Lab Members

Janet L. Paluh, Ph.D.  Principle Investigator
Associate Professor Nanobioscience, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Janet Paluh headshot Dr. Paluh, received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Cancer Biology with post-doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley studying mitosis and microtubule molecular machines and mechanisms. Dr. Paluh is internationally recognized for her research applying human stem cell biology towards translational applications in multiple diseases, including aging and trauma in neurodegeneration, as well as collaborations to advance bioprocessing for stem cell based cell therapies.  Her work on the IEEE Standards Association Framework for Nanoscale and Molecular Communication has extended to mathematical and computational disease modeling and neuromorphic models and hardware. Biomedical research includes identification and patent of a new cancer therapy target published in Nature Communications and collaborations to address neural circuitry restoration of SCI, TBI neural cell-cell interaction microchip, pancreatic -islet bioprocessing, opioid biosensing, and bioelectronics.

Graduate Students

Nooshin Amini, Ph.D. candidate
Nooshin Amini headshot Nooshin Amini received her B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering (minor in biomaterials) from Islamic Azad University-Science and Research branch and her M.S. degree in Nanotechnology (minor in nanomaterials), from Sharif University of Technology in Iran in 2013 and 2015. Her research interests are in tissue regeneration and cell therapy, including fabrication of porous 3D polymeric scaffolds for drug delivery and bone tissue regeneration with carbon nanotubes. She joined the Ph.D. program at SUNY Polytechnic in 2015 and her projects include bioengineering of insulin producing hiPSC-derived pancreatic cells on 3D scaffolds for bioreactor based bioprocessing, and co-development of a neural cell-cell interaction microchip, NCCIM, with applications to cell therapy and biomarker identification for traumatic brain injury.
Zachary Olmsted, M.D. Ph.D. candidate
Zachary Olmsted Zachary Olmsted received his B.S. in Nanoscale Engineering (minor in mathematics) from University at Albany, CNSE in Albany, NY (2015). He is currently an M.D. Ph.D. Candidate in Nanomedicine, a dual-program between SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and SUNY Polytechnic Institute CNSE; the first Nanomedicine medical program in the Nation. His research focuses on repopulation of the injured spinal cord in a rat model of hemicontusion injury using human neural stem cell technologies to restore circuitry and locomotion. He joined the Paluh laboratory as a freshman undergraduate student in 2011, studying conserved mitotic and broader microtubule mechanisms from yeast to human. His work demonstrated novel kinesin control of microtubule nucleation and coordination with spindle assembly, work for which he was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2013.
Martin Tomov, Ph.D.
Martin Tomov Headshot Martin Tomov received his Ph.D. in 2016 in Nanoengineering with a focus in Nanobioscience on human neural and cardiac stem cell biology. From 2016-2018 he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Broad Institute of Technology, working on Automation and High Throughput Biochemistry for Neural Applications. In 2018 he moved to Emory University as a post-doctoral fellow to focus on Human Stem Cell applications in Tissue Bioprinting & Bioengineering of the Heart and Kidney.
Timothy Rhielman, Ph.D.
Timothy Riehlman headshot Timothy Riehlman received his Ph.D. in 2016 in Nanoengineering with a focus in Nanobioscience on Nanomachines and Dynamic Architectures, applying biochemistry, cell biology, yeast genetics, molecular biology and in vitro assays to study -TuRC, the multiprotein macromolecular complex required for microtubule nucleation and implicated in neurodegenerative diseases. He is now an Analytical Scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc in Biochemical Assay Development.

Undergraduate Students

CNSE and University at Albany Students

Roger Rienerstein CNSE, Nanoscience 2015- 2017
Tracy Flynn CNSE, Nanoengineering 2015- 2016
Tyler Rexhouse CNSE, Nanoengineering 2015- 2016
Brittany Egnot  UAlbany, Bioengineering 2014- 2017
Aritra Saha CNSE, Nanoengineering 2015
Sharadh Jois CNSE, Nanoengineering 2014- 2015
Zachary Olmsted CNSE, Nanoengineering
* 2013 Goldwater Scholar
* 2012 Goldwater Scholar Honorable Mention
2011- 2015
Andrew Colliver CNSE, Nanoengineering 2012- 2015
Carmen Branca III UAlbany, Biology
* 2012 Lita & Stephen Greenwald ’40 Endowment Fund
2012- 2014
Adam Winnie UAlbany, Biology 2012- 2014
Ani Levine CNSE, Nanoengineering 2012- 2013
Sean R. Fallon UAlbany, Physics 2012
Miry-Almada Makebish UAlbany, Biology 2012

High School Students

Nicolas Castro Bethlehem Central HS, NY 2014- 2015
Ankit Baghel  Granville HS, NY 2013
Harry Plotnick  Shenendehoah HS, NY 2013
Brittany Noland  Averill Park HS, NY 2012
Laura Patrick Columbia HS, NY 2010- 2012
Ida Lin Columbia HS, NY  2009- 2010  




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