Principal Investigator

Kareen L. K. Coulombe, PhD

Kareen Coulombe

Associate Professor of Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering

Center for Biomedical Engineering
School of Engineering & Division of Biology and Medicine
Email: kareen_coulombe(at) 

Join our team!

Potential undergraduate students can send Dr. Coulombe an email describing their interests in biomedical engineering and research, sharing their career aspirations, and providing a resume and unofficial transcript.

Potential graduate students can learn about the application process through the Brown Center for Biomedical Engineering and email Dr. Coulombe.


Celinda Kofron, PhD

Celinda Kofron

Research Scientist

Project: Cardiotoxicity of environmental chemicals in a human 3D microtissue platform
Research Interests: Cardiac cell interactions, self-assembled 3D microtissues, toxicity
Email: celinda_kofron(at)

Rajeev Kant, PhD

Rajeev Kant

Research Scientist

Project: Spatio-temporal Cues for Vascularization of Human iPSC-derived Cardiac Engineered Tissue
Research Interests: hiPSC-cardiac differentiation, cardiac tissue engineering, vascular patterning, 3D printing, biomaterials
Email: rajeev_kant(at)


Arvin Soepriatna, PhD

Arvin Soepriatna

Postdoctoral Fellow

Project: Electrical Integration of Engineered Human Myocardium for Arrhythmia Abatement after Myocardial Infarction
Research Interests: Cardiac regeneration, computational approaches, biomechanics, 4D cardiac strain imaging, disease progression
Email: arvin_soepriatna(at)

PhD Students

Mark Daley, MS

Mark Daley

PhD candidate in BME

Project: Three-Dimensional Human Cardiac Microtissues for In Vitro Risk Assessment of Arrhythmogenic Cardiotoxicity
Research Interests: Cardiac Arrhythmias, Cardiotoxicity, In Vitro Modeling
Email: mark_daley(at)

Kiera Dwyer, BS

Kiera Dwyer

PhD candidate in BME

Project: Fibrous collagen scaffolds in engineered hiPSC-cardiac tissues for heart repair
Research Interests: Tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, tissue scaffolds, biomaterials
Email: kiera_dwyer(at)


Alicia Minor, BS

Alicia Minor

PhD candidate in BME

Project: Directing Angiogenesis by Patterning ECM-adherent Signaling Molecules in Human Engineered Cardiac Tissue for Improved In Vivo Vascularization
Research Interests: hiPSC-cardiac differentiation, tissue engineering, vascular patterning, angiogenesis
Email: alicia_minor(at)

Stephanie Roser, MS

Stephanie Roser

PhD student in BME

Project: Heparinized alginate-based hydrogel biomaterials for the prolonged, localized release of pro-angiogenic growth factors
Research Interests: Vascular patterning, angiogenesis, hiPSC-endothelial cell differentiation, biomaterials
E-mail: stephanie_roser(at)

Master’s Students

Yamini Singh

Yamini Singh

MS student in BME

Prakruthi Vadakattu

Prakruthi Vadakattu

MS student in BME


Collin Polucha, BS

Collin Polucha

Research Technician

Research Interests: Cardiovascular regeneration, surgical technologies, models of myocardial infarction
Email: collin_polucha(at)

Undergraduate Students

Momoka Kobayashi, Biomedical Engineering ‘23
Momoka Kobayashi

Elena Song, Biomedical Engineering ‘23
Elena Song

Caroline Snyder, Biomedical Engineering ’24
Caroline Snyder

Keyana Zahiri, Health and Human Biology ‘23
Keyana Zahiri

Stephen Pyon, Biomedical Engineering ‘23
Stephen Pyon

Jenny Wei, Applied Math-Biology ’23
Jenny Wei

Former Lab Members

  • Phillip Schmitt, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering ’22
  • Fabiola Munarin, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor (research)
  • Nicholas J. Kaiser, Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering ’19
    “A Tunable Collagen Microfiber Platform for Engineered Cardiac Tissue”
  • Cassady E. Rupert, Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering ’19
    “Modeling development and disease in engineered human cardiac tissue”
  • Ananya Anand, MD ’19
  • Colette Bare, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering ’19
  • Jessica Bellows, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering ’19
  • Heidi Chang, ScB with Honors in Chemical Engineering ’16
  • Jasmine Gabor, Chemical Engineering ’21
  • Anna House, ScB in Biomedical Engineering ’20
  • Gian Ignacio, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering ’18
  • Chinedu Irofuala, ScB in BME ’17; ScM in Biomedical Engineering ’18
  • Carly Kabelac, ScB in Biomedical Engineering ’19
  • Amelia Khoo, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering ’18
  • Bining Lu, ScM in Biotechnology ’16
  • Giuliano Marostica, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering ’15, Domenico A. Ionata Award Winner
  • Shababa Matin, ScB in Biomedical Engineering ’17
  • Kyle Meyer, ScB in BME ’15; ScM in Biomedical Engineering ’16
  • G. Andrea Micheli, MSc in Biomedical Engineering ’16, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Maria Muhammad, BS in Chemistry ’18 from Tougaloo College
  • Jad Nasrallah, ScB with Honors in Mechanical Engineering ’17, Joseph Kestin Award of Excellence Winner
  • Maria Paredes, ScB in BME ’17, George H. Main ’45 Award Winner; ScM in Biomedical Engineering ’18
  • Carlota Pereda Serras, ScB with Honors in Biology ’15
  • Isobel Rountree, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering ’20
  • Dalia Ruiz, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering ’16
  • Jason Thomas, ScB with Honors in Physics ’17
  • Jackie Vu, AB with Honors in Engineering ’17
  • Kelly Williams, ScB with Honors in Biomedical Engineering ’19
  • Elliot Youth, ScB with Honors in Computational Biology ’20