• Leach Labs

    Leach Lab

The Leach laboratory is interested in determining the proper mixture of stimulatory signals to induce the formation and regeneration of a variety of tissues. We utilize our expertise in biomaterials, drug and gene delivery, and mammalian cell culture to develop model systems for the investigation of tissue regeneration. We have ongoing projects in the engineering of numerous tissues including bone, blood vessels, cornea, and wound healing.

Tomas Gonzalez-Fernandez

Postdoctoral Fellow

Charlotte Vorwald

Graduate Student 

Jackie Woods 

Graduate Student


Marissa Gionet-Gonzales

Graduate Student 

Takeyah Campbell

Graduate Student 

Laney Casella

Graduate Student 

Bobby Gresham

Graduate Student 

Jeremy Lowen

Graduate Student 

Vicky Thai

Graduate Student 

Katie Griffin

Graduate Student 

Max Li

Undergraduate Student

Shreeya Joshee

Undergraduate Student

Alejandro Tenorio

Undergraduate Student

Daphne Diloretto 

Undergraduate Student

Serena Cinque

Undergraduate Student


Alefia Kothambawala, B.S.   

Jenna Harvestine, Ph.D. 

Ben Hung, Ph.D.

Andrew Keown, B.S.

Jonathan Chen, B.S.

Osamu Yasui, B.S.

Jessica Yeung

Steve Ho, Ph.D.

Debika Mitra, Ph.D.

Kaitlin Murphy, Ph.D.

Chris Zikry, B.S.

Dejie Zhou, B.S.

Michael Nguyen-Truong, B.S.

Allison Hoch, Ph.D.

Nina Vollmer, Ph.D.

Caroline Vissers, B.S.

Beko Binder, Ph.D.

John Sagun, B.S.

Ganesh Ingavle, Ph.D.

Miles Wilkinson, M.S.

Sophia Fang, M.D. M.S.

Marissa Hughbanks, B.S.

Nandor Laszik, B.S.

Vaishali Mittal, B.S.

Martin Decaris, Ph.D.

Archana Bhat, Ph.D.

Hillary Davis, Ph.D.

Jiawei He, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Wahl, M.S.

Diana Morales- Hernandez, Ph.D.

Dave Working, M.S.

Ann Leu, M.S.

Whitney Cheung, M.S.

Phil Schaecher

Dana Yakoobinsky

Azad Mojadedi

Erin Case

Jenna Israel

Jennifer Young

Rameshwar Rao

Chris Horner

  • Member, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Member, Society for Biomaterials (SFB)
  • Member, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS)
  • Member, Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
  • Program co-chair, BMES 2020 Annual Meeting
  • Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Class of 2018
  • Member, University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering Board of Visitors, 2018-present
  • College of Fellows, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2017
  • Standing member, Biomaterials and Biointerfaces (BMBI) Study Section, NIH, 2016-2020
  • Fellowship Award for Excellence in Mentoring, UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies, 2015
  • University of Oklahoma College of Engineering Samuel Wilson Lectureship, 2015
  • UC Davis College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, 2014
  • Page Morton Hunter Distinguished Lecturer, Clemson University, 2012
  • UC Davis Mid-Career Leadership Program Participant, 2011
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program Award, 2010
  • The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award, 2008
  • NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004

Recent Publications can be viewed on the NCBI website.