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Principal Investigator

Cole DeForest Cole A. DeForest, Ph.D.
Weyerhauser Endowed Professor
Associate Professor & Assoc. Chair for Graduate Studies, Chemical Engineering
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Adjunct Associate Professor, Chemistry
Core Faculty, Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine
Faculty, Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute
profcole at uw dot edu
303.506.9725
CV (Updated 10/2018)

Postdoctoral Scholars

Teresa Rapp

Teresa Rapp, Ph.D.
Chemical Engineering
Joined Winter 2019
Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
trapp2 at uw dot edu




Eric Nealy

Eric Nealy, Ph.D.
Molecular Medicine, Mechanisms of Disease Program
PhD Student, Co-advised with Jim Olson (Fred Hutch), 2016-2021
Postdoctoral Researcher, 2021 - Present
Fred Hutchinson Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer Research Fellow
HHMI Gilliam Research Fellow
enealy at fredhutch dot org


Graduate Students

Ross Bretherton

Ross Bretherton
Bioengineering PhD Student
Joined Fall 2018
Co-advised with Jen Davis (UW Pathology)
NSF GRFP Fellow
ISCRM Graduate Fellow
rbreth at uw dot edu


Mary Boit

Mary Boit
Chemical Engineering PhD Student
Joined Winter 2019
Co-advised with Charles Murry (UW Pathology)
Bioengineering Cardiovascular Training Grant Fellow (NIH T32)
NIH F31 Predoctoral Fellow
mokelly at uw dot edu


Jeremy Filteau

Jeremy Filteau
Chemical Engineering PhD Student
Joined Winter 2020
Co-advised with Elizabeth Nance (UW Chemical Engineering)
ARCS Fellow
ITHS TL1 Fellow
jfilteau at uw dot edu


Irina Kopyeva

Irina Kopyeva
Bioengineering PhD Student
Joined Fall 2019
NSF GRFP Fellow
ikopyeva at uw dot edu




Brizzia Munoz-Robles

Brizzia Munoz-Robles
Bioengineering PhD Student
Joined Fall 2019
ISCRM Graduate Fellow
bmunozro at uw dot edu




Ryan Gharios

Ryan Gharios
Chemical Engineering PhD Student
Joined Winter 2020
John C. Berg Endowed Graduate Fellow
rtg19 at uw dot edu




Nicole Gregorio

Nicole Gregorio
Bioengineering PhD Student
Joined Fall 2020
NSF GRFP Fellow
negreg at uw dot edu




Ryan Francis

Ryan Francis
Chemical Engineering PhD Student
Joined Winter 2021
ryfran at uw dot edu





Christina Yang

Christina Yang
Chemical Engineering PhD Student
Joined Winter 2022
UW College of Engineering Dean's Fellow
syang35 at uw dot edu




Jack Hoye

Jack Hoye
Chemical Engineering PhD Student
Joined Winter 2022
jaho2148 at uw dot edu





Murial Ross

Murial Ross
Bioengineering PhD Student
Joined Fall 2021
rossm789 at uw dot edu





Olivia Dotson

Olivia Dotson
Molecular Engineering PhD Student
Joined Winter 2022
Co-advised with Kelly Stevens (UW Bioengineering)
opdotson at uw dot edu




Lesley Martínez Rodríguez

Lesley Martínez Rodríguez
Bioengineering PhD Student
Rotating Fall 2022
lmtz at uw dot edu





Lori Won

Lori Won
Bioengineering PhD Student
Rotating Fall 2022
loriwon at uw dot edu





Jasmine Chang

Yu-Ting (Jasmine) Chang
Bioengineering MS Thesis Student
Joined Fall 2021
yting619 at uw dot edu





Alan Beem

Alan Beem
Chemical Engineering MS Thesis Student
Joined Winter 2022
beema at uw dot edu





 

Undergraduates

Undergraduates are an integral and important part of the research taking place within the DeForest Research Group. Self-motivated students in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science & Engineering are encouraged to contact Prof. DeForest by email with their CV and a short statement of interest. Preference will be given to underclassman with the intent of performing research over the duration of their time at UW, though all applicants will be considered.

Jonah Kern

Jonah Kern
Bioengineering Major
Joined Spring 2020
Mary Gates Research Scholar
Washington NASA Space Grant Awardee
jdkern at uw dot edu



Carson Butcher

Carson Butcher
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Major
Applied Mathematics Minor
Joined Fall 2020
Mary Gates Research Scholar
Undergraduate Research Leader at the Undergraduate Research Program
chb13 at uw dot edu


Ethan Goldner

Ethan Goldner
Chemical Engineering Major
Joined Spring 2021
Mary Gates Research Scholar
egoldner at uw dot edu




Abhinav Adhikari

Abhinav Adhikari
Chemical Engineering Major
Joined Spring 2021
abhinava at uw dot edu





Kaitlyn Vera

Kaitlyn Vera
Chemical Engineering Major
Joined Summer 2021
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar
kvera2 at uw dot edu




Kathy Do

Kathy Do
Undeclared Engineering Major
Joined Fall 2021
kathydo at uw dot edu





Sarina Vafa

Sarina Vafa
Chemical Engineering Major
Joined Winter 2022
svafa at uw dot edu





Annabella Li

Annabella Li
Undeclared Engineering Major
Joined Winter 2022
ali1325 at uw dot edu





Claire Anderson

Claire Anderson
Material Sciences & Engineering Major
Joined Spring 2022
andercea at uw dot edu




 

Lab Alumni

Koichiro Uto

Koichiro Uto, Ph.D.
Bioengineering
Postdoctoral Researcher, 2015-2016
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, 2015-2016
flatronl1753s at gmail dot com
Current position: ICYS-MANA Researcher, MANA, NIMS



Ivan Batalov

Ivan Batalov, Ph.D.
Bioengineering
Postdoctoral Researcher, 2017-2020
Co-advised with Kelly Stevens (UW BioE)
Gree Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar
batalov at uw dot edu
Current position: Machine Learning Research Engineer, Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence

Chris Arakawa

Chris Arakawa
Bioengineering / MSTP
PhD Student, 2014-2018
NIH T32 Predoctoral Fellow
arakawa0 at uw dot edu
Current position: Resident Physician, Stanford University; NIH / JSPS Postdoctoral Scholar, NIMS, Japan; MSTP Student



Barry Badeau

Barry Badeau
Chemical Engineering
PhD Student, 2014-2019
bbadeau at uw dot edu
Current position: Bonderman Fellow; Scientist, NeuBase Therapeutics




Jared Shadish

Jared Shadish
Chemical Engineering
PhD Student, 2014-2019
shadij at uw dot edu
Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar, NIH




Steven Adelmund

Steven Adelmund
Chemical Engineering
PhD Student, 2015-2019
adelmund at uw dot edu
Current position: Research Scientist, Facebook Research Labs




Emily Ruskowitz

Emily Ruskowitz
Chemical Engineering
PhD Student, 2015-2020
Postdoctoral Researcher, 2020-2021
ruskowit at uw dot edu
Current position: Scientist, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals



Mike Comerford

Mike Comerford
Chemical Engineering
Thesis MS Student, 2014-2015
mpc24 at uw dot edu
Current position: Staff Engineer, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center




Prathamesh Gawade

Prathamesh Gawade
Chemical Engineering
Thesis MS Student, 2015-2016
prathg at uw dot edu
Current position: Consultant, Wipro




Luman Liu

Luman Liu
Chemical Engineering
Thesis MS Student, 2016-2017
liul23 at uw dot edu
Current position: Doctoral Candidate, Iowa State University, Chemical Engineering



Rosanna Scavone

Rossana Scavone
Chemical Engineering
Thesis MS Student, 2018-2019
Fulbright Scholar
rossas at uw dot edu
Current position: Research Scientist, General Biodiesel



Arbel Sisso

Arbel Sisso
Bioengineering MS Thesis Student
Thesis MS Student, 2017-2019
Fulbright Scholar
arbels at uw dot edu
Current position: Research Scientist, Collplant LTD



Kun-Lin Wu

Kun-Lin Wu
Chemical Engineering MS Thesis Student
Thesis MS Student, 2019-2020
kunlinwu at uw dot edu
Current position: Doctoral Candidate, UC Davis, BME




Fariha Rahman

Fariha Rahman
Bioengineering MS Thesis Student
Thesis MS Student, 2019-2020
farihar at uw dot edu
Current position: Doctoral Candidate, UNC Chapel Hill, BME




Jenny Bennett

Jennifer Bennett
Chemical Engineering MS Thesis Student
Thesis MS Student, 2019-2021
jirvin2 at uw dot edu
Current position: Scientist, Just-Evotec Biologics




Jinge Xu

Jinge Xu
Chemical Engineering MS Thesis Student
Thesis MS Student, 2019-2021
jingex at uw dot edu
Current position: Doctoral Candidate, UNC Chapel Hill, Chemical Engineering




Luke Orr

Luke Orr
Chemical Engineering MS Thesis Student
Thesis MS Student, 2021-2022
leorr at uw dot edu
Current position: Staff Engineer, US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center




Hope Vaughan

Hope Vaughan
Chemical Engineering MS Student
MS Student, 2021-2022
hvaugha1 at uw dot edu
Current position: US Army




Austin Im

Austin Im
Chemical Engineering Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2016
austinim at uw dot edu
Current position: Shift Test Engineer, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (for the Department of Defense)



Mira Liu

Mira Liu
Chemsitry Major, Claremont McKenna College
Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2016
mliu18 at students dot claremontmckenna dot edu
Current position: Doctoral Candidate, UC Berkeley, Chemistry




Payam Farahani

Payam Farahani
Chemical Engineering Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2017
Mary Gates Research Scholar
Washington NASA Space Grant Awardee
NSF GRFP Awardee
payamf at uw dot edu
Current position: Doctoral Candidate, Princeton University, Chemical & Biological Engineering

Julie Wolfe

Julie Wolfe
Chemical Engineering Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2017
jvwolfe at uw dot edu
Current position: Chemical Engineering Senior, University of Washington




Gabby Benuska

Gabrielle Benuska
Biochemistry Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2018
Washington NASA Space Grant Awardee
Washington Research Foundation Fellow
Undergraduate Research Leader at the Undergraduate Research Program
gbenuska at uw dot edu
Current Position: Consultant, Point B

Hannah Locken

Hannah Locken
Chemical Engineering Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2017-2019
hlocken3 at uw dot edu
Current position: Engineer, Boeing




Clark Fang

Clark Fang
Biochemistry Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2019
cfang7 at uw dot edu
Current position: Graduate Student, Tulane School of Medicine




Eric Yang

Eric Yang
Bioengineering Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2017-2020
Levinson Scholar
CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholar
Husky 100 Recipient
Husky Empowerment Award
Undergraduate Research Leader at the Undergraduate Research Program
eyangs at uw dot edu
Current position: Graduate Student, Harvard Medical School - Bioinformatics

Sebastian Kurniawan

Sebastian Kurniawan
Chemical Engineering Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2018-2020
Mary Gates Research Scholar, 2020
kurniseb at uw dot edu
Current position: Engineer, Gore



Qasim Anjum

Qasim Anjum
Chemical Engineering Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-2020
Bowen Design Award, 2020
anjumq at uw dot edu
Current position: Engineer, SABIC



Alder Strange

Alder Strange
Biochemistry / Psychology / Musical Theater Triple Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2017-2020
UW Presidential Junior Medal Recipient
Mary Gates Research Scholar
alderstrange at hotmail dot com
Current position: Medical Student (MD), University of Pennsylvania


Annie Garner

Annie Garner
Chemical Engineering Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-2021
Mary Gates Research Scholar
amcg2 at uw dot edu
Current position: Associate Scientist, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals



Abigail Garcia

Abigail Garcia
Undeclared Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2021
Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans (ALVA) Scholar
agarc392 at uw dot edu
Current position: Undergraduate, University of Washington



Francesca Abraham

Francesca Abraham
Chemical Engineering Major
Undergraduate Researcher, 2021
fabraham at uw dot edu
Current position: Undergraduate, University of Washington