Alumni at Hibino Lab


Katherine Nurminsky
  • University of Chicago Mathematics (B.S.) [pre-med]
  • Former Undergraduate Lab Manager
“The research we conduct in the Hibino Lab is fascinating to me because of its potential to impact future healthcare and drastically improve patients’ quality of life. The exciting discussions, ability to constantly grow and gain new skills, and Dr. Hibino’s passion and approachability create a lab that I am proud to be a part of.”
Anya Wang
  • University of Chicago Biological Sciences (B.S.), spec. in Endocrinology [pre-med] Health and Society (minor)
Every day I step into lab is another day I’m in awe of not only the intelligent individuals around me with a clear passion for science, but also the fascinating nature of our research and its ability to transform patient care! It’s incredibly stimulating to be in such a supportive environment and I’m so grateful of the opportunity I’ve been given!
Stephanie Ran
  • University of Chicago Biological Sciences (B.S.) Visual Arts (minor)
My time with the Hibino Lab has been the most impactful research experience of undergraduate career. Dr. Hibino’s mentorship along with the support of my incredible teammates push me to be the best developing scientist I can be. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with this team and to take part in advancing the field of cardiac tissue engineering!
Olivia Dunne
  • University of Chicago
  • Molecular Engineering (B.S.) [pre-med], Bioengineering track
  • Tissue Engineering (minor)
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to conduct research with the Hibino Lab. This is such a welcoming and creative environment, and it’s really exciting to be working with cutting-edge tissue engineering technologies that may be directly applied to improve patient care in the future.”
Tatsuya Watanabe
  • Research Assistant
Tyler Dunn
  • Clinical Specialist in Boston Scientific’s cardiac rhythm management division. 
  • Research Assistant (3/2021- 3/2022)
“I was drawn to the Hibino lab because of the work on tissue engineering and 3D printing. But what’s truly special about the lab is the impact your research can have on the future of cardiac surgery. Not to mention what a great place it is to learn and sharpen skills.”
Kira Tiv
  • University of Chicago Biological Sciences (B.S.) [pre-med]
Riley Hurr
  • University of Chicago
    Economics (B.S.) [pre-med]
Willa Li
  • M.D. Candidate
    University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine ’23
    B.A. Chemical & Physical Biology, Harvard University ’19
Hiroshi Matsushita
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow Faculty of Medicine, Sapporo Medical University, Japan
Isaree Pitaktong
  • Emory School of Medicine MD/PhD program
  • Research assistant (Sep 2020 – April 2021)
  • Undergraduate Student (Mar 2017 – May 2019)
    B.S. Johns Hopkins University
The project is awesome and so are the people, and there’s always so much to learn and do!
Jason Yusheng He
  • Postdoctoral fellow (March 2020- April 2021)
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology 2013-2020
Vivian Nguyen
  • Research Assistant (July 2019- Sep 2019)
  • Bioengineering PhD course, Ilinois Institute of Technology
  • University of Chicago (graduate 2019)
Sara Abdollahi
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Oct 2018- May 2019)
  • Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master’s degree in materials engineering at McGill University.
  • BS in chemical engineering at McGill University
Takahiro Inoue
  • Post Doc Fellow (Sep 2017 – Aug 2019)
  • Current: The Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
“In Hibino’s Lab, we always carry out state-of-the-art experiments. And all the lab members are very friendly and cooperative.
To start your research experience, this lab will provide a full and complete environment to you.
Let’s work together and achieve excellent research!!
Chin Siang Ong
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Candidate (Dec 2015 – May 2019)
  • Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiology, Division of Cardiac Surgery
“I had the fortune of having Dr Hibino as my PhD co-mentor at Johns Hopkins. I was one of the first 3 to join when he first started his lab, so I witnessed the exponential growth of his lab. As a mentor, he is very organized, hands-on, caring, personable and supportive. He has impressive and limitless energy. I strongly recommend him to any prospective undergraduate student, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, looking for a great research experience.”
Shanxiu Xu
  • Research Assistant  (October 2019- May 2020)
  • Current: PhD candidate, Biomedical Engineering in University of California, Davis
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology 2016-2019
Serena Wu
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neuroscience Undergraduate Student (2017 – May 2019 )
  • Johns Hopkins University
Enoch Yeung
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017-May 2019)
“It is my pleasure to work with Dr.Hibino’s research team who dedicated to realizing the dream of innovation in cardiac surgical technology. The team is well equipped with great people with spectacular minds and amazing surgical techniques. The tremendous leadership of Dr.Hibino makes the researches as robust as it can be.
Undoubtedly, it is one of the best research teams in the country.”
Joseph Boktor
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology Undergraduate Student (Oct 2016 – May 2019)
  • Johns Hopkins University
Cecillia Lui
  • General Surgery Resident (PGY3) (Jul 2017 – May 2019)
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery
Pooja Yesentharao
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neuroscience Undergraduate Student (2017 -May 2019 )
  • Johns Hopkins University
Lucy Nam
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Aug 2017 – May 2019)
Gunnar Mattson

Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student (June 2016 – May 2018)

My experiences in the Hibino Lab has been invaluable to my overall undergraduate experience. It was through Dr. Hibino’s mentorship and guidance that I grew to recognize the importance of connecting pure science with clinical applications through translational research. I am inspired by Dr. Hibino’s intelligence, vision, creativity, and compassion. I started in the Hibino lab the summer before my sophomore year and since then I have learned new lab techniques, improved my existing skills, and had the amazing opportunity to learn 3D bioprinting. The projects that I have been involved with have required innovative creativity, dedication, perseverance, and teamwork. I am grateful for these experiences and the success our team has made, and I look forward to watching the lab continue to lead the field in cardiac tissue engineering. “
Yang Bai
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (September 2017 – March 2018)
  • Current: Associate Professor, Department of Cardiac Surgery, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China
I have an unforgettable experience in Dr. Hibino’s lab! All the methods of cardiac tissue creation are leading in the world and will benefit me all my life ! I have learned a lot and, and I will continue to do the research of cardiac tissue engineering in China!”
Takuma Fukunishi, MD
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2014 – Dec 2017)
  • Current: Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ehime School of Medicine
“I had many great experiences in Dr. Hibino’s lab with my exposure to different cultures, life experiences, new friendships, and basic research. I hope everyone that is curious about basic research expose themselves to it as much as possible. I have learned much from my experiences and look forward to challenging myself towards my next step.”
Andrew Nashed, MD
  • Visiting Medical Student (May 2016 – Oct 2016)
  • Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt
  • Lab Technician (Dec 2016 – Oct 2017), Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiology
Shipra Khatri
  • Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student (October 2015 – Jan 2017)
  • Johns Hopkins University
“Tom” Huaitao Zhang
  • Resident in Foot and ankle surgery at Kaiser Santa Clara
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) (2017 – 2021), William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL
My time at Dr. Hibino’s lab was an eye-opening experience. I started during my junior year of undergrad and worked throughout my gap year. The lab started out small but we grew quickly as a steadily increasing number of projects and collaborations happened. During my time here, I sharpened my wet lab skill, communication, and grant/paper-writing skills. Not only were the opportunities in the lab invaluable, but also the people who I had the pleasure of working with. Chin Siang Ong, Taku Fukunishi, Andrew Nashed, Melissa Jones, and my lovely undergrad students, Joe, Sam, Shipra, Gunnar, and Isaree are amongst the brightest and most-hardworking that Johns Hopkins had to offer. Last but not least, Dr. Hibino is the most intelligent and diligent yet humble person I have ever met in my life. Working with him instilled in me a newfound work ethic and a brand-new appreciation for the beauty of academia.”
Samantha Hardy
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Undergraduate Student (2016-2017)
    Johns Hopkins University