Participants in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology
Jonathan Rasson is a Biomedical Engineering major who is currently pursuing his PhD thesis at UCL in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He will be visiting the lab from July, 2014 until September, 2014. His thesis interests relate to macroporous silicon as an electrical biosensor for the detection of bacteria. His mentor is Heidi Leonard.
Jessica (Jessie) Moreton is an incoming (Fall 2014) Chemistry PhD student at UCSD. As an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, she worked in the Frechet group on OPV and OFET devices. For nearly two years after graduation she worked in the peptide synthesis laboratory at Santa Cruz Biotechnology. She will be visiting the lab beginning in July, 2014. Her summer Discovery project relates to controlled release drug delivery from porous Si microparticles, and her mentor is Heidi Leonard.
David Warther is a post-doctoral researcher who joined the lab in March, 2014. He completed his Ph.D. in September 2011 in bioorganic chemistry from the University of Strasbourg, under the direction of Prof. Maurice Goeldner. David is working on the project "Porous Si-Based Therapeutic Nanoplatforms" funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Jinyoung Kang is a is a PhD student in the UCSD Department of Nanoengineering who joined the group in November, 2013. She received her BS and MS degrees from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Yonsei Univ., Seoul, Korea in 2007 and 2009, respectively. She then worked at the GS Caltex Refinery Complex in Seoul, Korea as a Plant Engineer until 2012. She is working on the delivery of oligonucleotide therapeutics with porous Si nanoparticles, on the project "Porous Si-Based Therapeutic Nanoplatforms" funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Mingde Qin joined the Sailor Group in September of 2013 as a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Materials Engineering from the City University of Hong Kong. For his Discovery project, Mingde plans to prepare protein-coated porous Si nanoparticles in a collaboration with the research group of F. Akif Tezcan. Mingde's mentor is David Warther.
Wei Huang joined the Sailor Group in August of 2013 as a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program. His undergraduate work was at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, HUST, Wuhan. Wei is investigating nitrogen oxide and its interaction with porous Si nanoparticles. His mentor is Nicole Fry.
Angie Kim joined the Sailor Group in February 2014 as an M.S. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her undergraduate work was at the University of California, Berkeley. Her project involves photoluminescence quenching studies with porous Si nanoparticles related to photodynamic therapy. Her mentor is Heidi Leonard.
Tushar Kumeria is pursuing his PhD in the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia under the joint direction of Abel Santos Alejandro and Dusan Losic. His thesis work involves RIFTS biosensors using nanoporous anodic alumina. He will be participating in the summer school and follow-on studies from July-Dec, 2014. His mentor is David Warther.
Maite (Maria) Bezem is a PhD candidate in Nanoscience at the University of Bergen in Norway, working on stabilizing the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase in maltodextrin nanoparticles. She will be participating in the summer school and follow-on studies from July, 2014 - Jan, 2015. Her Discovery project will focus on the trapping of enzymes in porous Si nanoparticles. Her mentor is Jon Zuidema.
Tiago Paes is a Ph.D. student in Science and Technology of Materials and Sensors in the Associate Laboratory of Sensors and Materials (LAS) at the National Institute For Space Research (INPE) in Brazil. He has a BS in Physics from the State University of Santa Cruz and an MSc in Science and Technology of Materials and Sensors from INPE. His thesis work involves the photoluminescence properties of porous silicon relevant to aerospace research. Tiago is staying in the Sailor Research Group from early July until October. His Discovery project focuses on luminescent core-shell materials prepared from porous Si. His mentor is Nicole Fry.
Cheryl Wang is a UCSD Chemistry Major (Warren, Class of 2014) who joined the group in April, 2014. Her Discovery project will focus on subcutaneous drug delivery using nanostructured porous Si. Her mentor is Heidi Leonard.
Amber Pierron is a UCSD Chemistry major (Revelle, class of 2014) who joined the lab in April, 2014. Her Discovery project will focus on subcutaneous drug delivery using nanostructured porous Si. Her mentor is Heidi Leonard.
Mollie Touve is an incoming Ph.D. student (Fall 2014) in the Nanoengineering program. Her undergraduate work was in the Norbert Reich Biochemistry Lab at UC Santa Barbara, where she worked on the targeted delivery of mRNA using hollow gold nanoshells. Her discovery project will focus on cross-linking reactions in porous Si. Her mentor is David Warther.
Fang Chen is an incoming Ph.D. student (Fall 2014) in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program. She obtained her BS in Materials Science and Engingeering (MSE) from Southeast University, Nanjing (2008) and her MS in Materials Science from Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011). Her MS thesis research topic focused on pH-sensitive drug delivery systems using inorganic mesoporous nanoparticles. Her Discovery project focuses on magnetic materials prepared from porous Si. Her mentor is Nicole Fry.
Maryam Tabatabaei holds a Ph.D. from Sharif University of Technology (2013). Her thesis focused on using first principles density functional theory (DFT)-based molecular dynamics (MD) to explain the mechanical and electronic properties of amorphous Si. Her Discovery project will be to study cross-linking reactions in porous Si. Her mentor is David Warther.
Prof. Min Wang received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Ohio State University and then worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining the faculty of Department of Chemistry in Zhejiang University. Her research interest lies in the field of electrochemical sensors, nanomaterials, and microfluidics.
Ghayoung (Gha) Lee is a junior at Torrey Pines High School (class of 2015) who joined the lab in November, 2012. She participated in the 2012 and 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology and this year she is serving as a project mentor. Her project "Search for Better Way of Measuring Dielectric Constant Using Capillarity" placed 1st in the GSDSEF (Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair) in March, 2013.
Hideki Ikemoto is a post-doctoral researcher in the cancer biology group at the university of Tartu, Estonia. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Department of Chemistry at the Technical University of Denmark in February 2012. He studied catalytic activity and photophysical properties of biomolecules immobilized on mesoporous silica particles. His Discovery Project will be related to peptide-conjugated porous Si particles. His mentor is Jinmyoung Joo.
Emily Cade is a Biochemistry and Biophysics student at Oregon State University (class of 2015), currently researching the use of zinc oxide nanoparticles and calpain-2 inhibitors to target glioblastoma multiforme progression. She will be participating in the Amgen Scholars Program at UCSD during the summer of 2014. Her research interests include the development and improvement of new cancer treatment methods, and the medical applications of nanomaterials. Her mentor is Jinyoung Kang.
John Hillman, a native of Moorestown, New Jersey, is attending Washington and Lee University (Class of 2015) where he is majoring in Physics-Engineering with a minor in Classics. He will be participating in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.
Rhiannon Kennard is a Revelle College chemistry major (class of 2015). She joined the lab in Spring 2012. She is making porous Si-based particles and photonic crystals, developing the chemistry to deposit high surface area carbon within the porous nanostructure, and testing her materials as chemical microsensors and as anodes for lithium ion batteries.
Tessa Martin is an entering Freshman at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), majoring in Electrical engineering with an interest in medical applications. She joined the lab in Summer 2014. She is making optical transmission and reflectance measurements on porous Si films and photonic crystals. She went to the University of Michigan for her undergraduate studies
Lianfei (Lynn) Yan is an incoming PhD student (Fall 2014) in the UCSD Materials Science and Engineering program. She received her BS in both Chemistry and Economics from the Pennsylvania State University. For her undergraduate research, she investigated the intercalation behavior of TiS2 and SnS2 crystals.