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Yeo Lab @ May 2018

Principal investigator

Yoon Yeo, Ph.D., Professor of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Professor of Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy)

Post-doctoral associates

  • Fanfei Meng, Ph.D.
  • Yun-Chu Chen, Ph.D.
  • Sheryhan Ahmed, Ph.D.
  • Woojun Kim, Ph.D.

Visiting sholar

  • Nhu Ky Ly (Nanomed consortium, EU)
  • Karen Gutierrez (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia)

Graduate students

  • Soonbum Kwon, Pharm.D. (IPPH 17)
  • Jianping (Jennifer) Wang (IPPH 18)
  • Dhawal Chobisa (IPPH 18)
  • Hytham Gadalla (IPPH 19)
  • Yanying He (IPPH 21)
  • Yongzhe Li (IPPH 21)

Undergraduate/Pharm.D. students

  • Austin Ignatovich (Pre-pharm, 20F, 21S, 21F): Worked with Sheryhan Ahmed, working with Yun-chu Chen
  • Joseph Keller (Biochemistry, 21S, 21F): Working with Sheryhan Ahmed
  • Boyang Dong (Pre-pharm, 21S-21Su, 21F): working with Soonbum Kwon
  • Sota Shishikura (Pre-pharm, 21Su, 21F): Working with Yun-chu Chen
  • Minghui Deng (P2, 21F): Working with Hytham Gadalla
  • Trevor Sargent (BME, 22S): Working with Jennifer Wang


  • Graduate students
    • Zohreh Amoozgar, Ph.D.: October 2007 - December 2011. (Thesis: Bioadhesive polymeric drug delivery systems for tumor targeting and tissue repair) Post-doc @ Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
    • Emily Gullotti, Ph.D.: January 2008 - May 2012. (Thesis: Peritumorally activatable nanoparticles for delivery of paclitaxel to multidrug resistant ovarian cancer cells) Sr. Research Scientist @ Merck.
    • Basma Ibrahim, Ph.D.: August 2008 - May 2012. (Thesis: Development of inhalable macromolecule delivery for local treatment of pulmonary diseases) Sr. Research Scientist @ Fresenius Kabi-USA.
    • Hillary Holback, Ph.D.: August 2009 - May 2013. (Thesis: The cytotoxic effect of nanoparticles delivered to the periphery of 3-dimensional tumor models) FDA.
    • Karen Liu, Ph.D.: January 2010 - May 2014. (Thesis: pH-Activatable Nanoparticles for Tumor-Specific Drug Delivery) Sr. Research Scientist @ Fresenius Kabi-USA.
    • Sara Abouelmagd, Ph.D.: January 2012 - December 2015. (Thesis: Drug Delivery to Solid Tumors via Polymeric Nanoparticles) Lecturer @ Assiut University, Egypt.
    • Bo Sun, Ph.D.: October 2011 - May 2016. (Thesis: Nanoparticle depot for intraperitoneal chemotherapy of ovarian cancer) Research assistant professor @ University of Arizona.
    • Hyesun Hyun, Ph.D.: October 2012-May 2017 (Thesis: Surface Modification of Polymer Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery to Solid Tumors) Post-doc @ Yeo Lab, Purdue.
    • Jun Xu, Ph.D. (PULSe 13 - May 2018) (Thesis: Endothelial selectin-targeted nanoparticles for enhancing drug delivery to solid tumors) Merck
    • Joonyoung Park, Pharm.D., Ph.D. (IPPH 14 - May 2018) (Thesis: Nanoparticles with high drug loading and circulation stability for systemic delivery of anticancer drugs) Samyang Biopharm, Korea.
    • Yihua Pei, Ph.D. (IPPH 13 - July 2018) (Thesis: Particle engineering for intracellular delivery of antibiotics) Arcturus Therapeutics, San Diego
    • Maie Taha, Ph.D. (IPPH 15 - May 2019) (Thesis: Development of nanoparticles with high drug loading capacity and circulation stability) Assistant Professor @ Cairo University, Egypt
    • Simseok Andrew Yuk (IPPH 15 - July 2020) (Thesis: Development of a lipopolysaccharide antagonist for the treatment of sepsis) Post-doc @ Yeo lab
  • Post-docs; Visiting scholars
    • Jeong Ho Park, Ph.D. (Professor, Hanbat National University, Korea): Visiting scholar 2007 summer
    • Peisheng Xu, Ph.D. (University of Wyoming, 2007): May 2007 - November 2009. Associate Professor at University of South Carolina
    • Min Feng, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China): Jan.2010 - June 2010.
    • Yang Chun Park, O.M.D., Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Oriental Internal Medicine, Daejeon University, Korea): Aug. 2009 - July 2010.
    • Yan Yang, Ph.D.: September 2007 - August 2010. Associate Professor of Life Sciences, Jilin University, China.
    • Gaurav Bajaj, Ph.D. (Oregon State University, 2008): August 2009 - June 2011. Sr. Research Investigator at Bristol-Meyrs Squibb.
    • Hae-Yun (Harrison) Choi, O.M.D., Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Oriental Medicine, Daegu Haany Univ., Korea): September 2011-July 2012.
    • Hannah Lee, Ph.D. (Georgia Tech., GA): January 2012 - February 2013; March 2014 - February 2015.
    • Eun Jung Cho, Ph.D. (Seoul National University, Korea): May 2011 - February 2013.
    • Kyung-Oh (Kevin) Doh, M.D., Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Korea): Feb. 2012-Jan. 2014
    • Yuanfan Liu, Ph.D. (Jiangsu Jiankang Vocational College, China): Jan. 2015-Dec. 2015.
    • Sheryhan Ahmed (Assiut University, Egypt): Jan.2016 - Nov. 2016
    • Ning Han (Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, China): September 2015-December 2016
    • Bieong-Kil (Ben) Kim, Ph.D.: May 2014-Feb. 2017. Passed.
    • Liang (Elaine) Pang (Fudan University, China): September 2016 - December 2017
    • Jianping (Jennifer) Wang (China Pharmaceutical University, China): September 2016 - May 2018
    • Hassan Tamam (Assiut University, Egypt): July 2016 - Aug 2018
    • Marwa Elnaggar (Assiut University, Egypt): Jan. 2016 - November 2018
    • Jinho Park, Ph.D.: 2014-2019. Arcturus Therapeutics, San Diego
    • Yihua Pei, Ph.D.: 2013-2019. Arcturus Therapeutics, San Diego
    • Hytham Gadalla (Assiut University, Egypt): 2018-2019
    • Kunyu (Kate) Jiang (China Medical University, China): Sep. 2019 - Oct. 2020
    • Nisar Khaliq, Ph.D.: Nov. 2019 - Oct. 2020
    • Hyungjun Kim, Ph.D.: May 2018 - Feb. 2021
    • Simseok (Andrew) Yuk, Ph.D.: August 2020 - June 2021
    • Sooyoung Shin, Pharm.D., Ph.D.(Ajou University, Korea): July 2021 - Feb. 2022
July 2010 (From left: Hillary, Mark, Joonyoung, Qingnuo, and Sooyoung) *sigh* Indeed..these guys are having more fun than they should have. =)
  • Undergraduate/PharmD students
    • Nimisha Bajaj (BME, SURF 07, 07F, 08S)
    • Roosan Islam (PharmD, DURI 07F)
    • Ashmita Hoskote (BME, SURF 08S)
    • Griffin Quick (BME, DURI 08S, 08F)
    • Jennifer Bastijanic (BME, DURI 08F)
    • Kimberly Ohn (CHE, DURI 08S-08F)
    • Parag Sharma (Pre-pharm, 08F-09S)
    • Haesoo Kim (BSPS, 09S)
    • David Belair (ChemE, 09Summer) worked with Basma Ibrahim - Currently at Univ. of Wisconsin, Chemical Engineering, Grad School
    • Tyler Shugg (PharmD, 09S) worked with Peisheng Xu
    • Xinyi (Nancy) Jiang (Pre-pharm, 09F) worked with Zohreh Amoozgar
    • Haein Yang (Food Sciences, DURI 07F-09F) worked with Yan Yang and Basma Ibrahim - CJ CheilJedang Foods R&D, Korea
    • Rattavut ("M") Teerakapibal (Pre-pharm, 10S) worked with Zohreh Amoozgar - Graduate school @ U of Wisconsin
    • Taylor Crane (ChemE, 09Summer-10S) worked with Emily Gullotti
    • Mark Hamilton (BME, 10Summer) Worked with Emily Gullotti
    • Qingnuo Lin (ChemE, Pre-pharm, 10S-present) worked with Zohreh Amoozgar
    • Travis Huber (Pharm D, 11S) worked with Gaurav Bajaj
    • Ellen Yin (Pharm D, 11S) worked with Emily Gullotti
    • Sooyoung Shin, Pharm. D.: August 2007 - May 2011. Independent study. - Assistant Professor @ Ajou University.
    • Heewon Moon (12S-12F) worked with Hillary Holback
    • Erin Wilson (BSPS, 10S-13S) worked with Basma Ibrahim and Eunjung Cho.
    • Olivia Rivera (PUFW, 13 Summer) worked with Bo Sun
    • Brandon Bergman (PharmD, 12F-13 Summer) worked with Kevin Doh
    • Ji Ae Lee (BSPS, 13F-14S) worked with Bo Sun
    • Naina Zachariah (BSPS, 14S) worked with Sara Ahmed
    • Joshua Knebel (Pre-pharm, 13F-14S) worked with Hyesun Hyun
    • Youn Jin Ku (BSPS, 13F-15S) worked with Sara Ahmed - Currently working at Abbott
    • Nipei Lim (BSPS, 13S-14F) worked independently (former mentors: Bo Sun, Hillary Holback, Sara Ahmed) - Currently at Cornell
    • Alice (Chih-Chuan) Chang (PharmD, 14Summer-15S) worked with Bo Sun
    • Sungsoo Kim (BSPS, 16S) worked with Jun Xu
    • John Weidle (PharmD, 11S-15F) worked independently (former mentors: Zohreh Amoozgar, Karen Liu)
    • Soonbum Kwon (PharmD, 14F-15F) worked with Ben Kim - Joined Yeo lab in Fall 2017
    • Sara George (ChemE, 15S-15F) worked with Yihua Pei
    • Andrew Wakefield (PharmD, 16Su) worked with Joonyoung Park
    • Kiela Willis (ChemE, 14S-17S) worked with Hyesun Hyun
    • Ruoci Hu (Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, 17S) worked with Yihua Pei
    • Julia Kim (Pre-pharm, 17Su) worked with Joonyoung Park
    • Jacob Johns (PharmD, 17S, 17Su, 17F) worked with Jun Xu
    • Jake Qiu (ABE, 16Su-16F, 17F) worked with Yihua Pei
    • Diego Sanchez (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 17Su-17F) worked with Andrew Yuk
    • Jimin Kim (BSPS, 17F) worked with Hyesun Hyun
    • Abigail Yu (PharmD, 18F): Worked with Fanfei Meng
    • Jimin Kim (BSPS, 18F): Worked with Yihua Pei
    • Aidan Thongkham (Pre-pharmacy, 19S-19F): Worked with Andrew Yuk
    • Sangyoon Lee (pre-pharmacy, 19F): Worked with HJ Kim
    • Yongzhe Li (Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, 20S) worked with Yun-chu Chen
    • Yoon Soo Kim (Pre-pharm, 21S): Worked with Yun-chu Chen
    • Yanying He (BSPS, 20S, 20F, 21S): Worked with Dhawal Chobisa and Fanfei Meng
    • Suphawarak (Ploy) Rucha-intra (Pre-pharm, 21F): Worked with Jennifer Wang

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