Alison Vander Roest

Principle Investigator

Assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering. Originally from Texas, Alison has trained at the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University and Stanford University and is excited to be in Michigan.

Enjoys: cooking/baking, dancing, hiking, family time.

Georgina Aluoch

Ph.D. Candidate

Grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. Studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Currently a Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate.

Currently, my work focuses on studying how mutations related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy alter intracellular forces. 

Enjoys: dancing, learning new languages, traveling, reading, cooking 

Bradley Mahaffey

Ph.D. Student

Is from Shepherdsville, KY and studied physics and biomedical science at Morehead State University, with a follow-on master’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Louisville.

Current research is on extracellular and mechanical cues in the context of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Enjoys: Rock climbing, hiking, camping, anything outdoors.

Julia Han

Ph.D. Student

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Completed her undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Applied Statistics at Stony Brook University in New York, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.

Current research focuses on multi-scale modeling and cardiac biomechanics to unravel the complex mechanisms of cardiac diseases, bridging the gap from cellular insights to organ-level understanding.

Enjoys: playing tennis, learning new languages, traveling, and enjoying a variety of cuisines.

Nathan French

Master’s student

Grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Attended Purdue University for undergraduate training in Biomedical Engineering.

Current research is on finite element modeling of cardiomyocytes.

Enjoys: tinkering with bikes, playing with dogs, and 3D printing

Undergraduate Researchers

Minha Kim


Originally from Seoul, South Korea. Grew up in Qingdao, China. Majoring in Biomedical
Engineering, specifically interested in tissue engineering.

Enjoys: traveling, expanding favorite restaurant list in Ann arbor, reading sci-fi novels

Mahadev Josyabhatla


Grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Majoring in Biomedical Engineering on a pre-med track. Minoring in Materials Science and Engineering.

Currently researching how to optimize the measurement of cardiomyocyte contractions using MATLAB.

Enjoys: swimming, playing squash, reading, storming the Big House field

Lab events

Former members

Raneem Ahmad

Research Lab Associate

Currently NSF GRFP supported PhD student in Chemical Engineering at University of Michigan.

Undergraduate researchers

Sasha Hill

Aarti Sridhar

Hijiri Woodberry

Join the team!

I am recruiting talented and creative individuals interested in mechanisms of heart disease. Positions available for graduate students, and postdocs. Please inquire by email!