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Principal Investigator 
Siavash Ahrar (he\him\his)
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering, CSU Long Beach
Email: Siavash.ahrar [at] csulb.edu
BlueSky: @Siavasha
Twitter:  @Seeavash


Education
SEEF fellow, Bioengineering, Stanford 
Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Irvine
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine

 Student Researchers

Wesley Chen
Biomechanics of Sand Dollar Larvae

Bryant Lopez
Hydrodynamics
of Hydra

Emily Chrasta
Biomechanics of Sand
Dollar Larvae

Haley Obenshain
Biomechanics of Sand Dollar Larvae

Val Gillcrist
Pneumatic
Digital Logic 

Sara Chabib 
Pneumatic
Digital Logic 

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Isaac Jacinto
Hydrodynamics
of
Hydra

Isabella Heien
Biomechanics of Sand
Dollar larvae

Anika Orchi
Pneumatic
Digital Logic 

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Sandra Trajkovski
Biomechanics of Sand Dollar Larvae

Marcus Mallabo 
Droplet Microfluidics 

Harithi Nandasena
Hydrodynamics
of
Hydra

Ogochukwu Ozonevo
Pneumatic
Digital Logic 

Miles Kanga
Pneumatic
Digital Logic 

Emma Varela
Biomechanics of
Marine Larvae

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Looking for research opportunities? 
Current CSULB students (all majors - no prior research experience is required)
are welcome to apply. 

Our lab is always looking for folks who are excited to deeply engage with research.
Please reach out to Siavash directly via email.

 

Former team members

  1. Chung Thai (Graduated Spring 2022 - MS student at UCI Biomedical Engineering)
  2. Brenda Ametepe (Graduated Spring 2023 - PhD student at UCSF-UCB Bioengineering)
  3. Clare Kim (Graduated Spring 2023 - Engineer at Glidewell Dental)
  4. Brian Le (Graduated Spring 2023 - MS student at UCI Biomedical Engineering)
  5. Erika Gomez (Graduated Spring 2023 - Engineer I at Applied Medical)
  6. Moses Villeda (Graduated Spring 2023 - Engineer at Biotech industry)
  7. Lucas Kim (Graduated Fall 2023)
  8. 
Natalia Margaris (Graduated Fall 2023 - Engineer I at Applied Medical)
  9. Michael Richardson (Graduated Fall 2023 - PhD student, UCR Bioengineering, start Fall 2024)
10. 
Bryant Lopez (Graduated Spring 2024 - MS student, UCI Biomedical Engineering, start Fall 2024)
11. Harithi Nandasena (Graduated Spring 2024 - MS student, BU Biomedical Engineering, start Fall 2024)
12. Haley Obenshain 
(Graduated Spring 2024 - PhD student, UCSB Bioengineering, start Fall 2024)

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Our values and approach towards research and training 
 

We seek to enable all team members to achieve their education, research, and career goals. 

We strive to work collaboratively and support each other.  

Together, we wish to create an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment.  

 

We keep in mind that research is challenging.  Therefore, we actively aim to grow, learn, and improve as researchers. 

 

Exciting research happens in a collaborative and supportive environment in partnership with others. We strive to build and maintain such an environment. Support and mentorship (both from Siavash and the team) are essential for our individual and collective success.  We define mentorship as setting individualized goals, creating progress plans, training, formative feedback, and reflection. 

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Finally, we hope to have fun in a joyful environment while working on projects that could lead to discoveries or valuable technologies.

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