Hamsa Gowda


  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine (UCI)
    Expected 2020
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Bioengineering track), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
    December 2014

Research Experience

  • UCI (March 2016-Present), Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD Student
    PhD Advisors: Marc Madou, Dr. Sunny Jiang
    Topic: Developing a sample-to-answer assay on the CD microfluidic platform aimed at integrating droplet generation with DNA lysis and extraction and digital PCR to detect specific bacteria in wastewater samples
    Acquired Skills: CNC machining, microfluidics, solidworks software
  • The Johns Hopkins University (May 2013-August 2013): Institute of NanoBioTechnology Research Intern
    Mentors: Peter C. Searson and Mao Ye
    Topic: Investigating changes in Endothelial Cell Morphology on 2D surfaces
    Acquired skills: Cell culture, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence and confocal microscopy, microfabrication, microfluidics
  • UC Berkeley (May 2012-August 2012): Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Research Intern
    Mentors: Yang Dan and Julia Cox
    Topic: Identifying the anatomical projections to the locus coeruleus involved in brain state modulation
    Acquired skills: Mouse craniotomy/surgery, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy
  • UMBC (June 2011-Dec 2014): Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering Research Intern
    Mentors: Yordan Kostov, Hung Lam, and Leah Tolosa
    Topic: (1) Developing a dual fluorescent temperature and glutamine sensor and a portable microfluorometer based on glutamine binding protein. (2) Developing a prototype design for a portable glucose sensor based on skin glucose assay. (3) Developing metal nanoparticles using polymer based reducing and stabilizing agents.
    Acquired skills: Fluorometer, spectrophotometer, chromatography, labeling protein, microfabrication, microfluidics, chemical synthesis, Dynamic Light Scattering, experimental design techniques.
  • UMBC (September 2008-May 2010): Department of Biological Sciences Research Intern
    Jeff Leips
    Topic: Effect of genotype, age, and diet on the bacterial clearance ability of Drosophila Melanogaster.
    Acquired skills: Microinjector, spectrophotometer, colony counter, Statistical Analysis Software.