We are always looking for smart and highly motivated people interested in working with us.
We can hire as research assistant, graduate student and post-doc positions available.
No experience with the eye necessary for all positions.
If interested, send CV or Resume to ian@OcularBiomechanics.com (Dr. Sigal). Please tell us in your email which of the areas experience topics above fits you, or why you are applying. If you have published, please attach some example publication PDFs. If you need funding, we can help you apply. Bear in mind that most funding support is very competitive. Applications for summer fellowships and scholarships are usually due in January or February, so please contact us early.
Postdocs/Graduate students/Research assistants:
We have several projects and positions and are looking for excellent applicants, independent of career stage. Experience in any of the following:
Optics/Imaging (microscopy, structured light, OCT, ultrasound)
Image processing (DIC, DVC, segmentation)
Soft tissue mechanics (experimental or computational)
Blood flow (experimental or computational)
Astrocyte, axon or pericyte mechanics. TBI effects on axons.
Glaucoma and/or myopia
Experience handling animals and tissues, and with imaging and image processing are important. Experience in a research setting is preferred.
We regularly receive undergraduate students from all over Pitt. Many of them come for Design projects (e.g. MEMS 1043) or Intramural Internships (e.g. BIOENG 1002). We also regularly receive students for summer research. Most of them do research associated with coursework, or are volunteers who want experience in research.
Dr. Sigal received a B.Sc. in Physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City (1999), a M.A.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering
from the University of Toronto, Canada (2001), and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Collaborative program in Biomedical Engineering) also from the University of Toronto, Canada (2006).
Dr. Sigal has dedicated his scientific career to the study of biomechanics-related diseases of the eye, and to glaucoma in particular.
During his PhD he pioneered methods for computational modeling of the eye to understand why some individuals develop glaucoma while others do not.
He continued to refine these techniques as a post-doc and then as a research associate at the Devers Eye Institute in Portland Oregon.
In October 2010 he joined the University of Pittsburgh and founded the Laboratory of Ocular Biomechanics.
The laboratory receives support from the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, The Glaucoma Research Foundation and others. Current projects in the laboratory include the development of novel techniques to characterize connective tissue architecture and biomechanics, and the study of in-vivo effects of intraocular and intracranial pressures.
Dr. Hua received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Nantong University (2008), a M.Sc. in Manufacturing Engineering of Aeronautics and Astronautics from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2011), and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2016). Dr. Hua has worked on a wide range of research projects including experimental/computational analysis of traumatic brain injury, finite element modeling of optic nerve head biomechanics, mechanical characterization of soft tissues, in vitro determination of cell mechanics, and micromechanical analysis of composites. Currently, his research focus is to characterize the morphological changes of the optic nerve head in response to elevated intracranial pressure.
Dr. Bansal received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune (2009), a M.Tech. in CAD/CAM from VIT University, Vellore (2013), and a Ph.D. in Design from Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (2019). Dr. Bansal has developed various novel stochastic multiscale algorithms for composite materials with complex microstructure including adaptive mesh algorithms, XFEM based numerical techniques (MsXFEM, multi-split XFEM, multi-split MsXFEM), and coupled XFEM-Gradient Enhanced Damage model. Currently, his research focus is to develop and optimize both numerical and experimentation methods for understanding the role of collagen fiber architecture on the biomechanics of soft tissues.
Dr. Islam received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh (2011), a M.Sc. in Computational Engineering from Mississippi State University, USA (2013), and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA (2019). Dr. Islam is a bio- solid mechanics researcher with interests in soft tissue biomechanics and biomaterials. His research combines multi-scale mechanical testing and computational modeling to characterize the nonlinear and time-dependent mechanical behavior of soft fibrous tissues. In parallel, he utilizes the insights of tissue mechanics to design hydrogel biomaterials with native tissue-like properties. His current research is focused on ocular tissue biomechanics. He is investigating how ocular tissue microstructural and biomechanical properties evolve from healthy to diseased state specially for glaucoma.
Dr. Wang received her B.Sc. in Engineering Mechanics from Southwest Jiaotong University, China (2010), a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University, China (2014 and 2021). She was a visiting student at the University of Pittsburgh (2017-2019). Her research interest includes the biomechanics of soft tissues, especially the constitutive modeling and hyperelastic response of soft biological tissue reinforced by collagen fibers. Her current research is focused on using the digital volume correlation method to characterize the optic nerve head biomechanics from optical coherence tomography.
Dr. Yuankai received a B.Sc. in Physics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (2015), a Ph.D. in applied mathematics also from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (2021). Dr. Lu’s research background is mainly in computational biology and applied mathematics, including tissue oxygenation simulation, hemodynamics, angiogenesis and vessel adaptation modelling, etc. Currently, his research focuses on the hemodynamic and tissue oxygenation simulation in lamina, and related physiological and pathological issues.
Ms. Ji received her Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautic Engineering (2016) from Northwestern Polytechnical University in China, and her Master’s degree in Mechanical engineering (2018) from Columbia University in the US. She works on quantifying mechanical deformations of eyes.
Mr. Lee received his B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering and Environment Sciences and a double major in Electrical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University (2014), a M.Sc. in Biomedical Electronics and Bioinformatic from National Taiwan University (2016). He was a research assistant at Academia Sinica, Taiwan (2017-2018). He has worked on research projects spanning photoacoustics, optical imaging, and bioimage informatics. His current research focuses on developing polarized light microscopy to visualize collage fiber orientation.
Ms. Waxman received her Bachelor's degree in Botany (2016) from Ohio Wesleyan University. She was a research assistant at Ohio Wesleyan (2014-2016) and a laboratory technician and manager at the University of Pittsburgh (2016-2018). She has worked on characterizing the physiology and pathophysiology of the eye's conventional outflow tract. Her current research focuses on elucidating the role of perivascular cells in the optic nerve head.
Mr. Tian received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation (2021) from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. His current research focuses on microstructure and mechanics of the sclera.
Ms. Pande received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Applied Mathematics (2022) from the University of Virginia. She was an undergraduate research assistant in the Helmke Lab at the University of Virginia, where she worked on cell stretching and substrate stiffness-dependent cell morphology to study toxoplasmosis.
Ms. Tavitas received a B.S. in Engineering from Saint Vincent College (2022). She has experience working on artificial muscles, and the biomechanics of digital nerves. She works on developing more advanced models of the role of fiber architecture on tissue biomechanics.
Mr. Liao received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Iowa (2022). His work focuses on developing testing techniques for fibrous materials.
Mr. Naylor received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering with a double major in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Physical Computing from Carnegie Mellon University (2020). He is currently designing an apparatus to produce physical models of connective tissue architecture.
Ms. Schilpp received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry (2021) from Saint Vincent College. Her work focuses on sample preparation, histology processing, and acquiring and analyzing images.
Fuqiang Zhong, PhD (2020-2021)
Bryn Brazile, PhD (2016-2019) - Last known Senior engineer at Baxter.
Bin Yang, PhD (2016-2019) - Last known Assistant professor at Duquesne University.
Junchao Wei, PhD (2017-2018) - Last known at Konika-Minolta.
Andrew Voorhees, PhD (2015-2018) - Last known at Johnson & Johnson Ophthalmic Research.
Ziyi Zhu, MS (Graduate Student 2018-2020)
Tian Yong Foong, MS (Graduate Student 2017-2019)
Bingrui Wang (Research Visiting PhD Student 2017-2019)
Ning-Jiun Jan, PhD (Graduate Student 2011-2018)
Huong Tran, MS (Graduate Student and Research Assistant 2013-2018)
Marissa Quinn (Research Assistant 2021-2022)
John Gnalian (Research Assistant 2020-2021)
Po Lam (Research Assistant 2016-2019)
Alexandra (Judisch) Gogola, MS (Systems Analyst 2015-2019)
Jake Wallace (Research Assistant 2016-2017)
Rafique Khan (Research Assistant 2016)
Danielle Hu (Research Assistant 2015-2016)
Jonathan L. Grimm (Senior Analyst 2010-2015)
Venkat Daita (Summer 2022)
Isabella Mailer (Spring 2022, MEMS 1043 Senior Design, Summer 2022)
Grace O'Malley (Spring 2022, MEMS 1043 Senior Design, Summer 2022)
Frieda Jones (Spring 2022, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Emma Skub (Spring 2022, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Urjeet Deshmukh (Spring 2021-Summer 2021)
Jason Walker (Summer 2019-Spring 2021)
Gosia Fryc (Spring 2019-Spring 2021)
Benjamin DiCenzo (Spring 2020-Spring 2021)
Sinead Healy (Fall 2020-Spring 2021)
Pi’ilani Noguchi (Summer 2020, TecBio program)
Pedro Pallares (Summer 2019-Spring 2020)
Anish Puligilla (Fall 2018-Spring 2020)
Haiden McDonald (Summer 2019 + Spring 2020)
Michael Kinney (Spring 2020, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Ryan Ronczka (Spring 2020, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Liqi Chen (Spring 2020, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Jiachen Wang (Spring 2020, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Yangshan Deng (Spring 2020, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Jiaming Li (Spring 2020, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Naveensri Saravanan (Fall 2018-Fall 2019)
Michael Long (Fall 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Jamie Barishman (Fall 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Gregory Rice (Fall 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Nicholas Cerilli (Fall 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Annie Shi (Fall 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
John Levickas (FER, Spring 2019)
Lizhou He (Spring 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Tommy Haedrich (Spring 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
William Boyer (Spring 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Rahul Doraiswamy (Spring 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Yuankang Wang (Spring 2019, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Taylor Lynn Frank (Spring 2018 - Fall 2018)
Edward Rusnica (Fall 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Aaron Acierno (Fall 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Allen Xinwei Wang (Fall 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Andrew Moore (Summer-Fall 2016 + Fall 2017-Summer 2018)
Zihao Huang (Summer 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Yuhao Lian (Summer 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Kaichen Sun (Summer 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Benjamin P Ferrara (Summer 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Erich Heinzel (Fall 2017-Spring 2018)
Tyler Martin (Summer 2017-Spring 2018)
Taylor Frank (Fall 2017-Spring 2018)
Matthew G Truncale (Spring 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Bryan E Konieczka (Spring 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Ryan C Skorski (Spring 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Benjamin D Pollock (Spring 2018, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Christopher S. Spicer (Fall 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Emily B. Irwin (Fall 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Fall (Summer 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Eric Zhang (Summer 2017)* Co-supported by the Swanson School of Engineering
Rachel Dunn (Summer 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Roman Nilov (Summer 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Noah Perryman (Summer 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Ce (Ted) Zhang (Summer 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Christopher Torgalski (Fall 2016 + Spring 2017)
Cindy Jiao (Fall 2015 - Spring 2017) * Brackenridge Fellowship by the University of Pittsburgh Honors College
Felipe Suntaxi (Summer+Fall 2016) * Co-supported by the Department of Bioengineering
Ziyi Zhu (Summer+Fall2016) * Co-supported by the Swanson School of Engineering
Mathew Russell (Summer 2016 - Spring 2017)
Morgan Austin (Summer - Spring 2017)
Shweta Ravichandar (Spring 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Katriona Blezy (Spring 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Kelly Appleton (Spring 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Roy Tan Park Sung (Spring 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
David Bevins (Spring 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Sean Boyles (Spring 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Arielle Iacocca (Spring 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Bryce Bowman (Spring 2017, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Ryan Oakley (Fall 2016, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Sarker Tanmoy (Fall 2016, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Lincoln Walton (Fall 2016, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Forme Balebako (Summer 2016, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Loryn Bertoti (Summer 2016, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Nicholas Neugebauer (Summer 2016, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Emma Hundertmark (Summer+Fall 2016)
Nicholas Krall (Summer+Fall 2016)
Oliver Snyder (Summer 2016)
John Marshall (Summer 2016)
Karlie Brasch (Spring 2016, FER)
Jennifer Panza (Spring 2016, FER)
Emma Chen (Spring 2016, FER)
Brienna Roys (Spring 2016, FER)
Jin Yu Li (Spring 2016, FER)
Shumeng Yang (Spring 2016, FER)
Eric Sou Ying Dong (Spring 2016, FER)
Alexander Mace (Spring 2016, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Zeyu Tong (Spring 2016, Senior Design)
Jingxian Zhao (Spring 2016, Senior Design)
Joshua Selling (Fall 2015, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Morgan Skapik (Fall 2015, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Nicholas Cox (Fall 2015, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Rachel Rohr (Fall 2015, MEMS 1043 Senior Design)
Mikayla Ferchaw (fall 2015)
Michael Iasella (summer 2014, summer-fall 2015)
Jacob Wallace (summer 2015-spring 2016) * Brackenridge Fellowship by the University of Pittsburgh Honors College
Mason Lester (summer-fall 2015)
Andrew Levandoski (summer-fall 2015)
Ryan O'Malley (summer 2014-fall 2015)
Saundria Moed (summer 2014-spring 2015, fall 2015)* Co-supported by the Swanson School of Engineering
Jeremy Teichmann (summer 2015, co-mentored by Gadi Wollstein)* Co-supported by the Swanson School of Engineering
Yiyao Shi (summer 2015)
David Tsui (summer 2015)
Jon R. Drobitch (summer 2015)
Yujie Mu (summer 2015)
Garrett Grube (summer 2015)* Co-supported by the Department of Bioengineering
Zach Adgate (summer-fall 2015)
Jennifer Ten Eyck (summer 2015)
William Walters (summer 2015)
Sarah Smelko (summer 2014-spring 2015)
Natalie Rutkowski (summer 2014-spring 2015)
Michael Linehan (summer 2014-spring 2015)
Celeste Gomez (2012-2014) * Awarded a Fight for Sight summer student fellowship
James Constantin (summer 2014-spring 2015)* Co-supported by the Department of Bioengineering
Yuqi Wang (summer 2014) * Co-supported by the Department of Bioengineering
Aaron Dees (summer 2014)
Tyler Martin (summer 2014)
Michael Ulrich (summer 2014)
Yoonsoo Kim (2013-2014)
Sarah Shaykevich (2013-2014)
Biomedical Visualization Laboratory
Histology/Hybridoma Core Module
Multi-modality Biomedicla Ultrasound Imaging Lab
Corneal Cell Biology Laboratory
Department of Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neuroimaging and Visual Science Laboratory |
Di PoLo Lab
HMR Biophotonics Lab|