Principal Investigators

Michael Richards, Ph.D. University of Rochester work 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester NY 14642 office: MC 2-6321 p (585) 273-1745
Karl Quentin Schwarz, M.D. University of Rochester work Box 679-E 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester NY 14642 office: MC G-0379 p (585) 275-8218
Michael C. Stoner, M.D. University of Rochester work Rochester NY


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Steven Day, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Rochester Institute of Technology Research Focus: Experimental and Computational Fluid Mechanics


Dr. Steven Day joined the Mechanical Engineering department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY in the fall of 2005 as an assistant professor. After completing a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Virginia, Dr. Day attended the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium and graduated from the program in Experimental and Applied Fluid Mechanics. He later returned to the University of Virginia and completed his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Dr. Day’s research applies methods in experimental and computational fluid mechanics to a wide range of applied and biological flows. Past studies have included the analysis of naturally occurring biomechanical systems (multiple lung bifurcations), engineered systems (supersonic combustion engines), and the design and testing of biomedical devices (artificial heart pumps). During his first year of postgraduate research in Belgium, Dr. Day used a laser based system to study the flow through lung bifurcations. At the University of Virginia, his research focused on the development of a state-of-the-art implantable blood pump. On this project, he worked with a team of faculty and students from the Engineering and Medical Departments at UVa, as well as collaborators at the Utah Artificial Heart Institute at the University of Utah and industry partner MedQuest, Inc. His dissertation focused on experimental measurements of the pump performance and internal fluid dynamics and he contributed to published research on the computational modeling, electro/mechanical design, and physiological modeling of the device. Most recently, Dr. Day collaborated with a group of Evolutionary Biologists and experts in Biomechanics at the University of California, Davis on a series of studies involving the complex application of fluid dynamics to suction feeding in fish. All of these novel collaborative efforts effectively cross the traditional boundaries between the basic, medical, and applied sciences. At RIT, Dr. Day will continue work on these and is excited to contribute to new projects that involve the application of engineering methods to complex biological systems and bring together scientists from varied disciplines.

In the classroom and laboratory, Dr. Day strives to promote critical thinking, and is looking forward to teaching courses in fluids and thermal sciences, bioengineering, and experimental methods. Dr. Day has worked with both undergraduate and graduate students throughout his research career and plans to continue to involve students in his research and is eager to participate in senior design projects and guide independent student research.

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Thomas Gaborski, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering Rochester Institute of Technology Research Focus: Nanomaterials and membrane fabrrication, Microfluidics, separations and device design, Cellular Biophysics


Dr. Gaborski is a collaborator within the Cardiovascular Engineering Lab. He is a co-investigator on two major projects, bringing expertise from the Rochester Institute of Technology to the team. Mr. Gaborski is a bioengineer who bridges the gap between life sciences, engineering and technology commercialization . He is one of the co-inventors of a novel ultrathin membrane technology enabling new classes of research products and medical devices. Tom is currently on the biomedical engineering faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he continues to develop novel applications of ultrathin membranes ranging from separations to cell culture and evenelectron microscopy.

Tom completed a BS in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and a PhD inBiomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester. As a graduate student, he was a university presidential fellowship winner and a National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellow. His graduate work initially focused neutrophil recruitment and the biophysics of adhesion receptor interactions. It was during this work that Tom became involved with the life science applications of ultrathin membranes leading to the co-founding of SiMPore. He has been the principle investigator on several NIH innovative research grants, where research concepts have been successfully commercialized into product lines now sold throughleading global distributors. Tom is a co-inventor on four issued and pending patents in bionanotechnology and also has a passion for teaching for which he was recognized with awards both at Cornell and the University of Rochester.

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Daniel B. Phillips, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering Rochester Institute of Technology Research Focus: Embedded systems, Biomedical instrumentation and signal processing, Assistive device technology, Human physiology, Advanced applied math techniques


Dr. Phillips is a P.I, and key collaborator in the Cardiovascular Engineering Lab. He is the Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an associate professor. Dr. Phillips’ main research interests are related to processing of complex biomedical signals for the purposes of developing and enhancing technologies for assistive devices with the goal of improving clinical diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Areas of expertise and experience include embedded systems hardware/software, medical monitoring systems, biomedical ultrasound and applied physiology. His clinical collaborations include neurology, cardiology, surgery and anesthesiology. Dr. Phillips is a co-investigator of two major projects in the Cardiovascular engineering Lab and has helped set up a relationship between the lab and biomedical students, offering a unique experience for his pupils.

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