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

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 apply MRI imaging techniques to tissue engineering.


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 and before joining the lab, Macaire worked as an ambassador with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange – living, studying, and working in Germany. Her research focuses on the degeneration of soft tissues in the knee after injury and the progression of post-traumatic osteoarthritis.


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

Undergraduate Students

Laura Bentivegna

Class of 2020, Biomedical Engineering


Laura joined the lab in Spring 2018. Check back later for more info!

Erin Berube

Class of 2019, Biomedical Engineering


Erin is from Wilmington MA and hopes to one day go to Medical School and become a surgeon.  She plays on the varsity soccer team and in her free time likes to paint, travel, and spend time with her family and dogs.


Erin's research involves developing a non-invasive murine model for inducing post-traumatic osteoarthritis.


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

Katelynn Vega

Class of 2020, Biomedical Engineering


Katelynn joined the lab in Spring 2018. Check back later for more info!

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

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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