Bassam Smadi is a first year Master of Science student studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. Currently, Bassam is developing a nerve-graft using 3D printing under a joint-collaboration project with Axogen Inc. He is also working on the design and fabrication of Dura Mater testing apparatus. His research interests include neural engineering, stimulation and recording of the nervous system, electrochemical characterization, and 3D Printing. After his master’s degree, he intends to pursue a MD/PhD with a focus in Biomedical Engineering. He usually spends his free time leading the UF Men’s Gymnastics Team which entails being upside, flipping, and running at still objects at full speed.
Designing and 3D Printing Energy Mitigating Structures
Alex Kahn is a Master of Science Student majoring in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. Alex completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida in the Spring of 2020. Alex is currently working to complete his master’s project and is studying the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on adolescent rats and the biological biomarkers found in the blood stream associated with TBI and Post-Concussion Syndrome.
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 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 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.