New faculty join WashU Biomedical Engineering

Eleven new faculty will join the School of Engineering & Applied Science in the next year, bringing the total number to 94. The Department of Biomedical Engineering will welcome Nathaniel Huebsch and Michael Vahey.

Nathaniel Huebsch, assistant professor

  • PhD, engineering science and medical engineering, Harvard University
  • BS, bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley

Huebsch joins BME from the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been a senior scientist in the Department of Bioengineering. Previously, he was a research scientist and postdoctoral fellow at the Gladstone Institute for Cardiovascular Disease. He will begin in January 2018.

Huebsch’s research focus is in basic and translational stem cell mechanobiology, with specific focus on hydrogels to control cell-mediated tissue repair, and 3-D models heart-on-a-chip models derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells.

Michael Vahey, assistant professor

  • PhD, SM, electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BS, electrical and computer engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Vahey joins BME from the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioengineering. He has received numerous awards, including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface grant. He will begin in March 2018.

Vahey’s research has been in live imaging of the influenza A virus assembly; in vitro reconstitution of membrane budding by influenza virus proteins; microfluidic technologies for membrane reconstitution; and miotic spindle assembly in confined volumes.