Past Members

Check out what our former Post-docs, PhDs, and Master’s are doing now!

Previous Postdoctoral Fellows

Jie Fu, Ph.D. (09/00 – 09/02)
Currently: Research Faculty Member, Department of Ophthalmology, The Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Valentin Shichkin, Ph.D., D.Sc. (03/02 – 04/03)
Currently: Professor of Immunology and Head of the Immunology Department, Faculty of the Biomedical Technologies Open International University of Human Development

Samuel K. Lai, Ph.D. (10/07 – 09/08)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , NC.

Andreas Henning, Ph.D. (01/09 – 02/10)
Currently: Head, Galenic Development for Innovative Drug Delivery System, Leipzig, Germany

Benjamin Tang, Ph.D. (08/9 – 07/10)
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (Robert Langer)

Graeme Woodworth, M.D. (07/09 – 06/11)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Nicholas Boylan, Ph.D. (01/12 – 05/12)
Currently: Postdoctoral fellow, Wolfe Laboratories, Boston, MA

Anthony J. Kim, Ph.D. (04/09 – 04/13)
Currently: Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Jung Soo Suk, Ph.D. (09/11 – 07/13)
Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, The Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Qingguo Xu, Ph.D. (03/10 – 09/13)
Currently: Research Faculty Member, Department of Ophthalmology, The Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Manoj K Mishra, Ph.D. (09/11 – 06/14)
Currently: Research Faculty Member, Department of Ophthalmology, The Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Panagiotis Mastorakos, M.D., Ph.D. (04/14 – 05/15)
Currently: Resident, NIH-University of Virginia, Neurological Surgery

Magdelena Swierczewska, Ph.D.
Currently: Scientist, Nanotechnology Characterization Lab, National Cancer Institute

 

Previous PhD Candidates

Jennifer Fiegel (1998 – 2003); Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
Thesis: “Poly(ether-anhydride) Dry Particle Aerosols”
Currently: Associate Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Pharmaceutics, University of Iowa

Junghae Suh (2001 – 2004); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: “Live-cell Multiple Particle Tracking and its Application to Investigate the Cytoplasmic Transport of Nonviral Gene Vectors.”
Currently: Associate Professor of Bioengineering with tenure, Rice University

Yah-el Har-el (1998 – 2004); Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Thesis: “High DNA Density Non-viral Gene Vectors”
Currently: Visiting Research Professor, Drexel University

Michelle Dawson (2000 – 2005); Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Thesis: “Mucosal Barriers to Non-viral Gene Delivery in the Cystic Fibrotic Lung”
Currently: Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Samuel K. Lai (2003 – 2007); Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Thesis: “Mucus-Penetrating Therapeutic Nanosystems”
Currently: Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Benjamin Tang (2003 – 2009); Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Thesis: “Biodegradable Mucus Penetrating Polymer Nanoparticles for Cancer Therapy”
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT (Robert Langer)

Kaoru Hida (2006 – 2009); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
(co-advisor: Prof. Marc Ostermeier)
Thesis: “Virus Penetration Through Human Mucus”
Currently: Biomedical Engineer, US FDA

Ashish Jachak (2007 – 2010); Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences
Thesis: “Risks associated with inhalation of nanoscale metal particles”
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University

Ming Yang (2006 – 2011); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: “Molecularly Targeted Therapeutic Polymer Nanoparticles for Ovarian Cancer”
Currently: Scientist, GrayBug LLC

Jung Soo Suk (2007 – 2011); Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: “New polymeric gene carriers for aerosol therapy of Cystic Fibrosis”
Currently: Research Associate, Ophthalmology, JHU SOM

Ying-Ying Wang (2008 – 2011); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: “Muco-inert nanoparticle probes and drug carriers”
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, JHU Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Nicholas Boylan (2006 – 2011); Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Thesis: “New Nanoparticle-based Systems for Pulmonary Drug and Gene Delivery”
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wolfe Laboratories, Boston, MA

Laura Ensign (2007-2012); Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Thesis: “Mucus-penetrating nanoparticles for the treatment of vaginal and GI diseases”
Currently: Assistant Professor, Center for Nanomedicine, JHU SOM

Elizabeth Nance (2007-2012); Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Thesis: “Brain-penetrating nanoparticles for the treatment of central nervous system diseases”
Currently: Hartwell Postdoctoral Fellow, Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine/Neuroscience, JHU SOM

Craig Schneider (2007-2013); Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Thesis: “Mucus-Penetrating Nanoparticles for Small Cell Lung Cancer Therapy”
Currently: Medical Student, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Tao Yu (2009-2014); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: “Mucus-Penetrating Nanocarriers for Cancer Therapy and Imaging”
Currently: Hatteras Discovery Fellow, Hatteras Venture Partners; Junior Associate, McKinsey Shanghai

Benjamin Schuster (2009-2014); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: “Probing and Overcoming Extracellular Barriers to Inhaled Nanomedicine”
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania (Hammer Lab)

Fengyuan Yang (2011-2014); Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering
Thesis: “Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (scCO2) Processing of Dispersed Polymer/clay Nanocomposites: Structural and Barrier Properties”
Currently: Associate Scientist/Postdoc, Formulation Science, Merck & Co., Inc.

Siva Pramodh Kambhampati (2010-2014); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: “Dendrimer based nanotherapeutics for ocular drug delivery”
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow in Center for Nanomedicine, JHU, SOM.

Katharina Maisel (2010-2014); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: “Hypotonic Delivery of Drugs and Drug-loaded Nanoparticles for Gastrointestinal Drug Delivery”
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering (Swartz lab)

Clark Zhang (2010-2015); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Thesis: “Local Delivery of Therapeutic Nanoparticles for Treatment of Malignant Glioma”