Principal Investigator

Lamya Karim, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UMass Dartmouth
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UMass Dartmouth
Research Collaborator, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Part Time Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Office: Textiles 214
Phone: 508-999-8560

Dr. Lamya Karim holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Stony Brook University (2007) and a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2011), both in Biomedical Engineering. Her research interests focus on skeletal mechanics, particularly as it pertains to osteoporosis, aging, diabetes, and other health conditions.

Courses taught: Biomechanics (BNG 315), Biomedical Devices (BNG 416/516), Mechanobiology (BNG 425/525)


Graduate Students

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Taraneh Rezaee, MS
Taraneh is a Phd student in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. Her BS and MS degrees were also in Biomedical Engineering, where she spent more than ten years studying the mechanical properties of biomaterials and worked in biomechanics laboratories. She is very interested in tissue engineering and the biomechanics of human tissue. Her main passion is to do research on new topics that can broaden her horizons. Whenever she can find some time to spare, she loves to go swimming and play the guitar.


Rachana Vaidya, MS


Undergraduate Students

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Jake Aaronson
Jake is a senior Bioengineering student who is interested in biomedical devices, biomechanics, and orthopedics. His motivation behind receiving a degree in bioengineering is to help better the lives of others as much as possible. For the past year, he has been the president of the UMD Biomedical Engineering Society and also interned at Medtronic. In his free time he enjoys going to the gym, taking trips to the beach, as well as playing and watching sports.

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Tianna Edwards
Tianna is a senior Bioengineering major who is an aspiring biomedical engineer and medical doctor. She thoroughly enjoys research and participating in advancements that are currently taking place in the healthcare field with hopes of making her own contributions in the near future. She considers herself an awkward lab rat who is into cosplay and Magic the Gathering. She also loves reading books and playing volleyball.


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Tanya Jain
Tanya is a junior Bioengineering student. She chose to study Bioengineering because she has always had a passion for helping others, especially with their health and welfare. She volunteers at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts whenever she has the free time. She has done Kung Fu for ten years and holds a brown belt. She also loves to read in her spare evenings.


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Haley Matthews
Haley is a junior Bioengineering student. She is interested in biomedical devices, biomechanics, and prosthetics. She hopes through earning her degree to improve the lives of patients in need. In her free time she enjoys playing with her dog and drinking coffee.


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Matthew Phou
Matthew is a senior Bioengineering student and is interested in biomechanics, biomedical devices, and 3D printing. He has experience in the wet lab where he grows and transforms bacteria using sterile techniques. When Matthew is not volunteering in professors' labs or studying, he watches YouTube or binge watches shows on Netflix. He also likes to hang out with his friends while eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.


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Austin Taylor
Austin is a senior Bioengineering student on the PreMed track. He is interested in applied micro/nano-engineering, biomaterials, and biomedical related research. He has experience from UMMS where he developed an oral and room-temperature stable protein encapsulation approach for phagocytic targeted drug delivery. He also worked with characterizing & analyzing fibrous energy absorbing materials and PEDOT flexible biocompatible electrodes. Austin also enjoys hiking/camping, football, percussion, and attempting to learn a second language.



Undergraduate Students
John Riordan (currently at UConn)


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