Alesha B Castillo, PhD, Assistant Professor (PI)

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU School of Medicine
Research Service, VA Medical Center, Manhattan Campus
Email: alesha.castillo@nyu.edu (primary); alesha.castillo@nyumc.org; alesha.castillo@va.gov
Office: NYU Bioengineering Institute, 433 First Avenue, 9th Floor, Room 908, Manhattan
Office: Tandon School of Engineering, Rogers Hall, 6 MetroTech Center, 5th Floor, Room 517G, Brooklyn
Office: VA Medical Center, 423 E 23rd Street, 16th Floor, Manhattan


Postdoctoral Fellows


Chao Liu, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Education: BASc, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto; MASc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto; PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
Email: liu.chao@nyu.edu


Chao’s research is focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying mechanically regulated bone repair. He is particularly interested in the co-regulation of bone forming and vessel forming cells in healing bone. Specifically, he is investigating how mechanical stimuli affect the CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling axis in bone and vascular stem cell function during the bone repair process. Understanding these mechanisms will improve bone repair through the regulation of the mechanical environment and angiogenesis.


Pamela Cabahug-Zuckerman, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: New York, New York
Education: BS Biomedical Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering; MSc Microbiology, Membrane and Ultra Structure, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; PhD Biomedical Engineering, the City College of New York
Email: cabahp01@nyu.edu


Pamela Cabahug Zuckerman joined NYU in February of 2016 after defending her PHD in BioMechanical Engineering at CCNY, to focus on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for bone tissue fracture, healing, and the bone response to mechanical signals. Pamela is studying how adult stem cells contribute to bone tissue regeneration. She grew up in New York’s Washington Heights area, received her BS at Boston University, and her Masters at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Pamela completed the 2013 NYC Marathon where she raised funds for CCNY’s minority scholarship fund, and she is an active advocate for science and engineering education in the city.




Cinyee Cai, BA, Assistant Research Scientist

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Education: BA Engineering/Pre-Health, Smith College, Northampton, MA
Email: caic03@nyu.edu

Project: coming soon


Graduate Students

coming soon

Undergraduate Students

Emily Fang, Undergraduate Student

Hometown: XX
Education: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University
Email: emilyfang@nyu.edu

Camila Morocho, Undergraduate Student

Hometown: XX
Education: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University
Email: cam962@nyu.edu

Shahar Qureshi, Undergraduate Student

Hometown: XX
Education: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University
Email: shahar.qureshi@nyu.edu



Medical Students & Fellows

coming soon


Summer Students/Interns




Weiqiang Chen, PhD
Vittoria Flamini, PhD
Philipp Leucht, MD
Jin Montclare, PhD



Sarah Zarrin, Summer High School Research Student
Letitia Lee, Undergraduate Research Intern
Sara Temiyasathit, Postdoctoral Fellow
Stephanie Chan Norman, Postdoctoral Fellow
Jeremiah Jones, Undergraduate Research Intern
Sedona Speedy, Undergraduate Research Intern
Mara Couch, Undergraduate Research Intern
Ian Mahaffey, CIRM Fellow
Whitney Cole, CIRM Fellow
F. Juan Argüello, Undergraduate Research Intern
Benson George, Medical Student, Stanford University
Robert Carrera, Undergraduate Research Intern, Stanford University
Chris Sosnofsky, Summer Undergraduate Research Intern
Brook Colon, Summer Undergraduate Research Intern
Rebecca Sotto, Summer High School Research Student
Cinyee Cai, Summer Undergraduate Research Intern
Jenny Sinclair, Summer Undergraduate Research Intern
Eva Fishinevich, Summer Undergraduate Research Intern
Sivayoga Yokeeswaran, Graduate Research Intern
Thomas Ackermann, MS Student
Wyatt Buchalter, Cornell
Olivia Patton, Undergraduate Research Intern
Cesar Ponce, Undergraduate Research Intern