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Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering, admitted Spring 2015
Student Resident Asst, Graduate Life Office
BioI am a mechanical engineering PhD student in Prof Beth Pruitt's Microsystems Laboratory. My research interests deal with mechanics of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs), or heart muscle cells. In particular, I am interested in the effects of geometry and cell-cell adhesions on cell contractile function, cytoskeletal organization, and protein localization. To study questions in this area, I design and fabricate microscale devices. These devices are often made from polyacrylamide or PDMS and allow us to control single cell geometry and adhesions. They also allow for measurement of a number of parameters such as force generation, calcium cycling, and cytoskeletal structure.
Prior to my graduate studies, I completed my bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University. During this time I worked in a number of labs at Case Western and other universities during summer internships. I worked on projects including lipid nanobubbles as an ultrasound contrast agent and drug delivery system, an implantable nerve scaffold, and cardiomyocyte maturation in vitro.
After earning my undergraduate degree, I spent a year as a Whitaker Fellow doing research in Ralph Mueller's bone biomechanics group at ETH Zurich. There I worked with graduate students to understand how cells embedded within bones respond to high or low forces. For this project, I also developed initial prototypes for microfluidic devices to measure protein expression in single cells.
Jeff R Wood
Capstone Course & Lab Projects Development Director, Mechanical Engineering
Current Role at StanfordME Capstone Course and Lab Project Development Director
Jeff is the ME Capstone Course and Lab Projects Development Director, where he brings his 25-year industry experience to the role. He is responsible for the ongoing strategy, design, curriculum plan and instruction plans for capstone courses in the Mechanical Engineering Department, as part of a broad effort to redesign the curriculum requirements for the undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Lecturer, ME170ab - Mechanical Engineering Design: Integrating Context with Engineering
Jeff is a lecturer for the capstone course he has developed, where he brings his extensive experience with the industry product development process to the class. In addition to establishing budget, resource, timeline requirements, Jeff has successfully promoted incorporating themes into the course consistent with the goals of the department and university – to address the pressing needs of human society. For AY18-19, this theme area is clean energy.
Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Mechanical Engineering
Innovation Mentor, TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering
BioElijah trained in the Product Design program at Stanford University, where he now teaches as a lecturer. He has a background in photography and filmmaking, as well as product & industrial design.
After working as a lead design engineer with Light & Motion, a vertically integrated manufacturer of consumer underwater video and photography equipment, he pursued graduate studies in marine biology at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and co-founded the print magazine Wetpixel Quarterly in 2007. He was a founder in the second class of Innovation Endeavor's Runway Program, a venture-backed startup accelerator backed by Eric Schmidt's fund.
He also founded Out of the Deep Blue, a design consultancy, where he works on web and mobile applications for clients like Genentech and Kaiser Permanente. As a life-long worshiper of the ocean, he loves to surf, dive, and kayak.