Principal Investigator:

Mona Eskandari

Mona Eskandari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Cooperating Faculty title in the Department of Bioengineering, collaborating with the School of Medicine's multidisciplinary BREATHEcenter) at UC-Riverside. Prior to her postdoctoral fellowship at UC-Berkeley, she received her doctorate and master's degree from Stanford University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, where she was also a Nugent medalist. She was granted the University of California Provost's Engineering Faculty Research Fellowship, and was previously named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a DARE Doctoral Fellow, and a Stanford Graduate Science and Engineering Fellow. Her area of expertise is computational modeling and experimental characterization of biological systems, with an emphasis on pulmonary mechanics. Professor Eskandari received the Early Engineering Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education for innovative teaching, and the prestigious K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders of Higher Education Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


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Dr. Mohammad Maghsoudi Ganjeh is a postdoctoral scholar and focuses on leveraging fundamental biomechanics to address chronic lung disorders with the overarching goal of impacting clinical practice. He uses inverse computational methods (finite element analysis) coupled with state-of-the-art experimental techniques. Mohammad obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2020, where he worked on nanoscale computational modeling of bone and bio-inspired materials. He has received multiple awards including graduate scholarship in biomaterials/biomechanics and computational solid mechanics from UTSA.


Dr. Heleen Fehervary is a postdoctoral fellow visiting from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium). Her expertise lies in the experimental characterization and modeling of various soft biological tissues. Her focus in the bMECH lab is on the development of microstructural modeling of the pulmonary airways from experimental confocal imaging. Heleen obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leuven on planar biaxial testing of soft biological tissue in 2018. Afterwards, she continued her research as a postdoc at the University of Leuven and received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Flanders Research Foundation.

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Samaneh Sattari is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at UC-Riverside. Her master's degree is in Biomechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary where her research centered on the mechanical, microstructural, and histological characterization of the human aneurysmal aorta, providing experimental measures for computational models. Additionally, she received a master's and bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology and Iran University of Science and Technology, respectively. 



Crystal Mariano is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, and joined bMECH as a Junior Lab Specialist upon graduating with her bachelor's degree in Bioengineering from UCR. Her undergraduate research experiences focused on materials science, mechanical engineering, and bioengineering, exploring transparent cranial implants centered on the synthesis, characterization, and biocompatibility of nanoparticles. She also has experience in photolithography to aid in the etching and study of titanium microneedles. 


Kathrine Anduaga is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at UC-Riverside. Her bachelor’s  degree is in Engineering Physics from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. Her undergraduate research focused on graphene synthesis and its biomedical application; she investigated ideal parameters for large-area single layer graphene and its cellular impact. She also has experience working with robotics and 3D printing.



Talyah Nelson is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at UC-Riverside and a graduate of Walla Walla University (WWU), were she earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering. During her time at WWU, Talyah maintained a position as a manufacturing engineering intern at Key Technology. After graduating, she accepted a position at WWU as STEM Recruiter/Engineering Program Support. In this role, Talyah balances performing recruitment duties with teaching lower and upper-division engineering courses such as Intro to Engineering and Advanced CAD. 


Swathi Vittalbabu is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the UC-Riverside. She leads microstructural imaging research of pulmonary tissue. She is involved in UCR's SAE Aero team and Robosub team and enjoys building planes, singing Carnatic music, and knitting.



Neftali Lau  is currently a senior studying mechanical engineering at the UC-Riverside. His interest in the bioapplications of solid mechanics led him to join the bMECH lab, where he conducts in-vitro research on the mechanics of asthmatic airways using finite element analysis.





George Padilla is a senior undergraduate student at UC-Riverside pursuing his degree in Physics and Astronomy with an emphasis on Mechanical Engineering. He is involved in Aerospace Systems at UCR, the Philosophy Club, and is the treasurer of the Astronomy Club. He has previously conducted research on the holographic transmission of plane objects, focusing on the Fourier and Fresnel transformation of interfering light to produce holographic images on a two-dimensional surface 


Sarah Thompson is an undergraduate junior in Mechanical Engineering. She has previously studied Multiple Sclerosis in mice using histology, electrophysiology, and behavioral experiments. Her interest in Biomedical Engineering led her to become an undergraduate research fellow for the MARC U Star program. She’s also involved in SWE and enjoys hiking and the beach. 




Nikos Eulgem is a senior undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at UC-Riverside. He is involved in Aerospace Systems where he leads at team of students in the research and development of the clubs first liquid rocket engine. In his free time, he enjoys science fiction, astronomy, woodworking, and soccer.




Gustavo Ramirez is a Junior undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He has a strong interest in biomedical engineering and is currently involved in developing a prototype for pulmonary healthcare in the bMECH lab. He is also the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers academic chair at UCR and loves soccer.



Lab Alumni:

Nikolaos Matisioudis

Sanika Nishandar

William Li 

Ricardo Miguel Ruvalcaba Briones 

Talha Lone