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   Brian Diekman (he/him/his): bdiekman@email.unc.edu

  • Principal Investigator, March 2017 –
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    • Joint Department between UNC and NCSU
  • Member, Thurston Arthritis Research Center
  • Curriculum Member, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Member, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

  Elena Filippova: Elena_Filippova@med.unc.edu

  • Research Specialist, April 2024 –
  • Lab manager

   Jacqueline Shine (she/her/hers): yalins@med.unc.edu

  • Research Specialist, March 2021 –
   Garrett Sessions: gasessio@email.unc.edu

  • Research technician, March 2017 – July 2021
  • BBSP Graduate Student Fall 2021 –
    • Co-mentored by Jeremy Purvis (Genetics)
  Samantha (Sam) Stuppy (she/her/hers): srstuppy@ncsu.edu

  • NCSU Genetics PhD student
  • Thesis work in Diekman lab: May 2024 –
  • Provost’s Doctoral Fellow: 2021
  • Genetics and Genomics Scholar: 2021
  • GAANN Fellow: 2023-2024
   Jack Felkner

  • UNC Medical Student, August 2023 –
  • UNC Sports and Exercise Science undergraduate student
    • Research from October 2020 – May 2022
   Carson Shepler

  • BME undergraduate student, Lucas Scholar, January 2022 –
  • NCSSM high school student,
    • Research in lab (virtual): September 2020 – June 2021
  Xinyi (Melissa) Li

  • BME undergraduate student, Lucas Scholar, November 2022 –
   Will Frickhoeffer

  • BME undergraduate student, June 2023 –
   William (Andrew) Cowan

  • Neuroscience undergraduate student, January 2023 –
   Antony Shaju Ponmany

  • Biology / Chemistry undergraduate student, August 2023 –
   Miguel Martinez Leal

  • BME undergraduate student, January 2024 –

 

Former members

Full time / PhD students

Susan D’Costa: Lab manager (2017-2021)

Michaela Copp: PhD student, Biomedical Engineering (2018-2023)

Matthew Rich: PhD student, Biomedical Engineering (2017 – 2023) ; collaborator (2023 – )

 

Short-term / Undergraduate students

Hannon Brown: BME undergraduate student, Abrams Scholar, August 2022 – May 2024

Oliver Hansen: UNC Medical student, MSTAR scholar, Summer 2023

Rohan Krishnan: BME undergraduate student, Abrams Scholar, January 2021 – May 2023

Helen Tran: BME undergraduate student, Lucas Scholar, January 2021 – May 2023

Kirti Nimmala: BME undergraduate student, Lucas Scholar, August 2021 – May 2023

Tanner Orders: UNC Medical student (Summer 2020)

Alex Roupas: Part-time post-bac (2020)

Taylor Abele: BBSP rotation student (Fall 2019)

Chase Binion: NCSU-based BME undergraduate student, Lucas scholar (2019)

Kayla Darris: University of Arizona medical student, MSTAR (Summer 2019)

Svetlana Griego: UNC-based BME undergraduate student (2019)

Maggie Sinkler: Medical College of Georgia student, MSTAR (Summer 2018)

Xiangxiang (Allen) Hu: BBSP rotation student (Spring 2018).

Karthik Kaundinya: UNC-based BME undergraduate student (2018, 2019)

Maggie Flanders: NCSU undergraduate student: (2017 – 2019)

Noah Pieper: UNC-based BME Undergraduate student (2017 –2018)