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Sujit Datta Sujit Datta (CV | email) is the Principal Investigator of the lab. He did his undergraduate work in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, graduate work in Physics at Harvard, postdoctoral training in Chemical Engineering at Caltech, and is now an Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the AIChE 35 Under 35 award, the ACS Unilever award, the APS Acrivos and Apker awards, and multiple teaching commendations.

Sujit grew up in Toronto, but lost most of his Canadian accent by living in Abu Dhabi, Philadelphia, Boston, and Los Angeles before moving to New Jersey. In his free time, Sujit likes to play with his one year-old daughter, cook, eat, run, and reminisce about his past life as a competitive kickboxer.

Navid Bizmark Navid Bizmark (email) is a PCCM postdoctoral researcher co-advised with Rod Priestley. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Tehran and University of Waterloo, respectively. His work focuses on applications of nanoparticles in multiphase systems. He is currently working on colloidal assembly and transport.

Navid was born and raised in warm Tehran, but he misses the brutal winters of Canada (!). As a picky coffee addict, Navid cannot be easily convinced to regularly visit a coffee place based only on Google's ratings. You might find him in a basketball court, at a gym, or at home playing flute when he has free time. Navid always has different types of cookies in his office; ask him what he has new.

Tapomoy Bhattacharjee Tapomoy Bhattacharjee (email) is an Andlinger Center Distinguished postdoctoral researcher in the lab. He did his undergraduate work at Jadavpur University and graduate work at the University of Florida where he studied cells in jammed microgels. His current research focuses on understanding and controlling the behavior of bacterial colonies.

Besides coming up with weird and crazy research ideas, Tapa spends a good amount of time in the lab assessing his life with his eyes closed, head laid back and sometimes with a faint sound of snoring. This is definitely not sleeping though. Tapa thinks he is a good cook as he has never been insulted by Gordon Ramsey-well, yet! Pro tip: if he ever offers you food, be careful; it's spicy!

Jean-Francois Louf Jean-François Louf (email) is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. He did both his undergraduate and graduate work in France (Nice - Lyon - Marseille). Later on, he did postdocs at Virginia Tech with Sunny Jung, in CNRS Grenoble (France) with Philippe Marmottant, and at the Technical University of Denmark with Kaare Jensen. He is interested in couplings between fluids and elasticity, especially in biological systems.

Jean-François (a.k.a. Jeff) is French and, as a result, loves red wine (be careful! he's picky) and food. He also loves thrills and doesn't hesitate to go very high to sky dive/hike the highest mountains, or also very deep to scuba dive in the seven seas.


R. Konane Bay Konane Bay (email) Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab. She completed her undergraduate work in Materials Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduate work in Polymer Science and Engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied the mechanics of ultrathin polymer films. She is currently working on investigating structure-property relationships of engineered living materials.

Konane was born and raised in Hawai'i, but moved to "rainy" Washington state in middle school. From living in the Northeast for the past nine years, she is now quite used to our winters. When not in the lab, she can be found solving puzzles, volunteering for outreach events, reading, or biking.

Nancy Lu Nancy Lu (email) is a fourth-year PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She obtained her undergraduate degree from MIT, where she worked in Matthew Shoulders' lab studying protein folding homeostasis in live cells and in Martin Bazant's lab developing ways to deionize water by shock electrodialysis. Her current research focuses on understanding multi-phase flow through porous media.

Nancy is from Florida. In her free time, you can find her either bartending at the Debasement Bar in the Graduate College, taking group fitness classes at Dillon, or cooking and eating. Nancy's secret talent is folding origami while hula-hooping.


Daniel Amchin Daniel Amchin (email) is a third-year PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He did his undergraduate work in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California where he worked in Andrea Armani's lab on selective cancer therapies and optical diagnostics. His current research focuses on bacterial migration in porous media.

Daniel grew up near Philadelphia and enjoys offering visitors recommendations of what to do in the city. He loves music and writes his own tunes on the guitar. He cannot resist a good riddle or math puzzle.




Christopher Browne Christopher Browne (email) is a third-year PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He did his undergraduate work at Purdue University where he studied surface adhesion in the Stephen Beaudoin lab. He spent a semester in Italy studying gold nanoparticles with Flavio Maran at the University of Padua, and a summer in the equally exotic Maryland studying explosive detection at NIST. He currently studies viscoelastic flow in porous media.

When he isn't playing in lab, Chris enjoys riding his bike and finding nice trees to read under. He loves cooking elaborate brunches, rock climbing, and giving his officemate Daniel Amchin good riddles.


Jenna Ott Jenna Anne Ott (email) is a second-year PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), in Chemical Engineering. Jenna did her undergraduate research in Samir Mitragotri's lab, where she studied nanoparticles as drug vehicles in co-culture microfluidic devices. At Princeton, she studies nanoparticle and bacteria transport in mucus.

Jenna was born and raised in the Bay Area with her tortoise, Peanut. Her greatest passion is pursuing equality for women in engineering; at UCSB, she was founder and president of the sorority for women in engineering, the Phi Sigma Rho Alpha Xi Chapter. She hopes to make a similar impact at Princeton University.

Joanna Schneider Joanna Schneider (email) is a second-year PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering co-advised with Rod Priestley. She did her undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins, where she studied DNA self-assembly in the Schulman lab. She also spent a summer abroad studying cell-free protein synthesis with Cleo Kontoravdi at Imperial College London. Her current work focuses on the use of nanoparticles for water remediation.

Joanna is a proud New Yorker but has come to love biking through the tame streets of Princeton. She enjoys buying last-minute concert tickets and hopes to one day be able to solve the Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle. In her free time, you might find her keeping up with her voice training or watching Dexter (again).

Galen Mandes Galen Mandes (email) is a first-year masters student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He did his undergraduate work at the United States Military Academy at West Point, conducting research under John Burpo, where he studied synthesizing three dimensional nanowires for materials with improved energy storage. Galen is an active duty US Army officer, most recently assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he commanded two companies of Paratroopers. His research at Princeton focuses on the synthesis of moisture absorbent, temperature controlled hydrogels.

Galen was born in Washington, D.C. and will always be a D.C. sports fan, no matter how grim the prospects. When not in the lab, he is playing rugby for the Princeton Men's Rugby Football Club, or spending time with his family.

MaryKate Neff MaryKate (MK) Neff (email) is a fourth-year undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Her academic interests include applications of hydrogels in environmental and biological engineering and the use of biometric data in optimizing health and athletic performance.

MaryKate was born and raised in Villanova, Pennsylvania which is a suburb right outside of Philadelphia. She is currently a varsity athlete at Princeton on the Field Hockey Team where she has won two Ivy League Titles and has played in two NCAA Final Fours and a National Championship. She is also currently a member of the U22 Women's National Field Hockey Team. In her free time, she enjoys painting, practicing yoga, mastering new vegan recipes, and scoping out fun coffee shops.

Kevin Yeung Kevin Yeung (email) is a second-year undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering who is also pursuing a certificate in Engineering Biology. His interests include drug discovery and the applications of bioengineering in the pharmaceutical industry. His work in the lab focuses on improving models that predict the flow behavior of polymer solutions.

Although Kevin was born in South Florida, he cannot tolerate the overbearing heat and favors Princeton for its temperate climate conducive to stylish fall attire. He is obsessed with logic puzzles and pen-and-paper cryptography and hopes to decode the rest of Liber Primus one day. During his free time, you'll find him training with his set of gymnastic rings or discussing Harry Potter/Game of Thrones theories with his friends.

Richard Huang Richard Huang (email) is a second-year undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering pursuing a certificate in Materials Science and Engineering. His interests include the application of soft materials to energy storage and environmental systems. He is currently investigating simulations of turbulence-dependent resistance models of fluid flow in porous media.

Richard grew up in Las Vegas but has spent several years living in regions throughout China, including Suzhou, Beijing, and Nanning. His free time is spent reading amateur web fiction and playing reimagined TV show theme songs on the piano. He is an avid fan of board games, and especially Monopoly and Risk.

Cristian Arens Cristian Arens (email) is a third-year undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He is pursuing a certificate in Materials Science and Engineering and hopes to concentrate on nanomaterials. His interests lie in the development of new materials to support emerging technologies, such as super computing and fusion energy.

Cristian was born in Guatemala but now lives in Arkansas. He enjoys playing sports, exploring the outdoors, and messing around on his guitar. Want to make him smile? Give him candy!




Selena Chiu Selena Chiu (email) is a third-year undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Her interests lie in the application of chemical engineering, computation, and biology to human health. Her work in the lab focuses on modeling biofilm formation in heterogeneous media.

Selena grew up in Hong Kong, then Vancouver, before braving the cold to attend Princeton. As a result, she speaks with a mix of British, Canadian, and American accents, but refuses to adopt the Australian pronunciation of data (not datta!). When she's free, you might find her bellydancing, dreaming of Canadian pine forests in her nap, or satisfying her inner adrenaline junkie sky- and cliff- diving.


Amila Kujovic Amila Kujovic (email) is a senior undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering, also pursuing a certificate in Engineering Biology. Her senior thesis focuses on fundamental work surrounding the use of nanoparticles as drug delivery vehicles and making their production industrially applicable and cost effective. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD degree in gene therapy and help cure diseases.

Amila is from Montenegro and loves to talk about her homeland! In her free time, she watches a lot of movies and she is very passionate about fashion and photography.



Squid Squid Benjamin Harrelson is a canine graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Despite having no previous academic or research experience, he is excelling at the graduate level in both academics and department involvement. His research interests include applications of the maximum caliber principle to canine parasites.

Born in Los Angeles, there is no record of the first 3 years of Squid's life. At 11 pounds, his breed is suspected to be mixed pug and terrier. He enjoys shamelessly sleeping in class, belly rubs, and leaving his mark in his chosen field. With his winning attitude it's no wonder he is always the teacher's pet.



Peanut Peanut Godzilla-Anne Ott-Moore is a graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Originally from Brazil, he spent most of his life in California teaching himself the essentials of Chemical Engineering. He was recently awarded The Worldwide Fellowship for Red-Footed Tortoises. He uses his genius to study the 'tort'-uosity of fluid flow in porous media.

In summer 2018, Peanut had one shell of a time traveling (by car!) from California to Princeton. His favorite quote is "slow and steady wins the race." His tortally favorite activity is watching reality TV with his mom, and he is always looking for an excuse to shellabrate.



Spencer Spencer Schneider is a feline graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Despite his origins as a Philly cat, he is loyal to his mom's hometown and is a huge New York Mets fan. During his time at Princeton, Spencer plans to focus his research interests on exploring the best ways to open treat bags without opposable thumbs and finding the best indoor nap spots.

Spencer's favorite pastimes include rolling around in catnip, eating the feathers attached to toys, and drinking water from anything that's not his water bowl. His pet peeves include vacuums, washing machines, and closed doors. Spencer may be shy at first, but if you entice him with anything remotely turkey-flavored, you're sure to become best friends fur-ever.

Rocky Rocky Lu is the youngest canine graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Originally from North Carolina, he was rescued and brought to New Jersey. Despite not being from the north, Rocky has quickly adapted to his Princetonian environment. He frequently rolls around in the grass during his walks, thus delaying his commute to the lab each morning.

As a burrower, he feels right at home in the porous medium that is his pile of blankets. Being an 8-pound Chiweenie is tough. Rocky is constantly fending off strangers with his licks, so come by lab only if you dare.




Ninja Ninja Anne Ott-Moore is a graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Similar to her mom, she studies fluid transport in feline lungs. Ninja completed her undergraduate degree in California before making the arduous flight to the east coast.

In her free time, Ninja enjoys sitting in bags and boxes. She is heavily influenced by the "if I fits, I sits" philosophy and tries to apply it in her everyday life. Although she is an avid lover of catnip-infused toys, she still finds pleasure in playing with small pieces of plastic taken from the recycling. Her most favorite past time, however, is begging for pets from her mom and dad... at 3 am.


Ralph Ralph Mandes is a canine graduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Born on a farm in Virginia, Ralph grew up in North Carolina where he spent most of his time researching the best way to poach treatos and retrieve sticks. Ralph's research at Princeton is in pursuit of discovering the perpetual treato. An avid bird lover, Ralph will attempt to befriend any fowl he meets.







Jax Jax Bay is a visiting feline researcher in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He is excited to live outside his home state, Massachusetts for the first time. His research focuses on understanding the nature of cracks by directly laying inside of them.

He is a vocal advocate for an open door policy and has been heard crying at doors until change is enacted. His favorite pastimes are sleeping with a paw over his eyes, balancing on edges that are way too small for his large frame, and playing with his toy duck.





Alumni
Aaron Bourque Aaron Bourque (email) worked in the lab as a first-year PhD rotation student in Quantitative and Computational Biology. He completed his undergraduate work in Physics at the University of Florida where he was studying electrical signaling in bacterial biofilms. In the lab, he worked on studies of bacterial motility in confinement.

Aaron is originally from south Florida, and is happy to be trading in all of the sun-baking and swamp-slogging for the Princeton life. During his free time, you can often find him hiking, pickling, or wrestling alligators. Ask him about his [very mediocre] trivia team!



Maggie O'Connell Maggie O'Connell (email) was an undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Her interests include the application of hydrogels in the energy industry, and her research in the lab focused on the mechanics of confined hydrogels and on processing of algae biofuels.

Maggie was born in Chicago but now lives in Houston. She is a player on the Princeton Women's Varsity Volleyball team where she was named the 2017 Ivy League Player of the Year and the 2016 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, reading, and watching scary movies.




Audrey Shih Audrey Shih (email) was an undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering who also pursued a certificate in Materials Science and Engineering. Her interests include the applications of polymers in environmental technology as well as bioengineering. During her time in the lab, Audrey studied the flow of elastic polymer solutions in porous media. After graduating, she moved on to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University.

Audrey was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she likes to play piano and clarinet, draw, or read. She enjoys action movies, chocolate, and bad puns. Send her dog videos.


Glenda Chen Glenda Chen (email) was an undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Her interests include the search for solutions to environmental challenges, especially water accessibility and food security. Her senior thesis work in the lab focused on the influence of antibiotics on bacteria in porous media. After graduating, she moved on to a fellowship at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Born in Michigan, Glenda grew up near Los Angeles but believes she really should have been raised on a farm. She likes to bake bread, sing choral music, and play assorted percussion and keyboards. When not climbing towers or up to other shenanigans, she can be found contemplating the diverse possibilities of mushrooms and tofu.

Kimberly Lu Kimberly Lu (email) worked in the lab as a second-year undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is also pursuing a certificate in Materials Science and Engineering. Her interests include the development of sustainable materials and all sciences related to preserving the environment. Her research in the lab focused on biological transport through porous media.

Kim's upbringing in Chicago has steeled her against all forms of New Jersey weather. She has at least one of the following items on her person: a frisbee, a camera, and/or a kazoo. Her sixth sense is thrifting and at any given time, she can list off every store within a 10-mile radius.


Nadine Ziegler Nadine Ziegler (email) visited the lab through the Keller Center's REACH program and again as a Visiting Student Research Collaborator while a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at Ruhr-University Bochum. She studied Materials Science and Engineering at Saarland University where she worked on antibacterial surfaces. Her graduate work focuses on bacterial interactions with thin films. She fabricates multifunctional metallic thin films with pre-defined chemically active and topographical surface structures and explores their antibacterial efficiency, biofilm formation behavior as well as cell compatibility. Ultimately her goal is to use this knowledge to control biofilm formation in orthopedic implants.

Nadine grew up in the southwestern part of Germany, near Frankfurt. In her free time she does stand up paddling, swimming, and plays squash.

Felix Kratz Felix Kratz (email) visited the lab for a summer as a master's student in Physics at TU Dortmund in Germany. He works on the theoretical physics of soft and biological matter and joined our team as a visiting student through the Keller Center's REACH program. In his bachelor's thesis, Felix studied the theoretical properties of viscoelastic shells. During his time in Princeton, he developed a model of the viscoelasticity of the human lung, and also studies chemotaxis of bacterial populations.

In his free time, Felix likes to do sports and loves drinking good coffee. His favorite color in nanometers is 515nm.



Jeremy Cho Jeremy Cho (web | email) worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab from 2017-2019. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and graduate work at MIT where he worked in Evelyn Wang's lab on surfactant-enhanced boiling heat transfer. His research in the lab focused on drying in shrinkable, porous media and interfacial phenomena in porous media. He moved on to a faculty position in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Born and raised in Hawai'i, Jeremy left the warm sunshine for cold winters in the Northeast where he found a passion for snowboarding. At home, you might find him developing film, perfecting coffee recipes, practicing his golf swing, or tinkering with electronics.

Rhea Braun Rhea Braun (email) worked in the lab as a senior undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering; she also pursued certificates in Japanese and Computer Science. Her interests include the applications of polymers and hydrogels across the field, from medicine to cosmetics to electronics. Her research in the lab focused on understanding how bacteria swim. She moved on to a PhD program in Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia after graduating.

Rhea was born in Greece but raised in Princeton, where she learned French and Japanese. She spends most of her free time fiddling with electronics and computers, or wrestling with her language studies. On a rare occasion you may find her in the gym practicing Jiu Jitsu or Krav Maga.

Emily de Jong Emily de Jong (email) worked in the lab as a senior undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering; she also pursued a certificate in Applied & Computational Mathematics. Her interests include the process dynamics and physics of energy and the environment, and her research in the lab focused on understanding clogging in porous media. She moved on to a PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at Caltech after graduating.

Emily was born and raised near Dallas, Texas, but quickly fell in love with the winding hills of central Jersey. In her free time, you might find her out cycling, rehearsing with the orchestra, or playing any number of intramural sports. Be wary in conversation though--she simply cannot resist a good pun!

Emmanuel Mintah Emmanuel Mintah (email) worked in the lab as a sophomore undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He is interested in scientific research that takes new approaches to tackle and solve medically relevant issues.

Emmanuel was born in Waterloo, Iowa but grew up in the Inland Empire of Southern California, where he learned and taught how to play piano, trumpet, and euphonium. He is the current treasurer for the Biological Sciences Society and plays on the Princeton Men's Club Basketball Team. He likes to spend his free time listening to music, sports commentary, and playing pick-up basketball at Dillon Gym. He also has an unquenchable love for Skittles.


Rebekah Adams Rebekah Adams (email, LinkedIn) worked in the lab as a sophomore undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering; she is also pursuing a certificate in Planets and Life. Her interests includes cellular encapsulation, polymers, autoimmune diseases, and space medicine. Her summer research in the lab focused on multi-phase flow in porous media.

Rebekah comes from South Orange, New Jersey, where she conducted independent research on how a virus could trigger Type 1 Diabetes. She spends most of her free time reading, coding, writing short stories and books, playing the violin, and composing music. On occasion, she gives treats and gifts to her peers around the holidays.


Shalaka Madge Shalaka Madge (email) worked in the lab as a sophomore undergraduate student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her interests include all areas of science and their applications in living systems. Her summer research in the lab focused on multi-phase flow in porous media.

Shalaka is a New Jerseyian born and raised, and she is not a fan of people making fun of the state. She loves all sports and types of music. Shalaka has a YouTube channel called The Pink Guitar Girl where she covers songs with her angelic voice and one of her three guitars (Brad, Rosie, or Eddie). In her spare time, she likes to dance as well as channel her inner grandma through knitting.


Anvitha Sudhakar Anvitha Sudhakar (email) visited the lab for the summer as an ISIP scholar while an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Bombay. Her interests include Dynamics and Computational Mechanics and she is now diversifying into studying the mechanics of biological systems. Her research in the lab focused on the mechanics of the lung.

Anvitha was born and raised in Bangalore, moved to Mumbai for her undergrad education and misses the better weather and food of her hometown. She is an avid reader and recently redirected her obsession for psychological thrillers toward behavioral economics. In her spare time she goes restaurant hopping trying out different cuisines and wonders which field to specialize in, in her not so distant future as a grad student.

Maziar Derakhshandeh Maziar Derakhshandeh (email, LinkedIn) was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. He did his undergraduate work at Shiraz University, graduate work at the University of British Columbia, and postdoctoral work at the University of Calgary before joining the Datta Lab. His research focused on understanding the physics underlying nanofluids in porous media. He moved on to a position in Rheology and Food Science at Mondelez International, Inc.

Born in Iran, Maziar is an enthusiastic photographer, likes biking, and often takes long distance walks. He drinks lots of coffee/tea: If you see him grumpy, just offer him a cup of coffee (no decaf please) and that will cheer him up.


Nathanael Ji Nathanael Ji (email, LinkedIn) worked in the lab as a senior undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering, also pursuing certificates in Computer Science and Finance. His senior thesis research focused on understanding the mechanics of the lung. After graduating, Nathanael moved on to a position as a data engineer at Capital One.

A technology enthusiast, Nathanael enjoys building electric skateboards and taking aerial drone footage.





Florence Odigie Florence Odigie (email, LinkedIn) worked in the lab as a sophomore undergraduate student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Her scientific interests include genetically modified organisms and food manufacturing. Her research focused on developing ways to make and characterize hydrogels.

Florence is from Queens, New York. She is the Recruitment Chair for Princeton's Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and treasurer of Botany Club. In her free time she also enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening.




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