Our Faculty, Staff & Students

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Professor and Department Head

Dr. Ki Chon
Phone: (860) 486-4767
Email: kchon@uconn.edu


Lisa Ephraim
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Phone: (860) 486-0163
E-mail: lisae@engr.uconn.edu

Jennifer Seyford
Administrative Program Support III
Phone: (860) 486-0116
E-mail: jennifer.seyford@uconn.edu

Birgit Sawstrom
Administrative Program Support II
Phone: (860) 486-1267 
E-mail: birgit.sawstrom@uconn.edu

Sowmya Ramesh
Financial Assistant I
Phone: (860) 486-7139
E-mail: sowmya.ramesh@uconn.edu

Sarah Dunnack
Administrative Program Support I
Phone: (860) 486-5838
E-mail: sarah.dunnack@uconn.edu



Main Office Address

Biomedical Engineering Department
A.B. Bronwell Building, Room 217
260 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3247
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3247
Phone: (860) 486-5838
Fax: (860) 486-2500

Daneshmandi, Leila

Leila Daneshmandi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Residence
Francis L. Castleman
Room 223 
Office Phone: 860-486-2166
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology
M.S. Global Entrepreneurship, University of Connecticut 
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut

Dr. Leila Daneshmandi is an Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Department. She is the co-founder and COO of Encapsulate, a biotech startup in cancer precision diagnostics that has raised over 1M in non-dilutive funding and that is conducting preclinical studies in partnership with Hartford Healthcare. Encapsulate has received numerous awards and accolades nationally and internationally including the prestigious Technology-in-Space Prize for $653k from The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory and Boeing. Leila holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and a Master’s in Global Entrepreneurship from the University of Connecticut. In 2020, she was selected as a Women of Innovation Finalist by the Connecticut Technology Council and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, and awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Scalable Venture by the Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards. Leila teaches Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship I & II to students in the Schools of Engineering and Business and is the PI for the Master’s of Engineering in Global Entrepreneurship program and the ThirdBridge Grant that are offered to student entrepreneurs by the School of Engineering.