Meagan Ita

Co-President | Meagan Ita is a 3rd year PhD student in the Winkelstein lab. Her research interests include spine biomechanics, pain signaling, and the mechanotransduction mechanisms of neuronal injury. Her favorite part about GABE is escaping lab for happy hours with her fellow graduate students (even if it’s still in the building). In her free time, Meagan loves running with Philly SURGE, playing her flute, and cheering on the Buckeyes (O-H!).

 

Pat MCo-President | Patrick McClanahan is a 5th year PhD student in the Fang-Yen lab. 

 

 

 

 

 


lauren-beckSecretary | Lauren Beck
is a 3rd year PhD student in the Raj Lab, where she studies organoid self-assembly and engineering. From Kensington, MD, in her spare time she likes to run, listen to podcasts, cook, and defend her garden from squirrels!

 

 

 

 

Symposium ChairTonia Tsinman is a 2nd year PhD student in the Mauck Lab. Interested in tissue engineering, she likes to run, hike, and explore new places in Philly in her free time.

 

sonja-brankovicSymposium Chair | Sonja Brankovic is a 1st year Masters student in the Bassett Lab, where she studies arterial mechanics and mechanobiology. From Palm Beach Gardens, FL, she likes to read sci-fi and contemporary history books and explore Philly.

 

 

 

 

Sonia KarthaCareer Chair | Sonia Kartha is a 2nd year PhD student in the Winkelstein lab studying neural injury. Her favorite part about GABE is hanging out with people who love science! In her free time, she likes to play most racquet sports, watch HBO dramas, and eat Malaysian food.

 

 

 

emamian_milad_picCareer Chair, Recruitment Chair | Milad Emamian is a 1st year PhD student in the HHMI program. His research interests are in imaging and informatics and in his spare time he enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and hiking.

 

 

 

 
Sona BansalOutreach Chair | Sonia Bansal is a 2nd year PhD student in the Mauck lab studying meniscus/orthopedic soft tissue. She’s excited about making a difference and giving back with GABE this year. From New York, Sonia likes to chat with friends over coffee in her spare time.

 

 

 

 

Varsha VOutreach Chair | Varsha Viswanath is a 3rd year PhD student in the Karp Lab originally from the Bay Area. Her research interests include PET instrumentation and image quantification.

 

 

 

 

andreigeorgescu_hsSocial Chair, Holiday Party Chair, Recruitment Chair | Andrei Gorgescu is a 1st year PhD student rotating in the Huh and Issadore Labs. 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.

 

 

nicholas-perkonsSocial Chair, Holiday Party Chair | Nick Perkons is 1st 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.

 

 

 

 

justin-bendigoSocial Chair | Justin Bendigo is a 1st year Masters student in the Smith/Malhotra Labs, where he studies cell and tissue engineering. From Reading, PA, he’s looking forward to making new friends within the BE community and enjoys singing, cooking, biking, and tinkering with computers in his spare time.

 

 

 

Recruitment Chair | Rhea Chitalia is a 1st 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.

 

jonathan-galarragaRecruitment Chair | John Galarraga is a 1st 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 | Divya Jain is a 1st year PhD student in James Gee’s lab. Originally from Rockville, MD, she loves to watch Maryland basketball and dance!

Recruitment Chair | Ryan Leiphart is a 1st year PhD student at Penn.

Recruitment Chair | Joey Newton is a 1st year PhD student at Penn.

sam-delucciaRecruitment Chair | Sam DeLuccia is a 2nd year Masters student in the Fang-Yen Lab interested in neural engineering and medical device development. From Horseheads, NY, his favorite part about GABE is going to happy hours and he likes to play tennis, play ultimate frisbee, and travel in his free time.

 

 

 

GSEG Representative | Jessica Hsu is a 2nd year PhD student in the Cormode lab, where she studies biomedical imaging. She is from Chicago and her favorite part about GABE is the happy hours!

 

 

 

 

pranitaGSEG Representative | Pranita Muralidhar is a 1st year Masters student interested in orthopedic biomechanics. From Delaware, she enjoys traveling and playing the trumpet.

 

 

 

 


clara-dongHoliday Party Chair | Clara Dong 
is a 1st year Masters student in the Huh lab. Her research interests are biomedical imaging and drug delivery. Clara is from China and she likes to bake, dance, run, and do yoga in her free time.

 

 

 

 

nishal-shahOutdoor & Sports Chair | Nishal Shah is a 2nd 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!

 

 

 

 

Zak BeachOutdoor & Sports Chair | Zak Beach is a 2nd year PhD student in the Soslowsky lab. His research interests are orthopaedics, biomechanics, regenerative medicine, and sports medicine. His favorite part about GABE is always being surrounded by hard-working, talented people. When he’s not in lab, he likes to play soccer, weight lift, and be active.

 

 

 

Minna ChenPublic Relations Chair & Webmaster | Minna Chen is a 4th 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.

 

 

 

Kristen LauPublic Relations Chair & Webmaster, Photographer | Kristen Lau is a 4th year PhD student in the X-Ray Physics Lab studying medical imaging and medical physics. From Toronto, her favorite part about GABE is meeting new people.  She enjoys singing in the Penn Choir, photography, and traveling in her spare time.