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Personnel

Jeffrey R. Capadona, Ph.D.                    
Principal Investigator
Professor of Biomedical Engineering (CWRU)
Research Career Scientist (VA)
 
Education
Postdoctoral Fellow: L. Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D. Chemistry and Biochemistry: Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Chemistry: Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN
 
Bio: Dr. Capadona joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in August 2010. His research interest can be found throughout this website.  His personal interests include spending time with family, saltwater reef aquariums, baseball, and boating on Lake Erie.
 
 

Current Group Photo (partial team):

Capadona Lab, Summer 2019

Front Row: Olivia Krebs, Paul Gloth, Youjoung Kim, Sydney Song

Back Row: Andrew Shoffstall, Danny Lam, George Hoeferlin, Dhariyat Menendez


Lab Alumni:

Evon Ereifej, PhD
Postdoc: 2014-2018
Current Position:   
Research Investigator, Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System & Research Investigator

Neurology / Biomedical Engineering University of Michigan

Email: eereifej@umich.edu 

 
Andrew Shoffstall, PhD                                                             
Postdoc: 2015-2019
Current Position:   
Assistant Prof of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
 
Research Investigator, Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center, L. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Email: ajs215@case.edu

 

Graduate Researchers:

Mr. Griffin Rial, MS. Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2015 – December 2017

Dr. Hillary Bedell, Ph.D. Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, June 2014 – March 2019 (GenomOncology)

Dr. Jennifer Keen, MS-MD, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, July 2014 – August 2015 (Medical School).

Dr. John Hermann, Ph.D. Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, June 2012 – June 2018. (Post-Doc; Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research)

Dr. Jessica Nguyen, Ph.D. Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2010 – 2015. (Food and Drug Administration)

Dr. Madhu Ravikumar, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2010 – 2014. (Bristol-Myers Squibb)

Mr. Bo Gui, M.S., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, July 2009 – September 2011. (Sr. Systems Integration Analyst at Accenture)

 Dr. Kelsey Potter, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, June 2009 – 2014. (Assistant Professor at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)


Current Lab Members:
Graduate Researchers (Current):
 
Sydney Song  
Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering
 
Education
BS Physics, Boston College
 
Joined 
July 2016

Project: Understanding biological response to intracortically implanted microelectrodes

Bio: Sydney joined the lab in 2016. She is interested in the role of microglia in the neuroinflammatory process that ultimately leads to device failure. She hopes to pursue a career that combines basic scientific research with clinical practice. In her spare time, she enjoys easy walks in nature, long drives to nowhere, reading, and drawing/painting.

Email:
sss176@case.edu

Youjoung Kim                                                                 

Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering

 
Education
M.S. Engineering Management, Case Western Reserve University
B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering Case Western Reserve University
 
Joined
August 2017

 

Project(s):

1. Resveratrol Prevents Microelectrode Mediated Neurodegeneration

2. Hybrid Drug-Eluting Microfluidic Neural Probe for Chronic Drug Infusion

Bio: Youjoung's research aims to improve intracortical microelectrode stability and performance by delivering antioxidant drugs, such as Resveratrol, to mitigate oxidative stress. Applications of this research may lead to improved brain computer interface systems, neural prosthesis, and improved understanding of the brain, among others. Personal interests include walking her dog, napping, and baking bread.

Email: yjk14@case.edu


George Hoeferlin                                                             
Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering                                                      
 
Education
B.S., M.S. Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University
 
 Joined
July 2018
 
Project(s):
George’s research focus is on immunomodulatory approaches to mitigating neuroinflammation, such as targeting specific immune signaling pathways and immune cell differentiation. Currently, he is targeting infiltrating macrophages in the brain at the site of implantation to direct differentiation to an anti-inflammatory phenotype. With the use of immunomodulation such as this, the end goal is to see improved neuronal health and thus improved recordings over a chronic time point.
  
Bio
His personal interests include playing and watching sports, reading, and cooking.
 

Paul Gloth

Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering

Education

B.S. Biological Engineering; Mississippi State University

Joined

August 2018

Project(s) Anti-oxidative coatings for neural recording devices

Bio: Paul’s research focus aims to improve duration and functionality of neural interfaces. His current project focuses on the use of anti-oxidative, biomimetic coatings on intracortical microelectrodes. The coatings are designed to mitigate the oxidative damage caused by the inflammatory response to both the implant and the surrounding tissue. Paul’s personal interests include lifting, hiking, rock climbing, and video games.

Email:

pxg254@case.edu

 

Olivia Krebs

Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering

Education

B.S. Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University

 Joined 

June 2019

Projects 

Anti-oxidative coatings for CNS devices

Bio: Olivia’s research applies her background in chemical and biomolecular engineering in the development of bioactive surface modifications of chronically implanted neural electrodes for improved biologic response. The current focus of her research is expanding the application of the lab’s surface technology to new substrates. She enjoys outdoor activities, painting, and taking care of her plant babies.

Email:

oxk97@case.edu

 

Danny Lam

Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering

Education

BS Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas at Dallas

Joined

June 2019

Projects

The Role of Platelets at the Microelectrode Interface

Bio: Danny’s research interests involve understanding the failure mechanisms to intracortical microelectrodes, primarily the role of neuroinflammation. He plans to translate his background in device-tissue interfaces and signal processing to investigate how the inflammatory response affects the longevity and functionality of intracortical microelectrodes. Outside of research, he enjoys repetitively picking up and putting down large heavy objects, metamorphosing raw materials into edible sustenance through culinary practices and tinkering with electronic circuits.

Email:

dvl17@case.edu


Natalie Mueller

Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering

Education

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University

Joined 

August 2019

Projects 

Microfabrication of Hybrid Drug-Eluting Microfluidic Neural Probes

Bio: TDB

Email:

@case.edu

 

Dhariyat Menendez
 
Biomedical Engineer    
                                                 
Education
 
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
 
Joined
 
May 2019
 
Bio
Dhariyat serves as the lab manager/technician in the Capadona and Shoffstall Lab. Her work focuses on the use of anti-oxidative treatments to alleviate neuroinflammation and respiratory complications associated with prolonged and fatal opioid use. Her personal interests include cooking, board games and hiking throughout the many Metroparks Cleveland has to offer.
 
 Email: dmm194@case.edu
 
 
 
 

Undergraduate Researchers:

69. Mr. Parth Patel, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, May 2019 – Present

68. Ms, Sarah Miller, Undergraduate Student, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, March 2019 – May 2019

67. Mr. Varoon Aluri, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2019 – Present

66. Mr. Tejas Bajwa, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2019 – Present

65. Ms. Luna Al Lababidi, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2019 – Present

64. Mr. Kevin Malerick, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2018 – Present

63. Mr. Shyam Policonda, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2018 – Present

62. Ms. Lindsey Druschel, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2018 – Present

61. Ms. Hanwen (Hannah) Zhang, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, October 2018 – Present

60. Mr. William Schwartzman, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2018 – Present

59. Ms. Puja Desai, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2017 – Present

58. Mr. Carmen Toth, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2017 – Present

57. Ms. Marina Yu, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2017 – May 2019

56. Ms. Noel Jeansonne, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2017 – May 2018

55. Ms. Shreya Ravindran, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2017 – June 2018

54. Ms. Sydney Linder, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, May 2017 – December 2018

53. Mr. Jacob Rayyan, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, October 2016 – June 2018

52. Ms. He (Heather) Feng, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2016 – June 2018

51. Ms. Dhariyat Menendez, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2016 – June 2017

50. Mr. Patrick Smith, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University, May 2016 – August 2016

49. Mr. Jeffrey Finster, Volunteer, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, May 2016 – 2017

48. Mr. Justin McMahon, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, May 2016 – May 2018

47. Mr. Zishen (Owen) Zhuang, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, May 2016 – 2017

46. Ms. Elizabeth Mancuso, Undergraduate Student, Department of Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, May 2016 – August 2016, May 2017 – August 2017

45. Mr. Nishant Uppal, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2016 – May 2016

44. Mr. Keith Dona, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2016 – May 2018

43. Mr. David Miller, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – May 2017

42. Ms. Emily Molinich, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – May 2018

41. Mr. Mitchell Willis, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – May 2018

40. Ms. Jennifer Paiz, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – May 2019

39. Mr. Andres Robert, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – 2017

38. Ms. Xujia (Jessica) Li, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – May 2018

37. Ms. Keying (Cohli) Chen, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2015 – May 2018

36. Mr. Jeremy Chang, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, June 2015 – 2017

35. Mr. Sergej Stjepic, Undergraduate Student, Departments of Biology and Chemistry, Saint Joseph’s College, May 2015 – August 2015

34. Ms. Ashely Rein, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, November 2014 – May 2017

33. Mr. Seth Meade, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, November 2014 – May 2018

32. Ms. Cara Smith, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, November 2014 – May 2017

31. Ms. Sanam Patel, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2014 – August 2015

30. Mr. Shushen Lin, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2014 – May 2017

29. Ms. Grace Gaskin, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2014 – May 2015

28. Mr. Tyler Ward, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2014 – February 2015

27. Mr. Colin Uthe, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology, Ripon College, Ripon, WI; June – July 2014

26. Mr. Alexis Hobot, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, April 2014 – June 2014.

25. Mr. Frankie Wong, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2014 – June 2017

24. Ms. Arielle Soffer, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2014 – December 2015

23. Mr. Alan Burke, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2013 – May 2014

22. Mr. Will Meador, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2013 – December 2015

21. Ms. Priya Srivastava, Undergraduate Student, Case Western Reserve University, June 2013 – November 2015

20. Mr. Martin Gitomer, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, June 2013 – May 2015

19. Mr. Tyler Freeto, BS-MS Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, April 2013 – May 2015

18. Mr. Tyler Srail, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, June 2013 – May 2015

17. Mr. Daniel Joo You Park, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, June 2013 – May 2015

16. Dr. Wade Stewart, Undergraduate Student,  Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, June 2013 – May 2015

15. Mr. Jake Anna, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, December 2012 – May 2013.

14. Dr. William Tomaszewski, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, October 2012 – May 2015.

13. Mr. James Black, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2012 – May 2013.

12. Ms. Gabriela Chandra, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2012 – December 2012.

11. Dr. Kelly Buchanan, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, September 2012 – May 2015.

10. Ms. Shruti Sudhakar, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2012 – December 2013.

9.   Mr. Asheq Ahmed, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, February 2012 – June 2012.

8.   Dr. Smrithi Sunil, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, February 2012 – September 2014.

7.   Dr. Kyle Householder, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, February 2012 – June 2013.

6.   Ms. Amy Buck, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August  2011 – May 2013.

5.   Dr. Daniel Hageman, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, August 2011 – May 2013.

4.   Dr. Wade Self, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, January 2011 – January 2012.

3.   Dr. Bharath Velagapudi, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, March 2010 – June 2012.

2.   Dr. Robert Jiang, Undergraduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, October 2009 – December 2010.  

1.   Ms. Chiderah Okoye, Undergraduate Research, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, May 2009 – December 2009.

 

Capadona Lab, Summer 2015

Back Row: Shushen Lin, John Hermann, Jeremy Chang, Kyle Kovach, HIllary Bedell, Jeff Capadona, Bill Tomaszewski

Front Row: Ashley Rein, Sydney Song, Gigi, Protasiewicz, Cara Smith, Sanam Patel, Evon Ereifej, Jessica Nguyen, Priya Srvastava, and Sergej Stjepic

 

Capadona Lab, Fall 2012.
Front Row: John Skousen, Kelly Buchanan, Kelsey Potter, Amy Buck, Gabriella Chandra, Jessica Nguyen, Smrithi Sunil
Back Row: Kyler Kovach, John Hermann, Kyle Householder, Jeff Capadona, Dan Hageman, Madhu Ravikumar
(Not pictured; James Black, Bill Tomaszewski, Shruti Sudhakar, Megan Callanan)

 

  
Capadona Lab, Fall 2011.
Front Row: Wade Self, Jessica Nguyen, Kelsey Potter,
Amy Buck, Bharath Velagapudi
Back Row: Kyler Kovach, Jeff Capadona, Madhu
Ravikumar, Dan Hageman