Meet the Team

Taylor White

Taylor White is a 4th year Biomedical Engineering major at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a team lead on the Move-D project. Her biggest passion is helping people, and she hopes to do this by creating engineered technology to save lives. Her strong suits are leadership, teamwork, and communication and brings these qualities to the table when working within a team. Her main contribution to the product is project management and assisting the manufacturing and designing team members. She enjoys continuous learning, takes pride in her work, and values innovation, hard work, and dedication.

Adriana Rodriguez

Adriana is a biomedical engineering major, graduating from the University of California, Irvine and is a Move-D project team lead, assisting with product manufacturing. Before transferring to UCI, she coordinated a STEM program specifically devised for K-8 students, in which she led projects in the subjects of engineering, robotics, chemistry, and biology. She currently works as an undergraduate researcher in the Cardiovascular Modeling Lab under the guidance of Dr. Anna Grosberg, where she focuses on understanding morphological changes in cardiac tissue after suffering cardiac infarction. Her passion for helping others has led her to pursue a career in the medical device field, in which she would like to continue focusing on cardiovascular devices to improve patients’ lives.

Kimmai Phan

Kimmai is a 5th year biomedical engineering major and is also pursuing a minor in material science. She is one of the main fabrication engineers in Team Move-D. She has worked with K-12 students all through college and is passionate about outreach, diversity, and inclusion in STEM. She has been doing research on understanding the role of epigenetic mechanisms in brain and cardiac cell development in Dr. Tim Downing’s lab. Kimmai plans to continue doing regenerative medicine research as she pursues her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Georgia Tech as a NSF GRFP Fellow.

Quang Nguyen

Quang is a 4th year mechanical engineering major. He is passionate about the medical field and strives to help people improve their daily lives. He has taken and excelled in various engineering courses, such as Solidworks, system controls, FEA, and Arduino programming. Quang has been involved in several other engineering projects in which his role focused on designing and programming. He is currently working at a repair medical device company where he actively strengthens his technical skills. Quang plans to work in the medical industry where he can apply his design and manufacturing skills to produce medical devices.

Salma Serhal

Salma is a 5th year biomedical engineering major with specializations in biophotonics and micro-biomedical engineering. Since her senior year in high school, she has been a teaching assistant at a language school for preschool children. She has interned at a biotechnology company for four months in the R&D department, focusing on lateral flow immunoassays and microfluidic point-of-care devices. Salma’s passion to help and improve the lives of others drives her pursuit of the medical device industry.

Tianyi Li

Tianyi is a biomedical engineer, graduating from the University of California, Irvine. She has specialized in microfluidics and nano-technology, with a minor in material science. She is motivated to provide better and more personal care to patients by using her skills and knowledge to work in the medical device industry. She is currently furthering her knowledge in image processing and data analysis to help verify the device’s performance. She hopes to pursue work in specialized medicine and applications in nanomaterials.

Christine King

Dr. Christine King is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UC Irvine. She received her BS and MS from Manhattan College in Mechanical Engineering and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine, where she developed brain-computer interface systems for neurorehabilitation. She was a post-doctorate in the Wireless Health Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a research manager in the Center for SMART Health, where she focused on wireless health monitoring for stroke and pediatric asthma. Her current research is on engineering education.

Sharief Taraman, M.D.

Sharief Taraman, the Division Chief of the CHOC Children’s Specialists Pediatric Neurology Division and a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Taraman is board certified in Neurology with special qualifications in child neurologyfrom the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Clinical Informatics from the American Board of Preventative Medicine. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Michigan having majored in Biochemistry. He completed his medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2006 and went on to complete residency training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

As co-director of the Neurology multidisciplinary concussion clinic, he has worked closely with CHOC’s Sports Medicine Program and neuropsychologists to develop a comprehensive concussion rehabilitation program.

Dr. Taraman is also one of CHOC Children’s Medical Infomaticists and works directly withthe Chief Medical Information Officer to develop and implement technology to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes. He is also actively involved in the CHOC Children's Medical Intelligence and Innovation Instituteand is the ChiefMedical Office at Cognoa, Inc., a Silicon Valley based startup that develops artificial intelligence-based digital diagnostics and personalized therapeutics that provide accurate, earlier diagnoses and more effective treatments to improve outcomes and lower behavioral healthcare costs.He has been involved with the MI3 summer internship since 2012 and has served as co-director of the since 2014.Dr. Taraman is active in the community as a board member of the AAP Orange County Chapter, Irvine Unified School District Medical Advisory Board, and volunteering for Girl Scouts of Orange County and the Capistrano Unified School District.