President | Andrei Georgescu is a 2nd year PhD student in the Huh Lab. His research interests include biomimetics, microfluidics, and biosensors. From Toronto, Andrei’s favorite part about GABE is getting to know fellow BE researchers and he likes to woodwork, barbecue, and play sports.
Career Chair | Nishal Shah is a 3rd year PhD student in the Issadore Lab where he studies microfluidics, diagnostics, and nanofabrication. Originally from New Jersey, Nishal loves all sports, traveling, and quizzo!
Career Chair | Justin Bendigo is a 2nd year Masters student in the Smith/Malhotra Labs, where he studies cell and tissue engineering. From Reading, PA, he enjoys biking around Philly and eating donuts.
Holiday Party Chair | Nick Perkons is 2nd year PhD student in the MD/PhD program interested in devices and imaging. Originally from central NJ, he likes to cook, run along the Schuylkill River, and play tennis.
Holiday Party Chair | Fabiana Zappala is a 2nd year PhD student in the Tsourkas lab. She is from Caracas, Venezuela and enjoys playing volleyball and trying new restaurants.
Holiday Party Chair | Rhea Chitalia is a 2nd year PhD student in the Kontos Lab, where she studies image analysis and cancer imaging. Originally from Clermont, FL, she is looking forward to meeting other bioengineers and organizing fun events! In her spare time, she likes to dance, read, and watch movies.
Symposium Chair | Sonja Brankovic is a 2nd year Masters student in the Assoian Lab, where she studies arterial mechanics and mechanobiology. From Palm Beach Gardens, FL, she likes to go to concerts at Curtis and visit Reading Terminal Market.
BE Symposium Chair | Jon Galarraga is a 2nd year PhD student in the Burdick Lab, where he works on polymeric biomaterials. From Belcamp, MD, his favorite part about GABE is the strong culture of solidarity, service, and scholarship embodied by GABE and its members!
Recruitment Chair, Mentorship Chair | Ashley Fung is a 1st year PhD student from New Jersey. When she’s not doing research, she likes to try new restaurants and explore the streets and parks of Philly.
Recruitment Chair | Catherine Bautista is a 1st year PhD student. She is from New York and in her free time enjoys eating, baking, and exploring Philly.
Wellness Chair, Public Relations Chair & Webmaster | Minna Chen is a 5th year PhD student in the Burdick lab. Her research interests include cell interactions with biomaterials, and her favorite part about GABE is building community with other bioengineers. Outside of lab, she likes to play tennis, read books on her Kindle, and drink tea.
Wellness Chair | Mike Magaraci is a 3rd year PhD student in the Chow Lab.
Outdoors Chair, Outreach Chair | Joey Newton is a 2nd year PhD student in the Soslowsky Lab. From Virginia, he is part of the Penn Boxing Club and likes to watch football in his spare time.
Outdoors Chair, Mentorship Chair | Ryan Leiphart is a 2nd year PhD student in the Soslowsky Lab.
Public Relations Chair & Webmaster, Photography Chair | Kristen Lau is a 5th year PhD student in the X-Ray Physics Lab studying medical imaging and medical physics. From Toronto, her favorite things to do in Philly include going to museums, eating at new restaurants, and photographing the city.