Lab Members

Faculty Member:

Gunjan Agarwal, Ph. D.

Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

E503, Scott Laboratory

201 W 19th Ave

Columbus, OH 43210

+1 (614) 292-4213 |


Graduate Students:

Blain Jones

2017 – Present

Ph. D. Student, Biomedical Engineering graduate program

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2017

Blain is studying ultrastructural changes in collagen fibrils and their functional consequences in abdominal aortic aneurysms.


Kevin Walsh

2017 – Present

Ph. D. Student, Biophysics graduate program

B.S. Astrophysics, Ohio University, 2013

Kevin studies the detection of iron in biological tissue using magnetic force microscopy, electron microscopy and other biophysical methods.


Kimberly Denman

2020 – Present

Ph. D. Student, Biomedical Engineering graduate program

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2020

Kimberly is studying the role of discoidin domain receptors in modulating bone structure and function.



Undergraduate Students:

Stavan Shah

2018 – Present

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2021

Stavan studies the detection of biogenic iron in brain tissue from Alzheimer’s disease by using Magnetic Force Microscopy.


Teddy Renner

2018 – Present

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2021

Teddy studies the calcification of cardiovascular tissues by using biomimetic approaches and histological staining.



Nikhit Gadde

2019 – Present

Pharmeceutical Sciences, Class of 2021

Nikhit studies the binding of collagen type (IV) to DDR1 receptor using AFM and solid-phase binding assays.


Stevan Glisic

2021 – Present

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2023

Project(s): Stevan is studying the role of collagen in specfic biomechanics systems.



Pavan Thotta

2021 – Present

Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2024

Project(s): Pavan is studying changes in collagen ultrastructure in abdominal aortic aneurysm tissue.


Nicholas Soulas

2021 – Present

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2023

Project(s): Nicholas is studying the role of iron in biological systems as well as how to identify it.

Lab Alumni

Ph.D. Students

Arghavan Farzadi, Biomedical Engineering, Ph D., 2019 (Scientist, Cello Therapeutics, San Diego, CA)

David A. Yeung, Biomedical Engineering, Ph. D., 2018 (Senior Scientist, Smith and Nephew, Boston, MA)

Jeffrey R. Tonniges, Biophysics, Ph. D., 2016 (Senior Research Associate, CMIF, OSU)

Tanya M. Nocera, Biomedical Engineering, Ph. D., 2013 (Associate Professor of Practice at BME, OSU)

Angela R. Blisset, Biophysics, Ph. D., 2011 (Associate Director (electron microscopy), Renal Pathology, OSU College of Medicine)

Cosmin Mihai, Biophysics, PhD, 2009 (Director, Cell Biology, Moderna Therapeutics, Boston, MA)


M.S. (with thesis)

Brooke Ollander, Biomedical Engineering, MS, 2017

Jiapeng Xu, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, MS, 2009

Lisa A. Flynn, Biomedical Engineering, MS, 2009

Lalitha Sivakumar, Biomedical Engineering, MS, 2009

Mayur Savla, Biomedical Engineering, MS, 2006


B.S. Students (with thesis)

Anna Debski, Material Science Engineering, B.S., 2020


Rachel Novinc, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2018


Brent Weiss, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2017


Blain Jones, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2017


Benjamin Albert, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2016


Connor Pyles, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2014


Yuzhi (Kevin) Zeng,  Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2013


Suzanne Tabba, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2011


B.S. Students (non-thesis research)

Mengkun Yang, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2019

Nirvan Shanker, Biology, B.S., 2019

Josh Sifford, Mechanical Engineering, B.S., 2017

Brittany Penn, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2015