EiS Trainees

We are pleased to introduce Biomedical Engineering’s current Engineers in Scrubs students. Please feel free to check out our students’ varied research topics and interests.

 

MASc Students

 

Andrew Cavers

Andrew Cavers

Andrew Cavers
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Konrad Walus
Research Topic and Description:3D-printed tissue constructs for in-vitro medical/biological research. My work will probably focus on airway smooth muscle cell constructs
Research Interests: In-vitro cell constructs, 3D printing
Previous Universities: The University of British Columbia (BASc in Engineering Physics)
Current Lab: LMRS

Chao Jin

Chao Jin

Chao Jin
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Hong Ma
Research Topic and Description: Microfabrication and Characterization of microfluidic devices used in sorting cells by their mechanical properties.
Research Interests: Microfluidic, BioMEMS
Previous Universities: Zhejiang University(BE in Mechatronic Engineering), China
Current Lab: Multi-Scale Design Laboratory

Eric Zhao

Eric Zhao
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Mu Chiao
Research Topic and Description: Examining how forces exerted by soft polymer substrates can influence cells’ behaviour, with the aim of improving outcomes for patients receiving skin grafts.
Research Interests: Bio-MEMs, micropillar arrays, machine learning
Previous Universities: McGill University (BSc in Physics & Physiology)
Current Lab: UBC MEMS Laboratory

Florin Gheorghe

Florin Gheorghe

Florin Gheorghe
Joined EiS program in 2011
Research Supervisor: Dr. Mike Van der Loos
Research Topic and Description: Florin is studying the process of innovation for medical technology in the developing world. Partnered with UBC’s Uganda Sustinable Trauma Orthopaedic Program, he will engage in design workshops with surgeons at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda to re-imagine the ways in which technology can support and transform surgery in low-resource settings.
Research Interests: Medical device innovation, creative thinking strategies, disruptive technology, international orthopaedic surgery, and social entrepreneurship
Previous Universities: The University of British Columbia (BASc in Mechanical Engineering)

Gregory Allan

Gregory Allan

Gregory Allen
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi
Research Topic and Description: Gregory’s research will examine novel surgical approaches used to improve the accuracy and reliability of percutaneous scaphoid surgery practiced by orthopaedic surgeons today. Gregory hopes to reduce the radiation risks that occur when mending the scaphoid by employing different imaging modalities to ultimately give better outcomes for patients
Research Interests: Medical device development, human mobility and entrepreneurship
Previous Universities: Queen’s University (Bachelor in Computing (Hons.) – Biomedical Specialization)Current Lab: Robotics and Control Lab

Jackie Soicher

Jackie Soicher

Jacqueline Soicher
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Peter Cripton
Research Topic and Description: Jacqueline’s research topic is studying the effects of vibration and shock during transportation on spinal cord injury patients. In particular, fiducial markers will be used to measure the deflection of the spinal cord during vibration.
Research Interests: Injury Biomechanics and Injury Prevention
Previous Universities: Carleton University (BEng in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering)
Current Lab: Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics Group, Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

Jeremy Kooyman

Jeremy Kooyman

Jeremy Kooyman
Joined EiS program in 2011
Research Supervisor: Dr. Antony Hodgson
Research Topic and Description: Jeremy’s research will examine a novel orthopaedic surgical approach known as bracing that provides opportunities for reducing the invasive impact and set-up time associated with procedures like uni-compartmental knee arthroplasty and femoral acetabular impingement.
Research Interests: Computer-assisted surgery, medical robotics, medical device entrepreneurship
Previous Universities: University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering
Current Lab: UBC Neuromotor Control Lab

Josiah To

Josiah To

Josiah To
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Karen Cheung
Research Topic and Description: Using microfabrication techniques to create microfluidic chambers in order to test for specific strains of DNA; this technology can be applied in portable medical devices for diagnostic purposes.
Research Interests: Microfluidics, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology and neuroscience
Previous Universities: University of California San Diego (BS Bioengineering – Premedical)
Current Lab: Nano System Laboratory

Julie Hemily

Julie Hemily

Julie Hemily
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Tim Salcudean
Research Topic and Description: Julie is studying the application of different types of elastography including both ultrasound and MR elastography on the staging of liver fibrosis.
Research Interests: Biomedical imaging, Medical technology
Previous Universities: McMaster University – B.Eng (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering)
Current Lab: Robotics and Control Lab

Kousha Talebian

Kousha Talebian

Kousha Talebian
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Guy Dumont
Research Topic and Description: Closed-loop adaptive control of anesthesia, using pEEG monitor
Research Interests: Adaptive control, control of anesthesia, robots
Previous Universities: University of British Columbia (B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics – Electrical Option)
Current Lab: Electrical & Computer Engineering in Medicine

Marianne Black

Marianne Black

Marianne Black
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. David Wilson
Research Topic and Description: The effect of wedge and slope angle in high tibial osteotomy. People with varus malalignment often develop osteoarthritis in the medial compartment of the tibiofemoral joint. High tibial osteotomy is a procedure intended to unload the medial compartment of the joint, however it is not well understood how the wedge and slope angle of the osteotomy affect the kinematics and dynamics of the knee. This study will examine how various wedge and slope combinations affect the kinematics and contact pressure of the tibiofemoral joint.
Research Interests: Orthopaedics, MRI use in musculoskeletal imaging
Previous Universities: The University of British Columbia (BASc in Engineering Physics)
Current Lab: Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

Marie-Eve Myrand-Lapierre

Marie-Eve Myrand-Lapierre

Marie-Eve Myrand-Lapierre
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Hong Ma
Research Topic and Description: Microfluidic Biomechanical Assay for Red Blood Cells Parasitized by Plasmodium falciparum. Malaria, a disease transmitted by mosquito bite, is caused by parasites that spend part of their life in red blood cells (RBCs). The most common and deadly form of this parasite is Plasmodium falciparum. Once this parasite invades a RBC, the cell becomes stiffer. Marie-Eve’s research involves developing a microfluidic device to measure RBC stiffness using microscale funnel-shaped constrictions.
Research Interests: Cell biology, Cell biomechanics, Microfluidic, Point-of-care testing, BioMEMS
Previous Universities: Laval University (BASc in Engineering Physics), Quebec City
Current Lab: Multi-Scale Design Laboratory

Mark Semple

Mark Semple

Mark Semple
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Antony Hodgson
Research Topic and Description: Advanced tools in computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery
Research Interests: bones, surgery, robots, injuries
Previous Universities: Queen’s University  (BASc. in Mechanical Engineering)
Current Lab: Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

Moshiur Farazi

Moshiur Farazi

Moshiur Farazi
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Rafeef Abugharbieh
Research Topic and Description: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory and demyelinating disease. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is used to assess the progression of the disease and to evaluate the effect of drug therapy. My research involves appreciating MS White matter (WM) and Grey Matter (GM) lesions in conventional brain imaging and meliorating their consequence on non-rigid registration that may lead to brain tissue misclassification.
Research Interests: MRI/fMRI of Human Brain, Machine Learning, Elastography for Breast Cancer detection
Previous Universities: Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh (Master of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering), Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh (Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
Current Lab: Biomedical Signal and Image Computing Laboratory (BiSICL)

Shalaleh Rismani

Shalaleh Rismani

Shalaleh Rismani
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Mike Van der Loos
Research Topic and Description: TBD
Research Interests: Design methodology, human-centered design, rehabilitative technology, social robotics, human-robot interaction
Previous Universities: University of British Columbia (BASc. in Mechanical Engineering)
Current Lab: CARIS lab (http://caris.mech.ubc.ca/)

Vanessa Thomson

Vanessa Thomson

Vanessa Thomson
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Peter Cripton
Research Topic and Description: Pro-Neck-Tor Helmet Development.
Spinal cord injuries can be devastating and debilitating, and often occur as a result of head-on impacts during sporting events. The Pro-Neck-Tor features an internal mechanism which directs the neck into a slightly flexed or extended posture during head-first impacts. In doing so, the direct loads to the cervical spine are dissipated and injury can be prevented.
Research Interests: Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics
Previous Universities: Queen’s University (BSc.(Eng.))
Current Lab: ICORD Biomechanical Engineering Lab

Vivian Chung

Vivian Chung

Vivian Chung
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Antony Hodgson
Research Topic and Description: Vivian is examining the quantitative measures of clinical and functional success in Total Knee Arthroplasties (TKAs). When surgeons perform TKAs, a multitude of Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) techniques are available. With the definition of surgical success being as multifaceted as the patients’ rehabilitation process, our understanding of the success measures plays an important role when evaluating the business case for new surgical techniques.
Research Interests: Biomechanics of Rehabilitation, TKA, CAOS, Continuous Improvement and Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare
Previous Universities: University of Western Ontario (BASc. in Integrated Engineering)
Current Lab: Center for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver General Hospital

Xi Qin

Xi Qin

Xi Qin
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Hong Ma
Research Topic and Description: CTCs (circulating tumor cells) are often bigger and stiffer than normal white blood cells. Their differences in mechanical properties enable us to utilize microfluidics and microfabrication technologies to separate these cells fast and efficiently.
Research Interests: Bio-MEMS; MEMES; Microfluidic
Previous Universities: Zhejiang University(Bachelor of Engineering), China
Current Lab: Multi-Scale Design Laboratory

 

PhD Students

Bulmaro Valdes

Bulmaro Valdes

Bulmaro Valdes
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Mike Van der Loos
Research Topic and Description: Developing technology for stroke and cerebral palsy rehabilitation
Research Interests: Medical devices, automation, gaming applied to rehabilitation.
Previous Universities: The University of Sydney, Australia (Master in Professional Engineering (Biomedical)), Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico (Bachelor in Mechatronics Engineering)
Current Lab: CARIS (Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems) Lab

Felipe Eltit

Felipe Eltit

Felipe Eltit
Joined EiS program in 2011
Research Supervisor: Dr. Rizhi Wang
Research Topic and Description: Biomaterial related causes for hip implant failure. The objective is to analyze the specific mechanisms that explain adverse reaction to hip implants to develop better and more bio-compatible materials for human orthopedic implants
Research Interests: Implant-tissue interface, Mineralized tissues structure and mechanical behaviour
Previous Universities: Licence of Dentistry (University of Chile), Mater in Cell Biology (University of Chile)
Current Lab: Biomaterial Lab, Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratories

Navid Shirzad

Navid Shirzad

Navid Shirzad
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Mike Van der Loos
Research Topic and Description: Navid is studying the process of motor recovery after stroke, with a focus on finding ways of increasing the recovery speed and stroke survivors’ compliance with therapy regimens. His approach is to combine the three fields of robotics, positive psychology, and physical therapy to design a fun, cheap robotic device that can be used for home-based therapy sessions. He will be working with two of the local therapy clinics to understand needs/concerns of both therapists and patients, and to test his developed prototypes. His ultimate goal is to change stroke survivors’ perception of therapy from “a hard and boring work” to “a game-like activity”.
Research Interests: Rehabilitation Robotics, Haptics, Interface Design
Previous Universities: University of Tehran (BSc in Mechanical Engineering), The University of British Columbia (MASc in Mechanical Engineering)
Current Lab: CARIS (Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems) Lab

Qiong Wang

Qiong Wang

Qiong Wang
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Rizhi Wang
Research Topic and Description: Hip fracture and fracture mechanics of bone
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Bimineralization
Previous Universities: Tsinghua University
Current Lab: Biomaterials Lab, Department of Materials Engineering

Stephen Mattucci

Stephen Mattucci

Stephen Mattucci
Joined EiS program in 2011
Research Supervisor: Dr. Tom Oxland
Research Topic and Description: Biomechanics of spinal cord injury, focusing on the effect of injury mechanism and timing of residual compression on short term pathological outcomes.
Research Interests: Spine and spinal cord biomechanics, joint replacements and implants, fracture fixation devices
Previous Universities: University of Waterloo (MASc in Biomechanical Engineering), The University of British Columbia (BASc in Mechanical Engineering)
Current Lab: Orthopaedic and Injury Biomechanics Group, Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

Sunyoung Park

Sunyoung Park

Sunyoung Park
Joined EiS program in 2011
Research Supervisor: Dr. Hong Ma
Research Topic and Description: White blood cells, the primary contaminant cell type, are typically smaller and softer than cancer cells. This property enables to isolate cancer cells based on size and deformability without fixation or chemical modification. Sunyoung’s research involves separating rare circulating tumor cells from the blood cells by employing a microfluidic structural ratchet mechanism and using oscillatory flow through an array of funnel-shaped structures.
Research Interests: Bio-MEMS: On-chip bio-engineering lab, Microfabricated protein/DNA analysis system, Drug delivery system, Fabrication of nanoparticles, Fabrication and packing of MEMS; Cell Mechanics: Cell response regarding nano-materials, Cell sorting/separation using microfluidics, Bio-mimetic design
Previous Universities: Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (Master in Interdisciplinary Program of Bioengineering), The University of British Columbia (BASC in Mechanical Engineering)
Current Lab: Multi-Scale Design Laboratory

Xun Chen

Xun Chen

Xun Chen
Joined EiS program in 2011
Research Supervisor: Dr. Z. Jane Wang
Research Topic and Description: Statistical signal processing in biomedical applications. Xun aims to develop novel recognition, fusion and clustering algorithms for biomedical usage, especially for Parkinson’s disease.
Research Interests: EEG/EMG/fMRI data fusion, sign language recognition, bio-signal clustering
Previous Universities: University of Science and Technology of China
Current Lab: Statistical Signal Processing Lab, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.

Youngjin Yoo

Youngjin Yoo

Youngjin Yoo
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Roger Tam
Research Topic and Description: Youngjin’s work is focused on quantitative MRI techniques such as myelin water imaging and developing new image analysis methods for MRI using machine learning techniques to improve the understanding of neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS).
Research Interests: Quantitative MRI techniques such as myelin water imaging, machine learning, medical image analysis, multicore architecture accelerated computation
Previous Universities: University of British Columbia (MASc in Biomedical Engineering), State University of New York at Buffalo (MS in Electrical Engineering), Kwangwoon University (BS in Information Control Engineering)
Current Lab: MS/MRI Research Group

 

MD/PhD Students

 

Philip Edgcumbe

Philip Edgcumbe

Philip Edgcumbe
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Robert Rohling and Dr. Christopher Nguan
Research Topic and Description: Developing and studying the effect of an augmented reality ultrasound navigation aid (ARUNA) for more intuitive display of intra-operative ultrasound images taken during minimally invasive surgery.
Research Interests: Medical imaging, surgical guidance and surgical robots
Previous Universities: University of British Columbia (B.A.S.c in Engineering Physics), Canada
Current Lab: Robotics and Control Lab

Post Doctoral Fellows

Hongbin Zhang

Hongbin Zhang

Hongbin Zhang
Joined EiS program in 2013
Research Supervisor: Dr. Mu Chiao
Research Topic and Description: Surface modification of drug delivery devices for good biocompatibility, antifouling and improved long-term performance in ophthalmological application.
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Tissue engineering, Drug delivery systems, Surface modification for biomedical applications
Previous Universities: Sichuan University (BS in Materials Chemistry), University of Science and Technology Beijing (PhD in Materials Physics and Chemistry)
Current Lab: UBC MEMS Laboratory

Xiu Mei (Lucy) Kang

Xiu Mei (Lucy) Kang

Xiu Mei (Lucy) Kang
Joined EiS program in 2012
Research Supervisor: Dr. Antony Hodgson
Research Topic and Description: Diagnosis and treatment of Femoroacetabular Impingement. Focusing on in vivo hip kinematics and geometrical analysis of hip joints to predict which portion of the bone should be resected to restore proper function.
Research Interests: Computer-assisted surgery, hip kinematics, virtual manufacturing, geometrical modeling and simulation, fixture planning
Previous Universities: Tsinghua University (B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering), Beijing Institute of Machinery (M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering), University of Manitoba (PhD in Mechanical Engineering)
Current Lab: Neuromotor Control Laboratory