People

 

Principal Investigator

 
Emily Day, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2020-Present
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2013-2020
Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, 2011-2013
Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Rice University, 2011

B.S. in Physics, Minor in Mathematics, University of Oklahoma, 2006
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Lab Coordinator

Kejian Li, M.S.
M.S. in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology, Iowa State University, 2003
B.S. in Biochemistry, Fudan University, China, 1999

Postdoctoral Researchers

Shoaib Iqbal, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Clemson University, 2018-2020
Ph.D., Biomaterials, University of Science and Technology of China, 2018

M.S., Pharmacy, COMSATS University, Pakistan, 2013
Pharm.D., University of Sargodha, Pakistan, 2011

Project: Engineering nanomaterials for antibody and nucleic acid delivery
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Graduate Students

 
Jenna Harris
Ph.D. Student, Materials Science & Engineering

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2016
Project: Membrane-wrapped nanoparticles for targeted cargo delivery to hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells
Megan Dang
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S. in Biongineering, University of Maryland College Park, 2017
Project: Developing nanoshell conjugates for RNA and antibody delivery to breast cancer
Mackenzie Scully
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami, 2018
Project: Engineering membrane-wrapped nanoparticles for targeted RNA and drug delivery to cancer
N’Dea Irvin-Choy
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering (co-advised with Dr. Jason Gleghorn)
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Rowan University, 2018
Project: Designing nanotherapeutics to promote maternal/fetal health
Elise Hoover
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2019
Project: Developing siRNA/antibody nanocarriers to inhibit Wnt signaling in triple-negative breast cancer
Eric Sterin
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State University, 2018
Project: Engineering cell-mimetic nanoparticles to manage blood disorders
Sara Aboeleneen
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2020
Project: Enhancing photothermal cancer therapy with biomimetic nanoshells

Undergraduate Students

Carolina Gomez
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
(expected 2022)
Mentor: Megan Dang
Dana Wilkins
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
(expected 2022)
Mentor: Mackenzie Scully 
Olivia Ruggiero
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
(expected 2023)
Mentor: Elise Hoover 
Casey Martin
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
(expected 2023)
Mentor: N’Dea Irvin-Choy 
Liza Guner
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
(expected 2022)
Mentors: Megan Dang & John Sperduto (Slater Lab)
Erin Paisner
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
(expected 2023)
Mentor: Shoaib Iqbal
Rachel Swingler
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
(expected 2023)
Mentor: Elise Hoover

 

Postdoctoral Researcher Alumni

Chintan Kapadia, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware, 2018-2020

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
M.S. in Biotechnology, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, 2010
B.Pharm., Gujarat University, 2008
Currently Research Scientist at Goldilocks Therapeutics, Inc.
Jianxin (Jason) Wang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware, 2017-Present
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Purdue University, 2017
M.S. in Microbiology & Biochemical Pharmacy, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Nankai University, 2011
B.E. in Bioengineering, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, 2008
Currently Staff Scientist at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ritu Goyal, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware, 2017 February-2017 December

Postdoctoral Researcher, Rutgers University, 2012-2017
Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology, 2012
M.Phil. in Chemistry, University of Delhi, 2006
B.S. in Chemistry, University of Delhi, 2003
Currently Project Manager-External Scientific Affairs at Cytosorbents

Doctoral Student Alumni

Rachel (Edelstein) Riley, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2013-2018

B.S., Civil Engineering, Rowan University, 2012
Thesis: Nanoshell platforms for targeted gene regulation and light-triggered cancer therapy
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Pennsylvania in Michael Mitchell lab, 2018-2020
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Rowan University, 2020-Present
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Jilian Melamed, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2013-2018

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2013
Thesis: Targeting Hedgehog signaling with polycation-spherical nucleic acid nanoparticles for glioblastoma therapy
Currently Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in Kathryn Whitehead lab
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Danielle Valcourt, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2015-2020
B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Notre Dame, 2015
Thesis: Treating triple-negative breast cancer through nanoparticle-mediated photothermal therapy and gene regulation
Currently Biomedical Scientist at Leidos

Master’s Student Alumni

Benjamin Luo, M.S.
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2021
B.S., Bioengineering, University of California-Berkeley, 2016
Thesis: Evaluating lysosomal labeling methods used to assess RNA carrier trafficking in cells
Currently Research Associate I at Skinap Therapeutics
Maximilian Marek, M.S.
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2021
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019
Project: Photoresponsive nanomaterials for anti-cancer therapy
Currently Research Associate at Inzen Therapeutics

Undergraduate Researcher Alumni

Emily Powsner
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2021
Current Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at University of Maryland
Rachel O’Sullivan
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2019
Current J.D./Ph.D. student with emphasis in Neuroscience at Northwestern University
Violet Ullman
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2021
Currently applying to Ph.D. programs
Stephen Ioele
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2019
Currently Research Associate at Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
Margaret Billingsley
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2018
Currently Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania
John (Yianni) Gagianas
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2016
Currently Strategic Partnerships Manager at Life Science Leader
Brittany Fay
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2015
Currently Research Scientist at InCyte
B. Patrick Crane
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2015
Currently Technical Deployment Specialist at Koios Medical
Sarah Peden
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2017
Currently Quality Systems Engineer 2 at DePuy Synthes Companies
Zakary Chiaradia
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2018
Ellie Papoutsakis
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2020
Currently M.S. and Business student at Rutgers University
Nicole Kreuzberger
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2017
Currently Supply Quality Engineer (Consultant) at Bayer Pharmaceuticals
Madeleine Dugan
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2020
Currently Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte Consulting
Aaron Kager
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2020
Currently Data Analyst at LifeBrand
Nisha Raman
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2020
Currently Associate Scientist at Merck 
Ariel Hannum
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2020
Currently a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering at Stanford University 

 

Updated: September 2021