Principal Investigator

Deva Chan, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


A native of foggy San Francisco in otherwise sunny California, Deva Chan graduated from UC Berkeley in Bioengineering and from UC Davis with an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and conducted postdoctoral studies at Rush University Medical Center (Rheumatology/Internal Medicine, Biochemistry), under an Arthritis Foundation Fellowship. She then conducted research at the NIH Clinical Center as a Research Fellow with the Henry Jackson Foundation, before joining the Biomedical Engineering faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students

Nicole Rountree, B.S.


Nicole hails from Goshen, NY, and attended SUNY Geneseo for her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. She is interested in using biostatistics and data analytics as predictors of the progression of osteoarthritis in human clinical data and in animal models of joint instability and injury.


When she’s not studying, Nicole is usually making candies and cakes or reading while listening to David Bowie.

Sameer Sajid, B.S.


Sameer Sajid hails from the small town of Lincoln, Rhode Island. A lover of all things science and mathematics, he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Sameer wants to study a fusion of MRI imaging techniques and biomechanical modeling to ultimately improve medical treatment of orthopedics patients.


While not enthralled by his intellectual pursuits, Sameer is an avid mountain biker, an amateur photographer, lover of all things chocolate and a firm believer that very few problems cannot be solved by a good nap.

Macaire Grobe, B.S.


Macaire Grobe was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She attended Union College and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor's in bioengineering. After college, Macaire was selected to work as an ambassador with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, living, studying, and working in Germany. Her research will focus on the degeneration and repair of soft tissues in the knee.


Outside of the lab, Macaire is a published novelist who loves sailing, horseback riding, and German beer.

Undergraduate Students

Alexander Athanassiadis

Class of 2018, Biomedical Engineering


Alex is from Albany, NY, and graduated from Albany High School. He's currently in the Biomedical Engineering program with a concentration in biomechanics.


In his undergraduate research, he will be looking to study the internal strains within MRI phantoms modeled after human limbs. Alex hopes this work can be applied to improving prosthetic fit.


Alex's Résumé

Alexandria Brooks

Class of 2018, Biomedical Engineering


Alexandria grew up going to a small school where she graduated in 2014 as valedictorian before coming to RPI.


Alex's project focuses on the migration behavior of cell populations native to the joint and how it may be affected by hyaluronan synthesis.


Alex's Résumé

Cameron Czerpak

Class of 2019, Biomedical Engineering


Cameron runs Division III Cross Country and Track and has helped the team win three Liberty League Championships. Outside of school, Cameron has spent his summers working on his grandparent’s farm in Western Massachusetts, where he operates tractors and maintains the farm.

Cameron is interested in using displacement-encoded MRI to measure tissue mechanics of intervertebral discs.


Cameron's Résumé

Bissem Gill

Class of 2020, Biomedical Engineering and Philosophy


Bissem is from Rolling Meadows, Illinois. When not studying, he enjoys playing guitar and working on getting his pilot's license.


Bissem will be working on segmentation of musculoskeletal MRIs and exploring healthcare data to find better approaches to treating bone and joint diseases.


Bissem's Résumé

Ria Shroff

Class of 2019, Biomedical Engineering and Product Design


Ria is from Pleasanton, CA, and hopes to one day go into medical device design. When not studying, Ria loves tinkering at the makerspace downtown, doodling, and playing ultimate frisbee and piano.


Ria is excited to experience real-world BME research and currently focuses on imaging intervertebral disc degeneration models.


Ria's Résumé

Shayna Tomlinson

Class of 2018, Biomedical Engineering


Shayna grew up in Gilford, New Hampshire and graduated from St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, in 2014. She is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in BME with a concentration in Biomaterials. She is also a member of the Division I Women’s Ice Hockey team at RPI. Shayna is currently working on micro-computed tomography of cartilage and the other soft tissues of the mouse joint.


Shayna's Résumé

Demi (Hongrong) Zhang

Class of 2019, Biomedical Engineering


Demi is from Chongqing, China, and graduated from Breck School in Golden Valley, MN, in 2015. When not studying, Demi loves watching movies, and exploring the beauty of nature. Demi's project will focus on managing our knockout mice genotyping and gene expression in those mice after injury.

Visiting Undergraduate Student

Bioengineering and Biomanufacturing REU Program


If you're a motivated, hard-working, independent-thinking undergraduate interested in biomedical research, this could be you next summer! The Chan lab participates in the RPI's REU program for bioengineering and biomanufacturing.


Find out more here about RPI's program and here about the various REU programs across the country.

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