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Department of Bioengineering



Richard KP Ben​ninger, PhD
Assistant Professor in Bioengineering
PhD, Physics: Imperial College London, 2006.
​MSci, Physics: Imperial College Londo​n, 2002

Current L​ab Members


Nikki Farnsworth, PhD

      Postdoctoral Research Associate
     PhD, Chemical Engineering: University of Colorado Boulder, 2012.
     BS, Chemical Engineering: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2007.
Jos​hua St. Clair, PhD

      Postdoctoral Research Associate
     PhD, Physiology: University of Colorado Denver, 2014.
     BS, Physiology & Neurobiology: University of Connecticut, 2008.


Matthew Westacott

        PhD student (Bioengineering Program)
     MS, Physics: University of Denver, 2012.
     BS, Physics: Colorado School of mines, 2010.


​Alireza Hemmati

        MS student (Bioengineering Program)
     BS: Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), 2012.​


Aleena Notary

     MS student (Bioengineering Program)
     BS, Physics: University of Colorado Denver, 2012.



Chris Wilson (2013-2015)
Former MS Student (Bioengineering Program)

Thomas Hraha (2012-2014)
Former MS Student (Bioengineering Program)
Currently: Staff Scientist, SomaLogic LLC

Marina Pozzoli (2012-2014)
Former Professional Research Assistant
Currently: Research Technician, University of Bremen Center for Molecular Interactions

Linda Nguyen (2011-2012)
Former Professional Research Assistant
Currently: DDS Student, University of Colorado - School of Dental Surgery



Kristi S Anseth, University of Colorado Boulder, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering 
Leslie S Satin, University of Michigan, Department of Pharmacology 
Dirk Homann​, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
Luisa Mestroni, University of Colorado Denver, Adult Medical Genetics Program
Ronald Gill​, University of Colorado Denver, Professor of Surgery & Scientific Director CCTCARE

Join Us


Graduate Student Opportunities
A number of research projects are available in our group. MS and PhD students interested in our laboratory should stop by the lab, or email Dr. Benninger.​

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities
Competetive candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Benninger if they h​ave a specific interest in our laboratory. Please include a cover letter and CV.