Leadership


Themis Kyriakides

Associate Professor of Pathology and of Biomedical Engineering


Andrew Jeffrey Sawyer

Postdoctoral Fellow in Pathology

Biography

Andrew graduated from The University of Maine in 2004 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and minors in Premedical Studies and Chemistry. While at UMaine he completed an internship at MeadWestvaco Paper Co., working on projects in their environmental services department. Andrew started his graduate study at Yale University in the fall of 2004, eventually joining Dr. Mark Saltzman’s lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. While a member of the Saltzman lab he completed...

Andrew graduated from The University of Maine in 2004 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and minors in Premedical Studies and Chemistry. While at UMaine he completed an internship at MeadWestvaco Paper Co., working on projects in their environmental services department. Andrew started his graduate study at Yale University in the fall of 2004, eventually joining Dr. Mark Saltzman’s lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. While a member of the Saltzman lab he completed projects related to drug delivery and transport processes within the brain, completing his thesis entitled, “Customizing Intracranial Nanoparticle Distribution during Convection-Enhanced Delivery: Application in the Treatment of an Intracranial Tumor Model with Camptothecin-Loaded PLGA Nanoparticles,” in May 2009.

After graduating Andrew joined Carigent, a small, start-up drug-delivery company based in New Haven, CT. He completed research on intracranial and intravascular gene delivery to the brain. When Carigent closed in 2010 Andrew joined the Kyriakides Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In the Kyriakides lab Andrew’s primary area of research is the foreign body response to intracranial implants. In particular he is interested in the process and characteristics of neuroinflammation, their contributions to intracranial electrode failure, and the rational design of intervention strategies to improve implant function.

Andrew and his wife Jenny have been married since 2005. In the fall of 2010 they adopted a yellow lab named Boggs, a dog so special his arrival in the city of Bangor, Maine for the Thanksgiving holiday was covered in the local paper. Andrew solves most of his big research problems while on long walks with Boggs, which could qualify him to be a co-author on Andrew’s papers.

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Members


Nicole Calabro

Nicole is a graduate student in the Experimental Pathology Ph.D. program and a recipient of the Gruber Foundation's Young Scientists Fellowship Award. She is a 2011 graduate of Mount Saint Mary's University, MD, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology and completed her honors thesis research studying Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in the lab of Dr. Dana Ward. When not dueling it out on the tennis court with Themis,Nicole likes to play practical jokes...

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Juile Chang

Julie is a senior at Yale College pursuing a BS in biomedical engineering.  In addition to researching in the Kyriakides Lab, she also works at the communications office in the Yale School of Public Health, plays the violin with the Saybrook College Orchestra and coordinates events with the Yale Public Health Coalition. In her free time, she likes to watch sitcoms, play squash, and research (future) travel destinations.

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Priyanka Hardikar

Priyanka graduated from UCLA in 2014 where she conducted Tissue Engineering research in the Bioengineering department and is now completing her Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. In addition to her interest in science and medicine, she enjoys sports, music, food, travel, and sunshine. 

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Nina Kristofik

Nina graduated from Yale in 2011 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. In her free time, she enjoys reading and baking birthday treats for people.

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Britta Kunkemoeller

Britta is a graduate student in the Experimental Pathology department. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Connecticut and a Gruber Science Fellow. Her research focuses on investigating the role of TSP-2 in diabetic wound healing. When not in lab, Britta likes reading, running, watching college basketball, and rooting for her beloved UConn Huskies.

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Rajwant Mahal

Raj is an undergraduate at Yale pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He is from California and is currently in his senior year. He joined the lab in the spring of 2014 having previously worked in the Gonzalez lab studying Pericyte cells and their role in fibrosis. His research now focuses on biomaterials and their applications in wound healing and drug delivery. Outside of lab, Raj works in Yale Undergraduate Admissions,...

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Laura Beth Moore

Laura Beth hails from Tupelo, MS.  She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009, where she received a B.S. in Microbiology.  She is a PhD candidate in the Yale Department of Genetics, and was granted the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award.  Her research interests center on investigating the molecular regulation of macrophage fusion during the foreign body response, the long term...

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Aaron Morris

Profile School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Jagannath Padmanabhan

Profile School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Eleni Stoubi

Eleni was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She graduated from the University of Athens in 2012, with a B.S. in Biology. She moved to the United States, in 2013, to pursue her Masters degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at Quinnipiac University. Currently, she is a visiting student researcher in this lab. Her research is focused on the effect of distinct TSP2 domains on angiogenesis. In her spare time, Eleni enjoys listening...

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David Wang

David is a freshman at Yale pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. He was raised in Toronto, Canada but born in Xi’an, China, and is very proud of his mixed cultural heritage. He is currently investigating how nanopatterned surfaces affect cell fusion at a biomolecular level. At Yale, David is involved with the Roosevelt Center for Public Health and the badminton team.

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