About Us

Henak Lab members have diverse backgrounds and scientific expertise.  This diversity allows us to work together to creatively address questions within our three research themes.


Open Graduate Research Assistant Position: Soft Tissue Interfaces

A graduate research assistant position in mechanical characterization and computational modeling is available. The goal of this NSF-funded research project is to identify mechanisms that govern mechanical behavior at soft biological interfaces. This project will develop new approaches to characterize and understand mechanical interactions across musculoskeletal soft tissue boundaries. Using our established in vitro cartilage-cartilage integration model, we will utilize microscope-based methods to quantify heterogeneous behavior during push-out tests. In tandem, we will measure friction, adhesion, swelling, and solid matrix behavior for use in modeling. Subsequently, we will use continuum modeling approaches to identify mechanisms underlying mechanical behavior at soft-tissue interfaces.

Applicants should send a CV, cover letter stating research background and interests, and contact information for three professional references to Corinne Henak ( Applicants should have a BS or MS in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or similar. Prior research experience is preferred. Applicants must apply for and be accepted into the MS-research or PhD programs in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or Comparative Biomedical Sciences at UW-Madison. Preferred start is Spring semester 2023, Fall 2023 will be considered.


Open Postdoc Position: Numerical Modeling of Nonlinear Surface Waves 

A postdoctoral position in numerical modeling of nonlinear wave propagation is available in the Eriten Research Group (PI: Prof. Melih Eriten) and the Henak Lab (PI: Prof. Corinne R. Henak) in the UW-Madison Department of Mechanical Engineering. This position is supported by a newly funded NSF project on numerical simulation of surface acoustic waves in nonlinear elastic materials.

Qualifications: PhD in a field that focused on numerical simulation of wave propagation (within 3 years or will have completed PhD in Fall 2022 semester); Strong background in nonlinear theory of elastic waves and numerical methods (such as FEM, DEM, spectral methods, etc.); Knowledge in nonlinear elasticity, constitutive modeling of materials and failure mechanics; and Solid publication record and conference attendance.

Interested applicants should email the following to Profs. Henak and Eriten: Cover letter; Two lead-author articles exemplifying the past experience relevant to the qualifications listed above; List of 3 reference providers with contact information; Detailed CV .

Applications submitted before October 31, 2022 will be given priority.

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Principal Investigator

Corinne Henak (Google Scholar, Pubmed, Mech Engg Dept Video)

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver, 2008
Ph.D. in Bioengineering, University of Utah, 2013
Post-doc in Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, 2013-2015

Corinne joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UW-Madison in 2015.

Corinne is from Colorado and got hooked on coffee as a graduate student in Utah.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two sons and daughter; preferably far from any cell phone towers!

Post Doc

Soroush Irandoust (Google Scholar, LinkedIn)

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2012
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 2014
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 2020

Soroush is originally from Tehran, Iran, and moved to Massachusetts for graduate school. During his time at Northeastern University, he worked on computational modeling of bone healing and remodeling around dental implants.

Soroush joined University of Wisconsin-Madison in September 2021 as a post-doctoral research associate, working with Corinne Henak in Mechanical Engineering and Peter Muir in Surgical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine. The long-term goal of his research project at UW-Madison is to reduce life-threatening injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses by diagnosing incipient condylar stress fracture of the fetlock.

Outside of work, Soroush enjoys spending time in nature, hiking, and cycling.

Graduate Students

Dipul Chawla (LinkedIn)

Mechanical Engineer, Samsung Heavy Industries, India, 2015-2017
Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 2011-2015

Dipul is from Delhi, India and is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. Previously, he worked on 3D printing and material characterization. Dipul’s interest includes failure analysis and materials engineering, additive manufacturing, tribology, mechanics of materials and reliability engineering.

Jason Soukup

Founding Fellow, AVDC Veterinary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2017
Board-certified Veterinary Dentist, American Veterinary Dental College, 2009
Dentistry and Oral Surgery Residency, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006-2009
Rotating internship, Alameda East Veterinary Hospital – Denver, CO, 2002-2003
DVM, Texas A&M University, 2002
B.S., Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, 1998

Jason is a clinical associate professor of veterinary dentistry and oromaxillofacial surgery in the School of Veterinary Medicine and a 4th year PhD student in Comparative Biomedical Sciences. He is studying the correlation between structure at various length scales and the elastic and viscoelastic behavior of dentin and enamel in a dog canine tooth model. He is also investigating the elasticity-density relationship of dentin. His ultimate goal is develop patient-specific finite element models for use in dental and craniofacial applications. His clinical interest is the application of computer-aided surgical planning and 3-D printing in oromaxillofacial oncologic surgery

Jason enjoys the generous support of his wife and two daughters. His free time is spent running and cycling as well as working on home improvement projects.

Jingyi Wang

Market Research Intern in Adelphi FocusRx, China, 2020-2021
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University, 2018-2020
B.E. in Biomedical Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China, 2014-2018

Jingyi is from Shanxi, China and is a first year PhD student. She focused on human knee osteoarthritis (OA) during her Masters. In the coming years, she will worked on cartilage metabolism.

Outside of school, Jingyi enjoys swimming, skiing and traveling.

Undergraduate Students

Anna Balstad

Anna is a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering on the biomechanics track. Anna is currently the Campus Involvements Officer for the UW Madison Biomedical Engineering Society. Outside of academics, she enjoys running, reading, and baking. Anna is undecided in her post-graduation plans, either looking to apply to medial school or work for a medical device company.


Brandon Chelstrom

Brandon is a Senior studying Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology with a certificate in Computer Science. He plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering after graduation.

Outside of school, Brandon loves swimming, biking, and running and is currently training for an Iron Man.

Brandon is the brakes lead of Baja SAE and the president of the UW-Madison Swim Club.

Josephine Hall

Josephine is a fifth-year senior studying Biology and Biomedical Engineering on a Biomechanics track. Her research focuses on fatigue and ultimate compressive strength of articular cartilage. In her free time, Josephine enjoys hiking, reading, and re-learning how to play the viola. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.


Elijah McCoy

Elijah is a junior from Batavia, IL studying Biomedical Engineering on a Biomechanics track. In his free time he enjoys watching soccer, reading, running, and listening to music. After graduation, he plans to complete a masters in Biomedical Engineering.



Riley Norman

Riley is a senior in BME – instrumentation, from Minneapolis, MN. Riley is very interested in surgical equipment development and orthopedic surgery. While Riley will graduate this year he doesn’t quite know what comes next, ideally working in industry. In his free time, Riley love to sail and ski whenever and where ever he can.



Greta Scheidt

Greta is a sophomore from Columbia, Missouri studying Biomedical Engineering with a certificate in International Engineering. Her Sophomore Research Fellowship project is focused on investigating the effect of pretreatment in an antioxidant on the levels of metabolic processes in articular cartilage following traumatic loading. On a larger scale, this project has a goal of leading to preventative treatments for post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

Outside of academics, Greta enjoys running, hiking, biking, and spending time outside. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders.

Alexandria Thao

Alexandria is a 4th-year in Biomedical Engineering student, following the biomechanics track. Outside of academics, she enjoys hiking, painting, and digital art. Post-graduation, Alexandria plans to pursue a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering


Rikin Soni, former research intern.

Ashley Pernsteiner, BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2022, currently: O2 engineer at 3M.

Katie Kern, BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2022, currently: R&D engineer I at Medtronic.

Amanda Kemper, BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021, currently: Prosthetics-Orthotics student at Northwestern University.

Jack Fahy, MS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021, currently: associate quality engineer at Medline.

Josh Shelley, MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021, currently: mechanics/biomechanics consultant at S-E-A.

Charlie Hower, BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021, currently: med student at Emory University.

Alexey Minaev, BS in Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020, currently: PPD.

Shannon K. Walsh, PhD in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020, currently:  law school at Loyola.

Guebum Han, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019, currently:  post-doc at University of Minnesota.

Jin Wook Hwang, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019, currently:  asset management.

Alex Teague, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019, currently:  medical student at Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

Jared Muench, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018, Research Intern 2018-2019, currently:  medical student at Medical College of Wisconsin.

Jacob Andreae, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018, currently: biomedical electronics technician, Mary Greeley Medical Center.

Kelly Vazquez, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018, currently:  post-doc at CU-Boulder.

Matthew Grondin, Thesis M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018, currently:  PhD student at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Danielle Redinbaugh, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017, currently:  Project Engineer at Nortech.

Trenton Roeber, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017, currently:  advanced quality engineer at Styker.