The Putnam Lab has provided research opportunities for more than 70 individuals since 2003.  We are grateful for their contributions to our scientific mission.  They are listed below, along with their last known whereabouts.

Former Post-Docs/Research Staff

Jeffrey Beamish, M.D., Ph.D., 2015-2019 (Currently Clinical Lecturer, Division of Nephrology, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan)

Yen Kong, Ph.D., 2010-2019 (Currently Development Scientist/Engineer at Cytiva)

Anup Kundu, Ph.D., 2004-2006 (Currently Associate Professor, Xavier University of Louisiana)

David Lai, Ph.D., 2015 (Currently Process Development Scientist at Amgen)

Gopinath Tiruchinapally, Ph.D., 2016-2018


Former Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students: University of Michigan

Jonathan Bezenah, Ph.D., 2013-2018 (Currently Product Development Engineer, NeuMoDx, Inc.)

Bita Carrion, Ph.D., 2006-2013 (Currently Senior Research and Development Scientist, Swift Biosciences)

Jacob Ceccarelli, Ph.D., 2007-2013 (Currently Director of Development, Myst Therapeutics)

Stephanie Grainger, Ph.D., 2007-2012 (Currently Manager of Biomedical Research, Infraredx)

Isaac Janson, Ph.D., 2007-2014 (Currently Medical Writer, Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center, Inc.)

Benjamin Juliar, Ph.D., 2015-2020 (Current post-doctoral fellow, University of Washington)

Ana Rioja, Ph.D. 2012-2017 (Co-advised by Jan Stegemann; Currently Senior Engineer, RTI Surgical)

Rahul Singh, Ph.D., 2009-2015 (Currently Research Scientist, Baxter International, Inc.)

Marina Vigen, Ph.D. 2009-2014 (Currently Sales Operations Manager, Facebook)


Ph.D. Students: UC Irvine

Cyrus Ghajar, Ph.D., 2003-2008 (Co-advised by Steve George; Currently Associate Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

Carlos Huang, Ph.D., 2005-2010 (Co-advised by Noo Li Jeon; Currently Technical Support Applications Scientist, Molecular Devices)

Suraj Kachgal, Ph.D., 2005-2011 (Currently Licensing Associate, Texas A&M University)

Chirag Khatiwala, Ph.D., 2004-2008 (Currently Senior Director of Manufacturing Technical Services, Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc.)

Ekaterina Kniazeva, Ph.D., 2007-2011 (Currently Research Associate, Northwestern University)

Max Kotlarchyk, Ph.D., 2007-2011 (Co-advised by Elliot Botvinick; Currently CEO and Founder, Light 10, LLC.)

Shelly Peyton, Ph.D., 2002-2007 (Currently Professor, UMass-Amherst)


M.S.E./SUGS Students: University of Michigan

Nathan Bohn, M.S.E., 2012-2013 (Currently employed by Abbott, Field Clinical Engineer)

Evan Chen, M.S.E., 2016-2017 (Currently Medical Student, Central Michigan University)

Cynthia Li, M.S.E., 2012-2013 (Currently employed by the FDA)

Jordan Sykes, M.S.E., 2016-2017 (Currently employed by Abbott, Clinical Specialist)

Matt Tan, M.S.E., 2014-2015 (Currently PhD student at Cornell University)


M.S. Students: UC Irvine

Sara Chastain, M.S., 2003-2005

Vic Keschrumrus, M.S., 2005-2007 (Currently PhD student at University of Arizona)

Peter Kim, M.S., 2006-2008; Research Technician, 2008-2009 (Currently Senior Product Development Engineer at SeaSpine, Inc.)

Amy VanStrien, M.S., 2008-2009 (Currently Field Clinical Specialist, Transcatheter Heart Valves, Edwards Life Sciences)


Former Rotation Students

UC Irvine

Abdolhossein Edalati, 2007

Nikita Malavia, 2004 (Completed PhD with Steve George at UCI in 2008; Currently Supply Chain Manager at Amgen)

Vincent Nguyen-Hoai, 2006-2007 (Currently Principal Engineer, Edwards Life Sciences)

Chris Raub, 2005 (Completed PhD with Steve George at UCI in 2009; Currently Assistant Professor at Catholic University of America)

Allison Sarff, 2009 (Completed MD program at Tufts University)

Himanshu Sharma, 2008 (Completed PhD with Michelle Khine at UCI in 2014)

Michael Shen, 2005

Bhupinder Shergill, 2008 (Completed PhD with Elliot Botvinick at UCI in 2012)

Sheila Vaziri, 2003

Kristine Velasco, 2009


Former Undergraduate Students

University of Michigan

Shane Allen, 2012-2013 (Completed PhD at Univ. of Texas; Currently Scientist, StemCell Technologies, Inc.)

Megan Busch, 2018-2020

Albert Cheng, 2010-2012 (Completed PhD at Georgia Tech; Currently Clinical Applications Specialist, W.L. Gore)

David Cleveland, 2017-2019 (Currently graduate student, University of Illinois-Chicago)

Julia Habif, 2014-2016 (Currently graduate student, University of Florida)

Jacob Heller, 2012 (Currently Engineering Leadership Program Manager, National Instruments)

Alexander Hostetler, 2021 (Currently PhD student at MIT)

Robert Koerner, 2017-2018

Likitha Nimmagadda, 2018-2019

Spencer Paris, 2013-2015 (Currently Senior Engineer, Advanced Surgery R&D, Baxter International, Inc.)

Remzi Sipahi, 2010-2011 (Completed MD at Michigan State Univ.; currently medical resident in Milwaukee, WI)

Jacob Steiber, 2012-2013 (Currently MD at Rush Medical College; currently medical resident in Philadelphia, PA)

Luis Sosa, 2014-2015

Matt Tan, 2013-2014 (Currently graduate student, Cornell University)

Elizabeth (Betsy) Zwier, 2014-2015 (Currently R&D Engineer, 3M)


UC Irvine

Rita Blaik, 2007-2008

Katie Blevins, 2004-2006 (Completed MD and PhD at Univ. of Utah; currently surgery resident at Stanford University)

Michael Brown, 2003-2006

Phuong Vy Ho, 2005

Max Klement, 2007-2009 (Completed PhD at National University of Singapore; currently venture capitalist at Biogeneration Ventures)

David Lai, 2006-2008 (Completed PhD at University of Michigan; currently Process Development Scientist at Amgen)

Jacklyn Ma, 2004 (Completed MD program at University of Hawaii)

Christine Nee, Summer 2004

Tammy Nguyen, 2006-2008 (Completed MS program at UCSD; currently Staff Engineer at Edwards Lifesciences)

Vanessa Pau, 2005-2007 (Completed MS program at Johns Hopkins; currently product manager at Google)

Shakti Regmi, 2004

Andrew Jason Santiago, 2007-2008 (Currently Senior Research Associate at Applied Molecular Transport)

Harry Sin, 2004-2006 (Currently Senior Product Manager at Amazon)

Aswathi Sreedharan, 2005-2006

Justin Tilan, 2003-2005 (Completed MD program UC Irvine)

Sandra Tran, 2007


Former High School Students

UC Irvine

Ronney Tay, Saint Margaret’s High School, Summer 2005 (Completed DMD degree at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine)