Hannah Song


Seoul, South Korea

PhD Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2008

M.S. Biomechanics, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology 2002

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Korean Advanced Institute Science and Technology 2001

Inflammation in sickle cell disease

Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

Victor Omojola


New Orleans, Louisiana

B.S., Biological Engineering

Louisiana State University, 2016

Arterial wall biomechanics in sickle cell disease

Can't Leave the Night by BADBADNOTGOOD

Liana Hatoum

Beirut, Lebanon

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016

B.S. Computer Communication Engineering & minor in Biomedical Engineering, American University of Science & Technology, 2014

Studying Sickle Cell Disease Arterial Remodeling using MRA

The Greatest by Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar

Akosua Johnson

Bowie, Maryland

B.S. Bioengineering, North Carolina A&T State University, 2020

Nanoparticle inhibition in sickle cell disease

Computational modeling of cerebrovasculature

Before I Die - Kirk Franklin

Yuyan Cai

Nanjing/Taizhou, China

Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, expected May 2022

Femoral Head Ossification in Sickle Cell Disease

泡沫 (PAO MO) by The Flowers

Jendayia Taylor

Griffin, Georgia

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, expected 2024

Georgia Institute of Technology

Role of Cathepsin K in Sickle Bone Disease

Django Jane by Janelle Monáe

Marianne Al Haj

Beirut, Lebanon

Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, expected 2023

Computational modeling and analysis of sickle cell disease cerebrovasculature

Dans Dix Ans

Manikandan Venkatesh

Philadelphia, PA

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, expected 2024

Georgia Institute of Technology

Cysteine cathepsins in Sickle Cell Disease

Live Your Life by T.I. and Rihanna

Platt Lab Alumni

Simone Douglas-Green

Boynton Beach, FL

B.S. Biomedical Engineering

University of Miami, 2015

Proteolytic mechanisms of blood clotting in sickle cell disease

Get Me Bodied by Beyonce

Pallavi Misra

New Delhi, India

B.Tech., Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 2019

Predicting reparative effects of exosome/stem cell

Speechless by Naomi Scott

Christian Rivera

Somerville, NJ

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University, 2019

B.S. Biomedical Engineering

Purdue University, 2008

Sickle cell cardiovascular biomechanics

Can't Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Defense theme song:

W. Andrew Shockey

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University, 2019

B.S. Biological Engineering

Louisiana State University, 2013

Macrophage-mediated cancer metastasis

This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads
Defense theme song:

Akia N. Parks

Richton Park, Illinois

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University, 2018

B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Missouri, 2013

Thesis Title: "Temporal cathepsin and matrix metalloproteinase activity in tendon extracellular matrix damage"

Lift Off by Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyonce
Defense theme song: Freedom from Panther Soundrack -->

Meghan Ferrall

Tampa, Florida

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University, 2017

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2012

Thesis Title: "Effects of cathepsin proteolytic network dynamics on extracellular matrix degradation in biological machines and invasive disease"

Non-Stop from Hamilton the Musical
Defense theme song: A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle

Catera L. Wilder

Lee's Summit, Missouri

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University, 2016

B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Missouri, 2009

Thesis Title: "Proteolytic feedback systems between cathepsins, cystatins, and small molecule inhibitors regulate collagen matrix degradation in cancer"

I'm Every Woman by Chaka Khan
Defense theme song: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

Ivana Kennedy Parker

Raleigh, North Carolina

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University, 2015

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2009

Thesis Title: "The Role of HIV-1 Tat and Antiretrovirals on Cathepsin Mediated Arterial Remodeling"

Raise Up by Petey Pablo
Defense theme song: I Got This by Jennifer Hudson

Philip M. Keegan

Las Vegas, Nevada

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University, 2014

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, 2008

Thesis Title: "Shear Stress, Hemodynamics, And Proteolytic Mechanisms Underlying Large Artery Remodeling In Sickle Cell Disease"

Everything is Awesome by Tegan and Sara F. The Lonely Island
Defense theme song: I'm a Hustla Remix by Cassidy ft. Mary J. Blige

Keon-Young Park

Seoul, South Korea

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University, 2014

B.A. in Physics, Emory University 2008

Thesis Title: "Predicting patient-to-patient variability in proteolytic activity and disease progression"

Bottom of the Barrel by Amos Lee
Defense theme song: Fireworks by Katy Perry

Kristi Porter

Macon, Georgia

Ph.D. in Molecular & Systems Pharmacology, Emory University 2012

B.S. in Biology, Clark Atlanta University, 2007

Microvascular Networks and Endometriosis

Control by Janet Jackson

Chris Kieslich


Joplin, MO

PhD Bioengineering, University of California Riverside, 2012

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, St. Louis University

Molecular modeling of proteases

What's On Your Mind by Greyhounds

Adeola Michael



B.S. Biology

York College CUNY, 2010

Ph.D. Pathobiology

Brown University, 2016

Inducible breakdown of biological machines

Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

Maggie Lee, Georgia Institute of Technology
Akhil Kulkarni, Georgia Institute of Technology
Keval Bollavaram, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tiffanie Leeman, Georgia Institute of Technology
Danielle Miller, Georgia Institute of Technology
Sophia Upshaw, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jessica Bonsu, Smith College
Andrea Lucia Alfonso, Cornell University
Mar Cervera Negueruela, Barcelona
Omar Ahmed, Georgia Institute of Technology
Armon Varmeziar, Georgia Institute of Technology
Larry Stokes, Univ of Mississippi
Howard Nicholson, Univ of Maryland, Baltimore County
Oluwasanmi (Victor) Arriyo, Penn State University
Juhi Nahata, Georgia Institute of Technology
Naomi-Eliana Edouard, Spelman College
Scott Shaeffer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Cheryl Shuangyi Cai, Georgia Institute of Technology
Yuan (Dan) Xu, Georgia Institute of technology
Sarah LaMothe, Georgia Institute of Technology
Eva Gatune, Xavier University
Ken Brandon, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville
Catelyn Evans, University of Nebraska
Avery Denby, Morehouse College
Evan Woodard, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tyler Wan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Fermin Alex Stewart, Georgia State University
Nicholas Arce, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dayne West, PhD
Valencia Watson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Kamir Hiam, University of California San Francisco
David McKellar, Georgia Institute of Technology
Charlene Walton, Medical College of Georgia
Suhaas Anbazhakan, Stanford University
Kendreze Holland, Georgia State University
Katrina Burch, Georgia Institute of Technology
Solomon Mcbride, Brandeis University
Daniel Clough, University of Michigan
Monet Roberts, Cornell University
Binbin Chen, Stanford University
Rebecca J. Deeds, University of Kansas
Morgan L. Keitt, Georgia Insitute of Technology
Juan-Manuel Duran, Georgia Institute of Technology
Joshua Cohen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eric Kopfle, Georgia Institute of Technology
W. Aileen Li, Georgia Institute of Technology
Shawna Hagen, Georgia Institute of Technology
Shavonne Cullers, Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology
Andrew Lei, Georgia Institute of Technology
Amanda Williams, University of South Carolina
Tiffany Rutledge, Fort Valley State University
Vanessa Wanjeri, Swarthmore College
Cornell Young, Morehouse College
Zachary Barry, Georgia Institute of Technology
Sindhu Surapaneni, Georgia Institute of Technology
Thejas Hiremath, Georgia Institute of Technology
Terrance White, Morehouse College, now at Duke University
Jerald Dumas, Ph.D.
Idowu Akinsanmi, Ph.D.

Photos courtesy of Donna Sibble