Ali Ahrabi, Ph.D.
Dr. Ahrabi is a graduate of University of Maryland at College Park, Johns Hopkins University, UCL Medical School, and Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s fellowship program. He has an extensive background in genetics, biotechnology, molecular and cellular biology. For more than 10 years, he has applied his expertise to understanding the genetic process behind polycystic kidney disease, a disease affecting 1:1000 worldwide. His work is published in high impact factor journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Kidney International and Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and has been cited by other scientists in several scientific publications.
Dr. Ahrabi has a passion for teaching. In the past seven years, he has taught different audiences ranging from undergraduate and graduate students to postdoctoral trainees. He accomplished more than 1700 hours of teaching between September 2010 and May 2012 at different institutions of Longwood Medical Area, including Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is also an experienced executive who developed educational programs at American Labs International affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. Ahrabi earned his Ph.D. in Physiopathology & Molecular Biology and further finished his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program at Harvard Medical School.
Sara Alibeik, Ph.D.
Sara holds a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from McMaster University, Canada. Prior to joining Wentworth Institute of Technology, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Biological Engineering Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During her studies, she was awarded multiple national and institutional scholarships including the prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Scholarship (NSERC) for three years, McMaster Internal Prestige Scholarship and Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
Sara has over eight years of research experience in the area of biotechnology. Her research involves the development of novel biomaterials and the assessment of their interactions with the biological environment. In particular, she has worked on the development of polymeric biomaterials for cardiovascular applications. Sara has presented her research work at several national and international conferences. She has published multiple conference proceedings as well as 6 articles in refereed scientific journals. She is currently a member of the Society for Biomaterials.
Douglas Marshall, M.S.
Biology Laboratory Technician
Douglas is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Biology. He was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship upon entering UMass Dartmouth and worked as a Lab Instructor in the Biology Department, focusing on Cell and Population Biology. As a Research Assistant, he combined elements of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Functional Genomics to study adaptive gene expression in Pseudomonas fluorescens. Douglas presented his research at the American Society for Microbiology’s General Meeting in Denver, CO and the Boston Bacterial Meeting in Cambridge, MA earlier this year. He was also a very active member of the campus community, serving as an Operations Coordinator within the Campus Services Department, dedicated to enhancing student life at the university.
Naomi Ridge, Ph.D.
Naomi has been teaching physics and math part-time at Wentworth for the last 4 years. Prior to joining Wentworth, Naomi served as Vice-Consul for Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General in Cambridge, MA, advising UK and US scientists on binational collaboration and supporting the UK's scientific interests in the North-East US.
Naomi comes from a background in academic research in astrophysics. She received her undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Leeds, UK, and her Ph. D. in Astrophysics from Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She has carried out postdoctoral work at the Five College Radio Astronomy Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts and in the Harvard University astronomy department. Her research focuses on the formation of new stars and the properties of the interstellar gas from which they form.
Franz Rueckert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Semester Hire)
Franz Rueckert is originally from the Los Angeles area of Southern California. He received his undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Physics at San Diego State University, and remained there to complete his Masters in Physics with a concentration in experimental condensed matter. His work examined the effects of high pressure on electron transport in perovskite materials.
At the University of Connecticut, he continued studying this system as a member of the thin-films laboratory. His focus has been on the effects of oxygen doping in magnetic phase separation and superlattice ordering. When not doing research, he served as president of the Physics Graduate Student Association, organizing a number of social events and improving communications within the department. Toward that end, he also founded the Physics Brew Club; a group of grad students interested in homebrewing who met regularly to discuss their findings.