MTM Administrative Team
Jeffrey Garanich, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Garanich, Ph.D. // Director
In this role, he oversees development and growth of the program while leading administration of a curriculum that trains students in the core competencies required to bring a new medical technology to market. In addition, Dr. Garanich served as Program Chair for the 2018 Biomedical Engineering Society Coulter College, an international training program focused on the translation of biomedical innovations. Prior to joining CCNY, Dr. Garanich worked in the medical technology and private equity industries. Of note, he spent six years with Boston Scientific Corporation, where he drove the completion of cross-disciplinary research and development projects critical to the commercialization of new medical technologies.
Sabriya Stukes, Ph.D.
Sabriya Stukes, Ph.D. // Associate Director
Some of her responsibilities include leading recruitment efforts, creating digital marketing strategies and teaching. She is a trained microbiologist, a one-time science podcaster, fierce supporter of all things STEM, and a newly minted adjunct assistant professor. She received her B.S in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and Immunology in 2005 from Virginia Tech and in 2015 earned her doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is actively involved in various organizations that help to increase visibility and awareness in the science fields for women and underrepresented communities.
Lieselle Trinidad, Ph.D.
Lieselle Trinidad, Ph.D. // Visiting Assistant Professor
Specializing in biomechanics-based design, Lieselle’s role in the MTM program includes teaching and supporting the students as they go through the design curriculum which teaches students how to bring new medical technology to market. Lieselle is a Mechanical Engineer, “former” athlete, and avid mentor. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo, and after graduating, went to work for General Motors before going back to graduate school to focus on her passion for human movement. She completed her M.S. in 2008, and Ph.D. in 2011, both degrees were completed in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Biomechanics-Based design from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After completing her Ph.D. Lieselle went to work for the FBI in Washington D.C. for a short while before returning to academia. Prior to joining CCNY, Lieselle was an Assistant Professor of Teaching for the University at Buffalo Mechanical Engineering Department where she taught traditional undergraduate Mechanical Engineering courses. Lieselle began her academic teaching career at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY) where, as a tenure track assistant professor, she taught in both the Technology Teacher Education Department, and the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, and where the spark was lit for her passion for education.
Evan Azoulay // Resident Biodesign Mentor
Specializing in rapid prototyping techniques, Evan works closely with the Master’s in Translational Medicine students on their capstone design projects. He is a Biomedical Engineer by training, and an alum of the MTM program. In addition to the design critiques that Evan provides the students, he also serves as a mentor, giving insight on the program to current and prospective students. Evan is also involved in local STEM outreach, he spearheaded the Harlem Community School District 5 3D Printing initiative in the Spring of 2018, which operated on five District 5 middle-school campuses. The initiative culminated with the students showing off their custom-designed 3D printed prosthetics at District 5’s Super Saturday STEM Expo. Evan is also an alumnus from the very first MTM cohort.
Amy Liang // Social Media and Digital Marketing Coordinator
Amy is a graduate student in the Branding and Integrated Communication Program at the City College of New York. As the MTM Social Media and Digital Marking Coordinator, she works on a majority of the outward facing materials for the MTM program. Her responsibilities include creating engaging and creative content across all MTM social media platforms and developing strategies to increase prospective student engagement. These efforts lead to strengthening the overall brand of the MTM program while increasing awareness of the value in earning this unique type of degree. Prior to the MTM program, she has worked at a marketing technology start-up, an advertising agency as a graphic designer, and a Hungerford high school as a Chinese language translator.
The MTM Fellows Program is a new initiative that aims to provide alumni of the MTM program with one additional year of funding and access to prototyping resources to continue developing their Biodesign technology. They provide mentoring assistance to MTM students and work with other CCNY faculty to evaluate the commercialization potential of their technologies. Upon completion of their fellowship year, fellows will be prepared to pursue the external funding necessary to commercialize their product.
As one of the inaugural MTM fellows, Cira offers an entrepreneurial perspective for the current cohort’s Biodesign projects and presentations, conducts commercial assessments on faculty technologies and acts as a research and teaching assistant. She graduated form the MTM program in the Summer of 2018 and cofounded a digital health company focused on educating and empowering menopausal women shortly thereafter. Prior to MTM, she received her BS from Wagner College, studying biopsychology and microbiology while participating in neurobiology research. She is a self-taught maker who is passionate about solving stigmatized women’s health issues
As one of the inaugural MTM fellows, Mican works with the current MTM cohort to provide entrepreneurial insights and help with the commercial development of their Biodesign projects and other innovative technologies developed at CUNY. Additionally, he is also a co-founder of an early stage startup developing digital health products and technologies. A 2018 graduate of the MTM program, Mican holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
MTM Supporting Faculty
Gilda Barabino, PhD
Dean, Grove School of Engineering
Berg Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Mitchell B. Schaffler, PhD
CUNY Distinguished Professor & Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Wallace H. Coulter Chair
Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Joan M. Dorn, PhD
Medical Professor, CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program
Chair, Department of Community Health and Social Medicine
Abhishek Datta, PhD
Scientist/Chief Technology Officer, Soterix Medical
Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Katherine Mendis, MA, MPhil
Clinical Professor, CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program