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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
Biomechanics of Sand
Dollar larvae

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Isaac Jacinto
Hydrodynamics
of
Hydra

Isabella Heien
Biomechanics of Sand
Dollar larvae

Haley Obenshain
Biomechanics of
Sand 
Dollar larvae

Emily Chrasta
Biomechanics of Sand
Dollar larvae

Marcus Mallabo 
Pneumatic
digital logic 

Harithi Nandasena
Hydrodynamics
of
Hydra

Ogochukwu Ozonevo
Pneumatic
digital logic 

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


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

Our alumni  
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 - Bionaut Labs)
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)

7. 
Lucas Kim (Graduated Fall 2023)
8. 
Natalia Margaris (Graduated Fall 2023)
9. Michael Richardson (Graduated Fall 2023)

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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.  

We work together to create an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment.  


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

 

Good and exciting research happens in collaboration with a well-supported team. We strive to build and maintain such an 

environment.  Support and mentorship (both from Siavash and the team) is essential for our individual and collective success.  We define mentorship as setting individualized goals, creating progress plans, training, formative feedback, and reflection. 

Finally, while working on projects -- that could lead to discoveries or useful technologies -- we hope to have fun in an exciting and joyful environment.

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