Faculty and Staff

MTM Administrative Team

Jeffrey Garanich, Ph.D.

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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.

Contact: jgaranich@ccny.cuny.edu

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.

Contact: sstukes@ccny.cuny.edu

Matthew Ziff

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Matthew Ziff // 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.


Amy Liang


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.

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.

Cira Cardaci

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Cira Cardaci 

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

Mican Meneses


Mican Meneses 

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

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