2018 Cohort

BESA welcomes the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering incoming class of 2018!

Tanishq Abraham

  • Contact: tmabraham@ucdavis.edu

Caitlin Banks

  • Contact: clbanks@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Sterling, VA
  • College: BBE in Biomedical Engineering from University of Delaware, MS in Biomedical Engineering from University of Florida
  • Hobbies: Figure skating, running, skiing
  • Research Focus Area: Musculoskeletal biomechanics

Justin Fitzgerald

  • Contact: jfitzgerald@ucdavis.edu

Marina Gabriel

  • Contact: mhgabriel@ucdavis.edu
  • College: BS in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Davis
  • Hobbies: Playing the piano, chess, reading, and photography
  • Research Focus Area: Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering

Gustavo Garcia

  • Contact: gstgarcia@ucdavis.edu


Gregory (Greg) Girardi

  • Contact: gpgirardi@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Stockton, CA
  • College: BS in Bioengineering from University of California, Merced
  • Hobbies: I enjoying playing/ watching video games and spending time with my corgi
  • Research Focus Area: Tissue Engineering

Leora Goldbloom-Helzner

  • Contact: legoldbloom@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
  • College: B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan
  • Hobbies: Musical Theater, A cappella, Ukulele, Sudoku
  • Research Focus Area: Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Bobby Gresham

  • Contact: rcgresham92@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Naples, FL
  • College: BS Biological Engineering from the University of Florida
  • Hobbies: I enjoy staying active through sports/hiking/general outdoors tom foolery. Big fan of karaoke and comedy as well.
  • Research Focus Area: Biomaterials

Hanna Koster

  • Contact: hkoster@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Geneseo, Illinois
  • College: BA in Physics and Biochemistry from Coe College
  • Hobbies: Gardening/plants, hiking, reading, traveling
  • Research Focus Area: Stem Cell, Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering

Tiantian Li

  • Contact: ttli@ucdavis.edu


Jeremy Lowen

  • Contact: jmlowen@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Auburn, CA
  • College: Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis
  • Hobbies: Piano/guitar, reading, hiking, board games
  • Research Focus Area: Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering

Sunny Lyu

  • Contact: slyu@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
  • College: BS in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Davis
  • Hobbies: I love playing soccer, reading, visiting coffee shops, and playing keyboard on my church's praise band.
  • Research Focus Area: Biomedical Imaging

Conary Meyer

  • Contact: conmeyer@ucdavis.edu


Rachel Mizenko

  • Contact: rmizenko@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Conifer, Colorado
  • College: BS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines
  • Hobbies: Mountain climbing, skiing, tuba playing, painting, and lots and lots of board games!
  • Research Focus Area: Regenerative medicine

Emily Moreno

  • Contact: emmoreno@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: La Habra, CA
  • College: BS in Bioengineering from UC San Diego
  • Hobbies: Hiking, reading, running, escape rooms, and all things Disney
  • Research Focus Area: Cardiac Electrophysiology

Bharad Nandakumar

  • Contact: bnandakumar@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Chennai, India
  • College: BTech Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from Amrita University, India and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University
  • Hobbies: I love to bike around and indulge in Hiking and camping from time to time, solo travel is a new found joy. Trying my hand at DIY electronics and drone flying, always looking forward to new experiences.
  • Research Focus Area: Neuroengineering, Electrophysiology

Abigail (Abby) Niesen

  • Contact: abniesen@ucdavis.edu 
  • Hometown: Stamford, CT
  • College: BS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University
  • Hobbies: Running, hiking,  and rock climbing
  • Research Focus Area: Biomechanics

Michael Nguyen

  • Contact: mibnguyen@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Saratoga, California
  • College: BS in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University
  • Hobbies: Biking, Cooking, Hiking, Video Games
  • Research Focus Area: Cell and Molecular Systems

Ryan North

  • Contact: rdnorth@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Herndon, VA
  • College: BS in Mechanical Engineering and BS in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Hobbies: Getting lost in places I haven't been (exploring), hiking, motorcycle riding, board games, and video games
  • Research Focus Area: Biomechanics

Shahin Shams

  • Contact: smshams@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Orangevale, CA
  • College: BS in BME from UC Davis
  • Hobbies: painting, drawing, playing guitar, writing music, writing and illustrating children's books
  • Research Focus Area: Cell/tissue engineering and some synth bio

Marissa Taub

  • Contact: mvtaub@ucdavis.edu
  • Hometown: Fremont, CA
  • College: BS in Biomolecular Engineering from UC Santa Cruz
  • Hobbies: Playing video games, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.
  • Research Focus Area: Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering

Victoria (Vicky) Thai

  • Contact: vlthai@ucdavis.edu

Yiran Wang

  • Contact: yrdwang@ucdavis.edu

Greg Wheeler

  • Contact: gjwheeler@ucdavis.edu