People

Principal Investigator

Steven Caliari

Assistant Professor 
Department of Chemical Engineering 
Department of Biomedical Engineering 
University of Virginia 

Education and Training
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania (2013-2016)
PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013) 
MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010) 
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida (2007) 

Email: caliari at virginia dot edu
Office: Wilsdorf 204
Phone: 434.243.1821
ORCID: 0000-0002-7506-3079

Graduate Students

Erica Hui

5th Year (joined Fall 2016) 
PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering 
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas (2016) 
Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas 
Interests: Reading, traveling, spending time with friends & family, eating, music, 
watching baseball (go Royals!) or college basketball 
Email: eh3ja at virginia dot edu 
ORCID: 0000-0002-6401-2137

Ivan Basurto

4th Year (joined Fall 2017) 
PhD Candidate, Department of Biomedical Engineering 
BS, Chemical Engineering, Lafayette College (2015) 
Hometown: Wilton, Connecticut 
Interests: Sports (soccer, hockey, swimming, triathlon), spending time with family and friends, traveling, food, music 
Email: imb5wy at virginia dot edu

Beverly Miller

4th Year (joined Fall 2017) 
PhD Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering 
BS, Bioengineering, Oregon State University (2017) 
Hometown: Portland, Oregon 
Interests: Hiking, camping, softball, reading adventure books, lifting weights, dancing, and traveling 
Email: bbb4nq at virginia dot edu

Jenna Sumey

3rd Year (joined Fall 2018) 
PhD Student, Department of Chemical Engineering 
BS, Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech (2018) 
Hometown: Uniontown, Pennsylvania 
Interests: Traveling, running, hiking, drinking coffee, petting dogs 
Email: jls6sw at virginia dot edu 
ORCID: 0000-0003-2402-603X

Leilani Astrab

1st Year (joined Fall 2020) 
PhD Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering 
BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida (2020) 
Hometown: Melbourne, Florida 
Interests: Hiking, reading, traveling, eating, watching sports, dogs
Email: la4re at virginia dot edu 

Mackenzie Grubb

2nd Year (joined Fall 2019) 
PhD Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering 
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida (2019) 
Hometown: Sarasota, Florida 
Interests: Hiking, reading, exploring, soccer, skiing, volleyball 
Email: mg7qw at virginia dot edu

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James Gentry

1st Year (joined Fall 2020) 
PhD Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering 
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University (2018) 
Hometown: College Station, Texas 
Interests: Baking, reading, spending time with family, music 
Email: jg9zk at virginia dot edu

Kelly Bukovic

1st Year (joined Fall 2020) 
PhD Student, Department of Chemical Engineering 
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida (2020) 
Hometown: Orlando, Florida 
Interests: Gardening, art history, playing viola and piano, crocheting, traveling, cooking, reading
Email: kmb5pu at virginia dot edu

Undergraduate Students

Kathryn Gimeno

4th Year (joined Summer 2018) 
Major: Biomedical Engineering 
Hometown: Cape May Court House, NJ 
Interests: Reading, running, playing soccer, and eating 
Email: kig4ec at virginia dot edu

Audrey Hansrisuk

3rd Year (joined Spring 2019) 
Major: Biochemistry 
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV 
Interests: Dogs, food, painting and calligraphy, learning languages, and sports (volleyball and figure skating) 
Email: aih2gf at virginia dot edu

Gregg Gardner

3rd Year (joined Summer 2019) 
Major: Chemical Engineering 
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina 
Interests: Cooking, hiking, traveling 
Email: gg3sr at virginia dot edu

Kathryn Smith

4th Year (joined Summer 2019) 
Major: Chemical Engineering 
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia 
Interests: Snowboarding, backpacking, sushi, 70s music
Email: kks5dp at virginia dot edu

Austin Amacher

2nd Year (joined Spring 2020) 
Major: Biomedical Engineering 
Hometown: Alexandria, VA 
Interests: Running, music, hiking, food, spending time with friends & family 
Email: ara2as at virginia dot edu

Lab Alumni

Masters Students:

Deniz Unal (MS, Chemical Engineering), Fall 2017-Fall 2019 
Thesis: Studies of Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells in 3D Hyaluronic Acid Scaffolds

Undergraduate Students:

Erin McIhinney (Biomedical Engineering), Fall 2019-Summer 2020
Priyanshi Jain (BS, Biology), Fall 2016-Fall 2019, Current: Medical student, New Jersey Medical School 
Sarah Zagorin (BS, Biomedical Engineering), Fall 2017-Spring 2019 
John Quezada (Biomedical Engineering), Summer 2019 
Emily Zezas (Speech Pathology), Fall 2018-Spring 2019 
Mark Mora (BS, Biomedical Engineering), Summer 2017-Spring 2019 
Oliver Phoa (BS, Chemical Engineering), Fall 2016-Fall 2018, Current: Rotational Development Program Associate at Amgen (West Greenwich, RI) 
Rebecca Earhart (BS, Chemical Engineering), Summer 2017-Spring 2018, Current: Technical Operations at Merck (Elkton, VA) 
Grant Guan (BS, Computer Science), Fall 2016-Spring 2018, Current: Associate at Boston Consulting Group (Chicago, IL)

Visiting Students:

Amber Jackson (undergraduate, George Mason University), Summer 2018 
Noah Hester (high school student), Summer 2018