Principal Investigator


Tim is an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at Boston University. He grew up in Brisbane, Australia and moved to the USA in 2009 for graduate study supported by a John Monash Scholarship. He is passionate about working on treatments for Spinal Cord Injury and other CNS disorders. In his free time, he enjoys long distance running and watching cricket.

Postdoc: UCLA with Michael Sofroniew (Neurobiology) and Tim Deming (Bioengineering). Supported by Craig H Neilsen Foundation, American Australian Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Wings for Life.

PhD: Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP), HST program of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Robert Langer (MIT).

B Eng (Medical) Hons I and MEng (Management) from QUT, Brisbane, Australia.

Graduate Students


Eric is a graduate student in the BU BME PhD program. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University where he worked as an undergraduate researcher with Ian Wong. His primary interests are in biomaterials synthesis, development and characterization.

Outside of work, Eric can be found exploring the city of Boston, trying the many foods around the Charles River Campus and beyond. On the weekends, he likes to spend his free time hiking around the woods of New Hampshire in the summer and skiing in the winter.

BS (BME) from Brown University.


Honour is a graduate student in the BU BME PhD program. She completed her undergraduate studies at Jarvis Christian College where she worked with Dr. Shakhawat Bhuiyan and Dr. Glendora Carter. Her interests are regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. In her free time she likes to workout, eat, have conversations and sing.

BS (Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics) from Jarvis Christian College.


Paige is a graduate student in the BU BME PhD program. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut and worked for two years in Dr. Tannin Schmidt’s Lab at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, CT. Her particular interests are tissue engineering and treatment approaches for Parkinson’s disease.
In her free time Paige enjoys dancing in the city, hiking in NH and VT, and exploring Boston with friends.

BSE (BME) from University of Connecticut


Laboni is a graduate student in the BU BME PhD program. She completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University where she conducted research with Dr. Jordan Green. Her interests are in biomaterials and drug delivery. In her free time she enjoys reading and exploring Boston with friends.

BS (BME) from Johns Hopkins University

Master’s Students


Isabella is a graduate student in the BU BME Master’s program. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA. While at UCLA, Isabella conducted undergraduate research with Ali Khademhosseini and Gerard Wong. Prior to joining BU she worked at Laxmi Therapeutic Devices as a research chemist.

BS (Bioengineering) from UCLA.

Undergraduate Students


Gabriela is a sophomore undergraduate student in the BU BME program and is from the Boston area. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out on the Charles River esplanade with friends and exploring new exciting places to eat in Boston.


Riya is a junior undergraduate student studying BME at BU and is from Rhode Island. Riya is the recipient of a BU Kenneth R. Lutchen Fellowship, a distinguished research scholarship that supports research opportunities for BU engineering undergraduates. She enjoys dancing and swimming in her free time.


Payton is a senior undergraduate in BU’s BME program. She is from the Boston area and her primary interests are in biomaterials. In her free time, Payton enjoys drawing and graphic design, as well as playing with her two dogs at home.

SCI Advocate


Ben contributes to ongoing research in the O’Shea lab by providing detailed insight into his own lived experience over the past two decades with spinal cord injury (SCI). Additionally, he provides end-user consumer advocacy and feedback on research priorities and goals for the group through participation in lab meetings and project specific planning meetings with our bench research team. He has been a staunch advocate for SCI research over many years and works hard to improve the lives of those living with SCI in his local community in Brisbane, Australia.

Dr. O’Shea and Mr. Harvey have been best friends for over 22 years and it was Ben’s accident that catalyzed Dr. O’Shea’s passion for SCI research and prompted him to pursue a scientific career dedicated to SCI research.

BME Senior Design Teams


Anagha Arvind
Guadalupe Garcia
Sangsoo Lee
Mihir Mehta
Mahir Shajin


Elizabeth Hanchar
Simrita Dhulekar
Rosangel Ramos Espinoza
Alexandra Piñeiro

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