Student Spotlights

Sophia Zoch – BS Student

Sophia Zoch

I am an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. I currently work with Dr. Yijie (Steven) Jiang in the Multiscale Fabrication and Characterization Lab in UNT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, where I contribute to the development of high-efficient, light-weight energy absorbing materials comprised of nanoparticles and 3D-printed bistable structures. Such materials will have applications in personal protection, such as football helmets that will reduce the impact received by a player’s head. I have conducted research on wearable emotion monitoring as in the University of Houston’s Computational Medicine Lab as part of the NSF REU Site: Neurotechnologies to Help the Body Move, Heal, and Feel Again. My research interests include sports biomechanics, neurotrauma, and traumatic brain injury biomechanics. My career goals include becoming a biomechanical engineer and conducting injury biomechanics research in industry or academia.

Noel Salinas – MS Student

Noel Salinas

My name is Noel Salinas. In Spring of 2018 I received my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University - College Station. It was during my sophomore year as an undergraduate when I first became exposed to the profession of Biomedical Engineering. As an undergraduate, we would speak of several tools medical professionals use to help diagnose or treat patients and it was then where my curiosity of understanding how these devices were made intrigued me further into Biomedical Engineering. During my Junior year as an undergraduate, I knew I wanted to pursue a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering to teach me the knowledge to create and innovate new devices, software, and technologies to assist medical professionals as well as patients.

In searching where to pursue my M.S. degree, I came across the UNT Biomedical Engineering program. After reading deeper into the program, I knew this is the right place for me. As a graduate student my experience in the courses offered have been challenging, thought provoking, and have provided me with excellent Engineering tools and knowledge. There have been several projects which have allowed me to conceptually visualize an idea, design, and implement said design. Some of which include the creation of software to analyze MRI images, software to analyze cerebral aneurysms of a CT image, motors to respond to muscular contraction’s, and so much more

In addition to course work, I participate in research work for Dr. Brain Meckes whose laboratory seeks to use nanotechnology to study and treat human diseases to improve human health. Following graduation, I aim to pursue in a career in industry to provide ways to innovate and create devices or technologies to assist medical professionals, patients, and families.
 

Reagan Stewart – BS Student

Reagan Stewart

I am a senior undergraduate student, studying biomedical engineering and specializing in bioinstrumentation.

I graduated from Waxahachie High School in 2017 and entered the UNT engineering program in 2018. I will graduate with my undergraduate degree in the Spring of 2021, and I was recently admitted into the UNT Biomedical Engineering GradTrack program.

In addition to attending classes, I was a 2018-2019 North Texas Dancer, and since May of 2017, I have been an American Dance/Drill Team staff member. This last summer, I worked with the Human Movement Performance Lab at UNT Health & Science Center as an intern. I was responsible for creating a statistical parametric mapping (SPM) analysis learning module for future students, and I used SPM analysis on ballet data to compare the differences between male and female movement. Today, I am a research assistant at the UNT Micro & NanoEngineering research lab, and currently assist in the preparation and assembly of lung chip devices.

I am a student advisory board member for the biomedical engineering department, am founding President of UNT's National Biomedical Engineering Honors Society, and have made President's list every semester since the fall of 2017.
 

Alexandra Teoh - BS Student

Alexandra Teoh

During my time at UNT, I’ve interned at Medtronic and served as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Kaul’s Nanoscale Materials and Devices Laboratory. I am currently working in Dr. Yang’s Micro and Nanoengineering in Medicine Laboratory.

My research partner and I are in the process of filing for a utility patent for a mechanical heart valve design, and I am also working with my senior design group on creating a synthetic tissue for drug testing. I like to spend time volunteering as an organic chemistry study group leader and an Honors College Mentor.

Sunny (Jungyeon) Lee - BS Student

Sunny Lee

I am an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student with Pre-Med track with the passion of starting and leading my own biotech startup along with nano-medicine research. I am the president of BMES and also the student advisory board committee member of College of Engineering. If anyone has any concerns or suggestions, feel free to reach out to me. Now that I am starting my senior design project, I am excited to see where it goes.

As an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student in UNT, our program provided a lot of opportunities for me to actively engage in both academics and research. All the professors I have met here are very open-minded and willing to support. I was lucky to have Dr. Vijay to be my mentor, who encourages me and supports my goals. Also, I’ve been participating in research in Dr. Yang’s lab in organ-on-chip on the human system to mimic the human in-vivo system. From this experience, it became clear that I’d like to do more research.

Do you consider biomedical engineering as too hard? Well, I certainly enjoy challenges, but you can manage all the social activities, fellowship, and leadership experiences because that’s what I am trying to do.

I am honored to be an active student in our department with our new building while welcoming new faculty and facilities.

Allison Anguiano - MS Student

Allison Anguiano

I came into college having absolutely no idea what I wanted to major in. I got lucky when I went on an engineering tour and was introduced to Biomedical Engineering! I had never heard of the specific branch at the time, but I was well aware of the field's accomplishments: artificial organs, the bionic arm, and the camera pill (just to name a few).

Over the three and a half years of my time at UNT, I have worked on many projects.  It goes without saying that the Senior Design Project was both challenging and rewarding. I plan to continue to challenge myself by working for my BMEN Master’s Degree at UNT.

Gabriella Bridges - MS Graduate

Gabriella Bridges

My name is Gabriella Bridges. In May 2019, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Texas. During my undergrad at UNT I achieved useful projects, including building a low-cost prosthetic leg and receiving 1st place in the Biomedical Engineering Senior Design project competition, for an active heating and cooling therapy unit to help athletes in pain.

I have also received my Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. When I was not in class, I worked as a research assistant for Dr. Brian Meckes and was in the process of obtaining a provisional patent for my team’s Senior Design project. I plan to pursue a career in biomaterials and biomedical implants.

Andrew Robertson - MS Graduate

Andrew Robertson

I graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. I am currently working towards a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering at UNT. My current research is focused on degradable Zinc biomaterials for cardiovascular and orthopedic applications. I am passionate about advancing science and helping people. In the future, I hope to make a significant contribution in eliminating chronic diseases through innovation using engineering principles. I also pride myself on being a family man as I am a husband and father to three children.

Irsalan Cockerill - PhD Student

Irsalan Cockerill

I graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. I am currently working towards a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering at UNT. My current research is focused on degradable Zinc biomaterials for cardiovascular and orthopedic applications. I am passionate about advancing science and helping people. In the future, I hope to make a significant contribution in eliminating chronic diseases through innovation using engineering principles. I also pride myself on being a family man as I am a husband and father to three children.