Research Team

Dr. Juliane Hopf 

Departmental Affiliation:
Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences (CEEES)
Degree and university:
Doctorate in Natural Sciences from the Friedrich-Schiller-Univerity Jena
Expertise:
Microbiology, biogeochemistry, interdisciplinary sciences, surface characterization, atomic force microscopy
Webpage:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hopfjuliane/
Publications with us:
1. Nanoscale Adv., 2019,1, 4812-4826

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 Jordan Chang 

Departmental Affiliation: Department of Physics
Degree Major:
Physics in Medicine (2022)
Current Research:
Jordan is currently researching core-shell magnetic nanoparticles for in vivo non-labeled, targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics to tumors with ON-Demand release capabilities. He will track the nanoparticles in vivo using MRI and fluorescence modalities. 
Webpage: https://nd.joinhandshake.com/users/20128895

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Stephanie Wallace 

Departmental Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Preprofessional Studies
Degree Major: Mathematics on life-science concentration with Actuarial Minor (2021)
Current Research:
Stephanie’s focus is on synthesizing multi-fluorescent nanoparticles for long lifetime cell tracking probes, gene delivery to cancer cells and enzyme delivery to deficient cells
Awards: NDnano undergraduate research fellow 2019 (NURF)
Webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie_wallace

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Emma Tam 

Departmental Affiliation: Department of Art, Art History & Design
Degree Major: Visual Communication Design and Arts and Letters Pre-Health (2020)
Current Research:
Emmas focus is on synthesizing bio-functionalized, multi-fluorescent anisotropic  nanoparticles to act as synthetic bridges between immune cells and cancer cells for immunotherapy against cancer cells
Awards: Da Vinci  undergraduate research fellow 2019
Webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/Emma_tam

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Margo Waters 

Departmental Affiliation: Department of Preprofessional Studies
Degree Major: Science-Business (2020)
Expertise: Interdisciplinary sciences, cell culture techniques, organic chemistry, antibacterial nanoparticles
Current Research:
Margo researched the properties of core-shell nanoparticles for applications in non-labeled, targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics to cancer cells with ON-Demand release capabilities.
Awards: NDnano undergraduate research fellow 2018 (NURF)
Woodwards family endowment award for outstanding summer research (2018)
Webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/margowaters/
Publications with us: 1. Nanoscale Adv., 2019,1, 4812-4826

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Veronica Kalwajtys 

Departmental Affiliation: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Degree Major: Science-Business (2020)
Expertise: Microbiology, antimicrobial peptides, interdisciplinary sciences, antibiotic resistance, and organic chemistry
Current Research:
Veronica researched anisotropic nanoparticles architectures for use as antibiotic-free, anti-bacterial formulations
Awards: COS-SURF 2018
Webpage: https://www.linkedin.com/in/veronica-kalwajtys-b90068156/
Publications with us: 1. Nanoscale Adv., 2019,1, 4812-4826

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Kyle Iwamoto 

Departmental Affiliation: Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)
Degree Major: Chemical Engineering (2018)
Minor: Bioengineering
Current Research:
Kyle started as an NDnano undergraduate research fellow (2016) under my supervision in Prof. Ryan Roeder’s group. He synthesizes hybrid gold-silica nanoparticles for applications in photonics, catalysis, and chromatography.
Awards: NDnano undergraduate research fellow 2016 (NURF)
Conference Presentation:
K. Iwamoto, P.D. Nallathamby, E .Rigo, G. Timp, R. Roeder* “Optimization of Gold Surface Density on SiO2 @Au Core-Shell Nanoparticles for Holographic Fabrication of Ordered Arrays for Plasmonic Metamaterials” TMS’18 March 11-15, Phoenix, AZ.

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Graduate Research Trainees

Austin Boucher (2020)
Adviser: Prof. Richard Dahl
Departmental Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences
Research overlap:
Austin was trained to synthesize block co-polymeric nanoparticles for use as gene therapeutics carriers.
Chris Campbell
Adviser: Prof. Thomas O’Sullivan
Departmental Affiliation: Electrical Engineering
Research overlap:
Chris was trained to synthesize asymmetrical gold nanoparticles (e.g. gold nanorods). His interest is in synthesizing near-IR resonant gold nanorods.
Yide Zhang (2019)
Adviser: Prof. Scott Howard
Departmental Affiliation:
Electrical Engineering
Research overlap:
Yide shadowed us to learn more about synthesizing oxygen sensitive luminescent silica particles and pH-sensitive fluorescent silica particles. His outstanding fundamental research using the optical properties of these particles has resulted in our group’s first collaborative publication on super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. The imaging technology was co-invented by Yide and his graduate adviser.