MEET THE TEAM

We are a transdisciplinary team that addresses biomedical challenges by building upon fundamental chemistry, biophysics, and engineering concepts. To sustain these scientifically diverse efforts, our team is committed to creating an inclusive, equitable and collaborative space where each member can excel in their research endeavors.

We want to cultivate STEM opportunities aimed towards leveling the playing field for people that come from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds.

 

We are committed to creating a safe training environment where everyone demonstrates mutual respect

 

We welcome members from all walks of life, each with unique scientific perspectives, as well as personal backgrounds. Our group embraces the fact that diverse environments lead to a more productive and creative team.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

HERDELINE ARDOÑA

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

B.S., University of the Philippines Diliman  

Email: hardona at uci.edu

ABOUT THE PI

GRADUATE STUDENTS

SUJEUNG LIM

PhD Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

 

M.S., University of Southern California

B.S., California State University, Long Beach

 

Email: sujeungl at uci.edu

 

Sujeung joined the Ardoña group in Fall 2020. Sujeung is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC Irvine. She is interested in engineering new biomaterials to model biological responses and is interested in creating platforms to understand those responses. She hopes to work in the industry after completing her Ph.D. studies. She likes to bake and listen to music outside research.

YUYAO KUANG

PhD Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

 

M.S., Northwestern University

B.S., East China University of Science and Technology

 

Email: yuyaok at uci.edu

 

Yuyao obtained his B.E. in Bioengineering from ECUST in 2018. During his undergraduate, he examined the modification of key enzyme in the synthesis of Ezetimibe for cholesterol medication. After that, he obtained his M.S. of Biotechnology in 2020. At Northwestern University, Yuyao explored magnetic nanostructures for MRI contrast enhancement and environment remediation. These research experiences cultivated an interest in biomaterials where his interests in biology and nanotechnology can be combined. He is developing novel mechanochromic hydrogel systems for cellular force sensing in Professor Ardoña’s group. At his free time, Yuyao likes cooking, playing basketball, hiking, and watching movies.

KIARA LACY

MS Student, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

2021-2022 Samueli School of Engineering Pathway to the PhD Fellow

B.S., University of California, Irvine

 

Email: lacyk at uci.edu

 

Kiara is a co-advised MS student between the Adams and Ardoña labs. Her research is focused on Dielectrophoresis (DEP), a label-free cell characterization technique to differentiate between different cell types using a non-uniform electric field. She is currently developing new platforms that enable light-induced dielectrophoresis for sorting subpopulations of human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) populations. Due to their immunological and regenerative properties, she hopes to gain a better understanding of hMSC characteristics and how they can be used to make advancements in stem cell therapy.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

PAULINE TRAN

Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Email: pttran1 at uci.edu

Pauline is a full time student who also works as an assistant manager at a tutoring center where she tutors younger kids. In her free time she loves practicing portrait photography, traveling with her siblings, and wrapping flower arrangements into beautiful bouquets. As someone with a strong interest and deep appreciation for biology, Pauline joined the Ardoña research group wanting to contribute to their work in the biomedical field. Her research focuses on developing biocompatible molecular sensors that can be incorporated in 3D models. Pauline hopes to work in the research and development department at a pharmaceutical or biotech industry after graduating.

JAIDE VENTOCILLA

Junior, Chemistry

Email: jventoci at uci.edu

Jaide is a full-time student with an interest to specialize in medicinal chemistry and chemical biology. After graduating, she hopes to attend graduate school and pursue her dreams of doing clinical research or drug discovery. Some of her hobbies include caring for lots of houseplants (she's a proud plant mom!) in addition to drawing and painting. Jaide has developed a great interest and appreciation for both chemistry and biology. Despite her major not being directly related to biomedical engineering, being part of the Ardoña research group has allowed her to jumpstart her career as a scientist and to make contributions to the biomedical field.

SUMMER STUDENTS (VIRTUAL)

GURLEEN BHINDER

Gurleen is a sophomore in Chaffey College. It’s always her dream to work in the medical field. She hopes to learn more about biomedical engineering and gain valuable research experience. Her hobbies include traveling, listening to different kinds of music, and spending time with my family--which is her main priority. 

ADITI JAIN

Aditi is a rising high school junior passionate about STEM as well as the arts. The guidance of amazing teachers as well as a deep inherent passion for biology have inspired her to pursue exposure to research. She is a founder of a non-profit organization dedicated to using arts as a way to elevate underprivileged communities through painting murals and hosting/teaching painting workshops. Aditi is also involved in an organization that teaches STEM-related courses to under-resourced kids in shelters as well as serving as the president of the art club!

JULIA IM

Julia is an incoming freshman at UC Berkeley as a chemical engineering major. Her interest lies in the environmental and biomedical application of chemical engineering. Throughout college, she hopes to gain valuable research experience, which she hopes to extend at a graduate school. Julia's hobbies include playing music, traveling to new places, and spending time with friends and family. She joined the Ardoña Research group to genuinely understand the value of biomedical engineering and its application, along with exploring different ways chemical engineering can better society.

 

JOIN OUR TEAM!

Interested to join our group as a postdoctoral researcher, graduate researcher, or undergraduate student? Please contact Herdeline and check the UCI CBE webpage for more details. Postdoc applicants should send their CV, research summary, and a list of references to Herdeline via email.