Lab Members

Trinh Lam, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

2022 Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Illinois Chicago

2017 B.S. Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University 

During her Ph.D., Trinh investigated bacterial cell-cell interaction and bacterial genetic transformation for antibiotic resistance using microfluidics and sequencing technology. In her postdoctoral studies, her research interests lie in developing microfluidic tools for single-cell studies, host-pathogen protein-protein interactions, and epigenetic modifications. Trinh is a fan of horror and crime movies. In her free time, she can be found either at a bowling alley or an orchestra.

Anna Fomitcheva Khartchenko, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

2020 Ph.D., Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2016 M.Sc., Biomedical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2012 B.Sc., Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Anna’s interests lie in developing technologies which aid the diagnosis and understanding of human disease. Particular interest is in profiling tumors and improving diagnostic methods to understand and predict the behavior of cancer. She aims to design technologies for improving immunoassay performance, which can underpin more sensitive and precise diagnostic tools.

Fangchen Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

2023 Ph.D. Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

2017 B.S. Materials Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Fangchen is interested in integrating engineering and quantitative biology to address problems arising from climate change. During her PhD, Fangchen studied the impact of complex environmental cues in harmful algal blooms by a microfluidic platform capable of modeling algae microenvironment. She is moving forward to develop next generation tools for analyzing corals, with a focus on coral-algal symbiosis, aiming to help address the pressing issue of coral reef bleaching.

Md Nazibul Islam, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

2023 Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

2015 B.S. Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Nazibul is interested in developing easy to use diagnostics to solve unmet medical needs. During his Ph.D, Nazibul leveraged the insulating properties of paper fibers to demonstrate for the first-time insulator-based dielectrophoresis (iDEP) in paper. Currently, Nazibul is working on synthetic chromatophore displays and Electro-mechanical integration of droplet-microwell-planar microfluidics.

Cyril Deroy, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

2021 Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Oxford

2016 M. Eng. Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College London

Cyril is a multidisciplinary scientist interested in the development of analytical tools to solve unmet needs in biology. During his Ph.D., Cyril developed fluid-walled microfluidic systems to study immune cell migration and bacterial response to antibiotics. Cyril subsequently worked on the development of lipid nanoparticles for nutrient and vaccine delivery in aquaculture. Currently, he is working on the design of microfluidic methods to culture and characterize coral reef ecosystems, with the aim to develop prevention strategies against coral bleaching

Ana E. Gomez Martinez

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, GEM Full Fellow, Frank Shwabacher Graduate Fellow

2018 BS Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle

Anna’s interests lie in developing technologies which aid the diagnosis and understanding of human disease. Particular interest is in profiling tumors and improving diagnostic methods to understand and predict the behavior of cancer. She aims to design technologies for improving immunoassay performance, which can underpin more sensitive and precise diagnostic tools.

Maya Overton

Doctoral Student

2020 B.A., Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Yale University

2020 B.A., Economics, Yale University

Maya’s research interests are rooted in building analytical and diagnostic tools that provide higher resolution and are more streamlined than traditional techniques in molecular and cellular biology. Maya received her Bachelor’s degree from Yale University in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Economics. When she isn’t listening to relaxing tunes at the bench, she enjoys hiking, finding hidden swimming holes, and collecting comic books.

Iyla Rossi

Doctoral Student, NIH Doctoral Fellow (2024-2025 Biology & Biotechnology of Cell and Gene Therapy T32 Training Grant), and Chancellor’s Fellow (2025)

2023 B.A., Computational and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology

2023 B.A., Business, Economics, and Management, California Institute of Technology

Iyla is interested in the development of diagnostic tools for precision health. During her undergraduate studies, Iyla developed a framework for wearable and portable neural imaging with dual-modality: ultrasound and photoacoustic computed tomography. Currently, Iyla is working on the optimization of the single cell Western Blot protocol for studying coral cells. Iyla is also investigating applications of machine learning for microfluidics.

Keira Swei

Undergraduate Researcher

2026 (expected) B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley

Keira is a third-year EECS student interested in the intersection of computer science and biology, engineering design, and software prototyping. In her free time, Keira loves to crochet, bake, draw, and hike.

Catherine Dea

Executive Assistant

374 Stanley Hall

cdea@berkeley.edu | (510) 666-2767

April Alexander

Research Administrator

aprilalexander@berkeley.edu | (510) 982-6742