Katsuo Kurabayashi
, Ph.D. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Macromolecular Sciences and Engineering <>

Katsuo Kurabayashi, Ph.D., is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prof. Kurabayashi received the B.S. degree in precision engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1992. He received the M.S. degree in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, CA, in 1994 and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1998. He has been on the Michigan faculty since January 2000. He received the Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Professor Award in 2007, was awarded a visiting professorship at the Tokyo Instutute of Technology from May through August of 2006, obtained an NSF Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award and received the Robert Caddell Memorial Award for significant joint graduate student/faculty research contributions from the University of Michigan in 2005 and the University of Michigan ME Outstanding Achievement Award in 2013.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Pengyu Chen <>

Pengyu Chen obtained his B.S. from Nanjing University in 2006, and his Ph.D. in nanomaterials and biophysics (2012) from Clemson University, where his research centered on the environmental and biological applications of nanomaterials. He joined the MSTS Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in March, 2013. His current research focuses on the development of noble nanomaterial based biosensor and optofluidic systems for functional cellular immunophenotyping.

Robert Nidetz <>

Robert Nidetz obtained his B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to his position at the University of Michigan, he was a Senior MEMS Engineer at Evigia Systems in Ann Arbor, MI and participated in the design, fabrication, and characterization of prognostic MEMS systems for SBIR Phase II and DARPA funded projects. His current research area is the application of micro/nanoengineering to biophotonics, optofluidics, and biomolecular/MEMS hybrid nanotechnology.

Graduate Students

Dibyadeep Paul <>

Dibyadeep Paul received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from IIT Kharagpur, and his MS from Iowa State University in 2010. In Fall 2010 he  joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for his PhD. His primary research interests are in MEMS and BioMEMS. In Prof. Kurabayashi’s lab, he will be working on a 2d micro-gas-chromatography system and on multiplexed Immunoassays in future. Outside the lab, Dibyadeep enjoys watching action thrillers and listening to pop music.

Bo-Ram Oh <>

Bo-Ram Oh received  her Bachelor’s degree in the Mechanical and Aerospace engineering at Seoul National University in 2009, and her MS from University of Michigan in 2011.  She joined Prof. Kurabayashi’s lab in October 2011 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.  Her current research interest is combining Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance to optofluidic chips for biosensing and cell separation. Her recent study has been published in ACS Nano.

Brian Berger <>

Brian received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Dayton in 2013. Despite ostracizing himself from his Buckeye-loving family, Brian continued onto the University of Michigan immediately thereafter, and is pursuing a PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Having joined the Kurabayashi Lab in September 2013, Brian’s current research interest is in the development and optimization of optofluidic, label-free biosensors. When he’s not in the lab, Brian likes to teach younger generations about the wonders of science.

Meng-Ting Chung <>

Meng-Ting Chung received his B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan in 2011 and the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Southern California in 2013.  He joined the Kurabayashi Lab in 2014. His research interests focus on designing new devices in micro/nano scales that serve as tools for studying biology system. He is currently working on integrating photonics crystal into a microfluidic system for single cell immunoassay detection, and single-cell droplet microfluidics.  In his free time, Meng-Ting enjoys reading, running, and cycling.

Sanketh Buggaveeti <>

Sanketh Buggaveeti received his B.Tech in Mechanical with a specialization in Energy Engineering in 2012 from VIT University, India. At the Kurabayashi lab, his primary research is on design optimization, multi physics simulation, and systems integration of MEMS devices, and is currently working on micro gas chromatography. Prior to graduate school, he has worked as a Project Consultant for clean energy and infrastructure projects. In his free time, Sanketh enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and watching movies.

Fuqiang Ma <>

Fuqiang Ma is a visiting Ph.D. student from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interest is in enzyme engineering. He joined Prof. Kurabayashi’s lab in Jan 1, 2014. Now he is working on creating a droplet-based high throughput screening platform for enzyme directed evolution. His project aims to generate w/o single emulsion droplets encapsulation enzyme-expressing single cells and enzymatic fluorogenic substrate. After reaction, droplets can be detected by a multi-color on-chip detection device and positive ones with increase fluorescence intensity will be sorted. Using this platform, enzyme mutants with improved characteristics such as catalytic efficiency, enantioselectivity and stability can be obtained.

Tatsuya Kitabayashi <>

Tatusy is a Master’s student of Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at Nagoya University in Japan. He has stayed in the MSTS Lab from March 2013 through Feb 2014 and worked on design and fabrication of a microfluidic droplet sorting device.


Brian D. Jensen (ME Ph.D. 2004) Now Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

Amaya Frost (ME M.S. 2004) Now Senior Mechanical Engineer at Lucius Pitkin Inc., NY.

Kevin H. Khalkhali (ME Ph.D.  2005) Now Adjunct Professor at California St. Polytechnic University, Senior Principal Engineer at Parker Aerospace, CA.

Andrew Zhonge Wang (EECS Ph.D. 2005) Now Senior Principal Engineer Ansoft Corp, San Jose, CA.

Yi-Chung Tung (ME Ph.D. 2005) Now Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

Linda L.-W. Chow (ME Ph.D.  2006) Now at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Chih-Ting Lin (EECS Ph.D.  2006) Now Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

Chao Yun Fan (EECS Ph.D. 2007) Now Custom Sensors & Technology Division Manager at Kavlico Co., CA.

Steve C. Truxal (ME Ph.D. 2008) Now at McKinsey & Co., New York, NY.

Greg J. Sommer (ME Ph.D. 2008) Now at Sandia National Lab., Livermore, CA.

Sung Jin Kim (ME Ph.D. 2010) Now Assistant Professor at Konkuk University in Korea.

Jung Hwan Seo (ME Ph.D. 2012) Now Assistant Professor at Hongik University in Korea.

Nien-Tsu Huang (ME Ph.D. 2013) Now Assistant Professor at National Taiwan University in Taiwan.

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