Principle Investigator

130807_10882_guasto008.JPGJeffrey S. Guasto, Associate Professor
Prof. Guasto earned his bachelor’s degrees in physics and mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and his Sc.M. and Ph.D. in Engineering from Brown University studying colloidal transport using microfluidics. Subsequently, he was a postdoc at Haverford College in Physics, where he developed an interest in the biophysics of single cells. He continued these pursuits as a postdoc at MIT, combining his interests in biomechanics, transport, and microfluidics, prior to joining the Tufts faculty in 2013. (Google Scholar Profile)


Richard Henshaw, Ph.D.
Richard received his Ph.D. from the University of Warwick (UK) working with Prof. Marco Polin on phototactic microbial motility. At Tufts, he is now a postdoctoral associate,  studying chemotaxis in marine microbial communities.


Graduate Students

AminDehkharghaniAmin Dehkharghani (Ph.D. candidate)
Amin is a Ph.D. candidate (4th year) in Mechanical Engineering, who is studying cell transport in complex geometries using microfluidics and high-speed video microscopy. He earned his B.S. in ME from Sharif University of Technology.


Michael Stehnach (Ph.D. candidate)
Michael came to Tufts with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Merrimack College, and he is now a fifth year Ph.D. candidate. Michael is working on understanding cell motility in complex fluid environments using microfluidics and high-speed video microscopy.


Undergraduate Students

Olivia Martin (Tufts ME, 2021)
Majeed Hallaj (Tufts ME, 2022)
Liliko Uchida (Tufts ME & Physics, 2023)
Shruti Krishnamachari (Tufts ME, 2022)


Postdocs Affiliation After Tufts …
Nicolas Waisbord Tufts ME Rennes (France)
Graduate Students Affiliation After Tufts …
Derek Walkama Tufts Physics, Ph.D., 2021 GNS Healthcare
Allen Ma Tufts ME, M.S., 2020  
Yang Jin Tufts ME, M.S., 2015  
Undergraduate Students Affiliation After Tufts …
Olivia Tomassetti Tufts ME, 2022  
Emma Stevens Tufts ME, 2021  
Zachary-Michael Lane Tufts ME, 2020  
Daniel Bekai Tufts ME, 2020 Tufts
Brenden O’Flaherty Tufts BME, 2020  
Julia Noble Tufts ME, 2019 Asahi/America
Sydney Holway Tufts Physics, 2018 Kayak
Thomas Coons Tufts ME, 2019 Tufts
Kevin Holbrook Tufts ME, 2017  
Dan Pasquale Tufts CEE, 2016 MIT
Ray Bjorkman Tufts ME, 2015 Red Shift Systems
Thomas Joe Carroll Tufts ME & Physics, 2015  
Jules Lacombe ENSTA, 2015  
High School Students Affiliation After Tufts … 
Tristan Martello Wellesley H.S., 2020 Tufts
Shiva Mudide Acton-Boxborough Regional H.S. CalTech
Shikhar Sinha Acton-Boxborough Regional H.S. Dartmouth College
Dan Epstein Newton South H.S. Lehigh University

Joining the Group

Our research is highly multi-disciplinary, and we are always on the lookout for talented, qualified students and postdocs with a background in just about any field of engineering or physics (experience in biology is not required).

Postdoctoral Scholars – We currently have an opening for a postdoctoral scholar position related to bacterial flagellar locomotion and active matter transport. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and there is broad flexibility in the specific research projects. The candidate is expected to have a strong background in experimental research with experience and interests in at least one of the following areas: soft matter, biophysics, fluid mechanics, or microfluidics. No prior experience with microbiology is necessary. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in physics, engineering, or a related field by the start of the appointment. Opportunities also exist to gain mentoring, proposal writing, and/or teaching experience. Send a CV with publication and reference lists to
OPEN Postdoc Position: Bacterial flagella and active matter

Ph.D. Students – We currently have openings for talented students interested in pursuing a Ph.D., where a strong background in engineering or physics and an affinity for experimental research are a must. Please contact Prof. Guasto for more information, and you are encouraged to submit an application to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts.

M.S. Students – We also have a number of related projects available for M.S. students that are looking for research topics. Contact Prof. Guasto to find our more about doing M.S. research in our lab!

Undergraduates – We have many opportunities for curious and capable undergraduate students from engineering and physics to develop new interests and skills, while contributing to cutting edge research in our lab during the academic year or over the summer. Contact Prof. Guasto to learn more about research projects, undergraduate theses, and Tufts Summer Scholars.