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Narutoshi Hibino

Associate Professor of Surgery
Section of Cardiac Surgery

Department of Surgery
The University of Chicago
Advocate Children’s Hospital

Daniel Rodgers

Lab Manager

Tyler Dunn

“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.”

Katherine Nurminsky

(January 2020 – present)

Manager of Undergraduate Research

  • University of Chicago
  • Mathematics (B.S.) [pre-med]
  • Tissue Engineering (minor)
“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.”

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Amartya Dave

(June 2020 – present)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bioengineering (B.S) [pre-med]
  • Chemistry (minor)
“I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct research with Hibino Lab. It’s a pleasure to work alongside so many talented and welcoming students and mentors on projects I’m passionate about. With the help of my peers in Hibino Lab, I look forward to contributing to the advancement of cardiac research.”

Amatullah Mir

(May 2021 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics (B.S.) [pre-med]
  • Chemistry (minor)

Angie Zhu

(December 2020 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.) [pre-med]
  • Visual Arts (minor)

Anja Gouldlock

(June 2021 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.) [pre-med]
“I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct research with Hibino Lab. It’s a pleasure to work alongside so many talented and welcoming s“From the start, the Hibino Lab provides a wonderful environment to learn, collaborate, and work. Due to this inviting atmosphere, making the most of the numerous opportunities the lab offers is extremely easy. It is definitely a great place for all levels of researchers and has something to offer for everyone.”

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Anusha Gupta

(April 2021 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.), spec. in Genetics [pre-med]
  • Chemistry, Global Health and Society (minor)

Anya Wang

(January 2020 – present)
  • 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!

Caitlin Jorgensen

(September 2020 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Classical Studies (B.A.) [pre-med]

Eugenia Lee

(February 2021 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Computer Science (B.S.) [pre-med]
“I am so happy and grateful to be part of the Hibino Lab. Every day, I am learning something new from my teammates and mentors about the impact of our research on patient care or about lab techniques to improve our current projects. I love how supportive Dr. Hibino and all the lab members are of each other, and it’s such a privilege conducting research with the incredible undergraduates, postdocs, and researchers.”

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Kelly Nguyen

Kira Tiv

Krupa Sudheendra

(April 2021 – present)

Olivia Dunne

(October 2020 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Molecular Engineering (B.S.) [pre-med]
“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.”

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Riley Hurr

(March 2021 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Economics (B.A.) [pre-med]
  • Chemistry (minor)
Working at the Hibino Lab has given me the opportunity to collaborate with researchers on various projects and learn more about the clinical applications behind our work. I’m extremely grateful for this experience and excited about the future impacts of our research.”

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Sarah Koljaka

(October 2020 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Economics (B.A.) [pre-med]
  • Data Science (minor)

Stephanie Ran

(March 2021 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.)
  • Visual Arts (minor)

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Umar Siddiqi

(October 2020 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Biological Sciences (B.S.) [pre-med]
  • Chemistry (minor)
“Working with all the inspiring individuals of the Hibino Lab has been an enriching experience. The collaborative environment combined with the shared spirit of innovation has made projects both enjoyable and productive. I look forward to continue our efforts to push the boundaries of patient care.”

Wesley Shih

(November 2020 – present)
  • University of Chicago ’24

Willa Li

(February 2020 – present)
  • M.D. Candidate
  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine ’23
  • B.A. Chemical & Physical Biology, Harvard University ’19

Zyva Sheikh

(February 2020 – present)
  • University of Chicago
  • Molecular Engineering (B.S.), Biological Sciences Track

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Alumni of Hibino Lab:

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Isaree Pitaktong
  • (Sep 2020 – April 2021)
    Biomedical Engineering
  • Undergraduate Student (Mar 2017 – May 2019)
    B.S. Johns Hopkins University
Jason Yusheng He, PhD.
  • Post doctoral fellow (March 2020- April 2021)
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology 2013-2020
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology 2010-2013

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
Vivian Nguyen
  • Research Assistant (July 2019- Sep 2019 )
  • Bioengineering PhD course, Ilinois Institute of Technology
  • University of Chicago (graduate 2019)

Sara Abdollahi, PhD
  • 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, MD PhD
  • Post Doc Fellow (Sep 2017 – Aug 2019)
  • Current: The Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
Chin Siang Ong, MBBS
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Candidate (Dec 2015 – May 2019)
  • Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiology, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Cecillia Lui, MD
  • General Surgery Resident (PGY3) (Jul 2017 – May 2019)
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery
Enoch Yeung, BDS, MBBS
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017-May 2019)
Joseph Boktor
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology Undergraduate Student (Oct 2016 – May 2019)
  • Johns Hopkins University

Serena Wu
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neuroscience Undergraduate Student (2017 -May 2019 )
  • Johns Hopkins University
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)

Yang Bai, MD PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (September 2017 – March 2018)
  • Current: Department of Cardiac Surgery, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China
Takuma Fukunishi, MD
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2014 – Dec 2017)
  • Current Status: Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kitasato University School of Medicine

“Tom” Huaitao Zhang

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Undergraduate Student (Apr 2015 – May 2016), Johns Hopkins University
  • Lab Technician (Jun 2016 – May 2017)
  • Current Status: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Candidate (2017 – 2021), William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL

Maryam Ali Khan

  • Visiting Medical Student (Mar 2017 – May 2017)
  • CMH Lahore Medical College, Pakistan

Hiroshi Matsushita, MD.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Faculty of Medicine, Sapporo Medical University, Japan
  • Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kitasato University, Japan (Jun 2015 – )
  • Division of Cardiovascular surgery, Kanto Rosai Hospital, Japan (Jul 2015 – Nov 2017)
  • Division of Cardiovascular surgery, Sakakibara Heart Institute of Okayama (Apr 2012 – Jun 2015)
  • Division of Cardiovascular surgery, Ageo Central medical Hospital (Apr 2008 – Mar 2012)

Samantha Hardy

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology Undergraduate Student (2016-2017)
  • Johns Hopkins University

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

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Quotes from Alumni Experiences at Hibino Lab

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The project is awesome and so are the people, and there’s always so much to learn and do!

Isaree Pitaktong

“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!!

Takahiro Inoue, MD PhD

“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.”

Chin Siang Ong, MBBS

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“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.”

Enoch Yeung, BDS, MBBS

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. “

Gunnar Mattson

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With a friendly environment that is open to new ideas, Hibino lab is a place where you can thrive not only as a researcher but also as an individual. In just two short months, I was able to gain full command over various lab skills in addition to learning about the fascinating research going on in the field of cardiac tissue engineering; all because of the amazing people here. The journal club meetings every Friday were especially stimulating and provided a chance to explore and express new ideas. Overall, it was a rich learning experience with new opportunities at every step.

Maryam Ali Khan

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!”

Yang Bai

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“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.”

Takuma Fukunishi, MD

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.”

“Tom” Huaitao Zhang, BS

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“Hibino’s Lab wasn’t just a regular lab for me , it was my house where I spent my whole days learning and doing experiments without feeling the time . Very helpful and nice environment to start your journey of research where you can learn how to do real research.”

Andrew Nashed, MD

“In the Hibino Lab, I have learned so much more than just the science it takes to pull together a project. The people in this lab have taught me what it truly means to love what you do and I hope that one day I can find that, too.”

Samantha Hardy