Alumni

 

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Sameer Alshehri, PhD – December 2020

Thesis: Delivery of Hydrophobic Drugs for Treating Pancreatic Cancer
Mentor: Jered C. Garrison, PhD
Position: 

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Insiya Mukadam, PhD – December 2020

Thesis: Rilpivirine-Associated Aggregation-Indused Emission Enables Cell-Based Nanoparticle Tracking
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, PhD
Position: Employed at BD Biosciences.

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Catherine Orzechowski, PhD – December 2020

Thesis: Anti-MUC4β Antibodies as a Novel Therapeutic Modality for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
Mentor: Maneesh Jain, PhD
Position: Research Scientist at Charles Rive Laboratories, IL

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Dhruvkumar Soni, PhD – December 2020

Thesis: Long Acting Antivirals for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV-1 and HBV Infection
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, PhD
Position: Co-Op, Formulation and Process Development Group at Regeneron, NY

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Jawaher Alamoudi, PhD – August 2020

Thesis: Urinary Bile Acid Indices as Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers for Liver Diseases
Mentor: Yazen Alnouti
Position: Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University

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Wafaa Aldhafiri, MS – August 2020

Thesis: Development of an LC-ESI-MS/MS method for determination of a novel Pyrrolomycin (MP-1) and application to pre-clinical ADME studies
Mentor: DJ Murry, PharmD
Position: Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD Student UNMC

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Yu Hang, PhD – August 2020

Thesis: Development of CXCR4-Inhibiting RNA Delivery Vectors for the Treatment of Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer
Mentor: David Oupicky, PhD
Position: Employed as a Scientist, Stemirna Therapeutics, Shanghai China

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Derek Leas, PhD – August 2020

Thesis: Optimization of Antischistosomal Aryl Hydantoins
Mentor: Jonathan Vennerstrom, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL

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Xinyuan Xi, PhD – August 2020

Thesis: Ligand-installed Polymeric Nanocarriers for Combination Chemotherapy
Mentor: Tatiana Bronich, PhD
Position: ORISE Fellow at FDA in Silver Springs, MA

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Zhen Ye, PhD – August 2020

Thesis: Development of Cholesterol Modified RNAi Polyplexes for Breast Cancer Therapy
Mentor: Joseph A. Vetro, PhD
Position: 

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Saud Almawash, PhD – May 2020

Thesis: Nanocarrier Delivery of Hydrophobic Drugs for Treating Pancreatic Cancer
Mentor: Ram I. Mahato, PhD
Position: Assistant Professor at Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia

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Feng Lin, PhD – May 2020

Thesis: Smart Delivery of Genes and Drugs for Treatment of Cancer
Mentor: Ram I. Mahato, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Connecticut

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William Payne, PhD – May 2020

Thesis: Development of Hyaluronic Acid-Derived Macromolecular Agents for Multimodal Imaging Probes and Nanomedicine
Mentor: Aaron M. Mohs, PhD
Position: Co-Founder of Simple Ag Solutions, NE 

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Damian Daszynski, PhD – April 2020

Thesis: Ocular, Neural, and Cellular Distribution of Multifunctional Antioxidants
Mentor: Peter F. Kador, PhD
Position: Medical Science Liaison at Abbvie

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Suliman Almahmoud, PhD – December 2019

Thesis: Computational Studies and Design of PPARy and GLUT1 Inhibitors
Mentor: Jonathan L. Vennerstrom
Position: Assistant Professor, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia

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 Abdulrahman Alshammari, PhD – December 2019

Thesis: Identification of More Potent and Efficacious Analogs of the Novel Host-Derived Immunostimulant EP67
Mentor: Joseph A. Vetro, PhD
Position:

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Deep Bhattacharya, PhD – December 2019

Thesis: Engineering hyaluronic acid for biomedical applications
Mentor: Aaron M. Mohs, PhD
Position: Senior Scientist in Formulation and Process development group at Pfizer Worldwide Research, Chesterfield MO

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Trey Neeley, MS – December 2019

Thesis: Charge-Based Optimization of Neurotensin for Neurotensin-Receptor-1 Targeting Utilizing a One-Bead One-Compound Peptide Library Approach
Mentor: Jered C. Garrison, PhD
Position: Associate Scientist at PPD, WI

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Yang Peng, PhD – December 2019

Thesis: Delivery of Small Molecule and RNA for the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes
Mentor: Ram I. Mahato, PhD
Position: Scientist – Cell Therapy Analytics at Platelet BioGenesis, Boston MA

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Bowen Qi, PhD – December 2019

Thesis: The Development of Hyaluronan-based Contrast Agents for the Intraoperative Detection of Pancreatic Tumors
Mentor: Aaron M. Mohs, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University School of Medicine

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Yuanyuan Sun, MS – August 2019

Thesis: Development of Macromolecular Glucocorticoid Prodrug for the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis
Mentor: Dong Wang, PhD
Position: Investment Manager at Panlin Capital, Shanghai China

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Yosif Almoshari, PhD – May 2019

Thesis: Development of Local Drug Delivery Systems for Periodontal Disease
Mentor: Dong Wang, PhD
Position: Assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at Jazan University, Saudi Arabia

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Richard Sleighholm, PhD – May 2019

Thesis:  Chloroquine Revisited: A Novel Approach to Multi-Functional Drug Delivery Systems
Mentor: David Oupicky, PhD
Position: 

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Gang Zhao, PhD – April 2019

Thesis: Development of Macromolecular Prodrug Conjugates for the Treatment of Inflammatory Diseases
Mentor: Dong Wang, PhD
Position: Ensign Pharmaceuticals

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Yosif Almoshari, PhD – April 2019

Thesis: Development of Local Drug Delivery Systems for Periodontal Disease
Mentor: Dong Wang, PhD
Position: Assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at Jazan University, Saudi Arabia.

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Zhiyi Lin, PhD – April 2019

Thesis: Development of Long-acting Nanoformulated Abacavir ProTides
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, PhD
Position: Senior Scientist at Cour Pharmaceuticals Development, IL

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 Ying Xie, PhD – December 2018

Thesis: Delivery of MicroRNA with CXCR4-Targeted Nanoparticles in Metastatic Cancer Treatment
Mentor: David Oupicky, PhD
Position: PostDoc at Yale University

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Zhihao Mao, Ph. – December 2018

Thesis: The opposing roles of GluN2C and GluN2D NMDA receptor subunits in modulating neuronal oscillations
Mentor: Daniel T Monaghan, PhD
Position: UNMC Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Laura Weber, PhD – November 2018

Thesis: Development of Macromolecular Prodrugs for Chronic Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Mentor: Dong Wang, PhD
Position: Product Development Scientist, ProTransit Nanotherapy

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 Xiaobei Wang, PhD – November 2018

Thesis: Development of Glucocorticoid Prodrugs for the Treatment of Lupus Nephritis
Mentor: Dong Wang, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

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Fei Yu, PhD – September 2018

Thesis: Development of Chloroquine-containing HPMA Copolymers for Drug Delivery
Mentor: David Oupicky, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral fellow in MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Shrey Kanvinde, PhD – August 2018

Thesis: Development of Novel Therapies for the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Mentor: David Oupikcy, PhD
Position: Scientist, Formulation - Catalent Pharma Solutions, Madison, WI

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Ruinan Yang, PhD – August 2018

Thesis: Polymeric Nanocarriers Delivering Anticancer Agents For The Treatment Of Chemoresistant Prostate Cancer And Lung Metastatic Melanoma
Mentor: Ram Mahato, PhD
Position: Senior Scientist, PPD

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Xin Wei, PhD – August 2018

Thesis: Development of Macromolecular Prodrug Conjugates for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Diseases
Mentor: Dong Wang, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Yi Chen, PhD – August 2018

Thesis: Development of polymeric carriers for the treatment of acute kidney injury
Mentor: David Oupicky, PhD
Position: R&D, Sichuan Kelun Pharmaceutical Co., LTD.

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Mohtadin Hashemi, PhD – May 2018

Thesis: Molecular Mechanism of Early Amyloid Self-assembly Revealed by Computational Modeling
Mentor: Yuri Lyubchenko, PhD
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNMC

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Tian Zhou, PhD – February 2018

Thesis: Next Generation of Translational Long-acting Cabotegravir
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
Position: Formulation Scientist, Ascendia Pharmaceuticals, LLC., North Brunswick, NJ

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Rhishikesh Thakare, PhD – December 2017

Thesis: In-vitro and In-vivo Models of Bile Acid Metabolism and Transport
Mentor: Yazen Alnouti, PhD
Position: Senior Scientist, Sekisui XenoTech, LLC, Kansas City, KS

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Suthida Boonsith, PhD – August 2017

Thesis: Development of CXCR4 Inhibitors for Topical Treatment of Psoriasis
Mentor: David Oupicky, PhD
Position: Faculty member at department of Chemical Engineering, Mahidol University, Thailand

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Shailendra Tallapaka, PhD - August 2017

Thesis:  Development of C5AR-Targeted Nanoparticles for Delivery of Vaccines
Mentor: Joseph Vetro, PhD
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Kansas in Lawrence

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Yinnong Jia, PhD - May 2017

Thesis:  Development of Neurotensin-based Radiopharmaceuticals for Neurotensin-receptor-1-positive tumor targeting
Mentor: Jered Garrison, PhD
Current Position:  TBD

Dr. Soni

Kruti Soni, PhD - May 2017

Thesis:  Targeted Delivery of Drug Combinations via Nanocarrriers for Cancer Treatment
Mentor: Tantiana Bronich, PhD
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate in San Diego

Dr. Wen

Di Wen, PhD - May 2017

Thesis:  Delivery of Small Molecule and RNA for the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes and Prostate Cancer
Mentor:  Ram Mahato, PhD
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate at North Carolina State University

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Calliste Steffensmeier, PhD - August 2016

Thesis:  Stability and Kinetics of DNA Pseudoknots: Formation of T*A●T Base-Triplets and Their Targeting Reactions
Mentor:  Luis Marky, PhD
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNMC

Dr. Kumar

Virender Kumar, PhD - May 2016

Thesis:  Polymeric nanocarriers for delivery of small molecules and miRNAs for the treatment of liver fibrosis and pancreatic cancer
Mentor:  Ram Mahato, PhD
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNMC

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Vaibhav Mundra, PhD - December 2015

Thesis:  Polymeric Nanocarriers for Treatment of Melanoma and Genetically Modified Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Improve Outcome of Islet Transplantation
Mentor:  Ram Mahato, PhD
Current Position:  Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Manchester University

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Jinjin Zhang, PhD - September 2015

Thesis:  Antiviral Peptide Nanocomplexes As Potential Therapeutics For The Treatment Of Infectious Diseases
Mentor:  Tatiana Bronich, PhD
Current Position:  Scientist, Drug Product Development, GSK, MD

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Wen Shi, PhD - August 2015

Thesis: Development of Polymer Peptide Conjugates for Enhanced Pancreatic Cancer Imaging
Mentor: Jered Garrison, PhD

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Zhenyuan Zhou, PhD - August 2015

Thesis:  Development of Hypoxia Trapping Enhanced BB2R-Targeted Radiopharmaceutics for Prostate Cancer
Mentor:  Jered Garrison, PhD
Current Position:  Duke University

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Rajesh Wakaskar, PhD - May 2015

Thesis: Effect of peripheral shell cross-linking on the efficacy of the hydrophobic vascular disrupting agent physically loaded in core-shell polymeric micelles
Mentor: Joe Vetro, PhD
Current Position: Formulation Scientist at Insys Therapeutics, Inc.

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Bala Vamsi Karuturi, PhD - December 2014

Thesis: Development of EP67-based mucosal vaccines against cytomegalovirus infection
Mentor: Joe Vetro, PhD
Current Position: Process Development Scientist at Mylan

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Vishakha Ambardekar, PhD - August 2013

Thesis: Cholesterol-siRNA polyplexes of polycation-polyethylene glycol diblock copolymers for cancer therapy
Mentor: Vinod Labhasetwar, PhD
Current Position: Research Scientist at Lupin Limited

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Kavitha Rao, PhD - February 2009

Thesis: TAT-Conjugated nanoparticles for the CNS delivery of Anti-HIV drugs
Mentor: Joe Vetro, PhD
Current Position: Scientific Manager at Biocon Research Limited

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Jasmine Davda, PhD - September 2007

Thesis:  Pharmacokinetic Modeling of Therapeutic Antibodies
Mentor: Peter Gwilt, PhD
Current Position:  Pfizer, Inc.

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Jayanth Panyam, PhD - December 2003

Thesis:  Biodegradable nanoparticles for the prevention of restenosis
Mentor:  Vinod Labhasetwar, PhD
Current Position:  Endowed Professor in Targeted Drug Delivery & Head, Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

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Sinjan De, PhD - August 2003

Thesis:  Formulation, uptake, and cytotoxicity of biodegradable particulate delivery systems ofpaclitaxel
Mentor:  Dennis Robinson, PhD
Current Position:  Perrigo Company

Dr. Sun

Haiyang Sun, PhD - 2001

Thesis:  Characterization of active organic anion transport on drug distribution in the central nervous system
Mentor:  William Elmquist, PhD
Current Position:  Director of PK Sciences, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

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Kamal Jonnalagadda, PhD - December 2000

Thesis:  The Design and Development of a Biodegradable Polylactide Reservoir for Controlled, Zero-Order Drug Delivery
Mentor:  Dennis Robinson, PhD
Current Position:  Professor & Director, Pharmaceutics Graduate Program Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences