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Tom Gaborski

Associate Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

585-475-4117
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Tom Gaborski

Associate Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Education

BS, Cornell University; MS, Ph.D., University of Rochester

Bio

Tom Gaborski is an entrepreneurial bioengineering faculty member with expertise in nano and microsystems. He is the director of the NanoBio Materials Laboratory at RIT, designing and utilizing nanomembranes for tissue-on-a-chip and biological separations including extracellular vesicle purification and wearable hemodialysis. His laboratory has been funded by four institutes at the National Institutes of Health as well as the National Science Foundation, New York State, and industry. He is also the Director of the Biomedical and Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program at RIT. Before returning to academia, Tom was the co-founder and president of SiMPore, an early-stage nanomaterials company. 

585-475-4117

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Journal Paper
Ahmed, A, et al. "Microengineered Three-Dimensional Collagen Landscapes with Independetly Tunable Fiber Anisotropy and Directionality." Advanced Materials Technologies 6. 4 (2021): 2001186. Print.
Allahyari, Z, et al. "Micropatterned Poly(ethylene glycol) Islands Disrupt Endothelial Cell–Substrate Interactions Differently from Microporous Membranes." ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 6. 2 (2020): 959-968. Print.
Hill, K, et al. "Second Generation Nanoporous Silicon Nitride Membranes for High Toxin Clearance and Small Format Hemodialysis." Advanced Healthcare Materials. (2020): 1900750. Print.
Khire, TS, et al. "Microvascular Mimetics for the Study of Leukocyte–Endothelial Interactions." Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering 13. (2020): 125-139. Print.
Piazza, N, et al. "Therapeutic Potential of Extracellular Vesicles in Degenerative Diseases of the Intervertebral Disc." Frontiers Bioengineering and Biotechnology 8. (2020): 311. Print.
Miler, JJ, et al. "Free Standing, Large Area Silicon Nitride Membranes for High Toxin Clearance and Small Format Hemodialysis." Membranes 10. 6 (2020): 119. Print.
Dehghani, M, et al. "Systematic Evaluation of PKH Labelling on Extracellular Vesicle Size by Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis." Scientific Reports 10. (2020): 9533. Print.
Luca, K, et al. "Critical Flux Behavior of Ultrathin Silicon Nanomembranes." Separathion and Purification Technology 251. (2020): 117342. Print.
Ramirez, MM, et al. "Use of Nanosphere Self-assembly to Pattern Ultrathin Membranes for the Study of Extracellular Vesicles." Nanoscale Advances 2. (2020): 4427-4436. Print.
Salminen, AT, et al. "In Vitro Studies of Transendothelial Migration for Biological and Drug Discovery." Frontiers in Medical Technology 2. (2020): 600616. Print.
Salminen, AT, et al. "Endothelial Cell Apicobasal Polarity Facilitates Distinct IL-8 Secretion and Immune Responses to Systemic vs. Local Inflammation." Integrative Biology 12. 11 (2020): 275-289. Print.
Gholizadeh, S, et al. "Robust Variable and Gradient Thickness Membranes for Tissue Barrier Models." Advanced Materials Technology 5. 12 (2020): 2000474. Print.
Rode, RP, et al. "Trilayer Interlinked Graphene Oxide Membrane for Wearable Hemodialyzer." Advanced Materials Interfaces 8. 3 (2020): 2170011. Print.
Salminen, AT, et al. "Ultrathin Dual-Scale Nano- and Micro-Porous Membranes for Vascular Transmigration Models." Small 15. 6 (2019): 1804111. Print.
Dehghani, M, et al. "Tangential Flow Microfluidics for the Capture and Release of Nanoparticles and Extracellular Vesicles on Conventional and Ultrathin membranes." Advanced Materials Technologies 4. 11 (2019): 1900539. Print.
Chung, H.H., et al. "Use of Porous Membranes in Tissue Barrier and Co-culture Models." Lab on a Chip 18. (2018): 1671-1689. Print.
Chung, H.H., et al. "Extended Live-tracking and Quantitative Characterization of Wound Healing and Cell Migration with SiR-Hoechst." Experimental Cell Research 1. 2 (2018): 198-210. Print.
Carter, R.N., et al. "Ultrathin Transparent Porous Glass Membranes For Cell Culture." Biofabrication 9. 1 (2017): 1-23. Print.
Casillo, S.M., et al. "Membrane Pore Spacing Can Modulate Endothelial Cell-Substrate and Cell-Cell Interactions." ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 3. 3 (2017): 243-248. Print.
Ramirez, M.M. and T.R. Gaborski. "Fabrication Techniques Enabling Ultrathin Nanostructured Membranes for Separations." Electrophoresis 28. 19 (2017): 2374-2388. Print.
Chung, H.H., et al. "Porous Substrates Promote Early Endothelial Migration at the Expense of Fibronectin Fibrillogenesis." ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 4. 1 (2018): 222-230. Print.
Winans, Joshua, et al. "Membrane Capacity and Fouling Mechanisms for Ultrathin Nanomembranes in Dead-end Filtration." Journal of Membrane Science 499. (2016): 282-289. Print.
Qi, Chengzhu, et al. "Influence of silicon dioxide capping layers on pore characteristics in nanocrystalline silicon membranes." Nanotechnology 26. (2015): 55706. Print.
Winans, Joshua D., et al. "Membrane capacity and fouling mechanisms for ultrathin nanomembranes in dead-end filtration." Journal of Membrane Science 499. (2016): 282-289. Print.
Qi, Chengzhu, et al. "Highly Porous Silicon Membranes Fabricated from Silicon Nitride/Silicon Stacks." Small 42. 11-12 (2014): 851-855. Print.
Mazzocchi, Andrea R, et al. "Porous Membranes Promote Endothelial Differentiation of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells and Perivascular Interactions." Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering 7. 3 (2014): 369-378. Print.
DesOrmeax, Jon-Paul S, et al. "Nanoporous Silicon Nitride Membranes Fabricated from Porous Nanocrystalline Silicon Templates." Nanoscale 6. 18 (2014): 10798-10805. Print.
Nehilla, Barrett J, et al. "Endothelial Vacuolization Induced By Highly-permeable Silicon Membranes." Acta Biomateriala 10. 11 (2014): 4670-4677. Print.
Miller, Joshua J, et al. "Lift-off of Large-Scale Ultrathin Nanomembranes." Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 25. 1 (2014): 15011. Print.
Snyder, Jessica L, et al. "High Performance, Low Voltage Electroosmotic Pumps with Molecularly Thin Nanoporous Silicon Membranes." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110. 46 (2013): 18425-18430. Print.
Johnson, Dean G., et al. "Ultrathin Silicon Membranes for Wearable Hemodialysis." Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease 20. 6 (2013): 508-513. Print.
Gaborski, Thomas R., et al. "Dynamics of Adhesion Molecule Domains on Neutrophil Membranes: Surfing the Dynamic Cell Topography." European Biophysics Journal 42. 11-12 (2013): 851-855. Print.
Kavalenka, Maryna N, et al. "Ballistic and Non-Ballistic Gas Flow through Ultrathin Nanopores." Nanotechnology 23. 14 (2012): 145706. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Gaborski, TR. "Development of Nanopocket Membranes for Tangential Flow Analyte Capture (TFAC) of Extracellular Vesicles." North American Membrane Society Annual Meeting. North American Membrane Society. Phoenix, AZ. 20 May 2020. Conference Presentation.
Mireles, M, C Soule, and TR Gaborski. "Use of Nanosphere Self-Assembly to Pattern Nanoporous Membranes for the Study of Extracellular Vesicles." 2019 Annual North American Membrane Society Meeting. North American Membrane Society. Pittsburgh, PA. 15 May 2019. Conference Presentation.
Gaborski, T.R. "Engineering Porous Membranes to Optimize in Vitro Cellular Barrier Models." IEEE NANOMED. IEEE. Waikiki, HI. 4 Dec. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Gaborski, Thomas, et al. "Transparent and Ultrathin Nanomembranes for Cellular Barrier and Co-culture Models." Annual Meeting. Biomedical Engineering Society. Minneapolis, MN. 7 Oct. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Dehghani, Mehdi and Thomas Gaborski. "Feasibility of Isolating Exosomes From Biofluids Using Ultrathin Nanomembranes." International Conference on Nano Micro and Mini Channels. ASME. Washington, DC. 13 Jul. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Gaborski, Thomas R. "Ultrathin silicon-based nanomembranes can revolutionize biological separations and serve as advanced cell culture platforms." International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels. American Society for Mechanical Engineers. San Francisco, CA. 7 Jul. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Gaborski, Thomas R. "Ultrathin Membranes Promote Endothelial Differentiation of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells. Invited Presentation." World Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Congress. Terrapinn. London, England. 22 May 2015. Conference Presentation.
Gaborski, Thomas R. "Porous Membranes Promote Endothelial Differentiation of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells and Perivascular Interactions." Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. BMES. San Antonio, TX. 25 Oct. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Allahyari, Z and TR Gaborski. "Can Porous Membranes be Engineered to Induce Physiologically Relevant Cell-substrate Interactions?" Proceedings of the 2019 Annual North American Membrane Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Pittsburgh, PA: n.p..
Dehghani, M and TR Gaborski. "Tangential Flow Microfluidics for the Capture and Release of Nanoparticles and Extracellular Vesicles on Conventional and Ultrathin Membranes." Proceedings of the 2019 Annual North American Membrane Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Pittsburgh, PA: n.p..
Mireles, M, C Soule, and TR Gaborski. "Surface-Specific Thermoresponsive Coating of Membranes." Proceedings of the 2019 Annual North American Membrane Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Pittsburgh, PA: n.p..
Gholizadeh, S and TR Gaborski. "Low-cost Ultrathin Porous Polymeric Membranes with Precise Control Over Pore Size and Membrane Geometrical Features for Modeling Leukocyte Transmigration through Barrier Models." Proceedings of the 2019 Annual North American Membrane Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Pittsburgh, PA: n.p..
Allahyari, Z and TR Gaborski. "Disrupted Surfaces Reduce Nuclear YAP Localization through Diminished Cell Spreading in ADSCs." Proceedings of the 2019 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Philadelphia, PA: n.p..
Salminen, A and TR Gaborski. "The Role of Endothelial Cell Apicobasal Polarity in Sepsis Associated Neutrophil Dysfunction." Proceedings of the 2019 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Philadephia, PA: n.p..
Ahmed, A, TR Gaborski, and VV Abhyankar. "Microfluidic Shear Based Approach to Fabricate Physically Distinct Tissue Interfaces." Proceedings of the 2019 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Philadelphia, PA: n.p..
Mireles, M, C Soule, and TR Gaborski. "Surface-Specific Thermoresponsive Coating of Membranes." Proceedings of the 2019 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Philadelphia, PA: n.p..
Mireles, M, C Soule, and TR Gaborski. "Use of Nanosphere Self-Assembly to Pattern Nanoporous Membranes for the Study of Extracellular Vesicles." Proceedings of the 2019 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Philadelphia, PA: n.p..
Gholizadeh, S and TR Gaborski. "Low-cost Ultrathin Porous Polymeric Membranes with Precise Control Over Pore Size and Membrane Geometrical Features for Modeling Leukocyte Transmigration through Barrier Models." Proceedings of the 2019 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting. Ed. NA. Philadelphia, PA: n.p..
Dehghani, M.A. and T.R. Gaborski. "Capture and Release of Extracellular Vesicles on Nanoporous Membranes." Proceedings of the ASME International Conference on Mini Micro and Nanochannels. Ed. ASME. Boston, MA: ASME.
Chung, H.H., et al. "Porous Substrates Influence Early Endothelial Migration and the Associated Fibronectin Fibrillogenesis." Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Ed. BMES. Phoenix, AZ: BMES.
Casillo, S.M., S.J. Perry, and T.R. Gaborski. "Disrupted Surfaces of Porous Membranes Reduce YAP Nuclear Localization in Adipose-Derived Stem Cells." Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Ed. BMES. Phoenix, AZ: BMES.
Ramirez, M.M., C. Soule, and T.R. Gaborski. "Co-Culture Membranes With Tunable Nanopore Sizes To Selectively Control Cell-Cell Communication." Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Ed. BMES. Phoenix, AZ: BMES.
Ramirez, M.M., et al. "Development of Transparent Ultrathin Membranes Capable of Modulating Cell-Substrate and Cell-Cell Interactions." Proceedings of the Materials Research Society. Ed. MRS. Phoenix, AZ: MRS.
Casillo, Stephanie, et al. "Cell-Substrate and Cell-Cell Interactions in Endothelial Barrier Models on Porous Glass Membranes." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting. Ed. NA. Minneapolis, MN: Biomedical Engineering Society.

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