Principle Investigator

Dr. Shaghayegh Bagheri, Assistant Professor
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Ryereson University
  • MSc, Materials Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad
  • BSc, Materials Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Shaghayegh Bagheri is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at George Mason University and an Affiliate Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto, Canada). Prior to that, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Automotive, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Her research interests encompass advanced manufacturing technology of multi-functional materials capable of sensing and responding to different stimuli. Her primary research objective is to apply her knowledge and experience in biomechanics, material science and advanced manufacturing techniques towards providing solutions for applications in health care sector for rehabilitation, injury prevention, and treatment. She completed her PhD with a specific focus on solid mechanics as applied to composite biomaterials and orthopedic implants. Following her PhD, she continued to work on the design and development of advanced structure materials for health care-related applications. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and as a “Canadian Frailty Network Interdisciplinary” fellow at iDAPT Centre of Rehabilitation Research at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Toronto, Canada), the largest academic adult rehab hospital in Canada and one of the world’s most advanced rehab research centers affiliated with the University of Toronto.

Bagheri received numerous honors and awards such as the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and Mitacs Accelerate. She was previously guest editor of Bone and Tissue Regeneration Insights and a reviewer for several materials and biomedical engineering journals.

Graduate Students

Kunal Gide, Ph.D. Candidate
  • MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Mumbai

Kunal joined the AMM Lab as a Ph.D. student in Spring 2021. He received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University. His research interests include additive manufacturing, material science, design and computational analysis. He is currently working on 3D printed scaffolds having TPMS microarchitecture made of polymer composites with optimized mechanobiological properties for orthopedic applications.

Outside the lab, Kunal enjoys playing soccer, badminton, and other sports

Sabrina Islam, Ph.D. student
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Khulna University of Engineering and Technology

Sabrina is a Ph.D. student at George Mason University. She is currently working on fiber reinforced composite material and slip resistant footwear for different surface conditions. She completed her BS from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology. Before coming here, she worked as a mechanical engineer at Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation. Her research interest includes materials, additive manufacturing, tribology, and simulation.

She likes travelling and reading story books.

Prem Thapa, Ph.D. student
  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University

Prem Thapa joined in Spring 2023 and is currently working with Dr. Bagheri and Dr. Beheshti. His research interests are advanced manufacturing, polymer science and surface mechanics.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching and playing cricket.

Undergraduate Students

Elijah Pointer, Undergrad
  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, George Mason University

Elijah Pointer is a second year Mechanical Engineering student at George Mason University. His current undergraduate research focuses on the mechanical properties of FDM printed PEEK/HA composites. This entails creating the PEEK/HA filament, 3D printing various bone scaffold designs utilizing the filament, and testing the scaffolds’ mechanical capabilities.

In his free time, he enjoys drawing, animation, and jogging.

Muhammad Z Sardar, Undergrad
  • BS, Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering, George Mason University

Muhammad is a junior student at George Mason University, where he has joined Dr. Bagheri’s lab since the summer of 2023. His primary focus lies in exploring the profound impact of different manufacturing methods on the mechanical properties of 3-D printed PLA/HA composites. With a curiosity for the interplay between materials science and engineering, he is passionately committed to contributing to advancements in the field of additive manufacturing.


Aditya Pulipaka, Undergrad
Lohit Peri Balakumar, Undergrad
Violetta Rostobaya, Undergrad
Alexander Stuart, Undergrad