People

Neel S. Joshi

Neel S. Joshi

Principal Investigator

Neel Joshi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and an affiliate in Bioengineering at Northeastern University. He completed his PhD at UC Berkeley in the lab of Matt Francis and a postdoc at Boston University in the lab of Mark Grinstaff before starting his independent academic career at Harvard University and then moving to Northeastern in January 2020. He is broadly interested in topics related to biologically inspired materials, protein engineering, self-assembly, and biointerfaces. His group works at the intersection of biomaterials science and synthetic biology.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Avinash Manjula-Basavanna

Avinash Manjula-Basavanna

Postdoctoral Fellow

During my PhD at JNCASR, India, I worked on Bioinspired Design Strategies pertaining to three primary aspects viz. Molecular Engineering, Molecular Biomimicry and Molecular Materials. Then I shifted gears to Living Materials by integrating Synthetic Biology, Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University. I specifically focus on Designing and Developing Sustainable Living Materials for Energy, Health and Environmental Applications, with a strong emphasis on Commercialization.

  • NSF Idea Machine (Big Ideas) Grand Prize Winner
  • World’s Top 35 Innovators Under 35Technology Review, MIT
  • Deep Tech Pioneer
  • Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award
  • Semifinalist of MIT Water Innovation Prize
  • Semifinalist of Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge
  • Harvard Innovation Lab’s Venture Incubation Program
  • Innovation Scholars In-Residence Program at Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House) by the President of India

Email: a.manjula-basavanna@northeastern.edu

Graduate Students

Hui Yan (Jen) Kuang

Hui Yan (Jen) Kuang

PhD Student

(B.S. Boston University)

Email: kuang.hu@northeastern.edu

 

Shanna Bonnano

Shanna Bonnano

PhD Student

(B.S. Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Email: bonanno.sh@northeastern.edu

Hann Tu

Hann Tu

PhD Student

(B.S. Simmons College)

Email: tu.han@northeastern.edu

Shohreh Vanaei

Shohreh Vanaei

PhD Student

(B.S., M.S. University of Tehran)

Email: vanaei.s@northeastern.edu

Undergraduate Students

Colter Giem

Colter Giem

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Eli Avraamides

Eli Avraamides

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Tim Storms

Tim Storms

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Email: storm.t@northeastern.edu

Brian Cho

Brian Cho

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Stephanie Chun

Stephanie Chun

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Past Members

Research staff: 

  • Peter Q. Nguyen

Postdoctoral fellows: 

  • Anna Duraj-Thatte
  • Anton Kan
  • Junling Guo
  • Miguel Suástegui
  • Noémie‐Manuelle Dorval Courchesne
  • Martin Nussbaumer
  • Glenna Meister

Graduate students: 

  • Ilia Gelfat
  • Daniel Birnbaum
  • Pichet Bom Praveschotinunt
  • Giorgia Cannici
  • Pei Kun Richie Tay
  • Zsofia Botyanszki
  • Rajiv Desai
  • Daniel Rubin

Visiting researchers: 

  • Eneko Axpe
  • Arjirios Sourlis
  • Franziska Bahl
  • Ilona den Hartog
  • Chaochen Lu
  • Ahmed Sami Helal

Undergraduate students: 

  • Sivaram Emani
  • Vanessa Moody
  • Octavio Lopez
  • Amy Zhou
  • Jessica J. Kim
  • Jarod Rutledge
  • Trevor Nash
  • Frederick Ward

 

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