Position title: Novartis
Maria graduated UW Madison in the spring of 2017 with her Masters in Biomedical Engineering. She conducted many studies with other lab personnel at the Ashton Lab and served as a mentor to undergraduate students. Maria is currently serving as an intern at Novartis.
Position title: Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholar at Ashton Lab (2011-2013).
Ashton Lab Project: Nanoscale Engineering of Biomaterials for hPSC Culture
Jin Sha described his research as “Patterning surfaces with functional polymers and combining SI-ATRP and click-chemistry to regulate the surface for long-term stem cell culture.”
Kristen graduated UW Madison in the spring of 2017 with her BS in Chemical Engineering. At the Ashton Lab, she studied phrenic motor neuron transplantation into a rodent spinal cord. Kristen will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2017 to pursue her PhD in Chemical Engineering.
Akshitha graduated UW Madison in the spring of 2017 with her BS in Neurobiology. At the Ashton Lab, she studied engraftment of motor neuron progenitors in the developing chick embryo. Akshitha will attend graduate school at Dr. William M. Scholl School of Podiatry (Rosalind Franklin University) in the Fall of 2017.
Lexi graduated with her Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from UW-Madison in the Spring of 2018. During the summer of 2018, she will continue to assist Alireza with various projects. Lexi will begin her graduate studies pursuing a PhD in BME at the University of Minnesota in the Fall of 2018. Lexi has extensive interests in biomaterials, tissue engineering, and design. Within the Ashton lab, she worked with Alireza on robotic micro-contact printing and soft lithography for neural tissue generation. Work in the Ashton Lab has allowed her to explore her creative side, has inspired her to be inquisitive, and has provided her with top-notch resources and excellent mentors. Lexi’s favorite food is peanut butter and she loves spending time at Memorial Union!
Siddhant Jain served as an Undergraduate Research Assistant to our lab’s Postdoctoral Research Associate Nisha Iyer. He assisted Nisha with our lab’s work concerning chicken embryo transplants and reviewing various tissue clearing methods. He will continue his undergraduate studies in the Biomedical Engineering Program at UW-Madison.