Carolyn Harris, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State University with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Harris received her B.S. from Purdue University in 2006 and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 2011, both in Biomedical Engineering. She then pursued her postdoctoral research at the Seattle Children's Research Institute in 2014. Dr. Harris is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in hydrocephalus due to her comprehension of the pathophysiology and her investigation into shunt obstruction and shunt infection utilizing unique in vitro model systems. In addition to her academic activities, Dr. Harris is deeply committed to improving public education and cultivating sincere connections between researchers and patients.

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Graduate Students

Fatemeh Khodadadei

Fatemeh is a 3rd year PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State.

She earned her Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials from Iran University of Science and Technology. Her PhD project is focused on using the combination of total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIR-FM) and microfluidic devices for quantitative analysis and direct spatial-temporal mapping of secreted cytokines at the single-cell level, under shear stress. Her goal is to understand the relationship between neuroprosthetic device failure and shear stress. When not in the lab, Fatemeh enjoys spending time with her family, swimming and gardening.

Prashant Hariharan

​Prashant is a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering department at Wayne State.

He earned his Bachelors of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Mumbai in 2013 and went on to complete a Masters of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2015 and a Masters of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University in 2016. After graduating, he worked as a technician for Dr. Harris's lab in the Neurosurgery department at Wayne State. Prashant joined the Harris Lab as a PhD student in the Fall of 2018. His work involves using confocal fluorescence microscopy in combination with image analysis software to quantitatively understand roles of different cell types in the foreign body response to ventricular catheters collected from patients with hydrocephalus. His PhD project is focused on using organ-on-chip technology to understand the process of CSF production. When he isn’t in the lab, Prashant enjoys road-biking and editing this website.