Nader Pourmand is Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California Santa Cruz, Baskin School of Engineering.

Pourmand also leads the Biosensors and Nano/Bioelectrical Technology Group at the UCSC Jack Baskin School of Engineering. The lab's primary goal is to further develop biological and electrical technologies that aid in the study of genes and proteins. Pourmand and his team hold over twenty patents and publish over eighty peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Postdoctoral Scholars and Ph.D. Students of Pourmand Research


Gonca Bulbul

Postdoctoral Scholar since Nov 2017

Gonca Bulbul works as postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Yeditepe University in 2013. After graduation, she moved to New York and received her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Clarkson University in 2016. Gonca is working on the development of sensing technologies with nanopipettes. She specializes in nanotechnology, biochemistry, biosensors and analytical chemistry. She also works on the study of the genomic changes underlying the development of drug resistance in breast cancer cells.


Gepoliano Chaves

Gepoliano (Geo) Chaves, is a PhD candidate in the Pourmand Lab. Gepoliano earned his BS in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, studying effects of polyphenols on enzymes in the kidneys of atherosclerosis mice model (2012). He earned a MS studying GPCRs in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, from the University of São Paulo (2014). His interest in how proteins are sensed in biological samples motivated interest in the Pourmand Lab. Geo joined the Pourmand Lab in 2014, in a project involving nanopipettes and next generation sequencing. Geo has since then analyzed transcriptomic data in models of Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder. His dissertation work involves using nanopipettes to mitigate off-target effects of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology and the underlying genetic analysis.


Joseph Olivier

Joseph Olivier is a 2nd year graduate student in the Nader Pourmand lab group. His main focus is the fabrication of nanosensors. These nanosensors are used to create systems aimed at quantifying small molecules in human samples in real-time. Joe has a bachelors degree in Microbiology. Some of Joe's hobbies include watching Netflix, and playing with dogs. 

Undergraduate Research Student


Yansong hong

Undergraduate Software Developer ~9/2015

  • Data Analyzer and Visualizer
  • Robot Control System
  • System Automatization

Yansong Hong, a.k.a Eric, is an undergraduate from the Computer Science department of UC Santa Cruz. Since September 2015, He has been developing scripts and software for data analyzation, data visualization, robot control system, system automatization, and website management in Pourmand's Research Group. Outside of the lab, he is a computer enthusiast and loves to develop applications, automation scripts, and study security vulnerabilities.

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Christina (Kai Ching) Chang

Undergraduate Research ~2/2017

  • Molecule detection System
  • Pharmacokinetics and Metabolism of Molecules

Christina Changis an undergraduate (class of 2019) majoring in molecular, cell, and
developmental (MCD) biology. She has been an undergraduate researcher in the Pourmand Research Group since February, 2017. She is currently working on a team to develop a small molecule detection and biosensing platform. Specifically, she is focusing on the pharmacokinetics and metabolism of molecules. She is involved in Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) in UCSC as an activity coordinator and enjoys playing sports.


Keith Walcott

Undergraduate Researcher ~2/2017

  • Pathogen Detection
  • Biosensor Technology

Keith Walcott is an undergraduate studying biochemistry and molecular biology. He has been an undergraduate research assistant since February 2017. His current research is the development of pathogen detection platform utilizing the biosensor technology. Outside of the lab, Keith is an avid rock climber and an active member of the jewish community in Santa Cruz.


Ginny Kuo

Undergraduate Research ~3/2017

  • THC Signal Processing
  • Electrode System 

Ginny Kuo is a fourth year student at UCSC, who majoring in molecular, cell and developmental biology. She’s been working on stabilizing the condition of layer by layer assembly and researching on pharmacokinetics of THC signaling pathways. She’s planning to pursue her career in pharmacy school program and currently working as pharmacy technician trainee at CVS.


Leo V. Merle VI

Undergraduate Researcher ~3/2017

  • Microbiology
  • Electrochemistry

Leo Merle is a 2-year undergraduate at UCSC majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Since March 2017, he has been a researcher in Pourmand’s Lab and most recently, has been working closely with Gonca Bulbul on nanotechnology and electrochemistry systems for the past year. He is planning to pursue a career in Dentistry and currently runs for UCSC athletics on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams


Heidi Maupin

Undergraduate Researcher ~5/2017

  • Optimizing Solid Media
  • Bacteria Growth

Heidi Maupin has been working as a research assistant since May 2017. She received a bachelor's degree in human biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2018. Heidi has been working on optimizing solid media to promote diverse growth of soil bacteria. Heidi hopes to attend medical school and continue her involvement in research.