CURRENT TEAM

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
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Sapun Parekh (he/him)

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

UT Austin

sparekh@utexas.edu

LAB MANAGER
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Sabine Pütz (she/her)

Lab Technician

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS
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Alexandra Paul (she/her)

Swedish Research Council International Post Doc Fellowship

The Osher Endowment

Project: Lipids are under characterized in their role in disease progression and as early biomarkers. In my current project, I aim to understand their involvement in Parkinson's disease on engineered brain models. 

GRADUATE STUDENTS
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Yelena Kan (she/her)

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Project: Study of protein phase separation with CARS.

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Yu-Jen Wang (he/him)

Project: Measuring blood Clotting protein hydrogel secondary structural transition using Coherent Raman Microscopy.

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Christian Jennings (he/him)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

BME Department NIH Imaging Sciences Training Grant Fellow

Edmund Optics Educational Award Finalist and Silver Awardee

Project: Instrumentation to probe mechano-chemical coupling in cancer.

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Madison Pickett (she/her)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Project: Evaluating the impact of extracellular matrix orientation and density on postpartum breast cancer cellular metabolism.

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Nick Scott (he/him)

Temple Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Thrust 2000 Graduate Fellowship in Engineering

Project: Researching cancer transport discrepancies and their causes as a means to exploit.

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Advika Kamatar (she/her)

Project: A joint effort between Dr. Sapun Parekh's lab and Dr. Jeanne Stachowiak's lab to investigate the biophysical role that lipid droplets could play in the aggregation and fibrillation of alpha-synuclein, a protein that forms fibrils in the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease.

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Mateusz Brzezinski (he/him)

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Project: Role of solvent compatibility in the phase behavior of binary solutions of weakly associating multivalent polymers.

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Sajjad Norouzi (he/him)

Project: 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
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Natasha Nehra (she/her)

Project: Developing a convolutional neural network to differentiate spectral images of three cell types.

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Daniel Wang (he/him)

Project: Developing a microscope temperature controllable stage, slide warmer/cooler.

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Audrey Livingston (she/her)

Project: Exploring lipid droplet implications in Parkinson's disease.

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Kelsey Varodom (she/her)

Project:  Simulating the extracellular matrix using electrospun shape memory polymers in order to better understand epithelial to mesenchymal transition in breast cancer cells. 

LAB ALUMNI

Hasan Heyadati(2022)

Role in Lab: Postdoc

PhD - Chemical Engineering, Colorado State University

Current Role: Senior Scientist, Danaher Corporation

Sachin Kumar (2021)

Role in Lab: Postdoc

PhD - Biomaterials, IISc Bangalore

Current Role: Assistant Professor at IIT Delhi

Naomi Calhoun (2021)

Role in Lab: Summer REU Student

Current Role: Bachelor's Student: Howard University

Sayantan Chaterjee (2021)

Role in Lab: Postdoc

Current Role: Research Associate: Stachowiak Lab UT Austin

Xiao Ling (2018)

Role in Lab: PhD Student

Current Role: Research Scientist: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Frederik Fleissner (2017)

Role in Lab: PhD Student

Current Role: Senior Scientist: Merck

Miriam Koldevitz (2017)

Role in Lab: Diploma Student

Current Role: Chemist: Dottikon Exclusive Synthesis

Aleksandr Barulin (2016)

Role in Lab: Summer Intern

Current Role: Masters Student: Europhotonics

Jang Hyuk Lee (2016)

Role in Lab: Postdoc

Current Role: Research Fellow: Boppart Lab, UIUC

Shruti Pattanaik (2015)

Role in Lab: Summer Intern

Current Role: PhD Student: TU Munich

Will Rock (2015)

Role in Lab: Postdoc

Current Role: Senior Application Specialist: Headwall

Gustav Waschatko (2014)

Role in Lab: Postdoc

Current Role: COO Time Traveling Milkman

Henriette Jaurich (2013)

Role in Lab: Bachelors Student

Current Role: Masters Student: Rice University

Arsalan Nisar(2021)

Role in Lab: PostBac

BS - Biomedical Engineering, UT Austin

Current Role: MPH Student

Leah Gutzwiller (2021)

Role in Lab: Summer REU Student

Current Role: Bachelor's Student: UT Knoxville

Mischa Schwendy (2019)

Role in Lab: PhD Student

Current Role: Postdoc with Dirk Grimm: University of Heidelberg

Samet Varol (2017)

Role in Lab: PhD Student

Current Role: Humbolt Fellow: University of Bologna

Anchit Srivastava (2017)

Role in Lab: Summer Intern

Current Role: PhD Student: University of Koln

Zahra Rastian (2016)

Role in Lab: Visiting Postdoc

Current Role: 

Ravi Dhiman (2016. 2018)

Role in Lab: Summer Intern

Current Role: PhD Student: Uniklinik Saarland

Nils Billecke (2015)

Role in Lab: Postdoc

Current Role: Senior Nutrition Scientist: Cargill

Christian Malm (2015)

Role in Lab: Diploma Student

Current Role: PhD Student: Hunger Lab, Max Planck Institute

Gerrit Best (2015)

Role in Lab: Postdoc

Current Role: Imaging Scientist: Continental

Sascha Schwendy (2013)

Role in Lab: Technical Intern

Current Role: Chemical Analyst: BASF

Gianluca Rago (2013)

Role in Lab: Inherited PhD Student

Current Role: Director of Strategy: Nike

OPEN POSITIONS

We are hiring graduate students and Postdoctoral fellows on the following topics:

1.  Nonlinear microscopy and spectroscopy

​2.  Imaging molecular structure and mechanics in liquid-liquid phase separation in neurodegeneration (in collaboration with Jasper Michels (MPIP), Edward Lemke (EMBL/Mainz), and Nick Fawzi (Brown))

3. Imaging protein structure in cells and biomaterials under mechanical deformation

Please contact Sapun Parekh (sparekh@utexas.edu) with your CV, letter of motivation (<1  page), and a list of references. 

* Prospective graduate students not currently enrolled at UT Austin MUST apply via the UT BME graduate program through the Graduate School. If you are interested in a PhD degree from the Max Planck Institute, please contact Sapun Parekh directly.