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Our Team

Principle Investigator:                                                                                                               

Mohammad F. Kiani, PhD

Phone: 215- 204- 4644

Professor: Temple University College of Engineering

Dr. Mohammad F. Kiani is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, with joint appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Radiation Oncology, at Temple University. The current focus of his research is the development of organoids and microphysiological systems for rapid drug development and screening and targeted drug delivery. Dr. Kiani was the co-founder and past president of Engineering World Health, which is a major nonprofit organization delivering healthcare infrastructure and engineering support to a number of hospitals in Africa, Central America and Asia.

Collaborating Faculty:

Laurie E. Kilpatrick, PhD


Assistant Dean, Clinical Research

Professor: Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery; Microbiology, Immunology & Inflammation; Center for Inflammation and Lung Research; Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center

Dr. Kilpatrick has great expertise in clinical research, microbiology, and inflammation. She and her team at Lewis Katz School of Medicine, as well as Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, provide a great deal of scientific resources and insight into our work.

Laboratory Managers: 

Alyssa N. Veneziale, BA


Alyssa received her BA in Health Studies from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She currently manages the Biofluidics Laboratory in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Temple University, under the direction of Dr. Mohammad Kiani. She has experience in utilizing Spectroscopic techniques to evaluate biological tissue and is currently using in vitro microfluidic devices to study inflammatory diseases.

Shuang Sun                        

Shuang works at the medical school facility under the direction of Dr. Laurie Kilpatrick.

Graduate Students:

Qingliang Yang, PhD student


Qingliang Yang is a PhD student from the Biofluidics Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Temple University, under the guidance of Dr. Mohammad Kiani of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Laurie Kilpatrick at the Med school. He received a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology, China, in 2012, and then his M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 2015, respectively. After joining Temple, he has been involved in developing and using novel in vitro microfluidic devices to study therapeutics for treating inflammatory diseases.

Jordan Langston, PhD student



Jordan C. Langston is a Ph.D. student from the Biofluidics Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department, under the guidance of Dr. Mohammad Kiani of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Laurie Kilpatrick at Lewis Katz School of Medicine. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL followed by his M.S. in Bioengineering at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. His research focuses on using proteomics and computational modeling to investigate the cellular pathways that play critical roles in sepsis progression with the long-term goal of identifying therapeutic targets for this deadly disease. He is also the recipient of a 3-year NIH Predoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service F31 Award. After his Ph.D., he hopes to become a scientist at a pharmaceutical/biotechnology company where he will implement machine learning, bioinformatics methodologies to identify, screen and predict novel therapies for precision medicine efforts. For a complete list of his publications, please see the link below:

Undergraduate Students:

Aarohi Shah


Aarohi is currently a senior in the College of Science and Technology pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Public Health while on the pre-med track. At Temple, she is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon (an international Pre-Med fraternity), the Senior Editor of Lay Review for Grey Matters, an Honors Peer Mentor, and a STEM tutor. In her free time, Aarohi enjoys travelling, trying out new restaurants, and reading.