Biomedical Engineering

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Postdoctoral Fellows


Jian Du
Assistant Research Scientist


Research Interests:
The overall objective of my interests is to merge three lines of research that have independently shown promise for advancing tissue engineering endeavors, specifically biomaterial scaffolds, glycosylation engineering, and stem cell research

Liaoning University, China, B.S.(2000) Chemical Engineering
Chengdu Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ph.D. (2005) Applied Chemistry



Rahul Bhattacharya
Postdoctoral Felllow

Research Interests:
Synthetic Carbohydrate Chemistry
Short chain fatty acid-modified hexosamine-core analogs and their biological properties as part of anti cancer drug development
Nucleoside chemistry

Burdwan University, West Bengal, India, B.S. (1999), Chemistry with Honors
Jadavpur University, Kolkata ,West Bengal, India, M.S. (2001), Chemistry: Organic Chemistry specialization
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-India, Ph.D. (2008), Chemistry

Laura Alberch
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests:
-Synthesis of novel carbohydrate analogs to increase their metabolic
 uptake by cells as promising anti-cancer drug candidates.
-Attachment of azide bearing sugars to PEG coated soft nanoparticles for drug delivery.
The University of Manchester (2002), BSc, MChem
Purdue University, Ph.D. (2011), Chemistry



Graduate Students



Freddy Espinoza
Graduate Student

Research Interests:
My research goal is to design next-generation sugar analogs that build upon the beneficial traits of our existing prodrugs. My doctoral research is driven by my interest in rational drug design with in-vitro testing, specifically involving cancer glycosylation and glycobiology, and in-silico modeling of ligand-protein interactions. My research focus has three aims: to improve the potency, bioavailability, and specificity of our laboratory's sugar analogue prodrugs to malignant tumor cells. I collaborate with researchers in medicinal chemistry, nanoparticle technology, and computational chemistry to accomplish the aims of my research.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), S.B. (2008), Chemical Engineering






Christopher Saeui
BME Rotating Graduate Student

Research Interests:








Mohit Philip Mathew
Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Probing the effect of glycosylation on activity and behavior of cells using metabolic oligosaccharide engineering. 1) Studying the effect of glycosylation on intracellular esterase activity using unnatural sugar analogs. 2) Searching for specific targets of glycosylation using wound healing assays and click chemistry. 3) Investigating the differences in uptake efficiency between liposomal delivery methods and butyration of sugar analogs. 4) Elucidating the dynamics of extracellular inactivation of butyrated sugar analogs in serum.


B.E. Biotechnology Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India





Research Technicians


Elaine Tan
Research Technologist


Research Interests:
Glycoengineering and cancer treatment:
-Studying apoptotic pathway induced by unnatural sugar analogs in cancer cells.
-Understanding how glycoengineering affects intracellular esterases.

Johns Hopkins University, M.S. (2010), Biomedical Engineering


Undergraduate Students
Hyo Jun Kim
Undergraduate Student
Jun Huang
Undergraduate Student

Margaret Chow

Undergraduate Student



Jiarui (Jerry) Wang
Undergraduate Student class of 2015



Brian Choi
Undergraduate Student