Tom Gaborski – Lab Director and Principal Investigator

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Tom Gaborski, Ph.D.

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 a founder of a nanomaterials company, SiMPore Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester. As a graduate student, he was a university presidential fellow and recipient of an NIH Individual Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship. His graduate research focused on understanding leukocyte recruitment and the biophysics of adhesion molecule mobility and surface localization by developing quantitative fluorescence microscopy techniques. It was during this work that he became involved with the life science applications of a novel class of ultrathin membranes, leading to the founding of SiMPore in 2007, where he helped raise two rounds of investment. While at SiMPore, he was the principal investigator on three NIH small business innovative research grants and brought several products to market. After serving as President of SiMPore, Tom joined the newly formed Biomedical Engineering Department at RIT in 2012 as a founding member. He is an inventor on several issued patents in nanobiotechnology and author of more than 50 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. He and his laboratory have been funded by six institutes at the National Institutes of Health, multiple directorates at the National Science Foundation, New York State, the Hopeman Foundation, and two industry partners. 

When not working, Tom likes to run, backpack, bike, ski, and attend to his mini-orchard. 


Lab Members

Research Staff

Kevin Petersen, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jason Gerbsch

Research Laboratory Technician


Graduate Students

Munther Alsudais

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student

Atiyeh Hosseinifakhr

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student

Nadya Nikiforova

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student

Pantea Torabian

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student

Louis Widom

Biomedical & Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student


Undergraduate Students

Leanna Frasch

Biomedical Engineering B.S. Student

Nick Luey

Biomedical Engineering B.S. Student

Abby Wojehowski

Biomedical Engineering B.S. Student

John Chon

Biomedical Engineering B.S. Student

Ethan Kishimori

Biomedical Engineering B.S. Student


Postdoctoral Researcher Alumni

Alan Man, now Assoc Professor, Engineering, Pierce College                                        

Robert Carter, now Assoc Department Head, Mechanical Engineering, RIT                     

Henry Chung, now Project Engineer, Triton Systems                                                

Marcela Mireles, now Research Engineer, University of Rochester   

Ph.D. Student Alumni

Mehdi Aslan Dehghani, now Scientist, Sartorius Stedim                                                

Alec Salminen (Co-advised with James McGrath), now ORISE Postdoc at FDA                

Shayan Gholizadeh, now Postdoc at Harvard Medical School                                       

Zahra Allahyari, now Postdoc at Harvard Medical School                                            

Adeel Ahmed (co-advised with Vinay Abhyankar), now Postdoc at UWisc-Madison

M.S. Student Alumni

Cody Soule, now Principal Process Engineer, Global Foundries                      

David Hurley, now Research and Development Process Engineer, SIEV Technologies      

Stephanie Boula, now Project Manager, Confluent Medical                                          

Daniella Lincoln, now Process Engineer, Bausch + Lomb     

Undergraduate Alumni

Joshua Miller                                                                                            

Katelyn Busse                                                                                    

Alex Dawson-Elli                                                                              

Michael Potter                                                                          

Zachary Oppito                                                                            

Jascha Wilcox                                                                                  

Andrea Mazzocchi                                                                            

Elizabeth Stoyan                                                                                    

Randi Del Rosario                                                                                          

Melissa Mendoza                                                                                   

Ana Peredo                                                                               

Spencer Perry                                                                             

Stephanie Casillo                                                                           

Elizabeth Hirschman                                                                         

Shane Peechatka                                                                                    

Sean Bellefeuille                                                                                          

Phillip Tinder                                                                                                       

Shannon Gulvin                                                                                        

Nikki VanOstrand                                                                                    

Hayley Miller                                                                          

Sarah Henretta                                                                                      

Zoii Henry                                                                                                                                                   

Anna Kasper                                                                                                                                                           

Jess Ritz                                                                         

Jazmin Salazar                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Daniel DiMartino

Cara Guernsey