Lab Alumni

Ph.D. Graduates

Dr. Marisa Aikins, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2017-2021. 
PhD Thesis: Cancer Immunotherapy Against Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
B.S. Physics, Oberlin College
Post graduation: Postdoc at the University of Michigan

Dr. Xiaoqi Sun, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2016-2021. 
PhD Thesis: Novel STING Agonist Formulation for Cancer Immunotherapy.
M.S. Chemistry, FUNSOM, Soochow Univ. China
B.S. Pharmacy, Fujian Medical Univ. China
Post graduation: Scientist at Editas Medicine

Dr. Charles Park, Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2015-2021. 
PhD Thesis: Immunoengineering Approaches for the Treatment of Cancer and Prevention of Infectious Diseases.
M.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering, Sogang Univ., Korea
B.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering, Sogang Univ., Korea
Post graduation: Postdoc at Harvard University

Dr. Alireza Hassani Najafabadi, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2015-2020. 
PhD Thesis: Immune Modulation with Engineering Nanomaterials.
M.Sc. Applied Chemistry, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran
B.S. Applied Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran 
Post graduation: Postdoc at the University of Connecticut

Dr. Lindsay Scheetz, co-adv. w/ Prof. Anna Schwendeman, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2017-2019. 
PhD Thesis: Cancer Immunotherapy Against Glioblastoma Multiforme.
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
Post graduation: Scientist at Merck

Dr. Cameron Louttit, Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2019. 
PhD Thesis: In Vitro Platforms for the Study and Manipulation of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps.
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Dr. Yuchen Fan, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2019. 
PhD Thesis: Vaccine Lipid-Biopolymer Cross-Linked Nanoparticles Against Infectious Diseases and Cancer.
M.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University, China
B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University, China
Post graduation: Scientist in Genentech USA, Inc.

Dr. Joe Bazzill, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2018. 
PhD Thesis: Formulation of lipid nanoparticles with viral subunit antigens for vaccination.
B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences & Biology, University of Missouri-Kansas.
Post graduation: Scientist in Seqirus USA, Inc.

Dr. Lukasz Ochyl, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2018. 
PhD Thesis: Preparation and characterization of cell membranes for cancer immunotherapy. 
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Post graduation: Scientist in Xencor, Inc.

Dr. Rui Kuai, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2018. 
PhD Thesis: Synthetic high-density lipoprotein nanodiscs for cancer immunotherapy and chemoimmunotherapy. 
B.S., M.S. Pharmacy, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.
Post graduation: Postdoc in Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Kai Han, 2017-2021.
PhD, Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Wuhan University, China
Current: Assistant Professor in China Pharmaceutical University, China

Dr. Sejin Son, 2017-2021.
PhD, Chemistry, POSTECH, Korea
Current: Associate Professor in Inha University, South Korea

Dr. Jutaek Nam, 2013-2021.
PhD, Chemistry, POSTECH, Korea
Current: Associate Professor in Chonnam University, South Korea

Dr. Emeka Okeke, 2017-2020.
PhD, Immunology, University of Manitoba, Canada
Current: Assistant Professor in SUNY Fredonia, NY

Dr. Yonghyun Lee, 2017-2020.
PhD, Pharmaceutics, Busan National University, Korea
Current: Assistant Professor in Ewha Women’s University, South Korea

Dr. Preety Sahdev, 2012-2013.
PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences, San Diego State University
Current: Scientist in Allergan

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Soohong Lee, CHA University, Korea, 2018.

Dr. Clemece Tarirai, Tshwane U. of Technology, South Africa. 2016.

Dr. Jie “Jack” Gao, Shanghai Second Military Med. U. China, 2016.

Dr. Yanhong Shen, Heibei Chest Hospital, China, 2015-2016.

Undergrad/Master/PharmD Students

Yeonwoo Jang, Department of Integrative Engineering, Chung-Ang University, Korea, 2022-2023.

Timon Lwo, M.S. Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2022-2023.

Yue He, B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2022-2023.

Hannah Dobson, Research Associate, UM, 2021-2023.

May Phoo, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2021-2023.

Xinran An, B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2021-2022.

Xiaoyue Shi, B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2020-2021.

Mingjiao Sun, B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2019-2020.

Tianrui Wang, B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2018-2020.

Yu Zhang, B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2018-2020.

Chipo Chisowa, REU, Biological Sciences, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL, 2019.

Dylan Hendy, B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2018-2019.

Derek Ge, B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2018-2019.

Haley Burger, REU, B.S. Biochemistry, Pitzer College, 2018.

Luke Brennan, B.S, M.S. Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2018.

Ishina Balwani, M.S. Biotechnology, UIC, 2018 (Current: Intellia Therapeutics)

Ashely Stephenson, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2016.

Humaira Nawer, PharmD student, UM, 2015.

Lauren D’Cruz, B.S. Chemical Engineering, UM, 2015.

Cameron Monroe, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2015.

Mananga Mutombo, B.S. SROP, Biomedical Engineering, UIC, 2015.

Amanda Fodera, B.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences, UM, 2015. 

Rohan Addala, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2015.

Tony Koehn, PharmD student, UM, 2013.

Divya Sanghvi, M.S. Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2013 (Current: Developmental Engineer in Zimmer)

Alice Baek, B.S. Biochemistry, UM. 2013.

Scott Mansfield, REU, Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2013.

Xerxes Sanii, B.S. Biomedical Engineering, UM, 2013.

Ram Jayaraman, UROP, Neuroscience, UM, 2014.

Jonathan Akerberg, Pharmacy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2013