Principal Investigator

Ariella Shikanov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Macromolecular Science and Engineering

1101 Beal Ave.
Room 2126 LBME
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 615-3360
Fax: (734) 647-4834

Research Fellows

Anu David, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan 2013-current
Postdoctoral Fellow, Universitäts-Klinikum Münster (Germany) 2012-2013
PhD, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) 2007-2012
MS, Biochemistry, University of Mumbai (India) 2003
My first Postdoctoral Position led me to the Universitäts-Klinikum Münster in Germany where I worked at the Centrum für Reproduktionsmedizin und Andrologie, with a focus on spermatogonial stem cells and the niche-associated factors. However, female fertility preservation has remained my priority and resulted in my current second postdoctoral position here. Currently, I am working on restoration of endocrine function using the immunoisolation technologies by using hydrogels and an FDA approved device.


Sudipta Dutta, Ph.D.

SudiptaPostdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan 2016-current
PhD: Syracuse University, NY
MS: University of Calcutta, India
I did my PhD in Syracuse University, NY under the tutelage of Dr. Melissa Pepling. My project was looking at germcell cyst breakdown in mice and the effect of estrogen signaling in that process. After that, I did my first postdoc in Dr. David Miller’s laboratory in University of Illinois, urbana -champaign. My two years’ tenure there involved elucidating the role of glycans in forming sperm reservoir in the female fallopian tube using bovine as the model system. The ultimate goal of the project was to develop in vitro conditions for long term cryopreservation free sperm storage system similar to female oviducts.

Yi Li, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan 2016-current

2012 PhD in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering (MBE), City University of Hong Kong.
2010 PhD in Material Processing (Biomaterial and Surface Treatment), Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
2007 MPhil. Materials Science and Engineering (Metallography), Wuhan University of Technology.
He is currently working on engineering a synthetic hydrogel based system with spatially controlled degradation to support ovarian tissue transplantation and prolonged ovarian function. His res
earch interests also include PDMS-based micro/nano lab-on-a-chip devices and high-throughput neuron cell assay.

Hong Zhou, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan Biomedical Engineering 2018-present
2017 PhD  Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

2009 BS Marine Biology, Xiamen University, China

Hong continues to investigate folliculogenesis in vitro using the advanced TRACER technology in collaboration with Shea lab.

Visiting Professors 

Nikola Milasinovic

Assistant Professor, Academy of Criminalistic and Police Studies, Belgrade (Serbia)PhD, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Chemistry and Engineering of Polymers, University of Belgrade (Serbia)BS, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Organic Chemical Technology and Polymer Engineering, University of Belgrade (Serbia)


Ph.D. Students

James Day

Fourth Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering
MSE Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan 
BS Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh


Claire Tomaszewski

Second Year Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering
BS Materials Science Engineering, University of Maryland




Hadrian Kinnear

First Year Graduate Student, Cellular & Molecular Biology
MD-PhD Student (MSTP), University of Michigan
BA Biochemistry, Bowdoin College



Master and Undergraduate Students

Catherine Long

BSE Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2017 
MSE Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2018
I am currently working with the immuno-isolation group to study how the designed hydrogels work when encapsulating cancer cells in vitro.

Gillian Rubenstein

First year LSA Honors Undergraduate Student, University of Michigan
Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience and Gender and Health

Gillian is working with Hadrian investigating the reproductive consequences of testosterone administration for female-to-male gender transition


Irina Kopyeva 

Junior in Chemical Engineering  with a minor in Biochemistry 

Irina is working with Claire investigating the effect of ECM sequestering domains on growth factor release and presentation in ovarian follicle culture.

PhD Alumni

Hong Zhou, PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2013-2017; present- postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.

Jiwon Kim, PhD Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012-2016; present: P&G, Cincinnati, OH

Postdoctoral Alumni

Elizabeth Constance, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow, University of Michigan, 2015-2017
OBGYN Residency, University of Kansas Medical Center, MD 
MD University of Kansas School of Medicine

Lisa Green, M.D. Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellow, University of Michigan, 2015-2017
OBGYN Residency, Howard University Hospital
MD and MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine; 
 present: attending OBGYN physician at the University of South Carolina

Medical Students Summer Research

Anne Marie Opipari, Univerity of Michigan Medical School, summer 2016
Jennifer Park, University of Connecticut Medical School, summer 2017

Former Master and Undergraduate Students

Aarthi ArabBSE, MSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’13; ’14). Currently: Regulatory Engineer at FDA.
Tanay KulkarniBSE, MSE (’14, ’15) Biomedical Engineering, UM.
Rachel Ferguson; BS Cellular and Molecular Biology & Biomedical Engineering (’14); MSE (’15) Biomedical Engineering, UM.
Ashley Shipley; BSE Mechanical Engineering (2013); MSE (2014) Biomedical Engineering, UM.Currently: Mechanical Design Engineer at Stryker
Nicolas Espinosa (UROP)                                             
Angelica Okorom (UROP)
Eric WaselewskiBSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’15)
Matthew Hill, BSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’14)
Yuxin Shi,BSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’14)
Johanna Buschhaus 
Olivia Nelson (UROP) 
Aurelia Busse (UROP)
Ellen Stewart, UM (’16 )
Amanda Barnes (UROP)
Steven Niedzielski (UROP);BSE Chemical Engineering, UM  (’15) Currently: Engineer at Air Liquide;
Jake Claflin, BSE Biomedical Engineering, UM (’16)
Alexa Cichon (UROP)
Rachel Forsyth (UROP)
Malika Malik (UROP) BS Environmental Sciences, UM (’16)
Kavinmozhi Caldwell, (UROP), BSE Electrical Engineering, UM (’16)
Shaina Martin (Summer ’16), BME University of Toledo
Cara Young (UROP)
Saloni Jaikamal (Winter, Summer and Fall 2017, MCubed)

High School Students 

Henry Vandermark, summer 2016
Eve Shikanov, summer 2015-16
Madeline Parks, summer 2016
Kevin Santoro, summer 2015-16