Alumni

M.S. Students

Jebin Joshua Moses

I am Jebin, a 2nd-year graduate student pursuing an MS in Nanoengineering. I joined UCSD with a B. Tech degree in Chemical Engineering and research experience in plant economics from Anna University (AC Tech Campus). During my undergraduate, I was juggling many extracurricular activities which gifted me the opportunity to be the President of the college’s Entrepreneurship Cell, Capitalize, and the Head of the Chemical Engineering Department’s student body while playing soccer for the college team.

In my first year of MS program, I was part of the Pokorski Lab and was working with polymers and ‘Click’ chemistry for targeted drug delivery for cancer. Now I will be working on the Nanofabrication of All-Optical Platform for Rapid, Precise and Low-Cost Cancer Tissue Diagnostics in the Poulikakos Lab. In my free time, I love to play open-world computer games (Cheers to Runescape) and soccer. Go Chelsea! KTBFFH! 

Jebin is currently working as a TD Etch volunteer at Intel.

Aniket Puri

Aniket S. Puri is an M.S. student in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at UCSD who joined Poulikakos Lab in September 2020. He obtained his B.E. (Hons) degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in Chemical Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, he worked in Prof. Karthik Chethan V’s lab studying the thermodynamic effects of electrospinning on the biopolymeric zein matrix and different inorganic encapsulants. He was also a part of collaborative research in haemoglobin quantification for point of care applications in Prof. Suman Kapur’s lab.

His research in Poulikakos Lab focuses on building a tissue engineering platform to model breast cancer tissue and subsequently establishing a microscopy-based diagnostic correlation between tissue morphology and disease. His research interests include tissue engineering, therapeutics and diagnostics. In his free time, he likes reading fiction, history or playing badminton.

Aniket defended his master’s thesis this September and was rewarded with his master’s degree.

Undergraduate Students

Chris Park

Chris Park is an undergraduate UC San Diego student studying Mechanical Engineering. He is expected to receive his Bachelor Degree in 2022. He is currently working in this lab as well as the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory Club at UCSD. His past research experience was working at the Bio-Inspired Robotics and Design Lab, where he focused creating a feedback control system for micro-robotic joints. He now know exploring his interest in biology applications within mechanical engineering. 

Chris joined the Poulikakos Lab in June 2021. He is eager to help and get involved in the research during the summer 2021. Chris is interested in the development of biotechnology to learn how it could be used for future medical device applications. He is interested in learning about the new topic of nanophotonics and how they can be use for structural tissue diagnosis.

Chris is currently studying abroad at Lund University in Sweden. 

Trinity Pike

Trinity Pike is an undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Humanities at UC San Diego. She is currently a researcher for Project Lim[b]itless, an initiative that aims to make prosthetic limbs more accessible and affordable. Additionally, she is a Co-President for Engineers Without Borders at UCSD, a writer for Out in STEM at UCSD, and a member of several engineering outreach programs.

Trinity joined the Poulikakos Lab in December 2020. She is excited to assist the other team members with their research projects. Trinity is interested in exploring novel materials for medical devices using additive manufacturing and nanotechnology. In the future, she hopes to study bioengineering and become a research and development engineer.

Trinity is currently working as a Technical Solutions Engineer at Epic.

Dhruv Parmar

Dhruv Parmar is an undergraduate student majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology at UCSD. He transferred to UCSD in Fall of 2020 from Las Positas Community College. There he did an independent research study on how different environmental conditions affected the activity of Calypte anna (Annie’s hummingbirds).

Dhruv joined the Poulikakos Lab in December 2020 and while he hasn’t been able to be incredibly active due to the pandemic, he is ready to help over the summer with the research done by the rest of the team. He is especially excited to work with Aniket on anisotropic materials and is thrilled to bring his biological expertise to the table. In the future he hopes to use his experiences here to aid him in his inevitable graduate research.

Dhruv is currently engaging in undergraduate research at the Root Lab on campus.