Nano Biomechanics & Mechanobiology Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Dr. Scott Wood

Graduate Members

Ram Saraswat

Ph.D. Candidate, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, SDSMT

I am from New Delhi, India and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 2017. Post-graduation, I started my PhD in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering with an emphasis on Nano-Biotechnology. I am currently working on designing a novel micropatterned platform to model the articular cartilage to restore chondrocyte phenotype. My core speciality is biomaterials synthesis for desired cellular applications. I enjoy biking and hiking around the Black Hills, and road-tripping to new places.

Hosein Mirazi

Ph.D. Student, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, SDSMT

Zachary Nix

M.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering, SDSMT

Undergraduate Members

For available opportunities, please contact the NANO-BME Program Coordinator, Dr. Johnica Morrow (a.k.a., Dr. J), in EEP 235 or at


Divya Kota

Ph.D., Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, SDSMT, co-advised with primary advisor, Dr. Steve Smith
Dissertation: Intra- and Extra-cellular Force Transduction and Sensing in Single mammalian Cells

Jevin Meyerink

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, SDSMT, co-advised with primary advisor, Dr. Grant Crawford
Dissertation: Dioxide Nanotubes: Application in Establishing Cellular Response Mechanisms for Osteogenesis

Anna Haugen

BioSNTR REU Student
Applied Biological Sciences, SDSMT
Quantification of Actin Motion in Chondrocytes Using Lattice Light-Sheet Microscopy

Celeste Perez

Back to the Future REU Student
Materials Science, Arizona State University
Characterization and Optimization of Embedded Electrospun Nanofibers for the CellWell

Joshua Feiner

BioSNTR REU Student
Biology, Dakota Wesleyan University
Application of Mechanical Force to Chondrocytes

William Schutz

Back to the Future REU Student
Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
Synthesis of a Biphasic Micropatterned Well Array

Ryan Dekle

Back to the Future REU Student
Chemical Engineering, New Mexico Tech
Toward the Development of the CellWell Semi-3D Cell Culture Platform

Andrew Norman

Undergraduate Volunteer
Mechanical Engineering, SDSMT
Development of a cam-driven linear actuator for translation of permanent magnets above a microscope stage

Mikayla Hibbard

Undergraduate Volunteer
Applied Biological Sciences, SDSMT
Application of Mechanical Force to Chondrocytes