Student Leadership Council Chair

Aaron Simmons

University of Wisconsin-Madison

I am a 3rd year Chemical Engineering PhD student at the University of Wisconsin. My research is focused on hPSC-derived cardiomyocyte differentiation and maturation, particularly the development of robust process monitoring schemes.

Student Leadership Team

Seth Andrews

Postdoc Representative

University of Georgia

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Marklein lab at UGA, focusing on MSC potency and extracellular vesicle characterization.

Gabriel Cordero Bruno

UPRM Representative

University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

I am a 5th year Animal Science and Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico. My investigation is focused on developing Raman Scattering and Surface Enhanced Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy.

Nathan Dwarshuis

Webmaster; Industry Chair

Georgia Institute of Technology

I am a Biomedical Engineering PhD student from Georgia Tech working in Krish Roy's lab. My research focus involves creating novel microenvironments to enhance manufacturing of high quality therapeutic T cells.

Brian Yi Liu

Webmaster; Industry Chair

Georgia Institute of Technology

I am a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering PhD student at Georgia Tech working in Dr. Ben Wang’s group. My research focuses on studying and developing the manufacturing process and supply chain of cell therapy using simulation.

Gaby Lizana Vasquez

UPRM Representative

University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

I am a Chemical Engineering PhD student at UPRM. My investigation is focused on the design, synthesis, characterization and validation of synthetic scaffolds for the development of CAR-T cells potency assays to evaluate its functionality.

Ty Maughon

UGA Representative

University of Georgia

I am a graduate student studying Biological Engineering. My research focuses on the discovery of MSC CQAs for improved manufacturing and therapeutics.

Priscilla Pedrosa

Industry Chair

University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

I am an Industrial Engineering and Project Management undergraduate student at UPRM. My contribution to CMat includes supporting the development of the current cell manufacturing technologies industry global value chain.

Brittany Russell

UW-Madison Representative

University of Wisconsin-Madison

I am a senior Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research focuses on the application of CRISPR/Cas9 for the development of CAR T cells.

Louise Saraspe

Industry Chair

University of Wisconsin-Madison

I am a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Molecular Biology. I currently research under Professor Krishanu Saha investigating the utilization of precision gene-editing for CAR T cell manufacture.

Sudhanshu Shekhar

Postdoc Representative

University of Oregon

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oregon in Guldberg Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory. My research objectives are investigating the influence of local mechanical and immune environments on musculoskeletal regeneration.

Chaitanya Tondepu

Outreach Chair

University of Georgia

I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Neuroscience Program at the University of Georgia. I am in Dr. Lohitash Karumbaiah's lab developing a relevant microfluidic platform to study glioma-CART interactions for the CAR T potency project.

Coral A Torres Sánchez

Undergrad Representative

University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez

I am a Chemical Engineering undergraduate student at UPRM studying the effect of collagen architecture in macrophage polarization for cardiac tissue regeneration.

Howard Chin-Yuan Tseng

Georgia Tech Representative

Georgia Institute of Technology

I am an Industrial Engineering PhD student at Georgia Tech working in Dr. Ben Wang’s group. My research focuses on integrating artificial intelligence with simulation of cell therapy production system to improve the decision-making process.

Brittany Washington

Outreach Chair; UW Rep

University of Wisconsin-Madison

I am a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Dr. Randolph Ashton's Stem cell bioprocessing group. My research focuses on the downstream effects of cryopreservation techniques and media formulations.

Stephen Zambrzycki

Outreach Chair; GT Rep

Georgia Institute of Technology

I am a 5th year Chemistry PhD student from Georgia Tech in Facundo Fernández’s research group. My research focuses on developing MALDI mass spectrometry as a tool to rapidly asses the quality of stem cells.