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Sochol, Ryan D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory
2147 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088

Research Interests 

  • Micro/Nanoscale 3D Printing & Advanced Manufacturing
  • Physiological & Biophysical Biomimicry
  • Cell Mechanobiology & Physicobiology
  • Integrated Microfluidic Processors


Dr. Sochol’s Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing (BAM) Laboratory utilizes state-of-the-art micro/nanoscale 3D printing approaches to solve mechanically and physically-complex biological challenges, with a focus on creating “Organ-on-a-Chip” living systems that mimic the physiological architectures, characteristics, and functions of organs in vivo.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Sochol served several postdoctoral academic roles:

  • NIH Fellow within the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Director of the Micro Mechanical Methods for Biology (M3B) Laboratory Program within the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow within the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S., Northwestern University

Selected Publications 

Journal Publications

Conference Publications

  • A.C. Lamont, E.C. Reggia, and R.D. Sochol, “In Situ Nano 3D Printing of a Microfluidic Diode,” IEEE MEMS 2017, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
  • A. Mengis, R. Gopal, N. Feldman, N. Kedia, D. Hesley, J. Young, T. Fobe, L. Fernandez, C. Anderson, and R.D. Sochol, “Nano 3D Printing-Enabled Micropost Array Gradients,” IEEE MEMS 2017, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
  • J.G. Dawson, D.C. Hesley, N. Katagiri, C.P. Nguyen, S.A. Mannuel, T.G. Wun, A.B. Chow, N.R. Gupta, J.V. Bonventre, and R.D. Sochol, “Bioinspired Vascular Structures via 3D Printing and Suspended Microfluidics,” IEEE MEMS 2017, Las Vegas, NV, USA.
  • R.D. Sochol, C.C. Glick, A. Lu, M. Wah, T. Brubaker, K.Y. Lee, K. Iwai,  L.P. Lee, and L. Lin, “Single-Layer Microfluidic ‘Spring’ Diodes via Optofluidic Lithography for Ultra-Low Reynolds Number Applications,” Transducers 2013, Barcelona, Spain. (Outstanding Poster Presentation Award Finalist)
  • (Oral) R.D. Sochol, Y.J. Heo, S. Iwanaga, J. Lei, K.T. Wolf, A. Lu, M. Kurihara, S. Mori, D. Serien, S. Li, L. Lin, and S. Takeuchi, “Cells on Arrays of Micro-Springs: An Approach to Achieve Tri-Axial Control of Substrate Stiffness,” IEEE MEMS 2013, Taipei, Taiwan.  (Outstanding Oral Presentation Award Finalist)
  • (Oral) R.D. Sochol, C.C. Glick, K.Y. Lee, T. Brubaker, A. Lu, M. Wah, S. Gao, E. Hicks, K.T. Wolf, K. Iwai, L.P. Lee, and L. Lin, “Single-Layer ‘Domino’ Diodes via Optofluidic Lithography for Ultra-Low Reynolds Number Applications,” IEEE MEMS 2013, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • (Oral) R.D. Sochol, J. Lei, A. Lu, E.L. Hicks, S. Gao, V. Menon, L.P. Lee, and L. Lin, “Circular Microchannels Enhance Diodicity Performance at Ultra-Low Reynolds Number for Microfluidic Bead-Based Diodes,” µTAS 2012, Okinawa, Japan. 
  • (Oral) R.D. Sochol, R. Ruelos, V. Chang, M.E. Dueck, L.P. Lee, and L. Lin, “Continuous Flow Layer-by-Layer Microbead Functionalization via a Micropost Array Railing System,” IEEE Transducers 2011, Beijing, China.  (Outstanding Paper Award Winner)
  • (Oral) R.D. Sochol, B. Lüthi, K. Iwai, M. Dueck, L.P. Lee, and L. Lin, “A Resettable High-Density Microfluidic Particle Trapping System,” Hilton Head 2010, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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New technique offers cost effective alternative to traditional microfabrication approaches. February 23, 2016

Sochol Joins Department of Mechanical Engineering as Assistant Professor
The Clark School welcomes Ryan D. Sochol as assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering. July 2, 2015