Principal Investigator

Mingming Wu, Professor

Office: 306 Riley Robb Hall


Phone: 607-255-9410


Field member of

Biological and Environmental Engineering,

Biophysics, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.

Current Group Members

Young Joon Suh, Graduate Student


Office: B81 Riley-Robb Hall


Young Joon received his BS in Biological Engineering at Cornell University. As a graduate researcher in the Wu Lab, Young Joon is studying the effect that the sugar glycation of the 3D collagen ECM has on the tumor cell and tumor spheroid invasion. Additionally, Young Joon is involved in various tumor microfluidic device experiments to enhance our understanding of different chemokines that results in the chemoinvasion of the cancer cells and cancer spheroids in the ECM microenvironments.

Fangchen Liu, Graduate Student


Office: 164 Riley Robb Hall


Fangchen did her undergraduate study in Harbin Institute of Technology and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and received BS degree in Materials Science and Engineering. She was involved in undergraduate projects in studying UV-linkable chitosan hydrogel for controlled drug delivery, and thermoelectric properties of PEDOT:PSS polymer film. With an interest in the intersect of biology and material science, she joined Wu’s lab in Fall 2017 and started on the algae project.

Brian Cheung, Graduate Student


Office: B81 Riley-Robb Hall


Brian obtained his BEng in Biomedical Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016 with his senior thesis investigating how mechanical stimuli prevent pressure ulcers formation under Professor Arthur FT Mak. With an interest in cellular biomechanics, he studied how cancer cell derived-exosomes and G protein-coupled oestrogen receptor (GPER) affect the mechanics of liver fibroblasts at the Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics Laboratory at Imperial College London and earned his MRes in Bioengineering in 2017. He joined Wu's lab in 2018 as a PhD student and is investigating the effect of interstitial flow on RhoA in cancer cells.


Besides research, Brian is a landscape photographer.

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Sean Medin, Graduate Student


Office: 153 Riley-Robb Hall


Sean is from Calabasas, California. He got a BA in Computer Science and Physics from UC Berkeley. He is working on engineering bacteria to help in the separation of Rare Earth Elements. He is building a microfluidic directed evolution platform to assist in this project. He is co-advised by Prof. Buz Barstow.


Mrinal Pandey, Graduate Student



Mrinal joined Wu's Biofluidics lab in Spring 2020. She is working on gaining a better understanding of 3D tumor micro-environment and the role it plays in tumor metastasis. Her current work focuses on the role of compressive forces on tumor invasion. Before joining Cornell, she completed her master's degree in Medical Biotechnology from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. During her master's she worked on microfluidic chip fabrication and development of a protein assay for detection of Host Cell Protein (HCP) during drug development.

Larissa Gaul, Graduate Student



Larissa is a first year PhD student and have a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering with a minor in Energy & Environmental Policy from University of Delaware. In Dr. Wu's lab, she'll mainly be working on algal bloom projects, including algal cell response to factors like light.

Minha Kim, Undergraduate Student



Minha is a junior majoring in biology. She is from San Diego, CA. She is working on a project to understand the effect of compression on cancer migration, and helps conduct literature study on hyaluronic acid in the tumor microenvironment.


Hannah Davis, Undergraduate Student



Hannah is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, studying biology and concentrating in computational biology. She is from Warwick, NY. Hannah is working toward developing her own project regarding hyaluronic acid and its effect on cancer progression. She is working under Mrinal Pandey

Alan Li, Undergraduate Student



Alan is junior majoring in Biological Engineering and minoring in Biomedical Engineering. He is from Golden, Colorado and is currently working on determining if changes in tumor spheroid fluidity and tumor cell motility in response to changes in the tumor microenvironment diagnostically indicate a higher risk of tumor invasion.

Previous Group Members

Sumit K Dey

Tao Luo

Yu Ling Huang

Fang Shu

Daniel Vitenson

Carina Shiau

Nicole D. Wagner

Yujie Ma, Ph.D., Tufts University

So Youn Moon

Min Seo Kang

Jason Zarate

Jane Kwon

Beum Jun Kim, Senior Engineer at Rheonix.

Chih-kuan Tung, Assistant professor at North Carolina A&T State University.

Matthew S. Hall, postdoctoral researcher, University of Michigan.

Xinzeng Feng, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Texas, Austin.

Kasyap T. Vasudevan, Intel.

Oleh Krupa, Ph.D., University of California at Chapel Hill.

Angela Zheng, Medical student, School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NYC.

Charlotte Marlinga

Jason Chu

Tim Dongil Geum

Tiffany Kuo, George Washington University School of Law, J.D. expected 2018.

Tianyu Wang, Graduate student, Cornell.

Shuting Zhao, Ph.D., Ohio State University.

Pimkhuan Hannanta-Anan, Graduate student, University of Pennsylvania.

Yoon Soo Kim

Chris Roh, Graduate student, Caltech.

Steve Heilman, Assistant Professor, UCLA.

Chantel M. Lafond, NBTC REU student.

Cindy Cheng, Staff scientist at novocell.

John Roberts, Mechanical Engineering Department, MIT.

Lauren Reese, Bioengineering department at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mark Buckley, Assistant Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center.

Emilie Montanes, Ecole Central, Paris.

Donald Lee

Kevin Wong, Medical student.

Max Wasserman, Graduate student, Northwestern University.

Daniel Rhoads

Yevgeniy (Eugene) Kalinin, Engineer, IBM.

Dragos C. Dasoveanu, Medical student, Weill Cornell Medicine.

Lindsey B. Sidrane

Davina A. Widjaja

Elif Apaydin

Rong Long, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder.

Timothy Wang

Michelle Chau

Jean Liu

Beatriz Ascencio

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