• 2014-15
  • 2015-16
  • 2016-17

Principal Investigator

Delphine Gourdon


Dr. Delphine Gourdon joined the Department of Physics at University of Ottawa as an associate professor in Summer 2017, after spending six years as assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Cornell University.
Delphine received her BS in Physics from University of Bordeaux (France) in 1995, and her PhD in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) in 1999 for work done in nanomechanics and nanotribology. She was then a Swiss NSF postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Jacob Israelachvili’s laboratory at UC Santa Barbara (California) where she addressed a variety of research issues in the fields of surface and polymer science with an emphasis on biomaterials, in particular on bioadhesion and biolubrication by nano-films of adhesive proteins and polysaccharides. Delphine next complemented her expertise in bioengineering by joining the Laboratory for Biologically Oriented Materials of Prof. Viola Vogel at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ, Switzerland) as a senior scientist, working on cell adhesion and extracellular matrix proteins, in particular the mechanotransducer protein: fibronectin.
Delphine was allocated the NSF Early Career Award in 2014 and she has a authored 40+ publications in peer-reviewed journals that have received over 2500 citations.
office phone: (613) 562-5800 ext. 6743- cell phone: (607) 280-8132
office: 801 King Edward, Room N205 – email: dgourdon@uottawa.ca


Postdoctoral Fellow

Fei Wu


Prior to coming to Cornell University, Fei received her B.S. degree in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. She then earned her PhD in Materials Science at Cornell University (June 2016) and she is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Gourdon group. Her research project focuses on developing biomaterials platforms to help elucidate the mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis to bone. More specifically, Fei’s goals are to (i) generate hydroxyapatite (HAP, closely related to bone apatite) facets with controlled materials properties, (ii) characterize the HAP-induced altered deposition of the ECM protein fibronectin, and (iii) investigate how HAP-induced ECM alterations affect breast cancer cells functions.
office phone: (607) 255-6677 – cell phone: (607) 279-2581
office: 129 Bard Hall – email: fw225@cornell.edu


PHD and MS Students

Sierra Cook


Prior to coming to Cornell University, Sierra received her B.S. degree in Physics at UC Berkeley, California. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Applied and Engineering Physics. Her research projects focus on (i) biolubrication by natural and synthetic polymers and (ii) adhesion and friction in graphene, using the Surface Forces Apparatus.
office phone: (607) 255-6677 – cell phone: (510) 529-9075
office: 129 Bard Hall – email: sgc73@cornell.edu


Junhui Ye


Prior to coming to Cornell University, Junhui earned her B.S. degree in Polymer Science and Engineering at South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. She is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Her research project focuses on generating and characterizing material-based fibronectin fibrillogenesis in 3D scaffolds using Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) imaging.
office phone: (607) 255-6677 – cell phone: (631) 933-5296
office: 129 Bard Hall – email: jy695@cornell.edu


Yifan Li


Prior to coming to Cornell, Yifan received his B.E. degree in Macromolecular Materials & Engineering at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. Yifan is currently pursuing in M.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering and his research focuses on the fabrication of 3D collagen scaffolds with controlled mechanics, morphology, and protein contents (using freeze casting methods) for wound healing purposes.
office phone: (607) 255-6677 – cell phone: (607) 882-0673
office: 129 Bard Hall – email: yl2446@cornell.edu


Ya Guan


Ya received his B.S. degree in Polymer Science and Engineering at Zhejiang University, China. He is currently pursuing in M.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering and his research focuses on biolubrication by natural and synthetic bio-inspired polymers, using the Surface Forces Apparatus.
office phone: (607) 255-6677 – cell phone: (607) 227-4334
office: 129 Bard Hall – email: yg372@cornell.edu


Mihir Samak


Mihir received his B.E. degree in Information Technology at University of Pune, Maharashtra, India in 2014. He is currently pursuing his M.A.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering. His research projects focus on biolubrication by synovial fluid components as well as development of biomimetics.
office phone: (613) 562-5800 ext. 6743 – office: Minto N205 – email: mihirssamak@gmail.com


Maryam Asadishekari


Maryam received her B.A.Sc. degree in Materials Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Iran in 2016. She is currently pursuing her M.A.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering. Her research project focuses on developing biomaterials platforms to elucidate the mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis to bone.
office phone: (613) 562-5800 ext. 6743 – office: Minto N205 – email: masadish93@gmail.com


Lab Manager

Kate Lerigoleur


Kate has been working as a lab manager in the Gourdon group since March 2017 and her main tasks are maintenance of the Surface Forces Apparatus, assessment of proteins and proteoglycans involved in biolubrication, supervision of cell culture and management of group website.

office phone: (613) 562-5800 ext. 6743 – office: Minto N205 – email: klerigol@uottawa.ca


Senior Thesis Student

Brian Gillis


Brian joined the Gourdon group in May 2015 and has been pursing his senior thesis since August 2015. He has been working closely with Fei Wu on the materials aspects of the hydroxyapatite-ECM interface project. His research focuses on the generation and characterization of hydroxyapatite crystal facets with controlled roughness and surface chemistry.
office phone: (607) 255-6677
office: 129 Bard Hall – email: bcg49@cornell.edu


Undergrad Students

Noah Pacifici

Biolubrication project
email: njp55@cornell.edu


Evan Czako

Biolubrication project
email: emc285@cornell.edu


Nicole Marroquin

Hydroxyapatite-fibronectin interface project
email: nsm67@cornell.edu


Adeline Tse

Biolubrication project
email: alt65@cornell.edu


Annie Fang

Biolubrication project
email: xf36@cornell.edu



Peter Ajayi

Tumour ECM project
email: pa327@cornell.edu


Soyoung Min

3D collagen network project
email: sm956@cornell.edu


Emily Day

Tumour ECM project
email: epd45@cornell.edu


Alumni

  • Post-doc: Alwin Wan, currently associate researcher at University of Toronto, ON.
  • PhD students: Karin Wang (currently post-doc fellow at Harvard University, MA), Roberto Andresen Eguiluz (currently post-doc fellow at UI Urbana Champaign, IL).
  • MS: Rebecca Schur (currently PhD student at Case Western, OH).
  • MEng: Weisi Chen (currently at Siemens, NJ),  Jin Ho (Eric) Chang (currently at Wooshin Medics Inc, Seoul, Korea), Matthew Saunders (currently at United States Patent and Trademark Office, VA), Kunjal Patel (currently at L’Oréal, NY).
  • Undergraduate students: Lauren Hsu (currently at 3D Bio, NY), Brian Gillis (currently at Epic Systems, WI), Cory Brown (currently PhD student at UC Santa Barbara, CA), Soyoung Min (currently at Seoul National University, Seoul, KR), Michael Rothstein (currently at BEE, Cornell), Victoria Benson (currently at BEE/CS, Cornell), Marion Quien (currently at ChemE, Cornell), Taylor Holcomb (currently at MSE, Cornell), Sally Shi (currently at MSE, Cornell), Shengling Hu (currently at Facebook, CA), Keli Thurston (currently PhD student at UC Berkeley, CA), Heather Schopper (currently MD student at University of Iowa, IA), Cheryl Wu (currently MEng student at Cornell, NY).
  • High School students: Asia Badolato (currently at BME, University of Pisa, Italy), William Lewis (currently at BME, John Hopkins, MD).