People

Kevin Peng

Kevin Peng

Graduate Student
Oral delivery of insulin for the treatment of diabetes has remained a highly desirable yet challenging goal for several decades due to poor absorption of proteins through the intestine. My research focuses on developing novel multifunctional nanoparticles encased in mucoadhesive patches for enhanced mucus penetration and intestinal absorption of biopharmaceuticals.
Northwest Building, B153
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Maggie

Qin Qi (Maggie), PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
I am interested in studying drug delivery as a transport phenomenon. A fundamental understanding of transport processes in drug delivery will help us to design better drug carriers for a variety of applications. The unique densely-packed structure of the skin poses a formidable biological barrier for transdermal drug delivery. I am performing a mechanistic study of how macromolecules permeate through the skin with the aid of ionic liquids, which potentially changes the skin structure. My second research project is to systematically investigate how nanoparticle-hitchhiked red blood cells interact with the flow environment in microcirculation and explore the critical conditions for nanoparticles to detach and release drugs.
Northwest Building, B160
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Apoorva Sarode

Apoorva Sarode

Graduate Student
Cardiovascular diseases and trauma are the leading causes of death in the world. My research work is focused on developing bioinspired polymeric platforms which can integrate the physical and biological parameters of natural platelets for targeted action. These platforms can be used to halt internal bleeding as well as for the detection and treatment of various cardiovascular diseases.
Northwest Building, B153
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Wyatt

C. Wyatt Shields IV, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
A major challenge in cell-based immunotherapies is controlling cell function once injected into the body. My research seeks to develop tools to manipulate the activation and suppression pathways of macrophages in vivo via field-responsive particle backpacks. 
Northwest Building, B153
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tao Sun

Tao Sun, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
My primary research goal is to develop translational focused ultrasound (FUS) technologies in advancement of drug delivery and immunomodulation for treating cancer and neurological diseases. To overcome biological barriers which challenge drug delivery applications significantly, ultrasound-activated oscillating microbubbles are used to create stresses locally on nearby vasculature/tissue or induce biomechanical effects that promote drug penetration into tissue. The mechanical perturbations would further facilitate enhanced immune responses and neuronal activity interference. In Mitragotri Lab, I am mainly working on investigating (A) drug delivery via bio-synthetic systems and bio-inspired nanoparticles after FUS-induced blood-brain barrier disruption; (B) theranostic feasibility via particle hitch-hacking during FUS immunotherapy for brain cancer. I am co-advised by Prof. Nathan McDannold at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Longwood – 221 Longwood Ave, EBRC 521, Boston, MA 02115
Cambridge – Northwest Building B160, 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Isabella

Isabella Suzuki

I am a PhD student in Prof. Bentley's lab  at the University of São Paulo – Brazil. My research focuses on the treatment of psoriasis by silencing the TNF-alpha inflammation protein using siRNA-TNF-alpha bound to solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN). In Prof. Mitragotri´s lab, my research focuses treating psoriasis using siRNA-TNF-alpha bound to an ionic liquid, CAGE, and validating the system in mice models of psoriasis (Imiquimod method).

Northwest Building, B153
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Eden Tanner

Eden Tanner, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents could be the key to unlocking selective, effective biomedicine - but understanding the fundamental microscopic interactions within the ionic solvents is essential. My research focuses on elucidating what is happening at a molecular level, working towards the development of smart solvents that are tailored for purpose.
Northwest Building, B160
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Anvay Ukidve

Anvay Ukidve

Graduate Student
I work on improving the delivery of nanoparticles to the vascular endothelium of various organs via RBC- hitchhiking.
Northwest Building, B153
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Jamie

Jeymesson Vieira, PhD

Wound healing after skin damage is a complex process and although tissue repair is an evolution of the body itself to solve the wound, some of them need special care for proper healing. I am a professor of histology and embryology in Federal University of Pernambuco UFPE/Brazil and as a visitor professor at Mitragotri’s lab I have studied technologies to increase skin permeability in drug transport bringing transcutaneous skin therapy beyond the state-of-art.
Northwest Building, B164
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Lily

Li-Wen Lily Wang

Graduate Student
I am a Ph.D. student in medical engineering at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). My current research interests include cell-based drug delivery for cancer immunotherapy and vaccine development.
Northwest Building, B163
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Debra Wu

Debra Wu

Graduate Student
Liposomes for synergistic combination chemotherapy delivery
Northwest Building, B165
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Zongmin Zhao

Zongmin Zhao, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Immunomodulation represents a promising approach for treating many diseases and disorders prophylactically or therapeutically. My research focuses on using red blood cell hitchhiking, transdermal vaccination, and oral vaccination to modulate the immune responses. I am also interested in using synthetic platelet and platelet hitchhiking for metastatic cancer treatment.
Northwest Building, B164
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138