Postdoctoral Scholar

Mahsa Ghovvati

Mahsa is a chemical engineer with expertise in hydrogel synthesis and characterization, cell culture, animal handling and also modeling and simulation of bioprocesses. She joined Dr. Annabi’s group at UCLA/CBE as a postdoctoral scholar in March 2019, where her research is mainly focused on designing and developing bio-adhesives for various biomedical applications, including but not limited to surgical sealant to bettutiliztheir therapeutic potential which can solve medical challenges and improve patients’ health-related quality of life.

Avijit Baidya

Dr. Avijit Baidya pursued his double degree doctoral studies from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM) and Aalto University, Finland. He awarded with Ph.D. and D.Sc. (Tech) from respective schools in July 2018. During his doctoral studies, he was associated with Dept. of Chemistry (IIT M), Mechanical Engineering (IIT M) and Applied Physics (Aalto University) for his interdisciplinary research. He holds expertise on molecular functionalization, surface engineering, interfaces, fabrication of nano-biomaterials, wettability, magnetic nano-materials, etc. He earned M.Sc. in Chemistry (gold medalist) from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras). Before that, he has finished B.Sc. in Chemistry from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Currently, he is working with Prof. Nasim Annabi as a postdoctoral researcher and focused to design multifunctional tissue adhesives for different biomedical applications. He is also keen to understand the molecular aspect of these bio-adhesives, in general. Before Joining Annabi’s lab, he was working with Prof. Ali Khademhosseini at CNSI, UCLA. He was leading the bio-materials sub-group having a focused research interest on the fabrication of functional biomaterial for drug delivery and capture, disease models, regenerative bio-adhesives and others. Avijit loves to work in a team and moves forward with a passion to achieve success through “the hard work” and “the power of imagination”. Apart from research, he is passionate about football, photography, cooking and music.

Graduate Students

Hamed Nilchi

Hamed joined Dr. Annabi’s group as a PhD graduate researcher in Fall 2019. He is currently investigating the design and synthesis of elastic bioadhesive materials for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering applications. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Bioengineering from UCLA. During his master’s degree, he worked in Dr. Dino Di Carlo’s lab developing a chemically mediated cell transfection microfluidics platform, inertial microfluidics platforms for separation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) based on size, extending the droplet generator capacity in high flow regimes, and started learning to generate polymer microgels for cell and drug delivery applications. In his free time, Hamed likes to read books or listen to audiobooks and watch movies. Live Long and Prosper!

Hossein Montazerian

Hossein received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering at Shahid Rajaee University, Tehran, Iran (2015) and continued his MASc studies at The School of Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada in 2018. Hossein’s undergraduate research was focused on the design and mechanical characterization of the 3D-printed porous bone scaffolds. As a part of his MASc studies, Hossein’s research was further extended to the area of stretchable and wearable sensors. At UBC, he worked in Composites Research Network and Advanced ThermoFluidic Laboraties. Hossein is currently co-supervised by Prof. Paul Weiss and Prof. Nasim Annabi since Spring 2020. Prior to joining Annabi Lab, he worked in Khademhosseini Laboratory at UCLA. He is so excited to pursue his research on the next-generation hydrogel biomaterials for the development of bioadhesives and medical sealants.

Yuting Zheng

Yuting began her research in Professor Annabi’s lab as a PhD student at UCLA in the Fall of 2020. She received her bachelor’s degree with a major of Chemistry from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and received her master’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Chemical Engineering. During her master’s degree, she worked in Prof. Phillip Messersmith’s lab as a student researcher. Her research fields mainly focus on developing functional biomaterials with tunable mechanics, self-healing properties and stimuli-responsive behaviors for a wide range of biomedical applications such as tissue regeneration, tumor therapy, wound healing, immunomodulation, etc. She aspires to develop these therapies to improve the quality of healthcare around the world by engineering smart hydrogels and nanocomposites for drug/cell delivery and dynamically crosslinked materials that suit their drug cargo and delivery needs on a molecular level. Yuting also worked as a full-time analytical assistant in Estee Lauder R&D center for half a year. In her free time, Yuting likes to travel, planting and enjoy her time with the family!

Joyce Huang

Joyce is a PhD student in Bioengineering at UCLA. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Bioengineering from University of Washington Seattle (2020). She previously worked with Dr. Rajiv Saigal at UW in developing electronic drug delivery microneedles for treatment of spinal cord injuries. Her current research interests lie in developing functional and stimuli responsive biomaterials.

Daniel Booth

Daniel received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at UC Irvine in the Spring of 2020. During his time as an undergraduate student, he worked in Dr. Nancy Da Silva’s laboratory developing optimal production capacities for the platform chemical triacetic acid lactone (TAL) in the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus. His time with this laboratory taught him the principles of plasmid biotechnology, designing recombinant DNA, and metabolic engineering. Daniel joined the Annabi lab in Fall of 2020, and is working to utilize 3D-bioprinting to fabricate tubularized urethral constructs for use in replacement and assist wound healing. Beyond the lab Daniel enjoys hiking, storytelling, designing games, and spending time with his family.

Saumya Jain

Saumya received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Seattle University in the spring of 2020. Three years of her undergraduate studies were dedicated to carbohydrate chemistry research in the lab of Dr. Joseph Langenhan. She worked on developing a novel synthetic route to produce a glycosylated asparagine residue that is vital in post-translational cellular modifications and, therefore, in many areas of drug development. Among various technical skills she has learned during undergraduate research, Saumaya most enjoys synthesis, analysis by NMR, and recombinant gene expression using PCR. Saumya joined Dr. Nasim Annabi’s lab in the fall of 2020  as she pursues graduate education in Chemical Engineering at UCLA. Outside of the sciences, Saumaya loves listening to music, learning new songs on the guitar, hiking, teaching new crafts to her younger sister, and spending time with friends.

Yadi Huo

Yadi received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York in the Spring of 2021. She joined Dr. Annabi’s group as a master student at UCLA in the Fall of 2021. She worked in a biomedical institution in Kunming, China, focusing on mRNA modifications. She is currently working under Mahsa. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring vintage stores, trying new food recipes and hanging out with friends.

Albert Lee

Albert received their B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy from UCLA in 2021. During his studies, he had experience working in two different laboratories, the first of which was focused on developing nanopatterned bactericidal polyurethane for medical devices in Dr. Albert Yee’s lab at UC Irvine in 2016. The second focused on working with nanoencapsulation of proteins for drug delivery in Dr. Yunfeng Lu’s lab at UCLA during his undergraduate studies. His interests are currently focused on the applications of nanotechnology and nanostructures in biological devices. Albert joined the Annabi Lab in the fall of 2021 and hopes to focus on research involving nanostructured scaffolding and tissue repair devices. Outside of the lab, he dedicates his time to esports, visiting national parks, traveling, teaching, and spending time with their friends and family,

Annabella Budiman

Annabella received her BS in Chemical Engineering at UC San Diego in Spring of 2021. During her undergraduate, she worked as a Chemistry R&D Intern in Molecular Assemblies where she purified synthetic products and analyzed data utilizing HPLC and LCMS used in enzymatic DNA synthesis. Annabella joined the Annabi lab as a master’s student in Fall 2021. She is eager to pursue research in drug delivery and development while exploring different experimental techniques for gene therapy. In her free time, she likes to travel, explore new restaurants and drink copious amounts of boba.

Yimin Gu

Yimin Gu is a  Master student in Annabi lab, focusing on synthesizing hydrogel for surgical sealant, testing its drug releasing and anti-infectious properties. Worked in a Chinatown clinic and lived among underrepresented communities in Oakland, she witnessed unexpected suffering due to improper wound care. She aspired to develop biomaterials that minimize scar formation and simplify recovery regimens. In her free time, she enjoys camping, gardening, and exploring historical landmarks/restaurants with friends.                                               

Visiting Researchers

Undergraduate Students

Cathy Lu

Cathy is a second year Biochemistry student at UCLA. She is currently working under Avijit and is excited to learn more about bioadhesives and related subjects. Her goal is to get an MD-PhD and become a physician researcher who is able to help patients while being able to conduct research on novel and interesting topics. In her free time, Cathy enjoys jogging, singing, and hanging out with her friends.

Heather Griffiths

Heather is a first year Materials Engineering student. She is currently working under Yuting. In her free time she loves cooking, watching tv, and spending time with her family.

Emily Dunn

Emily is a fourth year Chemical Engineering student at UCLA. She is excited to be working with Yuting in the Annabi Lab on biomaterials. After graduating, her goal is to obtain a PhD. Also, in her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, and skiing.

Karina Bender

Karina is a second year Bioengineering student at UCLA. She’s interested in bioprinting and is excited to work with Hamed in Dr. Annabi’s lab, but is also excited to learn about bioadhesives. Her hobbies include reading, crocheting, and creating mathematically inspired art.

Shameek Mitra

Shameek is a fourth-year Biochemistry student at UCLA. Working with Hossein, he will pursue his interest in functional bioadhesives for use in surgical procedures and tissue regeneration. He aims to become an orthopedic surgeon. In his free time, he likes to play trombone for the UCLA marching band, play video games, and work out.


Reza Moonesirad, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA

Jharana Dhal, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA

Yangcheng Liu, Master student, UCLA

Chen Xi, Master student, UCLA

Mahtab Bayani, Visiting scholar, Iran

Mitchell Nguyen, Undergraduate, UCLA

Azadeh Mostafavi, Visiting PhD student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Shima Gholizadeh, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA

Sevana Baghdasarian, MS student, UCLA

Pradeep Sharma, Visiting Scholar, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India

Hojin Choi, Undergraduate, UCLA

Jonathan Soucy, PhD Student, Northeastern University

Jessii Chun, Undergraduate, UCLA

Nicole Prusty, Undergraduate, UCLA

Yizhen Guan (Yvonne), Undergraduate, UCLA

Gokberk Unal, Master’s Student, UCLA

Mustafa Nakipoglu, Visiting Scholar, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)

Gabriela Djuhadi, Undergraduate, UCLA

Ehsan Shirzaei Sani, PhD Student, UCLA

Brian Walker, PhD Student, UCLA

Sohyung Lee, PhD Student, UCLA

Senne Seneca, Visiting Scholar, University of Hasselt (Belgium)

Marianna Cosentino, Visiting Scholar, University of Rome (Italy)

Ashley Dickman, Undergraduate, UCLA

Ziqing Wang, Undergraduate, Central South University China  (China)

Sinziana Popescu, Visiting Scholar, Romanian Academy (Romania)

Andrew Spencer, PhD Student, Northeastern University

Brenden Lee, Undergraduate, UCLA

Andrea Winslow, Undergraduate, UCLA

Brijesh Hirani, Master Student, Northeastern University

Zheng Cao, Master Student, Northeastern University

Abolfazl Akbarzadeh, Visiting Professor, Tabriz University (Iran)

Devyesh Rana, Master Student, Northeastern University

Jinzhao Fu, Master Student, Northeastern University

Islam Khalil, Visiting Scholar, University for Science and Technology (Egypt)

Ebrahim Mostafavi, PhD Student, Northeastern University

Bahram Saleh, PhD Student, Northeastern University

Jakub Erben, Visiting PhD Student, Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic)

Hailey Konisky, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Shannon Joyce, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Jaiden Cruger, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Spencer Lake Jacobs-Skolik, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Dina Mohsen, Visiting Master Student, The American University of Cairo (Egypt)

Chu-Hsiang Yu, Research Assistant, Brandeis University

Shashank Madhu, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Bradley Priem, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Divya Vijayakumar, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Amy Sevigny, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

William Kimball, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Nooshin Zandi, Visiting PhD Student, Sharif University (Iran)

Gustavo Hernánde, Visiting PhD student, Monterey Tech University (Mexico)

Paula Rodrigues Fontes Sousa Moraes, Visiting PhD Student, Sao Paulo University (Brazil)

Roberto Portillo Lara, Postdoctoral Fellow, Monterey Tech University (Mexico)

Eulalie Leroux, Visiting Undergraduate Student, University Paris Descartes, (France)

Navin Jayaswal, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Asel Primbetova, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Benjamin Houang, Visiting Master Student, Grenoble (France)

Soundarapandian Kannan, Visiting Professor, Periyar University (India)

Jessie Gifford, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Amanda Bretti, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Fayez Ghazi, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Sophia Maciel, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Andi Shehu, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Jennifer Silva, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Mingzhi Dai, Visiting Professor, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering (China)

Mohammad Fares, Visiting Professor, Jordan University of Science and Technology (Jordan)

David Villiard, Undergraduate Student, Northeastern University

Bastien Delaly, Visiting Master Student, Northeastern University

Nicholas Duva, Visiting Undergraduate Research Assistant, Northeastern University

Rhayza Oliveira, Visiting Undergraduate Research Assistant, Federal University of Sao Carlos (Brazil)

Mohammad Reza Aziziyan, Visiting PhD student, University of Sherbrooke (Canada)

Iman Noshadi, Postdoctoral Scholar, Northeastern University

Lauren Tips, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Northeastern University

Jamal Ashrafi, Visiting PhD Student, Tehran University (Iran)

Wendy Yu, Undergraduate, Vanderbilt University

Hannah McFetridge, Undergraduate, Cornell University

Nayara Gomes, Undergraduate, New Mexico State University (Brazil)

Felipe Dias, Undergraduate, New Mexico State University (Brazil)