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The people who make the magic happen :)

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

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Daeyeon Lee

Evan C Thompson Term Chair for Excellence in Teaching
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Seoul National University, 2001
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, MIT, 2007 

Postdoctoral training: Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Group, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 2007-2008 

email: daeyeon@seas.upenn.edu
phone: 215.573.4521 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

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Rajarshi Chattaraj, Ph.D.

Graduated From: University of Colorado, Boulder 
Hometown: Durgapur, India 
Major: Mechanical Engineering 
Joined Lab: May 2018 (co-advised by Profs. Chandra Sehgal and Daniel Hammer) 
Research: Ultrasound-responsive, protein-stabilized microbubbles for theranostic applications

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Christopher S. O'Bryan, Ph.D.

Graduated From: University of Florida 
Hometown: Vero Beach, FL 
Major: B.S. Aerospace Engineering; Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering 
Joined Lab: August 2018 (co-advised by Russ Composto) 
Research: Polymer adsorption on metal surfaces; soft matter 3D printing; polymer physics

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Min Jun Oh, Ph.D.

Graduated From: Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 
Hometown: Yangsan, Republic of Korea 
Major: Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: August 2020 (co-advised by Profs. Hyun (Michel) Koo and Geelsu Hwang) 
Research: Functional microcapsules for delivery of dental therapeutics

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Hyejoong Jeong, Ph.D.

Graduated From: Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 
Hometown: Bucheon, Republic of Korea 
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
Joined Lab: February 2021 (co-advised by Prof. Junhyong Kim) 
Research: Sub-celluar sequencing

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Jaehyun (Jay) Kim, Ph.D.

Graduated From: Sungkyunkwan University, Korea 
Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea 
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
Joined Lab: February 2021 (co-advised by Prof. Russell J. Composto and Dr. Remi Dreyfus) 
Research: Gold nanoparticle capsule-based plasmonic sensor

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Siwon Lee, Ph.D.

Graduated From: KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea
Hometown: Cheonan, South Korea
Major: Material Science and Engineering
Joined Lab: Sept. 2021 (co-advised by Prof. Raymond J. Gorte)
Research: Polymer upcycling

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Hong-Huy Tran, Ph.D.

Graduated From: Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Hometown: Phan Rang-Thap Cham, Vietnam

Major: Materials Science

Joined Lab: April 2022 (co-advised by Prof. Hyun (Michel) Koo)

Research: Biofilm removal

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Yoon-Ho Hwang, Ph.D.

Graduated From: Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea
Hometown: Deagu, Korea
Major: Chemical Engineering
Joined Lab: April 2022 (co-advised by Prof. Dave Issadore)
Research: Precise and scalable production of lipid nanoparticles

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Baekmin Kim, Ph.D.

Graduated From: KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea 

Hometown: Gwangju, Republic of Korea 

Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Joined Lab: May 2022 

Research: Dynamic behaviors of soft materials near/at interfaces

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Katie Rose

Year: PhD Candidate (co-advised by Prof. Russ Composto) 
Graduated From: Case Western Reserve University 
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado 
Major: Polymer Science and Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2016 
Research: Prevention of infection transmission using active coating technology (REACT II) 
Interests: Hiking and anything involving the outdoors, photography, reading, and exploring new places and cultures

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Wilfredo Méndez Ortiz

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez 
Hometown: Aguada, Puerto Rico 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.S. in Industrial Biotechnology 
Joined Lab: Fall 2017 
Research: Interfacial complexation 
Interests: I love gaming, reading and trying out new types of food.

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Jingyu (Alex) Wu

Graduated From: Pennsylvania State University 
Hometown: Shanghai, China 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2017 
Research: Scale-up of microfluidic processes 
Interests: Rock music (Huge Zeppelin fan) & classical music, Guitar, Basketball, reading, and cooking.

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Bharath Venkatesh

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 
Hometown: New Delhi, India 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2016 
Research: Polymer infiltration into nanoparticle packing 
Interests: Travel, Cinema and Novels

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Yiwei Qiang

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: East China University of Science and Technology 
Hometown: Wuxi, China 
Major: Materials Science and Engineering 
Joined Lab: January 2017 
Research: Polymer nanocomposite films 
Interests: Traveling, music, watching tennis and photography

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Tiancheng (Arthur) Wang

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: Beihang University 
Hometown: Beijing, China 
Major: Materials Science and Engineering 
Joined Lab: April 2017 
Research: Bijels 
Interests: fitness training, travelling

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Joseph Rosenfeld

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: The City College of New York 
Hometown: Monsey, N.Y. 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2018 
Interests: Activities in Nature, Health and Fitness, Music Theory

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Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: Princeton University 
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand 
Major: BSE in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Highest Honors 
Joined Lab: Fall 2018 
Interests: Novels (especially fantasy), comics, animation, video games, sports (all sorts), martial arts, and learning/trying out new things (particularly food) :)

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Jessica O'Callaghan

Year: PhD candidate 
Graduated From: Penn State 
Hometown: Millbrook, New York 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2018 
Interests: I love traveling, art, and music. I also enjoy yoga and eating good food.

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Tian Ren

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: Tsinghua University 
Hometown: Zhengzhou, China 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2018 
Interests: I love running marathons and meeting new people. I also enjoy traveling and reading.

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Yuxuan (Ivy) Dai

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: The Pennsylvania State University 
Hometown: Changsha, China 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2019 
Research: Bijels as reaction media 
Interests: Travelling, Movies, and DOGS!

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Lilia Escobedo

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: Cornell University 
Hometown: Ithaca, NY 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2019 
Research: Protein-inspired superhydrophilic surface design to create non-fouling surfaces 
Interests: I like watching movies, cooking, and playing with my dogs. I also practice Taekwondo, and I'm in the process of learning how to ice skate!

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Anastasia Neuman

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: MIT 
Hometown: Abingdon, MD 
Major: B.S. in Chemical-Biological Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2019 
Research: Effect of extreme nanoconfinement on the thermodynamics and transport phenomena in multiphasic nanocomposite films 
Interests: field hockey, cooking, trying every kind of food, reading, traveling

Website: https://sites.google.com/seas.upenn.edu/annaneu/presentations?authuser=0

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Trevor Devine

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: University of Pittsburgh 
Hometown: Marlton, NJ 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2020 
Research: Effect of extreme nanoconfinement on the thermodynamics and transport phenomena in multiphasic nanocomposite films 
Interests: food and drink tasting, exploring the city, hockey, cooking, and audiobooks

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Alexander Johnson

Year: PhD Candidate
Graduated From: Rowan University 
Hometown: Oaklyn, NJ 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2020 
Research: Protein-inspired superhydrophilic surface design to create non-fouling surfaces 
Interests: I enjoy getting outside to hike, play golf, or play hockey on the pond in the winter. I am interested in trying new foods in the city and I am a fan of all Philadelphia sports.

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Owen Land

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 
Hometown: North Vernon, IN 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2020 
Research: Microbubble extraction of algal oil for biodiesel production and bio-refinery pptimization 
Interests: Hiking, music, ultimate frisbee, craft beer, traveling, anything outdoors really

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Anirban Majumder

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: IIT Kharagpur 
Hometown: West Bengal, India 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2020 
Research: Polymer Upcycling
Interests: Traveling, chess, music, movies, books, cooking and working out

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CK Yeh

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: Rutgers University 
Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey 
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2020 
Research: Microbubbles for therapeutic and diagnostic applications 
Interests: Chilling out with the crew in the schoolyard, doing things for the lolz xD, helping a worthy cause, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

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Emery Hsu

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: National Taiwan University
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 
Joined Lab: Fall 2021

Interests: Traveling, writing, reading and classical music 

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Hoang Dinh

Year: PhD Candidate
Graduated From: MIT
Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Joined Lab: Fall 2021
Research: Distributed Ribonucleic Acid Manufacturing (DReAM) using bijel.
Interests:  baking, badminton, jazz, and J-Pop

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Yingjie Shi

Year: PhD Candidate

Graduated From: Ohio State

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering 

Joined Lab: Fall 2021

Research: Design of co-surfactant systems to promote PEPs-REE complex adsorption 

Interests: Boxing, working out, detective movies, smooth Jazz, and hip hop music.

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Siddharth Sharma

Year: PhD Candidate 
Graduated From: Penn State 
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Major: B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Joined Lab: Fall 2021
Research: Bioprocess upscaling using microfluidics
Interests: Movies, Traveling, Painting, Dancing.

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Sophie Haddad

Year: PhD Candidate Graduated From: Lebanese University, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Major: Bioengineering
Joined Lab: Fall 2022
Research: Theranostic Microbubbles
Interests: Traveling, cooking, trying new foods 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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Stefanie Xin Pfahnl

Year: Undergraduate Student, Sophomore
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Joined Lab: January 2022
Research: Microbubbles
Interests: Baking bread, skiing, hiking

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Phuong Ngo

Year: Undergraduate Student, Sophomore 
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
Joined Lab: January 2022
Research: Polymer upcycling
Interests: Boating, swimming, cooking

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Renis J. Agosto Nieves (RJ)

Year: Undergraduate student, Senior
Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico

Major: Chemistry
Joined Lab: June 2022
Research: Modified Silica Nanoparticles based Liquid Marbles as Microreactors for Colorimetric Reactions
Interests: Tv series, Movies, Animals, and exploring new places

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Gabriela Gomez-Dopazo

Year: Visiting Undergraduate Researcher
Hometown: Cayey, Puerto Rico 
Major: Chemistry
Joined Lab: May 2022
Research: Modified Silica based Liquid Marbles as Micro-reactors for Colorimetric Reactions 
Interests: Rock climbing, hiking and cooking 

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Dahin Song

Year: Undergraduate, Junior

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Major: Bioengineering

Joined: June 2022

Research: Nitric Oxide Microbubbles

Interests: Sleeping, cafe-hopping, Korean R&B, hiking

VISITING SCHOLARS

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João Victor Mattioni

Year: Visiting Scholar (PhD student, advised by Prof. Henrique Toma and co-advised by Prof. Fernando Menegatti de Melo)
Graduated From: University of São Paulo

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Major: B.S. in Chemistry
Joined Lab: July 2022
Research: Iron oxide nanoparticles synthesis and assembly for strategic metals capture
Interests: Formula 1, rock music, anime, chess, sports and e-sports

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Jiwon Kim

Year: Visiting Scholar (PhD Candidate, co-advised by Prof. Jonghoon Choi) 
Graduated From: Chung-Ang University 
Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Joined Lab: Mar 2022
Research: Development of biomaterials for antimicrobial sensing and therapy
Interests: Photography, traveling, and exploring new places

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Sohyun Kim

Year: Visiting Scholar (Master's student, co-advised by Prof. Hyunsik Yoon)
Graduated From: Seoul National University of Science and Technology
Hometown: Nowon, Republic of Korea
Major: Nano Bio Engineering
Joined Lab: Feb 2022
Research: Microneedle
Interests: Traveling, music, and dancing

VISITING PROFESSOR

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Minsub Chung

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Hongik University

Ph.D. of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

 

Postdoctoral scholar of Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

B.S. of Chemical Engineering, Seoul National University (Summa cum laude)

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/nanobiointerfaces/

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Jonghoon Choi

Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Chung-Ang University


Ph.D. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland


Postdoctoral scholar of Chemical Engineering, MIT


B.S. of Chemical Engineering, Seoul National University 


Website: http://nml.creatorlink.net/