Lab Staff

Dhvanit Shah

Dhvanit I. Shah, PhD
Principal Investigator

After completing PhD in Pharmacology in India, Dr. Shah joined a postdoctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA. During his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Shah cloned mitochondrial ATPase inhibitory factor 1 (Atpif1) and established its functional role in heme synthesis during zebrafish, mouse, and human red blood cell development (Shah DI et al., 2012 Nature). Dr. Shah established an independent laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and became a Principal Faculty at Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. In 2018, Dr. Shah moved to Nationwide Children’s Hospital as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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Wenqiang Du, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Wenqiang.Du@NationwideChildrens.org

My research interests include 3D printing, biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

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Marie Goulard, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Marie.Goulard@NationwideChildrens.org

Dr. Goulard obtained her P.h.D. from University of Paris Diderot, France, where she focused on the bone marrow microenvironment of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), especially the role of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the natural history of these diseases. Dr. Goulard joined Nationwide Children’s hospital as a postdoctoral fellow. Her research is focused on intrinsic cellular factors stimulating hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) formation in homeostatic and pathologic conditions with state of the art 2D and 3D models.

Nationwide Children's Researcher

Giorgia Scapin, PhD
Giorgia.Scapin@NationwideChildrens.org

After receiving her PhD from University in Padua (Italy) in 2015, Dr. Scapin joined Dr. Shah's laboratory initially at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA) as a postdoctoral fellow and then followed him to Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Scapin is focused on developing hematopoietic stem cell-based cellular therapies to treat blood, bone marrow, immune, and metabolic diseases. She is also investigating metabolic and epigenetic pathways regulating B cell development and lymphoma. Dr. Scapin is a recipient of the Pelotonia Foundation Fellowship.

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Sungmin Hong, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist
Sungmin.Hong@NationwideChildrens.org

My research interests focused on Nano/Micro Fluidic Systems, Lab-on-a-Chip (µTAS), Organ-on-a-Chip, 3D bio-printing of tissues and organs, BioMEMS, Micro/Nanofabrication. I have developed a nano-/micro-fluidics devices to identify protein-protein interactions and determine cancer biomarker concentration from cultured cancer cells. Also, I have worked on developing small volume perfusion chambers for microphysiological systems using the novel concept of a pulsatile generation system which was able to provide blood-like physiological flow. I have developed highly stretchable and tough hydrogels which enable encapsulate live cells and 3D printed into complex structures by adopting interpenetrating network of ionic and covalent bonding. I have extensive cleanroom experience with a wide range of cleanroom facility including photolithography, etching, thin film deposition, and packaging.