I am a fifth year PhD candidate in IEOR at UC Berkeley. I received a BS in applied and computational mathematics from Caltech, and a MS in industrial engineering and operations research from Berkeley. Previously, I was a research scientist intern in Amazon – Digital Privacy Team. My research interests include data-driven decision making, with particular emphasis on addressing inefficiencies and inequalities in health systems.
Born and raised in Toulouse, France, I studied materials and mechanical engineering for my undergrad at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech in Paris. In 2020, I became a PhD student at UC Berkeley in the Mechanical Engineering department. Through my different research projects, I’ve specialized in materials computational theory. Part of Chrzan’s research group, I’m currently studying plastic deformation mechanisms in titanium at the atomistic level through computational simulations.
Numi Sveinsson was born in Copenhagen, Denmark but grew up in Reykjavik, Iceland and Miami. My research aims at utilizing machine learning to automatize patient specific blood flow simulations for medical purposes. I am currently implementing a machine learning approach to determine automatically the geometry for blood vessels of interest from medical images.
Alex started off in the neuropathology core at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center in 2013 under the mentorship of Prof. Lea T. Grinberg. There, he developed interests in the factors that influence selective vulnerability underlying early Alzheimer’s disease stages and associated neuropsychiatric manifestations. Now a Ph.D. Candidate at UC Berkeley, he is co-advised by Prof. Grinberg and Prof. Daniela Kaufer and continues his focus on neurodegenerative disease vulnerability. He also has research interests in natural history and comparative neurology where he examines the evolutionary framework surrounding neurodegeneration and neurologic aging.
Sean Kitayama hails from the suburbs of Los Angeles and received his B.S. with honors in bioengineering from UC Berkeley in 2018 as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar. During his undergraduate career, he worked in the laboratories of Professor Shuvo Roy at UCSF and Professor Mohammad Mofrad at UC Berkeley, using microfabrication techniques to develop implantable medical devices, ranging from bioartificial organs to biosensors. Sean is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering, working under the direction of Professor Lydia Sohn, where his current projects involve utilizing novel engineering technologies to recapitulate the tumor microenvironment in vitro. He is interested in answering fundamental questions in cancer biology, specifically on the role of extracellular vesicles and cancer-stem cells in the metastatic cascade, which potentially has implications in guiding the development of future targeted therapies for metastatic cancer. Outside of lab, Sean is involved in engineering educational outreach, plays the clarinet in the university orchestra, travels avidly, and enjoys oenology and gastronomy.
Originally from Southern California, Cameron Kato first came to UC Berkeley in 2015 as an undergraduate to study Bioengineering. During his undergraduate years, he studied aging and stem cell engineering under the mentorship of Professor Irina Conboy. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering, Cameron began study in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering to pursue his PhD. He is continuing his research in the lab of Dr. Conboy, focusing his efforts on pharmacological approaches to treat the degenerative chronic illnesses that often come with advanced age. Specifically, he is researching brain and muscle tissue, and how to restore senescent cell populations to a healthier state. He hopes that eventually his research will be used to help alleviate the immense physical and financial burden faced by many due to debilitating chronic illnesses. Outside of the lab, Cameron enjoys playing badminton and board games with his friends and taking trips around the Bay Area.
I’m a 3rd year PhD student at the UC Berkeley-UC San Francisco Joint Program in Bioengineering and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. I develop and apply high throughput, single cell, multiomic technologies to study the central nervous system. I currently research in the lab of Iain Clark at UC Berkeley, and I previously received my BS in bioengineering from UC San Diego.
I am a Bioengineering PhD student studying computational and synthetic biology. My undergraduate research focused on developing molecular feedback systems to control synthetic programs using light and native pathways using designer proteins. Before graduate school I worked on engineering microbes to controllably colonize the gut and deliver a therapeutic payload to treat chronic disease. As a graduate student I have worked on optogenetic control of molecular systems, engineering synthetic immune cell circuits, and computational discovery of novel genome editors. I am currently working on using high-throughput molecular technologies and machine learning to decipher natural biological systems. I plan to use this knowledge towards engineering synthetic programs that are robust to complex environments.
Ph.D. student working on Data-Driven Mechanical Design using computer simulation and artificial intelligence. I am really interested in inventing mechanical systems that could be used in real life. My project ranges from developing stealthy material for defense systems, to optimization of the semiconductor fabrication process. Recently, I started looking at ways to license the technology that I developed throughout my graduate studies to implement knowledge not only through the paper, but also to add value to the world.
Stephanie graduated Valedictorian from North Carolina State University in the Spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. During her undergraduate career, she worked on an array of research projects including: helping design a low-cost air quality measurement device for developing countries under Dr. Andrew Grieshop, augmenting the creation of an exoskeleton to improve hand dexterity of stroke survivors under Dr. Katherine Saul, and assisting in the development of an angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy system under Dr. Darrell Schlom.
Stephanie is now a PhD student and Berkeley Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She plans on earning her doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics and a minor in Neuroscience. Currently, she is part of Sohn Lab which conducts research in the areas of cancer and stem cell biology. Under the guidance of Dr. Lydia Sohn, Stephanie hopes to use brain organoids to enhance the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.