Lab alumni



Graduate students

Naveen Mehta, PhD 2019
Thesis: Engineering more potent vaccines for the treatment of cancer and autoimmunity
Biological Engineering
B.S., Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
Post graduation: Associate Director, Cullinan Oncology

Kelly Moynihan, PhD 2017
Thesis: Enhancing T Cell Vaccines and Combination Immunotherapies for the Treatment of Cancer
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2012
Post graduation: Associate, Third Rock Ventures

Andrew Zmolek, PhD 2017
Thesis: Controlled Release Microneedle Technologies for the Enhanced Immunogenicity of Subunit Vaccines
Chemical Engineering
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
Post graduation: Boston Scientific

Anasuya Mandal, PhD 2017
Thesis: An Alternative Diagnostic Method Using Microneedles for Sampling the Immune System In Situ
Chemical Engineering
MSCEP, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014
B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, 2011
Post graduation: Consultant, ClearView Healthcare Partners

Yusang Sabrina Yang, PhD 2016
Thesis: Amphiphilic gold nanoparticle-based cytosolic drug delivery platform for cancer and infections
Materials Science and Engineering
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, 2010
Post graduation: Associate, Flagship Pioneering

Yiran Zheng, PhD 2015
Thesis: In vivo Arming of Adoptively Transferred T-cells with Drug-loaded Nanoparticles for Cancer Immunotherapy
B.S., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
B.A., Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
Post graduation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, A*STAR, Singapore

Chyan-Ying Ke, PhD 2015
Thesis: Nanoscale Antigen Organization Regulates Specific Binding to B-Cells and B-Cell Activation
BSc, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2007
Post graduation: Research Fellow, Singapore Immunology Network, A*STAR, Singapore.

Melissa Hanson, PhD 2015
Thesis: Enhancement of HIV vaccine efficacy via lipid nanoparticle-based adjuvants
Biological Engineering
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah, 2009
Post graduation: Postdoc at Institut Pasteur

Prabhani Upeka Atukorale, PhD 2014
Thesis: Amphiphilic, soluble gold nanoparticles: mechanisms for interaction with cell membranes
Biological Engineering
MSE, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2007
BE, Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2005
Post graduation: Postdoc at Case Western Reserve University

Bonnie Huang, PhD 2013
Thesis: Lymphocyte-mediated drug nanoparticle delivery to disseminated lymphoma tumors in vivo
Biological Engineering
B.S, Bioengineering, Berkeley, 2005
Post graduation: Postdoc at NIH

Peter DeMuth, PhD 2013
Thesis: Engineered microneedles for transcutaneous vaccine delivery
Biological Engineering
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2008
Post graduation: Vedantra Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Adrienne Li, PhD 2012
Thesis: Immunization with Synthetic Nanoparticles to Generate Mucosal CD8
Biological Engineering
MEng, Johns Hopkins University
B.S., Johns Hopkins Univ.
Post graduation: Vedantra Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Brandon Kwong, PhD 2012
Thesis: Liposome-anchored local delivery of immunomodulatory agents for tumor therapy
Biological Engineering
B.A.Sc, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
Post graduation: Postdoc at NIH

Xingfang Su, PhD 2012
Thesis: Degradable polymeric nano-films and particles as delivery platforms for vaccines and immunotherapeutics
Materials Science & Engineering
BA and MSci, Materials Science & Metallurgy
Post graduation: Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), A*STAR, Singapore

Maria Foley, PhD 2012
Thesis: Visualizing the dynamics of HIV-specific cytotoxic T-cells in extracellular matrix
Biological Engineering
B.S., Biology, Emory University

Yana Wang, PhD 2011
Thesis: Engineering chemoattractant gradients using controlled releasing polysaccharide microspheres
Chemical Engineering/PPST
MS Chemical Engineering, U. Minnesota
BS Tsinghua University
Post graduation: Millennium Pharmaceuticals

Anna Bershteyn, PhD 2010
Thesis: Lipid-Coated micro- and nano-particles as a biomimetic vaccine platform
Materials Science & Engineering
B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
Post graduation: Intellectual Ventures Lab

Yuki Hori, PhD 2009
Thesis: Injectable hydrogels as matrices for immunization and immunotherapy of cancer
Materials Science & Engineering
B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
Post graduation: Medtronic

Vinay Mahajan, PhD 2009
Thesis: Intrinsic heterogeneity in the survival and proliferation capacities of naive CD8+ T-cells
Biological Engineering
MBBS, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Post graduation: Pathology Residency Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Andrew Miller, PhD 2008
Thesis: Amphiphilic block copolymer micelles: Creation of functional nanocavities and their use as nanocontainers for controlled release
Chemical Engineering
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Post graduation: Associate, PureTech Ventures

Yuhua Hu, PhD 2008
Thesis: pH-Sensitive core-shell nanoparticles for intracellular drug delivery
Chemical Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, M.S. Biochemical Engineering, Tsinghua University
Post graduation: postdoctoral associate, Stanford University.  Currently: Genentech

Agnieszka Stachowiak, PhD 2007
Thesis: Inverse opal hydrogel scaffolds as lymphoid microenvironments for the study of immune cell migration and immunotherapy
Materials Science & Engineering/PPST
B.S. Chemical Engineering, MIT
Post graduation: Research/Teaching staff, Biological Engineering, MIT.

Junsang Doh, PhD 2006
Thesis: Immunological synapse arrays: Patterned protein surfaces that modulate immunological synapse structure formation in T cells
Chemical Engineering/PPST
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Seoul National University
Post graduation: postdoctoral associate with Matthew Krummel, UCSF.  Currently: Assistant Prof. POSTECH, Korea.

Siddhartha Jain, PhD 2006
Thesis: Synthesis of a hydrogel-based vaccine to mimic dendritic cell responses to pathogens
Biological Engineering Division
B.S., Chemical Engineering, India Institute of Technology
Post graduation: research associate, Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Currently: Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics

Heejae Kim, PhD 2005
Thesis: New Polymeric Biomaterial Interfaces for Biosensor Applications
Chemical Engineering/PPST
M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, Seoul National University
B.S., Fiber and Polymer Science, Seoul National University
Post graduation: Cheil Industries (subsidiary of Samsung)


Postdoctoral associates

Jacob T Martin, 2020
Ph.D., Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014
Post Irvine Lab: Research Scientist, nference

Michael Fichter, 2019
Ph.D., Immunobiology, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany, 2016
Post Irvine Lab:

Hannah Watkins, 2019
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, 2017
Post Irvine Lab: IRB Coordinator, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Tyson Moyer, 2019
Ph.D., Material Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2013
Post Irvine Lab: Scientist, Pfizer

Kavya Rakhra, 2019
Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, 2011
Post Irvine Lab:

Nitasha Bennett, 2019
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2015
Post Irvine Lab: Technical Specialist, Nelson Mullins

Talar Tokatlian, 2018
Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013
Post Irvine Lab: Scientist, A2 Therapeutics

Archana Boopathy, 2017
Ph.D., Bioengineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
Post Irvine Lab: Sr. Scientist, Vaxess Technologies, MA

Yuan Zhang, 2016
PhD. Pharmaceutical Sciences (Molecular Pharmaceutics), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Post-Irvine lab: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island

Li Tang, 2016
PhD. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012
Post-Irvine lab: Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioengineering, Institute of Materials Science & Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Greg Szeto, 2015
PhD. Immunology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Post-Irvine lab: Assistant Professor, Dept of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program, Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore
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Brad Jones, 2015
PhD. Immunology, University of Toronto
Post-Irvine lab: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, The George Washington University

Haipeng Liu, 2013
PhD. Chemistry, Purdue University
Post-Irvine lab: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University

Sharon Golan-Paz, 2013
PhD. Chemical Engineering, Technion
Post-Irvine lab: Postdoc, Univ. of Washington

Sharmila Pejawar-Gaddy, 2013
PhD. Microbiology & Immunology, Wake Forest Univ.
Post-Irvine lab: Consultant, Jounce Therapeutics

Christopher Jewell, 2012
PhD. Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Post-Irvine lab: Assistant Professor, The Fischell Dept. of Bioengineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Matthias Stephan, 2012
Post-Irvine lab: Assistant Professor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

James Moon, 2012
PhD. Biomedical Engineering, Rice University
Post-Irvine lab: Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan