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), Laboratory Instrumentation (BMB 530)


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.

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Rachana Vaidya, MS

Rachana is a PhD student Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. Her BS and MS degrees are in Biotechnology. She is curious to know more and study about life not seen by the unaided human eye. She has worked on studying gene expression in Malarial Parasite. Her research interest lies in, but not limited to, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, and gene expression studies in humans and other hosts. She loves exploring new areas of research and development to gather knowledge. Her research is driven by the goal to make a positive difference in the world. In her free time she enjoys doodling, painting, reading Sci-fi novels, and writing short stories and poems.


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Jacob 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 UMassD 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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Zachary Herrera

Zach is a junior Bioengineering student who is interested in Medical devices, Biotechnology, and Biomechanics. He enjoys learning as much as he can in hopes of creating new technology for patients in need. He has experience in wet lab, working with E. coli and DNA. When he finds free time, he enjoys participating in the Outdoors Club, playing basketball, and traveling.

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Matthew Phou

Matt 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 Matt 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.


Undergraduate Students
John Riordan
Austin Taylor

Haley Matthews
Tanya Jain


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