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Walter B Reinhold Professor in the School of Engineering, Robert Bosch Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Bioengineering
Current Research and Scholarly Interestscomputaitonal simulation of brain development, cortical folding, computational simulation of cardiac disease, heart failure, left ventricular remodeling, electrophysiology, excitation-contraction coupling, computer-guided surgical planning, patient-specific simulation
BioRajan (Raj) Kumar is a Lecturer and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and serves as a Lecturer Consultant with the Center for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University. He specializes in integrating research and communication learning goals into STEM courses and designing inclusive research experiences for undergraduates. Raj currently teaches a variety of undergraduate and master’s level MatSci courses and is the faculty coordinator for the MatSci REU Program. Through these efforts, Raj strives to help students develop strong research and communication skills and solve multidisciplinary problems.
Raj received his both his BS (Northwestern) and his PhD (UC Berkeley) in Materials Science and Engineering. During his PhD, Raj studied electrochemical energy storage devices with an emphasis on developing printable batteries for integrated electronic systems. He also completed part of his PhD at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory through the Department of Energy SCGSR Fellowship. As a graduate student, Raj received the UC Berkeley Teaching Effectiveness Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. He also led workshops on effective teaching strategies for first-time graduate student instructors.
Assistant Professor of Genetics and of Computer Science
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsWe develop statistical and machine learning frameworks to learn predictive, dynamic and causal models of gene regulation from heterogeneous functional genomics data.
Sr Res Scientist-Basic Life
BioPhillip Kyriakakis, Ph.D. is Senior Research Scientist in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University in the Wu Tsai Institute for Neuroscience. Dr. Kyiakakis did his undergraduate work in Biochemistry at UMass Boston where he also worked in the lab of Dr. Alexey Veraksa's developmental biology lab doing biochemical experiments as well as starting to develop PhyB optogenetics (2008). Dr. Kyriakakis continued his education at UC San Diego in the Division of Biological Sciences. There he studied cellular programming and metabolism to obtain his degree with a specialization in Multiscale Biology. Dr. Kyriakakis did his postdoctoral work in the Bioengineering Department at UC San Diego with Todd Coleman continuing the development optogenetic tools and related technologies. In 2021 Dr. Kyriakakis moved to his Senior Research Scientist role at Stanford University in the Bioengineering Department in the Wu Tsai Institute for Neurosciences.