Mohammad A. Qasaimeh, PhD
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi
Assistant Professor, Tandon School of Engineering, NYU, Brooklyne, USA
Principal Investigator of the AMMLab, NYU Abu Dhabi
Dr. Mohammad Qasaimeh directs the Advanced Microfluidics and Microdevices Laboratory (AMMLab), and his current research interests include developing microfluidic and MEMS devices for biomedical applications and point of care diagnostics. During his PhD work, he received several prestigious fellowships and awards including the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarship (CGSD3), and the FQRNT Students-Researchers Stars Award. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Nature Communications, Lab on a Chip, and Biomedical Microdevies. Mohammad joined NYUAD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Prior to that, he served as a Research Assistant at McGill University and as a Research Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. Mohammad received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology; the M.A.Sc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University; and his Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University.
Pavithra Sukumar, M.Tech, M.Sc
Ms. Pavithra Sukumar joined the AMMlab in June 2016 as Research Assistant to develop Microfluidic based biosensor for Immune Cell Phenotyping. Earlier to join up our group, she was working as a researcher at KIST-Europe branch lab for 2 years and at the centre for bio-micro-systems for 1.5 years at Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul. She has experience working on Template based self assembly of lipid tubes. She has received her M.Tech degree in Nanoscience and Technology from Anna University Coimbatore, India and M.Sc degree in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology, India as well her B.Sc in Biotechnology from Dr.G.R.Damodaran College of Science, India.
Anoop Menachery, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Anoop Menachery joined the AMMlab in October 2014 as a Research Scientist, and was promoted to a Senior Research Scientist in February 2017. He has several years of experience in the fields of AC electrokinetics and microsystems. His expertise lies in the development of microfluidic devices and in the design and execution of technical concepts for device integration. Dr. Menachery has previously worked as a senior engineer at Apocell, where he was involved in the development, validation and commercialization of an automated product to isolate circulating tumor cells from patient blood. He also previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the bio-electronics group at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh in the area of microfabrication technologies applied to the detection and isolation of embryonic stem cells and parasites. Dr. Menachery obtained a Master’s degree in Nanotechnology and Microfabrication and a PhD in Electronic Engineering from Bangor University, UK.
Muhammedin Deliorman, PhD
Dr. Muhammedin Deliorman joined the AMMLab in November 2016. He obtained his doctorate degree in Physics in 2012 from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, USA. During his Ph.D studies, he gained technical and practical knowledge in the areas of surface science, linker chemistry, biological physics and advanced analytical techniques (e.g., ToF-SIMS, XPS, AES, FESEM, and AFM) for surface analysis and materials characterization. He also developed various algorithms in MATLAB that had been used for various kinds of research applications, such as processing AFM force volume images and analyzing force curves. Prior to joining the AMMLab, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, USA, where he investigated nanoscale interaction of pathogenic biofilms with wounds in the presence of hyperosmotic agents combined with antibiotics; and at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, a research institute associated with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Orsay, France, where he studied real-time dynamics of skeletal muscle cell morphology and orientation in the presence of mechanically-induced stresses.
Ayoola T. Brimmo, PhD Candidate
NYUAD Global PhD Fellow
Mr. Ayoola Brimmo joined the AMMLab in August 2016 to work on the development of microfluidic “lab on tip” devices for isolating and manipulating cells, as potential point of care diagnostics tools. Before joining us, Ayoola was a Research Engineer at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, where he worked on analyzing and designing cutting-edge systems with the aid of mathematical models. In 2013, he obtained his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Masdar Institute in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has since been involved in non-profit ventures aimed at proffering sustainable solutions to energy and environmental problems in developing countries.
Bisan Samara, B.Eng
Ms. Bisan Samara joined the AMMLab in March 2019 as a Research Assistant to develop a system for detecting circulating tumor cells in prostate cancer patients, and to study the mechanical properties of red blood cells in diabetic patients. Before joining us, Bisan was a Research Assistant at Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST), Abu Dhabi, where she engineered an artificial biomimetic lymph node for drug discovery purposes. She also worked at Mohammed Bin Rashid University (MBRU), College of Medicine, on a project that aims to characterize rare genetic variants associated with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Bisan received her B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from KUST with high honors in 2017.
Ayoub Glia, PhD Candidate
NYUAD Global PhD Fellow
Mr. Ayoub Glia joined the AMMLab in July 2017 to work on the blending of Atomic Force Microscopy and Microfluidics capabilities into a prospective tool for cell analysis. Before joining us, Ayoub was working for the military survey department for two years in the area of hydrography whereby Lidar signals are processed for sea bed modeling. He was then assigned to aerial trigonometry through satellite, aerial imagery and lidar signals. Digital terrain modeling and the production of topographic orthophotos for the whole UAE were also part of his missions during his two year career in the military. Before that, he obtained his Master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, where his research domain was ranging from materials characterization to the development of vital AFM techniques, especially, the in situ control and interpretation of the AFM tip geometry in means of grasping better understanding of tip-sample interactions, and hence, better observables.
Abishek Vembadi, B.Eng
Mr. Abishek Vembadi joined the AMMLab as a research assistant in May 2017. He has experience in developing microfluidic platforms for Point-of-care diagnostics. Before joining us, he worked at Biomedical Diagnostics Ireland, where he gained understanding of microfluidics and associated actuation, detection, fabrication and instrumentation for the preparation of bioanalytical assays. He received his Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering from Dublin City University, Ireland. He was the recipient of prestigious Hamilton research scholarship during his studies, which gave him exposure to work on a few projects at the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR). His research interests include microfluidic/MEMS devices focused on Biomedical/diagnostic applications. In the AMMLab, he will be involved in several projects including developing a microfluidic platforms for legionella detection in water supplies, open microfluidics and microfluidic probes, and platforms for single cell isolation.
Samar Fadl, M.Sc
Research Assistant, part time
Ms. Samar Fadl joined the NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) as a Chemistry Assistant Instructor in August 2016. In June 2017, she joined the AMMLab to contribute to the research field in NYUAD during summer sessions. Before joining NYUAD, she worked as a Chemistry Teacher Assistant in the American University in Cairo for three years. Samar received the Mo Ibrahim Fellowship for Nubian Students and obtained her Master of Science in Chemistry with Specialization in Food Chemistry from the American University in Cairo in 2015. During her Master studies she examined the use of a natural polymer reinforced with nanofillers for food packaging applications. In her research, she worked on poly lactic acid, a common biorenewable biodegradable polymer that was blended with three different natural plasticizers. The blend that demonstrated best results was further investigated by incorporating four different types of nanofillers to examine their properties for food packaging applications. Samar is contributing to the AMMLab research team in developing microfluidic devices for the aim of capturing circulating tumor cells.
Marwa Musallam, Visiting Biology student
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Intern)
Ms. Marwa Musallam is a Jordanian senior student at the UAE University (UAEU), majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Prior to joining the AMMLab, she worked as a volunteer and part timer in UAEU laboratories and contributed to different topics including in vitro antagonistic ability of actinomycetes against Fusarium solani and the causal agent of the sudden death disease of date palm in the United Arab Emirates. Marwa joined the AMMLab during spring 2019 as an intern trainee. Marwa aims to gain valuable lab work experience in order to improve her lab working skills. She believes that working in the lab alongside the team will help to gain practical experience in the fields of biology and bioengineering.
Roaa Alnemari, M.Sc
Research Assistant, Lab Manager
Ms. Roaa Alnemari joined the AMMlab in April 2016 as a Research Assistant. Her medical background provides the necessary experience to the laboratory, where engineering and medicine merge. Roaa assists the group in several projects including the development of microfluidic system to quantify bacterial contamination in water supplies and the development of microfluidic devices for isolating circulating tumor cells. In her master study, she used microfluidic model to investigate some biological functions in in vivo– like conditions, such as monocytes recruitment from blood stream to the epithelial tissue. She recently obtained her MSc in Molecular Medicine from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and her BSc in Biotechnology from Taif University, Saudi Arabia.
Nityanand Kumawat, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Nityanand Kumawat joined the AMMLab in February 2016 to work in the development of microfluidic devices for isolating circulating tumor cells from blood samples taken from prostate cancer patients, as well as working on the development of microfluidic platforms to quantify bacterial contamination in water supplies. Prior joining us, Nityanand was a postdoctoral associate at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India, and a senior research associate at the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science. Prior that, Nityanand completed his PhD in 2013 in the area of label free optical biochemical sensing from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India.
Bobby Mathew, PhD
Dr. Bobby Mathew joined the AMMLab in June 2016 as a Research Associate to develop microfluidic devices for identification/separation of CTCs from blood sample for cancer screening and identification/separation of bacteria from municipal water supplies for monitoring of water quality. Prior to starting at AMMLab he spent two years at Khalifa University as a postdoctoral research fellow working on BioMEMS projects. He was awarded the PhD degree in Engineering in 2011 from Louisiana Tech University, USA, after completing the Master degree in 2007 from the same university. Bobby published his research findings in several papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences proceedings. His research interests are in the areas of thermal/fluid sciences and MEMS/microfluidics.
Jordi Vila-Planas, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Jordi Vila-Planas joined the AMMLab, in November 2014, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Jordi received his bachelor degree in physics from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and his master degree in Photonics from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Before joining the AMMLab, Jordi was a graduate student in the Centre Nacional de Microelectrònica, CNM-IMB, CSIC, and completed his Ph.D. dissertation on PDMS-based optofluidic systems in September 2014. Jordi’s research of interest is at the intersection of microfluidics and photonics, and its applications in biological and life sciences.
Nkos’khona Msimanga, BEng
Post Graduate Practical Trainee
Nkosikhona M. Msimanga completed his Bachelor degree of Engineering at NYU Abu Dhabi. He has interned as a design research assistant with the Engineering Division and developed the concept of an efficient photo-bioreactor that uses solar energy only. Nkosikhona is passionate about engineering design and problem solving, and has volunteered for projects in remote Sri Lanka and Ethiopia. He has joined the AMMLab in September 2015 to design a xylem based water filter for his senior capstone project 2015/2016. Nkosikhona graduate in May 2016, and rejoined the AMMLab in June 2016 as a Post Graduate Practical Trainee, for 2 months, to advance the xylem based water filter.
Eder Munyampenda, BEng
Post Graduate Practical Trainee
Eder Munyampenda completed his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at NYU Abu Dhabi, May 2016. He first joined the AMMLab to complete his capstone project in designing a water filter using the natural resources of plants, AY 2015/2016. With his project, he aimed to lower the cost of most water filtration systems and attempted to increase the quality of life in the developing world where access to clean water is a luxury. Eder came back to the AMMLab after graduations as a Post Graduate Practical Trainee, for 2 months, to start a new project in replicating sub-micrometer structures using soft-lithography techniques. His techniques might find several applications in human fluid microscale filtration as well as for water filtration.
Abdullah Mahomed, Undergrad Student
Capstone Project Student
Abdullah I Mahomed is a senior student at NYUAD, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is South African but was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining the AMMlab, he worked on a solar panel cleaning device in the Solar Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Having volunteered in a village in Ethiopia and one in Sri Lanka, Mr. Mahomed is passionate about social work and improving the life of people living in rural areas. He is working with the AMMlab, during the academic year 2015/2016 on his senior capstone project to develop a xylem-based water filter to be used in rural areas in Africa
Saad Sultan, undergraduate NYUAD
Summer 2017 student
Mr. Saad Sultan, originally from Pakistan, is an NYUAD junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. At NYUAD, he teamed up with other students as a part of the Engineers Design and Innovation class, where his project VERSATILES – a LED based electronic canvas created to enliven the underpasses of Abu Dhabi – won the Best in category award at Innovators’16 Abu Dhabi. Having worked in different laboratories and industries in Pakistan, and being familiar with the setup and working principles of these industries, Saad hopes to implement the various smart and effective engineering techniques that he has learnt during his time at NYUAD once he goes back to Pakistan. He is working with the AMMLab, during summer 2017, and aims to continue working in the future. Saad hopes that working in the lab alongside several other Researchers under the supervision of Professor Qasaimeh will inspire him into thinking about a potential capstone project within the next 2 years.
Mubasher Iqbal, undergraduate NYUAD
Summer 2017 student
Mr. Mubasher Iqbal, hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, is a Junior at NYUAD, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Aiming to pursue Biomedical Engineering in his graduate studies, he has joined the AMMLab to continue the work on the xylem-based water filter capstone project that was developed previously in the lab. Additionally, he will also be working on the project investigating the behavior of beads suspensions in droplets when energized using an array of interdigitated microelectrodes.
Maryam Alnuaimi, Student
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Volunteer)
Maryam Alnuaimi is an Emarati senior undergraduate student at Abu Dhabi University doing Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental sciences. She joined AMMLab in NYUAD to get some research experience and apply that on her undergraduate research project, with a participation in the project of isolation of fetal nucleated RBCs from umbilical cord Blood.