Donny received his bachelor degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude). As an undergraduate, Donny began his research working to design microfluidics for medical diagnostics in the laboratory of Dr. Hsueh-Chia Chang. Donny received a doctorate degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, with a research specializing in regenerative medicine. Under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Gerecht, Donny focuses on designing 3D scaffolds, which enable stem cells to grow, differentiate, and undergo morphogenesis to form functional vascular networks. The ultimate goal of his research project is to engineer synthetic niches that enable robust and functional vascular networks formation, which can support efficacious human tissue and organ transplantation. Donny has been awarded several travel grants to present his works at the EB, ISSCR, and ISTH annual meetings.