Faculty and Staff

MTM Administrative Team

Jeffrey Garanich, Ph.D.

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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. Contact: jgaranich@ccny.cuny.edu

Matthew Ziff

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Resident Biodesign Mentor

Specializing in design for manufacturing and rapid prototyping, Matthew’s responsibilities include mentoring the Master’s in Translational Medicine students on their capstone design projects and providing guidance and training on manufacturing techniques and operations. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami, with a specialization in Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics. During this time, Matthew developed an interest manufacturing and rapid prototyping techniques. He then attended CCNY and received his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, with focuses in orthopedic biomechanics research, materials testing, and device design. Matthew hopes to be a guiding influence on future generations of MTM students. Contact: mziff@ccny.cuny.edu

Amy Liang


Social Media 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. Contact: cliang001@citymail.cuny.edu

MTM Fellows

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.

Michael Balangue

Michael Balangue

As an MTM Fellow, Michael supports the current MTM cohort by providing an entrepreneurial perspective and assisting with the commercial assessment of technology developed from the cohort’s Biodesign projects and other projects around the CCNY campus. After graduating from the MTM program in the summer of 2020, Michael continues to develop the technology started with his team in the MTM program and additionally works as a Strategy & Operations Associate with an early-stage artificial intelligence technology startup focused on improving mental health outcomes. Prior to MTM, Michael worked as a Research Technician with an Oklahoma City-based ophthalmological contract research organization after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2018, where he studied chemical engineering with a biotechnology focus and participated in biomedical research.

Philip Coatl

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A recent graduate of the MTM program, Philip offers a combination of entrepreneurial and technical knowledge to the students of MTM for their current projects. As a recent graduate of the 2020 cohort, Philip is currently working with his former team to further develop the technology they began while students of MTM. Their project aims to help individuals who suffer from nocturnal pruritus get a better quality of sleep. Prior to MTM, he received his bachelor’s in human biology from Hunter College in 2019 while also participating in genetic research. Philips’ background is grounded firmly in biological sciences. Still, through his experiences both inside and outside MTM, he has gained knowledge in business, social entrepreneurship, marketing, CAD rendering, and electrical design software.

Danna Cruz


Danna is a graduate of the 2019-2020 MTM Cohort. As an MTM fellow she offers scientific, design, and entrepreneurialsupport­ to the current biodesign projects, in addition to helping the cohort develop professionally and carry these skills as they move on from the program. She has research experience from working as a research assistant in various labs, and design experience from engaging in several projects. After graduating, she has worked on the research and development of several medical devices and cofounded an early stage start-up focusing on healthcare acquired infections. In developing these technologies, she has emphasized focusing on evaluating current gaps, and addressing communities in need.  She holds a B.S in Biology from The City College of New York (CCNY) with a focus on neuroscience. Contact: dcruz002@citymail.cuny.edu

Thandi Robins

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After graduating from CCNY’s Master’s Program in Translational Medicine in 2018, Thandi (Thandiwe-Kesi) Robins completed both a year of service with AmeriCorps and an observership with The Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University and simultaneously co-founded a digital health startup called Skinterest. Skinterest has been an effort to take down the barriers to care within communities of color for those with chronic skin conditions by focusing on improving health outcomes.Before MTM, she received her Bachelor of Science from St. Johns University, studying biology while participating in basic ecology research and clinical dermatology research. Thandiwe-Kesi offers a diverse skill set through her background in Business, Biology, Research, UX/UI design, Software Engineering, and Civic Engagement. Contact: trobins005@citymail.cuny.edu

MTM Supporting Faculty

Evan Azoulay, MS Doctoral Candidate, Biomedical Engineering 

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

Mitchell B. Schaffler, PhD CUNY Distinguished Professor & Chair of Biomedical Engineering Wallace H. Coulter Chair Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Amr Soliman, MD, PhD Department of Community Health and Social Medicine, Director, Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) Program
CUNY School of Medicine

Sabriya Stukes, PhD Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Ashiwel S. Undieh, MPharm / PhD, Neuroscience / Pharmacology / Pharmaceutical Science