jck267[at]cornell.edu

Address: 228 Olin Hall

Dr. Kuo joins us from across the pond where he pursued his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Cambridge, United Kingdom.  He has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, where he worked with Prof. Kevin Brindle at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute on using altered glycosylation as markers for cancer imaging and detection. He is one of our group's experts in glycan labeling, imaging and analysis.  He currently leads efforts in nanomolecular analysis of the cancer cell glycocalyx.

 

Graduate research associates

Carolyn Shurer

Graduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Email: crs345[at]cornell.edu

Address: 120 Olin Hall

Carolyn received her Chemical Engineering bachelor's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).  Carolyn is currently a sixth year PhD candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering.  Her expertise is in glycoscience, cancer biology, and imaging. She leads our groups efforts in cancer cell motility and is one of the team's chief cellular engineers.  

Marshall received his bachelors' degrees in Physics and Biochemistry from Portland State University.  Prior to completing his undergraduate degrees, he served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Marshall is a sixth year PhD candidate in the Field of Biophysics.  He is an optics wizard, lab MacGyver, and reluctant cell biologist.  He leads efforts in optical instrumentation and techniques development, single molecule methods, and membrane biophysics. 

Marshall Colville

Graduate student, Biophysics

Email: mjc449[at]cornell.edu

Address: 120 Olin Hall

Zhu Cheng

Graduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Email: zc294[at]cornell.edu

Address: 228 Olin Hall

Zhu received her bachelor's degree from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Zhejiang University.  She is a fifth year graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering.  Zhu's expertise is in mechanical analysis of soft materials and cell adhesion biology and engineering.  She leads efforts in biomaterials design and signal encoding. 

Jay received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 2014 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.  Jay is a fifth year graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering and co-advised by Professor Donald Koch.  Jay's research interests lie in biology and transport phenomena.  He leads our efforts in computational modeling of glycoprotein equilibria and dynamics within the glycocalyx.  He is also the lab authority on FIFA soccer.   

Jay Gandhi

Graduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Email: jgg78[at]cornell.edu

Address: 228 Olin Hall

LaDeidra Monet Roberts

Graduate student, Biomedical Engineering

Email: lmr254[at]cornell.edu

Address: 228 Olin Hall

Monet received her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is a fifth year graduate student in biomedical engineering.  Monet's expertise is in cancer cell communication. She leads our efforts in understanding how cancer cells make nanometer-sized particles called microvesicles and how these particles contribute to tumor aggressiveness.

Hao received her bachelor's degree in biosciences from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).  She is currently a fifth year graduate student in biophysics.  Hao's expertise is in receptor transport phenomenon and signaling.  She currently leads our efforts in understanding how receptors become activated in physically crowded media.  Her work combines the development of new approaches for engineering the glycocalyx and state-of-the-art biophysical analysis.  

Hao Pan

Graduate student, Biophysics

Email: hp366[at]cornell.edu

Address: 228 Olin Hall

Sangwoo Steven Park

Graduate student, Biophysics

Email: sp2445[at]cornell.edu

Address: 228 Olin Hall

Sangwoo received his bachelor's degree in Physics from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He then served military duty as a firefighter and an emergency medical technician (EMT) in South Korea. Sangwoo is a second year PhD student in biophysics. In the Paszek lab, he is interested in developing microscopy, single-molecule biophysics, and membrane biophysics.

Ling-Ting received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the National Taiwan University. He is now a second year PhD student in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Ling-Ting has considerable experience in fluid mechanics and reaction kinetics from his Master's research. His research interests now are designing sensors monitoring the macromolecular crowding on the cell membrane and the impact of the crowding on cell signaling of transmembrane receptors.

Ling-Ting Huang

Graduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Email: lh634[at]cornell.edu

Address: 228 Olin Hall

Yuyan Wang

Graduate student, Biomedical Engineering

Email: yw882[at]cornell.edu

Address: 228 Olin Hall

Yuyan has a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech and is currently a second year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell. She is co-advised by Dr. Paszek and Dr. Heidi Reesink from the Cornell Vet School. Yuyan works on designing and recombinantly producing mucin-like constructs, e.g. lubricin, from biological systems. She is currently working on characterizing these constructs and testing them in vivo. She is also interested in immune engineering and hopes to explore that in the future.

Marc completed his BASc. in nanoengineering at the University of Toronto, and is currently a second year PhD student in the department of biomedical engineering. In the Paszek lab, his interest lies in the design of synthetic proteins for a wide variety of applications, from probing the intracellular mechanisms of glycosylation, to creating new synthetic bio-lubricants.

Marc Goudge

Graduate student, Biomedical Engineering

Email: mcg242[at]cornell.edu

Address: 228 Olin Hall

 

Undergraduate research assistants

From Orangeburg, NY.  

Emily Costello

Undergraduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ann Metzloff

Undergraduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

From Dallas, PA.

Rose Yin

Undergraduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Arthritis, lubrication, microvesicles, and nanotechnology.  From Bridgewater, NJ.

Victoria Zhang

Undergraduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Protein engineering, recombinant technology, and arthritis.  From Bardonia, NY.

Recombinant proteins, nanobodies.  From Allentown, PA.

Rachel Eichman

Undergraduate student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Alumni

Michael Hollander (BS CBE '15) - current graduate student in bioengineering at Stanford
Sherry Liu (BS MatSci '15) - currently works for a medical device company
Vivek Gupta (BS MAE '16) - current graduate student in mechanical engineering at Stanford
Divya Gupta - current undergraduate in EE at Cornell
Rahul Rajagopalan - current undergraduate in CBE at Cornell
Carina Gwennap - current undergraduate in Chemistry at Cornell
Grace Chuang - current undergraduate in CBE at Cornell
Zaria Holcomb - current undergraduate at Cornell