Lab Members

BioTEL Researchers


Principal Investigator


0Young Jik Kwon, Ph.D. 

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science,
Biomedical Engineering, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry,
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center,
Institute for Immunology, and Center for Virus Research 

Office: Sprague Hall 132
Tel: (949) 824-8714 Email: kwonyj at uci.edu

 Visiting Scholars

Hyukjin Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

EWHA Womens University

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: hyukjin at ewha.ac.kr

Min Suk Shim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nano-Bioengineering

Incheon National University

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: msshim at inu.ac.kr

Staff

Anjali Dixit

Junior Specialist 

B.S. Pharmacology, B.A. Psychology, UCSB

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: dixitaa at uci.edu

David Chow

Junior Specialist 

B.S., UC Berkeley

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: dchow4 at uci.edu

 

Postdocs

 

Trang Duong

Pharmaceutical Sciences (2018-present)

Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, B.S.
Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, M.S.
Sungkyunkwan University, Ph.D.
Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 247-1601   Email: tranghd at uci.edu
Project: Protein vaccine delivery systems

Hao Hu

Pharmaceutical Sciences (2018-present)

Yantai University, B.S. 
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, M.S.
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Ph.D.
Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951   Email: hhu9 at uci.edu
Project: Biocompatible polyplexes for cancer therapy

 


Graduate Researchers

Margaret Lugin

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering (2015-Present)

Graduate Opportunities Fellow, NSFGRF HM 2016,
CVR Training Grant 2016-2019  

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, B.E.
University of California, Irvine, M.S.

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: mlugin at uci .edu

Project: Virus-micking nanoparticles

Melissa Thone

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering (2016-Present)

UCI Diversity Recruitment Fellowship 2015,
UCI Provost Fellowship 2015,  NSFGRF 2016-2019

Rochester Institute of Technology, B.S.
University of California, Irvine, M.S.

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: mthone at uci.edu

Project: Engineered Extracellular Blebs for Molecular Therapy

Saad Mohammad

Pharmaceutical Sciences (2017-Present)

University of California, Berkeley, B.S.
Northwestern University, M.S.

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: saadnm at uci.edu

Project: Biocompatible polyplexes for cancer therapy

 

 

Garrett Tom

Masters in Biotechnology Management (2017-Present)

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: ghtom at uci.edu


Current Graduate Rotation Students

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Researchers

Jinnen Masri

Biological Sciences (2016-Present)

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: jinnenm at uci.edu

Mentor: Melissa

Alexander Rodriguez

Biological Sciences (2016-Present)

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: alexar6 at uci.edu

Mentor: Melissa

Nathalie Iribe

Pharmaceutical Sciences (2016-Present)

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: iriben at uci.edu

Mentor: Julius

Clark Wey

Chemical Engineering (2018-Present)

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: cwey at uci.edu

Mentor: Melissa

Vy Hoang

Pharmaceutical Sciences (2017-Present)

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: vhhoang1 at uci.edu

Mentor: Trang

Vincent Trang

Biomedical Engineering (2017-Present)

Office: Sprague Hall B200
Tel: (949) 824-7951 Email: vincenbt at uci.edu

Mentor: Maggie


Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students

  • Dr. Cheol Am Hong (2014-2016)
  • Dr. Jang Il Kim (2012-2013)
  • Dr. Jones Tsai (2010-2012)
  • Dr. In Kap Ko (2006-2007, CWRU)
  • Jessica Kemp (Ph.D. in 2019; 2012- 2019)
  • Brenda F.M. Castro (2017-2018, visiting PhD student from Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil)
  • Maria Carolina Andrade Guerra (2017-2018, visiting PhD student from Federal University of Goiás, Brazil)
  • Dominique Ingato (Ph.D. in 2018; 2012-2018)
  • Julius A. Edson (Ph.D. in 2017; 2012-2017)
  • Marina França Dias (2015-2016,
    visiting Ph.D student from Federal University of Goiás, Brazil)
  • Shirley Wong (Ph.D. in 2015; 2010-2015)
  • Soo Kyung Cho (Ph.D. in 2013; 2008-2013)
  • Chang Soo Kim (Ph.D. in 2010; 2007-2010)
  • Min Suk Shim (Ph.D. in 2010; 2005-2010)
  • Alaleh Golkar Narenji (2010-2011)
  • Yoon Kyung Kim (2007-2010)
  • Shiwei Lu (M.S. in 2008; 2006-2008)
  • Ever Arenas (2008, visiting Ph.D student from UNAM, Mexico)

Visiting Scholars & Assistant Project Scientist

 Junior Specialists

  • Dr. Jong Bum Lee (2018-2019, University of Seoul, Korea)
  • Dr. Hyun Gyu Park (2017-2018, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea)
  • Dr. Se Joon Woo (2016-2017, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea)
  • Dr. Seong Ho Jeong (2016-2017, Korea University Guro Hospital, Korea)
  • Dr. Nae Yoon Lee (2015-2016, Gachon University, Korea)
  • Dr. Soo-Young Yoon (2015-2016, Korea University, Korea)
  • Dr. Soha Lee (2014-2015, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea)
  • Prof. Chan Yeong Heo (2014-2015, Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Korea)
  • Prof. Soyoung Shin (2014, St. Mary’s Hospital, Korea)
  • Dr. Ae Jung Huh (2010-2011, National Health Insurance Corporation Ilsan Hospital, Korea)
  • Seong Sil Chang  (2008-2010)
  • Prof. Yong Woo Lee (2008, Yanbin University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Viet “Johnny” Nguyen (2011-2012)
  • Christine Munoz  (2010)

Undergraduate Researchers

Graduate Rotation Students

  • Kirolos Kelada (2015-2018)
  • Hoang My Nguyen (2016-2017)
  • Lucy Sanossian (2016-2017)
  • Michael Zakharian (2015-2017)
  • Zaki Molvi (2013-2017)
  • Anthony Raus (2015-2017)
  • Agatha Chen (2016)
  • Jordyn Rodwell (2016)
  • Manuel Seraydarian (2015-2016)
  • Taylor Niu (2015-2016)
  • Bryan Pham (2014-2015)
  • Bianca Lee (2013-2015)
  • Jane Kim (2012-2015)
  • Lee Miyauchi (2014)
  • Shirley Wu (2013-2014)
  • Mary Soliman (2012-2014)
  • Patrick Sy (2013)
  • Chris Dang (2012-2013)
  • Theodore Chang (2012)
  • Joseph Lacasella (2010-2012)
  • Sid Selvaseker (2012)
  • Charles Xue (2008-2012)
  • Ralph Ang (2012)
  • Kellie Komoda (2010-2012)
  • Tommy Chau (2012)
  • Haley Phan (2010-2011)
  • Justin Lussier (2010-2011)
  • Joshua Wang (2009-2010)
  • Steven Lam (2008-2010)
  • Tamara McBride (2008-2009)
  • Laura Davison (2007, REU)
  • Rachel Silver (2006, CWRU)
  • Phillip Seitzer (2006, CWRU)
  • Maxwell Kotakrchyk (2006, CWRU)
  • Benson Kwee (2006, CWRU)
  • Minakshee Mohanty (2006, CWRU)
  • John Heddleston (2005-2007, CWRU)
  • Anjuli Sinha (2005-2006, CWRU)
  • Jeanie Choi (2005-2006, CWRU)
  • Joe Roshetsky (2005, CWRU)
  • Landon Polakof (2006, CWRU)
  • Shamsul Abedin (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2018)
  • Adam Stabell (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2018)
  • Itsugo Yamayoshi (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2017)
  • Austin Epiphane Lefebvre (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2017)
  • Hannah Comstock (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2017)
  • Seong-Min Kim (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2014)
  • Mona Oumais (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2013)
  • Emma Mah (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2013)
  • Candice Geller (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2013)
  • Zhenghao Lee (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2013)
  • Beth Roussau (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2013)
  • Heather Wright (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2012)
  • Daniel Fremgen (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2012)
  • Christopher Blair (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2012)
  • Nini Huang  (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2012)
  • Thuy Luu  (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2012)
  • David Tran  (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2010)
  • Xiaofng Liang  (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2010)
  • Javier Cardenas  (M.S. student for lab rotation 2009)
  • Vyom Mehta  (M.S. student for lab rotation 2009)
  • Matthew Coblyn (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2008)
  • Himanshu Sharma (M.S. student for lab rotation 2007-2008)
  • Chris Leber (Ph.D. stundent for lab rotation 2007-2008)
  • Adam Gardener (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2008)
  • Yanan Liu (Ph.D. student for lab rotation 2008)
  • Tom Valenti (M.S. student for lab rotation 2008)
  • Dr. Alexander Pines (Medical student for lab rotation 2007, CCF)