Current Participants

Rosa Tolentino

Jael Mulinge

Teacher: Jael Mulinge

School: Saint Vincent's Academy

My current research involves the tracking of cytoskeletal membrane addition during stretch growth and retraction of integrated axon tracts. My advisor is Dr. Bryan Pfister.

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Expected Graduation Year: 2012/2013

Brief Background: I was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States in 1998. I went to NJIT for a BS is Biomedical Engineering finished in 2008 and a MS in Biomedical Engineering finished in 2010.

Brooke Odle

Maria Sanchez

Teacher: Maria Sanchez

School: Saint Vincent's Academy

Brooke Odle is a doctoral candidate entering her fourth year in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology.  She is mentored by Dr. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD, and Dr. Gail Forrest, PhD, at the Kessler Foundation Research Center in West Orange, NJ.  Her research involves the development of a computer graphics-based model of the shoulder for manual wheelchair users with tetraplegia.  The goal of the project is to address shoulder pain and injury experienced by manual wheelchair users with tetraplegia.  Brooke earned a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering, Certificate in Latin American Studies, Certificate in International Engineering Studies, and a minor in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Peter Paliwoda

Tatiana Koltsova

Teacher: Tatiana Koltsova

School: North 13th St. Tech

Bio: The current research topics are in the area of reliability of High-κ dielectrics in nanoscale CMOS Devices. Devices are tested under constant voltage stress (CVS), hot electron effect and negative bias temperature instability (NBTI) to see what is the impact on radio frequency integrated circuit performance (RFIC).

Khady Guiro

Dr. Oluyinka Irukera

Teacher: Dr. Oluyinka Irukera

School: Westside High School

My name is Khadidiatou (Khady) Guiro. I am a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student going on my fourth year, and I am currently working with Dr. Treena Arinzeh at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). I also acquired my Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering, with a concentration in Biomaterials, and then mainly focused on Biomechanics for my Master’s at NJIT. My current concentration is Tissue Engineering which applies the principle of engineering and life sciences toward the development of biological replacements which can restore, maintain, and improve tissue function or an entire organ.

I am originally from Dakar Senegal West Africa; so I am fluent in French and Woloff which is my native language. I enjoy reading, cooking and listening to music.

Joseph Geissler

Kunjamma Paulose

Teacher: Kunjamma Paulose

School: Science Park HS

My name is Joseph Geissler and I am a Biomedical Engineering (BME) Ph.D. student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). In 2009, I received my bachelor's degree in Chemical Biology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Healthcare Ethics from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia PA. After graduating, I immediately began pursuing a master’s degree in BME at NJIT. I am involved with the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society, serving as President from 2010-2011 and Technology Officer from 2009-2010. During this time, I also worked as an Interpretation Associate at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City NJ. My master’s thesis work, entitled “Tissue Level Mechanical Properties of Alendronate Treated Canine Cortical Bone” has been conducted at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) under the mentorship of Dr. J. Christopher Fritton in the department of Orthopaedics, with whom I will also be conducting my dissertation work. Our lab utilizes principles of biology, chemistry, engineering, and bioimaging to investigate how mechanical and hormonal signals affect bone regeneration. This work has a wide range of applications, from the treatment of bone wasting diseases like osteoporosis to the effects of weightlessness experienced by astronauts while in space.

George Magou

Kristi MacDonald-Beyers

Teacher: Kristi MacDonald-Beyers

School: Science Park HS

Bio: George has designed and characterized a device to model rapid axonal stretch injury (ASI) that is commonly associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) of cultured cortical neurons. George studies the affects of "rapid versus slow" TBI on the electrophysiology of cultured cortical neurons.

Caroline DeVan

Deodat Ramkissoon

Teacher: Deodat Ramkissoon

School: Westside High School

Caroline DeVan is a returning fellow to the C2PRISM program and third year PhD student in NJIT’s Department of Biological Sciences under Dr. Daniel Bunker.   Her emphasis is Ecology and Evolution with a specific interest in how urbanization and climate change are impacting plant-pollinator communities.

Nicholas Carlson

Dr. Ferdinand Oguama

Teacher: Dr. F. Oguama

School: Westside High School

Bio: Nicholas conducts research on innovative retrofitting methods to protect vulnerable structures from blasts, using computer simulations employing the finite element method, small-scale laboratory tests aided by high-speed data collection systems, and planned collaborations with military research facilities for live, full-scale testing.