Undergraduates

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Xueyin (Holly) He

Hi! My name is Xueyin (Holly) He. I’m an undergrad student from University of Toronto, and currently working as a research intern at Karp lab. My project focuses on developing a drug delivery platform using nanoparticles to treat multiple diseases, such as Dengue and Osteoarthritis. Our goal is to improve the clinical efficacy of drugs and at the same time reduce the side-effects by employing drug delivery systems. In my free time I’m passionate about reading, painting, and traveling. My plans for the future are to travel around the world to see different cultures and try all kinds of food!

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Heidi Xin Yi Kuang

Hello, my name is Heidi and I am an undergraduate student from the University of Toronto, specializing in Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology. At the Karp Lab, I am an intern in Dr. Oren Levy’s team. I am excited to work on projects that explore different bioengineering methods to enhance the therapeutic potential of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and MSC-derived exosomes. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy running along scenic routes, going to indie/alternative concerts, as well as following tennis and Chelsea FC.

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Thomas Mark Kuncewicz
I am a Research Assistant at the Karp Lab, and a Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellow in Don Ingber’s group at the Wyss Institute. Things that fascinate me include medical device design, Kanye West, tunable “smart” biomaterials, and the evolution of medical perspectives within new and unexplored areas of science.
My research is focused on the secretome of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and other therapeutic cell types: one of our goals is to develop strategies which can facilitate large-scale production of cell-free, cGMP (stem cell-based) clinical products.
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Hao Yue (Helena) Lan

Hi! I’m a pharmacology student from University of Toronto, currently working as a research intern alongside Dr. Oren Levy. Our team focuses on exploring the properties of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs), and aims to augment their therapeutic utility through a variety of bioengineering approaches. At the Karp Lab, I have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists with expertise in diverse fields, so I’m really looking forward to the innovative ideas we can come up with to improve the clinical outcome of hMSC-based therapies. Outside of the lab, I enjoy watching movies and dramas, as well as travelling – my goal is to explore all the touristic places in Boston and try as many good restaurants as I can during the time I’m here!

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Dawn (Song Yi) Lin

I’m a Mechanical Engineering student from University of Toronto. Currently, I’m assisting Dr. Yuhan Lee with his glue project. Being tired of long winters, Boston’s summer reignited my passion for outdoor jogging – you might spot me in Back Bay Fen some afternoons. I love all kinds of waterbodies, and the Charles River is absolutely a charm.

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Siyu (Kalian) Shi

I am a research trainee from Rice University in Houston, Texas. My interests in future PhD work lie at the interface of neuroscience, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering. Half of my bucket list is filled with restaurants to try and the other half with places around the world to visit. If not a physician-scientist, I would be a food chemist!

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Alisa Ugodnikov

Hi! My name is Alisa – I’m a Pharmacology & Biomedical Toxicology student from the University of Toronto. I have been working as a research trainee at Karp Lab and a Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellow in Don Ingber’s group at Wyss Institute. My project focuses on developing strategies for harnessing MSC-secretome therapeutic potential. I am fascinated by the history of medicine, and the intersection of economics and biomedical innovation. In my free time I like exploring new places, learning to cook new meals, and listening to all kinds of music from Baroque to 70’s rock to present-day pop.

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Liu Yi (Jamie) Wu

Hello, my name is Jamie and I am an undergraduate research intern from the University of Toronto, with a major in Biomedical Systems Engineering in the Engineering Science program. My project at Karp Lab focuses on creating an in vitro biomimetic model of diabetes for purposes such as disease modelling and drug screening. Research aside, I enjoy travelling and photography. I am fascinated by physics and astronomy in addition to being a cat enthusiast (Schrödinger’s and other types)!

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De Hua (Andy) Yang

Hello! My name is Andy and I am a student from University of Toronto, currently working as a research intern here at the Karp Lab. There are multiple research projects that I am involved in but the main objective is to employ stem cell-based strategies to treat major diseases such as diabetes and colitis. Outside of the lab, I enjoy going to different coffee shops and trying various drip coffee as well as lattes. In addition, I am a huge sports fan especially of my hometown teams (Let’s Go Raptors and Blue Jays!) and I personally play basketball and ultimate frisbee! This internship has been a great experience so far and I am loving the City of Boston, it is such a beautiful place!

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Yixin (Sammy) Zheng