Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering
Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
The effectiveness of therapeutics and diagnostics hinges upon their ability to cross complex barriers in the body and reach their target intact. Our research applies cutting edge macromolecular engineering techniques and nanotechnology to advance both in vivo molecular imaging and the delivery of drugs and biopharmaceutics.
Students and Postdoctoral Associates gain experience in the design, synthesis and engineering of small molecules, polymers and higher order assemblies on the nano and micro scale. To characterize and evaluate the properties and capabilities of the newly developed assemblies, a host of spectroscopic, structural, and biological techniques, including but not limited to, electron microscopy techniques, atomic force microscopy, light scattering, analytical ultracentrifugation, steady-state and time-resolved absorption and emission measurements, X-ray, IR, NMR, chromatography techniques, SEC, MALS, mass spectrometry (and ICP-MS), elemental analysis, cell culture, and confocal and two-photon microscopy are applied.
KEYWORDS: molecular imaging, nanotechnology, drug delivery, gene delivery