We thank former BAM organizers for volunteering their time and energy to improve the local microfluidics community.

Yatian Qu (2016-2021)

Dr. Yatian Qu was the co-founder of Bay Area Microfluidics Network and she led the organizing team from 2017-2020. She is currently working as a Principal Research Engineer at Facebook Reality Labs Research where she leads a team to work on solving interaction problems. Prior to Facebook, she worked as a Sr. Microfluidics Engineer in JUUL Labs (2019-2020) and Sr. Microfluidics Engineer and Team Lead at Purigen Biosystems (2016-2019). She received her M.S. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. For her graduate study, she worked with Prof. Juan Santiago in Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory. Yatian was the recipient of Lawrence Scholar Fellowship from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Ginzton Research Assistantship Award from Stanford University. She has diverse research experiences in microfluidics, including high viscosity liquid manipulation and delivery, developing novel electrophoresis techniques to extract nucleic acids and proteins from biological samples and developing high performance water desalination systems using porous carbon materials. She was the lead researcher in a large collaborative and multi-disciplinary Stanford-LLNL team. Yatian is passionate about microfluidics, interdisciplinary research and sustainable technologies. She enjoys hiking, sketching, playing with her son and learning new things in her free time.

Adam Nekimken

Adam is an Engineer at Inscripta. He recently received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford.

Anushka Gupta

Anushka recently earned her PhD in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering. In the Streets Lab, her research focused on building microfluidic devices to advance making measurements at the single-cell level, with a particular focus on using these tools to study fat development in humans. Anushka did her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India where she worked on building a digital microfluidics platform for on-demand, rapid patterning of cells. Outside of lab, Anushka loves to walk, play badminton, and watch cricket!

Diego Huyke Villeneuve

Diego is a National Science Foundation Fellow and PhD candidate in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. There, he is a member of the Stanford Microfluidics Lab (led by Prof. Juan G. Santiago). His current research varies across fast mixing for X-ray applications, red blood cell biomechanics, and electric-field accelerated CRISPR diagnostics. Diego earned a BS in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a proud parent of a cat named Figs.