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Joel Voldman, PH.D.
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
voldman@mit.edu | RLE Biography | RLE Video

 

Joel Voldman, Ph. D., is an Assoociate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Prof. Voldman received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1995. He received the Masters degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 1997 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 2001. Following this, he performed postdoctoral training in George Church's lab at Harvard Medical School. He has been on the MIT faculty since July 2002. In 2004, he was awarded the NBX Career Development Chair, and in 2006 he was promoted to associate professor.

 
 

ADMINISTRATIVE

 

 

 

 

Chad Collins
Administrative Assistant
chadcoll@mit.edu

Mr. Collins joined RLE in the fall of 2001 as the administrative assistant for Prof. Jacob White and the Computational Prototyping Group. He began working for the Biological Microtechnology and BioMEMS Group in 2006. 

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

 
   

Aalap Dighe  (MechE)

dighe@mit.edu

Aalap is a Ph.D. candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his B.S. from Purdue University in 2009 and S.M. from MIT in 2011, both in Mechanical Engineering. His undergraduate research work consisted of examining thermionic emission from carbon nanotube tips for applications in energy conversion. For his Masters project, Aalap designed, fabricated and characterized a new type of MEMS valve for leak-free chip-scale vacuum pumping applications. He joined the Biological Microtechnology and BioMEMS group in 2011, where he is currently working on designing a closed-loop neural interface MEMS device. In his spare time, Aalap enjoys cooking, sailing, rowing, running by the Charles, going to Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts and all kinds of art, particularly black & white photography and impressionist paintings.

   

Burak Dura (EECS)

dura@mit.edu

Burak received his B.S. degree from Middle East Technical University, Turkey in 2009, and his M.S. degree from Stanford University in 2011, both in electrical engineering. Before joining RLE, he has worked on signal improvement methods in microfluidic cytometers and high frequency electrical stimulation techniques for cardiac cell cultures. His research interests include microfluidics, biomems , in vitro diagnostics and modeling. His current research focuses on development of point of care diagnostic systems and high-throughput microfluidic systems for biological studies.

   

Sarvesh Varma (MechE)

sarvesh@mit.edu

Sarvesh received his B.A.Sc degree in Nanotechnology Engineering (Honors) from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He subsequently joined the Biological Microtechnology and BioMEMS group in the summer of 2010 as a SM student from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently exploring methods to apply cellular engineering towards studying the impact of microtechnologies and lab-on-a-chip processes on cell health and physiology. In his spare time, he enjoys various escapades involving travelling, photography, and engaging percussive music.



   

Hao-wei Su (EECS)

haowei@mit.edu

Hao-Wei Su received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 2009 and began his S.M./Ph.D program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in 2010. Sponsored by National Taiwan University, he exchanged to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 fall. His research interest includes bioelectronics and biomedical imaging, and biological microtechnology. His current research focuses on mammalian cell sorting and electrical profiling. Outside laboratory, he enjoys playing volleyball, skiing, and hanging out with friends.



   

 

 

 

postdoctoral Researchers


 

Anna Fendyur

fendyur@mit.edu

Anna received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) in 2009. Before joining the group on June 2012, Anna worked on development of multielectrode array based bio-electronic hybrid system to study excitable cells. Her actual research interests focus on development of cell-based sensors for evaluation of impacts of various cells-manipulating technologies on cell physiology. In addition to her Ph.D., Anna also holds B.Sc.Pharm, M.Sc. and MBA degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Apart from science, Anna enjoys traveling, scuba diving, going to museums and theatres and spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

   
   
   
 
   
alumni  
Sisi Chen
Former undergraduate student
Now at UCB/UCSF BME program
Salil Desai
Former doctoral student
Now MGH-MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship
Asiri Ediriwickrema
Former undergraduate student
Now MIT MechE student
Nitzan Gadish
Former graduate student
Now at Linear
Theresa Guo
Former undergraduate student
Now MIT MechE student
Lily Kim
Former doctoral student
Now at Lily Kim Consulting, Inc.
Hsu-yi Lee
Former graduate student
Now in Grodzinsky group at MIT
Helen Liang
Former undergraduate student
Now MIT EECS student
Alice Macdonald
Former undergraduate student
Now MIT BE student
Maia Mahoney
Former undergraduate student
Now at Purdue PhD BME program
Rikky Muller
Former graduate student
Now at Analog Devices
Andy Nnewihe
Former undergraduate student
Now at Stanford BioE
Katarzyna Puchala
Former MEng student
Now at IBM
Adam Rosenthal
Former doctoral student
Now at Boston Consulting Group

Alison Skelley

Formal postdoctoral associate

Now at T2 Biosystems

Brian Taff
Former doctoral student
Now at Hewlett Packard
Nina Tandon
Former SM student
Now at Columbia PhD program
Michael Vahey
Former doctoral student
Now at UC Berkely
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

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