Abigail Secu-Godiciu


Abigail is a first year Masters in Biomedical Engineering Student. Abigail earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida. Her interests lie in biomaterial development with a special interest in using bio-inspired design to develop better tissue substitutes. She is currently working on the tissue engineered dura project.

Maria Carbon


Maria Carbon is a second-year biomedical engineering Masters student. She is originally from Panama City, Panama and loves everything fitness related. Currently, Maria is assisting mentor Jasmine Smith with a traumatic brain injury study.

Alex Knapp


Alexander Knapp is a third-year PhD student studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida. Currently, Alexander is developing a continuum-damage constitutive model of the anterior cruciate ligament for modeling purposes. His research interests include soft tissue biomechanics, non-linear elasticity, and finite element modeling of biological structures. When not in the lab, his main passion is choral music, and hopes to one day combine his degree and passions together in his research as a professor.

Ashma Sharma


Ashma Sharma is a fourth-year doctoral student under the advisement of Dr. Lakiesha Williams in Biomedical Engineering. Ashma is currently working at Tissue Mechanics, Microstructure, and Modeling Laboratory at University of Florida. Her research interest lies within studying the structure of tissue, cell culture, and mechanical property. She is currently working on the tissue engineered Dura project. Ashma received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Mississippi State University. ​​

Jasmine Smith


Jasmine Smith is a second-year doctoral student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Florida. She is currently working under the advisement of Dr. Lakeisha Williams in the Tissue Mechanics, Micro-structure, and Modeling laboratory. Jasmine previously attended Mississippi State University and obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. Her research interest lies within the realm of studying injury mechanics of soft tissues, structure of soft tissues, and MRI technology application. She is currently working on the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) project where she is looking at the impact that mTBIs have on adolescents that are involved in sports. She is currently working with MRI to assess the brains of adolescent rats that have sustained mild head impacts. She will be working with MPI and nanoparticle technology soon.