Baxter Young Investigator Award - 2016 Winners

Baxter Young Investigator Award - 2016 Winners

To celebrate and promote innovative research, Baxter sponsors an annual award program open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The 2016 winners are listed below:


Zida Li
Graduate Student 
University of Michigan
Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Jianping Fu
Research Title:A Miniaturized Hemoretractometer for Blood Clot Retraction Testing

Joonyoung Park
Graduate Student
Purdue University
Industrial & Physical Pharmacy 
Advisor: Yoon Yeo
Research Title: Development of carrier-free albumin functionalized paclitaxel nanocrystals

Jeffrey Plott
Graduate Student 
University of Michigan
Mechanical Engineering 
Advisor: Albert Shih
Research Title: Device to Aid in Arterial Microvascular Anastomosis

Shang Song
Graduate Student
University of California, San Francisco 
Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences
Advisor: Shuvo Roy
Research Title: Silicon Nanopore Membrane (SNM) for islet encapsulation and immuniosolation under convective transport to treat Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)

Jacqueline Wallat 
Graduate Student 
Case Western Reserve University 
Macromolecular Science & Engineering 
Advisor: Jon Pokorski 
Research Title: A Clickable-Fluorous Nanoparticle Platform for Imaging Tumors

Andrea Wolf 
Graduate Student
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Advisor: Gregory Beilman
Research Title: Preclinical Characterization and Optimization of BHB/M, a Low-Volume Intravenous Resuscitation Fluid for the Treatment of Hemorrhagic Shock


Elizabeth Brisbois
PostDoctoral Fellow 
University of Michigan
Advisor: Mark Meyerhoff
Research Title: Therapeutic nitric oxide (NO) delivery from biomedical polymers for improved hemocompatibility for extracorporeal circulation (ECC)

Kambez Hajipouran Benam
PostDoctoral Fellow 
Biologically Inspired Engineering
Advisor: Donald Ingber
Research Title: Small airway-on-a-chip enables analysis of human lung inflammation, drug responses and recreation of inhaled smoke-induced micropathologies in vitro

Umer Hassan
PostDoctoral Fellow
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Advisor: Rashid Bashir
Research Title: Differential Immuno-Capture Biochip for Disease Diagnosis & Management

Jungwoo Kim 
Graduate Student 
California Institute of Technology 
Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
Advisor:James Heath
Research Title: Serum proteomic measurement for monitoring and predicting glioblastoma patient responses to an anti-angiogenic drug treatment

Joshua Laber 
Graduate Student 
University of Texas, Austin
Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Jennifer Maynard
Research Title: High trehalose and histidine formulation tempers surface charge mediated solubility and viscosity effects for supercharged green fluorescent proteins at high concentrations

Buddhadev Layek 
PostDoctoral Fellow 
University of Minnesota 
Experimental & Clinical Engineering 
Advisor: Swayam Prabha 
Research Title: Glycoengineered Mesenchymal Stem Cells as an Enabling Platform for Two-Step Targeting of Solid Tumors

Phillip Lewis
Graduate Student
Northwestern University
Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Ramile Shah
Research Title: 3D Printing and Matrix Culture Strategies for in vitro Liver Tissue Models

Chien-Sheng Liao
Graduate Student
Purdue University
Biomedical Engineering
Advisor:Ji-Xin Cheng
Research Title: Quantification of circulating tumor cells by intravital stimulated Raman flow cytometry

Lorenzo Rossini
Graduate Student 
University of California, San Diego
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Advisor:Juan Carlos del Alamo
Research Title: A Clinical Method to Assess the Risk of Thrombus Formation in the Left Ventricle

Metin Uz
PostDoctoral Fellow
Iowa State University
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Advisor: Surya Mallapragada
Research Title: Bioinspired Stimuli-Responsive Membranes for Biomedical Applications

Qian Wu
PostDoctoral Fellow
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Advisor: Jonathan Sweedler
Research Title: The development of novel measurement approaches for unbiased chemical characterization of the temporal and spatial changes of tissue samples