Miguel A Chavez Pachas

Research Assistant

I graduated from The City College of New York in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Previously, I conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Green investigating the gating mechanism of Voltage-Gated Potassium Ion channels utilizing quantum mechanical simulations. In 2019 I joined Prof. Vunjak-Novakovic laboratory as a research student working under the Cardiac Team looking to optimize various components of cardiac tissue generation and maturation.

Currently, I am working to model neuromuscular diseases, specifically Myasthenia Gravis, in optogenetic iPSC- derived neuromuscular junction tissues to investigate the mechanisms and quantify the efficacy behind potential drug therapies. Overall, my interests include utilizing stem cells and tissue engineering to create more accurate disease models to help us understand the mechanisms of chronic diseases to develop improved stem cell-derived therapeutics.