Charles Schuler, BS, Medical Student in summer Biomedical Sciences Research Program. Chase graduated in May 2010 from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biology and a minor in Music. He remained at Michigan for medical school and completed his first year in June 2011, spending the summer of 2011 working under Pam Wong, PhD. His work centered on a project elucidating the biophysical properties of nanoemulsions’ interactions with mucin and how these properties may relate to immunogenicity.
Nick Orr will graduate in 2012 with a degree in cellular and molecular biology. He works with Dr. Igor Belyakov, assisting with in vitro studies involving novel dendrimer-linked drugs/peptides inhibiting lymphocyte-endothelial cell adhesion. He looks forward to using mouse models of inflammatory bowel disease to observe dendrimer effects in vivo.
Justin Silpe is an undergraduate senior pursuing an individual concentration program in “Theoretical Medicine & Bioethics”. He began his work last year as a UROP student under Dr. Seok Ki Choi at MNiMBS studying the release kinetics of a photolabile linker exposed to varying wavelengths and pH environments. Working today alongside the Banaszak Holl group, Justin continues to work with Dr. Choi, as one of UROP's Summer Biomedical & Life Science fellows, on the SPR binding studies of precisely defined methotrexate ligands.
Olga Lykhytska is an undergraduate in LS&A and will major in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science or Neuroscience. She wants to work in the health field. Olga assists Ankur Desai in sample preparation, release kinetic studies, and quality control of dendrimer conjugates using HPLC/UPLC, SEC, and LC Mass Spectrometer. Olga expects to graduate in 2013 and then go to Medical School.
Sophia Bharathi has a Masters degree in chemistry from India and volunteers in the chemistry and biology labs. She is learning various techniques such as UPLC, HPLC, GPC, Mass specrometry, NMR and tissue culture work. She works under Dr. Thomas with Alina Kotlyar, MS, assisting her with tissue culture work, flow cytometry and cytotoxicity experiments. She assists Ankur Desai, MS in preparing and organizing the samples for analytical studies. She occasionally works alongside Justin Silpe learning the SPR technique from him. She assisted Dr. Yeuhua Zhang with synthesis and drug release kinetics.
An Nguyen is a undergraduate in the LS&A majoring in Biochemistry and works with Dr. Zhang and assist him with his triggered drug delivery project. She assists in synthesis, purification, and characterization of a new hydrogel. She also assists in drug release tests. After she graduates in 2013, she plans to pursue a career in medicine and attend medical school.
Kelly McCarthy is an undergraduate in LS&A. She intends to graduate in 2013 with degrees in Evolutionary Anthropology and Chemistry, and to pursue a career health. Currently, she assists Dr. Myc with his work on nano-emulsion and its behavior on various tissues and organisms.
Emily Hoff just graduated from Greenhills School and will be a freshman at Middlebury College in the fall. She plans to study biology and sociology and will graduate in 2015. During her time in the MNIMBS vaccine lab working wiht Dr. Dougals Smith, she learned sterile techniques, tissue culture, ELISA, and microscopy, as well as observing in vivo techniques.
Katherine Selwa is a senior in high school working with Dr. Sascha Goonewardena, studying the effect of catecholamines on macrophage response to LPS. She has developed an interest in immunologic memory and its similarities to neuronal long term potentiation. She is learning tissue culture techniques, collection of RNA and protein, western blot electrophoresis, as well as some flow cytometry and microscopy.
Nabeel Salka is an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student. He has helped Dr. Kukowska-Latallo through his work with tissue culture, cytotoxicity assays, flow cytometry, PCR, and gel electrophoresis. Nabeel will graduate in 2014 and plans to become a doctor.
Melvin Joice is currently studying biomedical engineering and pre-med at the College of Engineering. He expects to graduate in 2014 and head to a medical school to receive medical training. He has yet to decide on a specific field of medicine but is leaning towards pediatrics or cardiology. After a few years in the medical field, he would like to get his degree in education and teach at a medical institution. This past year, he worked on dendrimer-based tumor-cell targeting. Using a G5-PAMAM dendrimer, conjugated with a chemotherapeutic drug, and epidural growth factor, he looked to selectively kill cancer cells. This study utilizes DHFR and XTT assays. His supervisor is Dr. Thommey Thomas and he works closely with Dr. Seok Ki Choi and Alina Kotylar, MS.
Todor Gadjev will graduate in 2012. He currently assists with laboratory chores such as washing containers and instruments, cleaning different apparatuses, and managing hazardous waste. He plans on completing his undergraduate education here at Michigan and then will apply to medical school either here at the University or at some other institution.
Eric Klomparens will graduate in 2013, possibly in Biochemistry. He works on the biological testing of targeted cancer therapeutics.
Tiffany Pham will graduate in 2012 in Biochemistry. She is testing different type of drugs on cancer cells. She plans to become a doctor and continue with medical research.
Jeremy Gam is a Biomedical Engineering student who will graduate in 2012. He works with both Biology and Chemistry faculty and thus learns to do synthesis of drug-linker molecules and dendrimer conjugates as well biological testing of these materials.
On April 18, 2011, Jeremy won Second Prize UnderGraduate student for his poster on his project, Targeted Nanodendrimeric Anticancer Prodrug: Disulfide-linked Doxorubicin Conjugates as a Potential Therapeutic, at the Herbert D. Doan Nanotechnology Symposium.
Ali Hassani will graduate in 2014 ideally with degrees in biomedical engineering and business. He has not yet decided on what type of career he will pursue post graduation. He currently is assisting Drs. Bielinska and Smith on their work regarding the effects of nano-emulsion on cell uptake. In addition, he helps the laboratory with data input and general maintenance tasks.
Pawan K Tahiliani works with Dr. Sascha Goonewardena and will be doing systems biology/computational biology starting Fall 2011. He has come to the lab from time to time to learn about the work and to help with softwares and such. Pawan majors in Computer Science at the University of Michigan with a minor in Molecular Biology.
Elaine Meinzer majors in Sociology and German and expects to graduate in 2013. Elaine works as administrative clerk
behind the scenes making sure that the research is efficient and well supplied. She hopes to attend the School of Public Health for Health Services and Administration then work for a health service or organization.
Kishan Sutariya is an undergrad in LS&A, studying Pre-Business. He works with the MNIMBS scientists and staff and supports their information technology needs.
Gi-Hyeon Lee, BBA earned his undergrad at Eastern Michigan University in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems in December 2010. He performs advanced Access database manegement and computer support duties for MNIMBS.
Steven Walker will graduate in 2014 in an Engineering field. He is currently an assistant in the operation of High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography devices used to analyze the structures of dendrimers and drugs. He regularly works with people from both the MNIMBS and the Chemistry department in sample preparation.
Katie Long attended Greenhills High School in Ann Arbor. Working in the MNIMBS lab in the summer of 2010 and 2011, she reproduced and expanded uptake data on a number of familiar and new nano emulsions to determine their behavior with cells alone, and with the introduction of antigen. In the Fall 2011, Katie will be attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD to study Biomedical Engineering after which she plans to attend medical school.
Xisui Chen majored in History and graduated in 2011 Her research focuses on the layer-by-layer self assembly of anti-cancer drugs to improve their solubility and cell viability. She has worked in the MNIMBS lab for about five years. She now attend Uof M medical school.
Mark Andreae worked in the MNIMBS adjuvant vaccine lab where he learns learn sterile techniques, tissue culture, ELISA, microscopy, etc.
Daniel Hassing is an undergraduate student who gained experience in chemical synthesis and conjugation in the MNIMBS labs.
Trent Rook, BS is a Neuroscience Major, Medical Anthropology Minor and will start Medical School in 2011. He has worked on the Burkholderia Cepacia study on outer membrane proteins, along with some help in the ongoing Hepatitis B. studies. He learns learn sterile techniques, tissue culture, ELISA, microscopy as well as in vivo study techniques. He will start medical schools in the fall of 2011. Trent is now off to Medical School at Penn State. We are happy for him.
Yilun Zhu will graduate in 2013. He has been involved with in vitro work first and then gained experience in chemical synthesis and conjugation of controlled release drug technology.
Hassan Awada graduated in May 2009 with a BSE. During his undergrad he worked in the chemistry lab on production of different generations of dendrimers for cancer therapeutics. He learned a number of chemical techniques as well as to handle different chemicals. He now works as a Biomedical Engineer at the FDA- Center for Devices and Radiological health. He plans to start graduate school in September 2011.
Whitney Hovan, MS worked in the MNIMBS vaccine lab for three years during her undergraduate as well as MS degree in engineering. She
led a group whose idea involves creating a medical device that would improve blood-clot removal in stroke victims. The group won the “health” category. She now works at
QRLP (Quality Regulatory Leadership Program) at GE Healthcare in the greater Milwaukee area.
Bradley Liang, MSE earned his undergrad in Electrical Engineering and his MSE in Biomedical Engineering. He now works as a Senior Systems Engineer in glucose sensors R&D at Medtronic, Inc. He worked at MNIMBS on targeted uptake of G5 dendrimer conjugates in cancer cells via the epidermal growth factor receptor. He worked on technologies that were related to his degree program, such as TPOFF (two-photon optical fiber fluorescence) probe experiments conducted in the CUOS lab in Engineering.
Po-Yuan Hsiao (Robert), BS earned his BS in December 2009. He worked in the MNIMBS lab for a year and now is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins University per 2010. He worked on biological experiments as well as "One-Pot" Synthesis & MTX Targeting with G5 Conjugates. This in addition to attending and presenting at lab meetings has provided him with a broad multidisciplinary experience.
Anna Karpov will graduate in 2012 in Biochemistry. She works on synthesizing dendrimers and attaching cancer-targeting drugs to them. She would like to become an M.D/Ph.D. and apply for Doctors Without Borders.
Jimmy Li will graduate in 2013 in Biophysics. His research focuses on jetPEI-facilitated transfection of 293A cells. He aims to pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and conduct research on drug delivery mechanisms. He has left the MNIMBS in July 2010
Department of Chemistry
Meghan Liroff was undergraduate pre-medical student at the University of Michigan pursuing her B.A. in Women's Studies. Under the guidance of the Banaszak Holl-Orr Lab and Ph.D. candidate Chris Kelly, her MNIMBS work concerned an undergraduate nanomedicine apllication in the form of the study of the complex interactions between model phospholipid membranes and dendrimers as studied by isothermal titration calorimetry.
Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience and Spanish
Emilee studied Neuroscience and Spanish and was with the Banaszak-Holl group for two years, working with Ph.D. candidate Doug Mullen on the synthesis and characterization of functionalized PAMAM dendrimers as targeted drug delivery agents.