- Research Program Mentor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Bioengineering; Biotechnology; Immunotherapy; Regenerative Medicine; Tissue Engineering
3D Organ Engineering
Tissue Engineering. Regenerative Medicine. Stem Cells. Organ Transplants. In this exercise, we will explore the principles of engineering tissues and organs from the bottom up. Students will learn the nuances of building a tissue of their choice using the latest bioengineering techniques that are currently available. At the end of the exercise, students will be able to (i) understand the underlying biological and engineering principles of 3D Organ Engineering, (ii) create a tangible project that attempts to tackle a current limitation in 3D Organ Engineering, and (iii) create a short presentation and written proposal on said project.
Cancer vaccines. Supercharging bone marrow transplants. CAR-T cell therapies. In this exercise, we will explore how engineering can be used to exploit the immune system in the context of disease. Students will learn basic immunology and the latest bioengineering approaches to treating diseases of or involving the immune system. At the end of the exercise, students will be able to (i) understand the underlying immunological and engineering principles of immunotherapy, (ii) create a tangible project that attempts to tackle a disease that can benefit from immunotherapy, and (iii) create a short presentation and written proposal on said project.
A Burgeoning Trend: Engineering in Medicine and Biotechnology
What does it mean to be a bioengineer? How has bioengineering impacted and enabled the fields of medicine and biotechnology? Where can we trace the field back to? In this exercise, students will take an educational tour of the history of the continuously evolving field of bioengineering. At the end of the exercise, students will be able to (i) pinpoint the origins of bioengineering and its impact on society, (ii) conduct a historical review of the field of bioengineering and speculate where it's future will lead, and (iii) create a short presentation and a written review on said field.
Coding skillsMatLab, R, Bash, python, C++
"My experience with my Nikko has been great. He has guided me and taught me about cardiac tissue engineering. During the first few weeks, he would teach me about cardiac tissue engineering and everything that would go into it. Then when I started writing my paper he gave me a lot of guidance and helped me create a good [research] proposal. He was always available when I had questions about the assignments in between sessions. He would also give me feedback on my draft proposals between each session so I could improve it before the next which made this process much more efficient."