Principal Investigator 

Iwijn De Vlaminck
Biomedical Engineering

Prof. Iwijn De Vlaminck's research is focused on the development of precision and genomic medicine technologies for microbiology and immunology and the application of these technologies in the monitoring of infectious and immune-related disease.

Research Staff 

Joan Sesing Lenz
Research Staff

Joan has worked on numerous projects at multiple research institutions over the expanse of her career. Her specific interests include development of assays and application of protocols to cell free DNA and RNA for genomic based technologies.

Shaun Cross
CIHMID Postdoctoral Fellow

Shaun is from Fort Collins, CO. He completed his PhD at Colorado State University in Dr. Mark Stenglein's lab studying host-virus interactions in Drosophila melanogaster using a blend of molecular biology and bioinformatics. He is currently interested in elucidating host-rotavirus interactions using single-cell sequencing and spatial transcriptomics. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, video games, and working on home projects.

PhD Students 

Hao Shi

Hao grew up in southeast China and studied physics and mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology before coming to Cornell. He is interested in developing precision measurement technologies to study the microbiome. Apart from imaging microbiomes, Hao likes drinking wine, working out, and reading books.

Alexandre Cheng
Biomedical Engineering

Alex grew up in Montreal and studied biomedical engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. He is interested in precision medicine and developing liquid biopsy tools for immune and infectious diseases. Aside from the lab, he enjoys long naps, good food, and taking care of his dog, Kodi

Michael Wang
Computational Biology

Michael is a Chinese born Canadian who studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto before coming to Cornell for the Computational Biology PhD program. He is interested in developing bioinformatics tools to study single-cell genomics data. He likes playing tennis, eating sushi, and going on hikes.

David McKellar
Biomedical Engineering

David grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and studied Biomedical Engineering at GeorgiaTech University. Currently, he is interested in using single cell genomics and spatial trasncriptomics to understand the role of non coding RNA in muscle stem cell biology. Outside work, he enjoys running and playing guitar.

Benjamin Grodner
Biomedical Engineering

Ben grew up in Salt Lake City, UT and studied Biological Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. As a Cornell PhD student in Biomedical Engineering he develops high resolution tools to identify and study spatial patterns in the microbiome. In his free time, Ben runs on the Finger Lakes Trail, plays bass, windsurfs on Cayuga Lake, and skis at Greek Peak, though rarely all at once.

Adrienne Chang

Adrienne grew up in Texas and Taiwan and received her B.S. in Chemistry from New York University Abu Dhabi in 2018. Currently, she is investigating the utility of cell-free DNA for tuberculosis diagnostics and developing spatial -omic technologies to the germinal center response to infection. Outside of lab, Adrienne spends most of her time adventuring outdoors with her dog, Ginger, baking, and pursuing creative endeavors.

Madhav Mantri
Computational Biology

Madhav grew up in north India and studied Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur before coming to Cornell. He is interested in developing and deploying computational tools to analyse single-cell genomics data and understand development and immune related processes. Outside the lab, he likes cooking indian food, going on hikes, and watching science fiction TV shows.

Omary Mzava
Biomedical Engineering

Omary Mzava grew up in Kilimanjaro Province of Tanzania and studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering for his bachelors degree. He is interested in developing genomics technologies to study diseases. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing soccer.

Conor Loy
Genetics Genomics and Development

Conor grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois and studied Biology and Data Anaytics at Denison University. He is interested in how various genomic measurements can be applied to cell free DNA to create stronger diagnostic tools. In his free time Conor enjoys fly fishing, playing with his dog and going on hikes.

Masters Students   

Sami Smalling

Undergraduate Students   

Owen Farchione

Jonathan Han

Leo Song

Peter Kaplinsky


NameDegreeDatesCurrent Position
Alexandre ChengGraduate Student 2016-2021Postdoc at NY Genome Center
Sami SmallingGraduate Student 2020-2021-
Jonathan HanUndergraduate Student2018-2021-
Hao ShiGraduate Student 2015-2020CEO, Kanvas Biosciences
Philip BurnhamGraduate Student 2015-2019CSO, Kanvas Biosciences
Michael HeyangUndergraduate Student2016-2019Medical school at Yale University
Fanny Chen Undergraduate Student2015-2019Medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University
Sara KeshavjeeUndergraduate Student2016-2019 Medical school at Columbia University
Mridu Saikia Postdoc2017-2019Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
Deepan Thiruppathy Research Assistant2018-2019Graduate school at UC San Diego
Tiffany HoResearch Assistant2017-2018Bioinformatician at Embark
Roozbeh Abedini Nassab Postdoc2017-2018Assistant professor at Neyshaboor University, Iran