Student Honors & Awards 
Postdoctoral Researchers 
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Dr. Sahar Andalib received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA in 2021, currently is a recipient of the NIH Postdoctoral Training Award in a joint program between UCLA and CalTech. Her research involves the application of machine learning and data-driven techniques in wearable biomedical devices to enhance the robustness of these devices towards practical usage. Her Ph.D. research focused on experimental and data-driven aspects of binary and multi-component droplet evaporation under various environmental conditions. 

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Dr. Hong Yin received a Ph.D. degree in electronic science and technology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2017. His research interests center on the functional materials for electrochemical energy storage, photodetectors devices, and flexible electronics. With a total citation of over 300 times, he has published 16 papers on high impact journals, such as Nano Energy, Advanced Energy Materials, Applied Materials Today, Nano Research, and so on. In his free time, he likes to play badminton, table tennis, and chess.

Graduate Students
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Xun Zhao obtained his M.S. degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China under the supervision of Professor Yong Liu. His current project involves developing bioelectronics for energy and healthcare applications. Xun has already published 15 journal articles and 7 of them are the first authors in Nature Materials, Nature Communication, Joule, Matter, Nano Energy, Adv. Energy Mater., and others. At his leisure, he likes playing badminton, swimming, and reading history.

Alberto Libanori holds a BSc (Hons) in Biomolecular Sciences from St Andrews University and an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge University. He was the winner of 2021 Engineering Fellowship from UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. His research focuses on wearable and implantable bioelectronics. Alberto has already published 9 journal articles and 2 patents, including 3 first/co-first authors in Advanced Materials, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, and ACS Nano. He still advises in the entrepreneurial world and is a certified classical pianist and opera singer.

Xiao Xiao obtained his B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Beihang University, Beijing, China. He conducted research under the supervision of Professor Lei Jiang in the Laboratory of Bio-inspired Smart Interface Science.  Xiao has already published 20 journal articles and 10 of them are the first author in Science Advances, Chemical Reviews, Trends in Chemistry, Nano Letter, ACS Nano. At his leisure, he likes playing badminton, swimming, and traveling.

Guorui Chen obtained his B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. His research interests concentrate on textile sensors. He was awarded the Special Prize of “Challenge Cup” and National Innovation Support. Guorui has already published 30 journal articles and 10 of them are the first author in Nature Electronics, Chemical Reviews, Trends in Chemistry, Trends in Biotechnology, Nanoscale. At his leisure, he likes playing football, watching movies, and reading history.

Trinny Tat, one of the two NDSEG Fellows at UCLA, obtained her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 2019. She conducted three-year research under the supervision of Professor Jeong Yeol Yoon in the Biosensors Labs. She has research experiences in point-of-care, and biosensing applications. Trinny has published 6 articles in Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Advanced Materials, Trends in Chemistry. In her leisure time, she likes to work out, read, and hunt extreme deals and coupons.

Jing Xu obtained her master's degree in Electrical Engineering from North China Electric Power University, Beijing. Her current research focuses on triboelectric-based self-powered smart systems, wearable devices, circuits, and body area sensor networks. She ranked #1 in her undergraduate class and already published 4 first-author papers in Advanced Materials, Nano Energy, Biosensors, Frontiers in Chemistry, et al.  In her spare time, she likes music and traveling.

Austin Chang is currently a graduate student of master program in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA. His research interests include wearable bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and therapy applications. Austin is a former member of UCLA's Men's crew team and previously conducted research as an undergraduate student with Prof. Jun Chen at UCLA. In his spare time, he enjoys watching TV and sleeping. 

Undergraduate Students
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Giorgio Conta is currently a sophomore undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA. His research interests focus on developing self-powered biosensors and systems for personalized healthcare. Giorgio already published 6 papers and 1 of them is the first author in Advanced Materials. In his free time, he likes to play soccer and tennis as well as travel. See his publication list at [Google Scholar]

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Sofia Bouzarif is currently a freshman undergraduate in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are centered on discovering new functional materials, and using them to design wearable energy harvesters and sensors to create an autonomous personalized healthcare system with a wide range of applications in the biomedical field. She wants to be a patent lawyer in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys playing water polo and traveling. 

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Ethan Hong-Wang Waworuntu is currently a freshman undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA. He was a competitor at the Rubik’s Cube World Championships in 2017 in Paris and a Volunteer Captain at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine. His research interests focus on developing wearable self-powered biosensors and systems for personalized healthcare. In his free time, he likes to play League of Legends and the culinary arts.

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Michael Bick is currently a junior undergraduate in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests are primarily focused on fundamental materials innovation and advanced device design for sustainable biotherapeutics and personalized health care, especially under the realm of wearables, smart textiles, and body area networks. In his free time, he plays the guitar, hikes, and plays soccer.

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Susanna Ferrier is currently a freshman undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on materials innovation and developing sustainable self-powered biosensors and wearable smart textiles for personalized healthcare. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and traveling. See her publication list at [Google Scholar]

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Kyle Chen is currently a freshman undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests are primarily focused on the development of self-powered biosensors for the purpose of integration into wearable medical devices to aid in the detection of diseases and conditions, particularly stroke. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Mario Kart and Tetris, learning more about the Japanese language, and swimming.

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Samika Karthik is currently a freshman undergraduate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her previous experiences include working with implantable medical devices such as pacemakers at Abbott, a medtech company. Her research interests focus on developing wearable biosensors and smart textiles for the application of personalized healthcare. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and architectural photography. 

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Sophia Shen is currently a junior undergraduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests focus on developing wearable bioelectronics and personalized healthcare devices. In her spare time, she enjoys painting. See her publication list at  [Google Scholar]

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Aleksandra Dudek is currently a freshman undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include developing functional materials for use in personal healthcare and throughout the biomedical field. She previously worked as a high school lab assistant at the Shan Lab, an integrated biochemical lab at the California Institute of Technology. In her free time, she enjoys running, skiing, hiking, and traveling. 

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Cameron Uy is currently a freshman undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.  His research interests focus on developing novel small molecule enzyme inhibitors and developing wearable biotechnology.  His previous research at Purdue includes small-molecule inhibition of fungal enzymes for the application of high specificity fungicides. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, playing piano and trumpet, and tennis.

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Vidhur Raveendran is currently a sophomore undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include using wearable biosensors and the Internet of things devices for personal healthcare monitoring with minimal invasiveness and power consumption. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, and playing the trombone. See [Google Scholar]

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Daren He is currently a freshman undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA. His previous experiences include the assembly and development of an electrocardiogram, which is capable of showing the different stages in a person's pulse. Currently, his research interests are centered around personalized medical instruments and the development of wearable pharmaceutical devices. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, playing guitar, and reading. 

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Ardo Nashalian is currently a junior undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California Los Angeles. His research interests are focused on the development of wearable bioelectronics through the innovation of smart textiles for personalized health care. His previous experience in clinical research for cardiac rhythm devices such as defibrillators and pacemakers. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, volleyball as well as hiking. See [Google Scholar]

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Andy Yau is currently a sophomore undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests revolve around developing wearable medical devices, self-powered biosensors and their applications in healthcare and sports performance. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball.

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Cherise Ching is currently a freshman undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are in the development of cutting-edge wearable biomedical devices, especially in the textile form, for personalized health care. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and listening to music.

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Valerie Wu is currently a junior undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her previous research experiences include developing a glucose-responsive microneedle patch that can be used in diabetes management. Her research interests include wearable textiles and devices that can be used to provide the general public with more effective, accessible, and eco-friendly healthcare. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, baking, and listening to music.

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John Lama is currently a sophomore undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include creating wearable textile nanogenerators for personalized biosensing and therapy,  to be later relayed to physicians, and improve the efficiency of communication between patients and physicians. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and hiking.  

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Nicole Lin is currently a junior undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. She continuously makes the Dean’s Honors List in 2019 and 2020. She has research experience in using biosensors for mobile health applications, along with interests in wearable biomedical devices for personalized healthcare. In her free time she enjoys art, fitness, and playing bass/guitar.

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Shaurya Mathur is currently a freshman undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to UCLA, he had research experiences with NASA GeneLabs and Baylor Medical School. His research interests are primarily focused on biomaterials and wearable technology for personalized healthcare. In his free time, he plays video games and skates.

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Leah Kim is currently a sophomore undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Her research interests are wearable biotechnology, specifically in developing smart textiles for personalized and accessible healthcare. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, hiking, and baking.

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Christian Au obtained his B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. During his undergraduate schooling, his research focused on developing point of care diagnostics. His current research interests focus on designing self-powered wearable biotechnology that can improve healthcare accessibility and affordability. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball.

Diantha Ngo is currently a senior undergraduate in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are primarily involved in smart textiles and novel wearable energy conversion technologies and their applications in developing various wearable biomedical devices. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting and sewing clothes.

Michael Yu is currently a junior undergraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests primarily focus on developing smart textiles and wearables that can be used in healthcare and by patients in an affordable and practical manner. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 

Sofia Odeste (she/her) is currently a third-year undergraduate Chemical Engineering student with an Environmental Engineering minor. Her research interests center around renewable energy and carbon capture, with experience in both nanotechnology and bacterial hybrid bioinorganics. Outside of research, she is on a competitive hip-hop dance team called Samahang Modern, and works for APIDA students on campus with the Asian Pacific Coalition (APC) and Pilipinos in Engineering and Science (PIES).