Tom Gaborski – Lab Director and Principal Investigator

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Tom Gaborski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Director, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Program
CV (PDF), Link to RIT Faculty Profile, Google Scholar, Twitter

Tom is an entrepreneurial bioengineering faculty member and co-founder of a nanomaterials startup company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and completed a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester. As a graduate student, Dr. Gaborski was a university presidential fellow and recipient of an NIH Individual Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship. His graduate research focused on leukocyte recruitment and the biophysics of adhesion molecule mobility and surface localization. It was during this work that he became involved with the life science applications of a novel class of ultrathin membranes leading to the co-founding of SiMPore in 2007. While at SiMPore, he was the principal investigator on several NIH small business innovative research grants. After serving as President and CEO of SiMPore, Dr. Gaborski joined the newly formed Biomedical Engineering Department at RIT in 2012 as a founding faculty member. He is an inventor on several issued patents in nanobiotechnology and author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in Nature, ACS Nano, Small, Biomaterials, PNAS, and other scientific journals. As the director of the NanoBio Materials Laboratory at RIT, he leads a team studying and developing nanomembranes for tissue-on-a-chip and biological separations including extracellular vesicle purification and wearable hemodialysis. His laboratory has been funded by four institutes at the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, New York State as well as multiple industry partners. He is also the Director of the Biomedical and Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program at RIT.

When not working, Tom likes to run (ideally on trails), ride bikes (mostly MTB these days with his kids), ski (he recently learned downhill after years of nordic racing), attend to his mini-orchard (~20 trees and growing), and brew beer (currently on hold). When not working or partaking in one of these hobbies, he’s probably hiking or camping with his family somewhere in the Adirondacks. 

Lab Members

Adeel Ahmed

Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. Student (Abhyankar lab primary)

Zahra Allahyari

Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. Student

Munther Alsudais

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student

Shayan Gholizadeh

Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. Student

Atiyeh Hosseinifakhr

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student

Louis Widom

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student

Daniel DiMartino

Biotechnology B.S. Student

Cara Guernsey

Biomedical Engineering B.S. Student

Sarah Henretta

Mechanical Engineering B.S. Student