Associated Faculty

Ivonne González Gamboa, Ph.D.

Ivonne is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology. She and her students collaborate with us on plant health engineering projects.

Before her independent career, Ivonne completed her post-doctoral training in the Steinmetz Lab (2021-2023), she obtained her Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology under the direction of Prof. Fernando Ponz at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) in September 2017.


Christine E. Boone, M.D., Ph.D.

Christine is an Interventional Radiology (Integrated IR/DR) Resident in the Clinician-Scientist training program at UCSD. She completed MD and PhD degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she investigated in vivo perturbations of electrical activity in the hippocampus related to memory processing in a mouse model of Fragile X syndrome. Christine joined the Steinmetz Lab in 2019 as an NIH T32-pathway post-doctoral clinician-scientist trainee. Her current research focuses on developing plant virus-like particles (VLPs) as immunological adjuvants for cancer therapy. She aims to combine Interventional Radiology's strengths in minimally invasive imaging-guided disease targeting with the versatility of VLP nanotechnology to develop novel methods to treat cancer and other disorders. In her free time, Christine enjoys travel, Middle Eastern dance, surfing, and rock climbing. 

Ted (Edward) Koellhoeffer, M.D., Ph.D.

Ted is a Diagnostic Radiology Resident in the Clinician-Scientist Scholarship Research Program (CSSRP) at UCSD.  He completed his MD and PhD degrees from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Texas at Houston, a joint dual-degree program at McGovern Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  Ted’s thesis research work investigated epigenetic molecular mechanisms of aging in microglia in the central nervous system.  Ted joined the Steinmetz lab in 2020 during his first year at UCSD as part of the T32 CSSRP residency program.  His current research interests include the utilization of plant viruses in immunotherapeutic treatment of cancer and other diseases.  In his free time, Ted enjoys photography, going to the beach, and spending time with his family.

Mansur Ghani, MD

Mansur is an Interventional Radiology (Integrated IR/DR) Resident in the Clinician-Scientist training program at UCSD. He completed his MD at Yale School of Medicine where he investigated imaging biomarkers for treatment response in liver cancer treated with minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures. Mansur joined the Steinmetz lab in 2020 during his first year in the T32 Clinician-Scientist Radiology Residency Program through a collaborative effort with Dr. Isabel Newton to study the treatment of liver cancer with plant viruses in combination with cryoablation, an interventional radiology procedure that kills cancer cells by freezing them. Outside of the lab and his clinical work, Mansur enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking and tennis.

Krister Barkovich, M.D. Ph.D.

Krister is a Diagnostic Radiology resident in the NIH T32 clinician scientist training pathway at UCSD. He completed his MD at the UCSF School of Medicine and his PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Dr Kevan Shokat’s laboratory investigating novel chemical-genetic strategies for the inhibition of DEAD-box proteins and the mechanism of action of clinically approved CDK4/6 inhibitors. Krister joined the Steinmetz Lab in 2021. His research interests include molecular targeting of viral nanoparticles for cancer treatment and molecular imaging. Outside of the lab, Krister enjoys basketball, running, biking, and hiking.

Post-doctoral Fellows

Zhongchao (Kevin) Zhao, Ph.D.

Kevin joined the Steinmetz lab as a Postdoctoral Scholar in September of 2020. He obtained his bachelor and master degrees back in China from China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing from 2007 to 2014. In August 2014, he came to US and started his PhD study in Prof. Adam Zlotnick’s lab at Indiana University. His PhD work focused on the understanding and regulating of Hepatitis B virus capsid assembly and the re-design of capsid protein and assembly pathway to create holey capsids for engineering purposes. His current research focuses on the development and engineering of CPMV viral capsids for ovarian cancer treatment. Other than research, Kevin is a big fun of sports. He likes watching NBA and NFL, also he likes playing basketball, tennis and surfing.

Adam Caparco, Ph.D.

Adam joined the Steinmetz lab in January 2021, with research focused on using plant viruses and VLPs for precision agriculture and living materials applications. Adam completed his PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (2020) in Atlanta, GA under Profs. Julie Champion and Andreas Bommarius. His thesis work focused on enzyme immobilization and protein-inorganic material assembly. After receiving a STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship (2019), Adam also worked for several months at Genoscope in Evry, France on an enzyme discovery and metagenomics project. Prior to his thesis work, Adam studied Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA (2015), where his undergraduate research focused on metabolic engineering. In his spare time, Adam enjoys ambitious cooking projects, video games, traveling, and volunteering with LGBTQ organizations.

Jessica Fernanda Affonso de Oliveira, Ph.D.

Jessica Fernanda Affonso de Oliveira joined the Steinmetz lab as postdoctoral scholar in April of 2021. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar) in 2011. Then, she continued her Master and PhD degrees in Centro de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CMPEM - Brazil) under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Mateus Borba Cardoso where her research was focused at development of tailored functional nanomaterials against resistant bacteria strains (Master) and development of selective targeting nanomateriais for cancer treatment, where she worked with Hodgkin’s Lymphomas. During her PhD, she also spent one year as a Visiting Scholar at Prof. Vicent M. Rotello lab in Amherst (UMass-Amherst), where she collaborates in several different projects. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, travel, studying other languages and watching funny Netflix shows.

Jorge Leganés, Ph.D.

Jorge Leganés joined the Steinmetz Lab as a postdoc scholar in November 2021. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, Spain) in 2014, followed by his Master in organic chemistry in 2015. He then carried out his PhD at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM, Spain) under the supervision of Prof. Ester Vázquez, in the research topic of nanocomposite hydrogels based on carbon and inorganic nanoparticles for applications in smart drug delivery. During his PhD, he carried out his doctoral stay at the lab of Dr. Diez de Campo (University of Saarland, Germany) where he researched with light-responsive click-able hydrogels. Outside work, Jorge enjoys speaking German and English, playing the guitar, swimming, and hanging out with friends.

Debbie Ledezma, Ph.D.

Debbie is a CT2 Moores Cancer Center post-doctoral fellow and also received a prestigious Chancellor’s Post-doctoral Fellowship - she started her work on cancer immunotherapy in Jan 2023 in the Steinmetz Lab. Debbie completed her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry at the University of Virginia in 2017. She then obtained her PhD in Microbiology & Immunology from The George Washington University in 2022 under the direction of Prof. Rohan Fernandes. Her thesis work focused on the antitumor response and immunity in photothermal therapy. In her free time, she likes working out at the gym, snowboarding, dirt biking, entertaining her dog Huck, and watching NFL and NWSL. 

Patrick Opdensteinen, Ph.D.

Patrick joined the Steinmetz Laboratory as a postdoctoral scholar in July 2023. His research focuses on the application of plant-made nanomaterials for human health and plant health.  Patrick obtained his B.Sc (2014) and M.Sc (2017) in Molecular and Applied Biotechnology in Germany at the RWTH Aachen University. After completing a research internship in the Sinskey Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),Patrick returned to Germany to pursue a PhD at the RWTH Aachen and the FraunhoferInstitute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in the framework of theDFG Research Training Group Tumor-Targeted Drug Delivery. Patrick completed hisPhD under the supervision of Prof. Buyel in April 2023 (summa cum laude) and worked at the University Clinic Aachen before starting his postdoctoral research in the Steinmetz Lab. A central concept during his PhD was to implement modular tools on the DNA and protein level in plants, an approach thatPatrick now applies in the context of plant-made nanomaterials.  When he is not in the lab,Patrick likes traveling, hiking, DIY projects and sports; in particular volleyball, soccer, badminton and biking.

Graduate Students

Yvonne (Yifeng) Ma

Yvonne joined the Steinmetz lab in September 2019. Her current research focus is investigating the cancer cellular uptake of VLP and developing drug delivery system based on that. Yvonne received her B.S. in polymer science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University in 2019, where she worked on engineering polysaccharide derivatives for hemostasis augmentation. In her free time, she enjoy playing with her cats, listening to Kpop, and traveling.

Miguel Moreno

Miguel joined as a fourth year Nanoengineering undergraduate at UCSD and transitioned to be a PhD student in NanoEngineering in the Fall 2020. Miguel has a particular interest in cancer and cardiovascular research. Outside of the lab he spends his time playing baseball, video games, and spending time with his friends.

Bryan Duoto 

Bryan is a NanoEngineering PhD student that joined the Steinmetz lab in the Fall of 2021. Prior to his work at UCSD, Bryan worked at Juno Therapeutics, a Bristol Myers Squibb company, where he was a lead technology development Process Engineer for the cell therapy Breyanzi. Bryan earned his M.S. in Cell, Molecular and Microbiology through a joint program between San Jose State University and Stanford University where he researched small molecule and cell therapies for skin fibrosis in the Longaker Lab. During his B.S. at Sonoma State, Bryan was an intern at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in the Kennedy lab where he studied the mTOR pathways and their relationship with longevity in collaboration with Alphabet's biotech arm Calico. In his free time Bryan enjoys playing sports (soccer, tennis, golf, hiking, swimming, surfing), spending time with his wife and two dogs, DIY projects, reading and woodworking.

Anthony Omole

Anthony received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. As an undergraduate researcher in Francis Research Group he worked with diblock copolymers to form micellar systems for biomedical and environmental applications. After graduating, he continued research at the National Cancer Institute as a Post Baccalaureate Fellow; where he studied proteases with activity-based probes and inhibitors, and their relationship to immunological problems and cancer. He joined the Steinmetz Research Group in September 2021, where he will be working on cancer immunotherapy using plant nanotechnology. Outside the lab he enjoys reading and writing realist fiction, afro dancing, portrait photography and geocaching.

Andrea Simms

Andrea is a Ph.D. student in NanoEngineering and joined the Steinmetz lab in September 2021. She earned her B.S. in chemistry from Arizona State University in 2019, and in the following two years worked in a quality control lab for compounded veterinary pharmaceuticals. Her work in the Steinmetz lab focuses on developing plant virus immunotherapy for clinical translation as well as using plant viruses to improve drug targeting and delivery. Andrea also enjoys hiking, cooking and baking, oil painting, and playing with her dog Teddy.

Zhuohong Wu

Zhuohong Wu is a Ph.D. Student in NanoEngineering who joined the Steinmetz lab in December 2021. Zhuohong completed his M.S. degree in the same department at UCSD. His prior work focused on the development of a multimodal platform based on phenolic materials for biomedical applications. When not in the lab, Zhuohong enjoys hiking and cooking with friends, listening to Cantonese songs, and reading sci-fi.

Xinyi Deng

XinyiDeng is a PhD student in the Department of Nanoengineering. She joined the labin April 2022. She received her B.S. in Polymer Science from Beijing Universityof Chemical Technology. Her past research focused on cancer and she has a particular interest in immunology. Currently she’s working on plant virus-based vaccines and immunotherapy. In her free time, she loves rock music, J-pop,cooking for friends and hiking.

Calvin Shih

Calvin is a graduate student in biology who joined the Steinmetz lab in October 2022. His research focuses on hydrogel synthesis and its integration with plant-based viruses. In his free time, Calvin likes making music, dropping DJ sets at parties occasionally, working out with some friends, and grabbing food afterward. 

Seongwon 'Steve' Jung

Seongwon ‘Steve’ is a master’s student in Bioengineering. He joined the Steinmetz laboratory in January 2024. Steve earned his B.S. at the University of California, Davis. Before his time at UC Davis, Steve worked at the McDonald's Lab on plant-based therapeutic agents, and he also worked at Kainomyx, where he conducted malaria research. Currently, his research focuses on plant virus-based vaccines related to glycan form, collaborating with Professor Lewis. Steve loves traveling, working out, and drinking coffee.

Meghana Varanasi 

Meghana is a graduate student in Bioengineering who joined the Steinmetz lab in Jan 2024. She earned her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science and previously worked with a start-up to fabricate antibiotic-impregnated 3D scaffolds for bone tissue reconstruction. Her research focuses on using plant-based viruses for cancer vaccines and immunotherapy. In her free time, she enjoys playing the violin, practicing yoga, cooking new recipes, and exploring San Diego with her friends. 

Ning-Yu (Irene) Song 

Irene is a M.S. student in Bioengineering who joined the Steinmetz Lab in January 2024. She earned her B.E. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University. Her current research focus is on engineering plant virus-based vaccines as cancer treatment and observing the immune responses. In her free time, she enjoys gymnastics, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.

Undergraduate Students

Sabrina Chang Liao

Sabrina is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Supply Chain who joined the lab in February 2022. Her research focuses on developing nanomaterials for plant vaccine applications. In her free time, she loves thrifting, sunset watching, taking pictures, and cooking.   

Lucas Sutorus

Lucas is an undergraduate student studying NanoEngineering. Lucas works on cancer immunotherapies using plant virus nanoparticles as biologics. He is also a member of the UCSD Surf Team. In his free time he enjoy surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, making music electronically, and playing piano, guitar and bass.

Sean Hsu

Sean is an undergraduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology who joined the Steinmetz Lab in January 2023. He previously worked on recombinant expression of ABO blood group antigen cleaving glycoside hydrolases as a part of an International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM)team. As such, he is interested in the intersection between synthetic biology and plant viruses for medical applications. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and baking. 

Narek Minasov

Narek is an undergraduate student from Revelle College majoring in Neurobiology with a minor in Chemistry. He joined the lab in June 2023 and focuses on the use of plant virus nanoparticles for treating ovarian cancer. In his free time , he likes listening to music while going on evening drives, going to the gym, watching TV shows, and keeping up with the stock market.

Gautham Sathish

Gautham is an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering who joined the Steinmetz Lab in 2023. Their research focuses on utilizing plant viruses for cancer therapies and treatments. In their free time, they enjoy cooking food from different cuisines, singing, playing tennis, and going out to see new places.

Norma Omar 

Norma is an undergraduate student with a major in Chemical Engineering. Her research focuses on developing hydrogels to deliver viral cargo for cancer treatments. She enjoys spending her free time swimming, crocheting, and doing henna art.

Jamie Gatus 

Jamie is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering with a focus in biotechnology, and she joined the Steinmetz lab in June 2023. Her research focuses on the applications of CPMV nanoparticles in cancer immunotherapy. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, surfing, and trying out new restaurants with friends.

Kimia Nematpour

Kimia is an undergraduate student studying Biochemistry with a minor in Computer Science. She joined the lab in January 2024 and focuses on using plant nanotechnology to encourage cancer immunotherapy. Beyond the lab, she enjoys traveling, camping, skiing, and attending concerts.

Kyle Lewin

Kyle is an undergraduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation who joined the Steinmetz Lab in January 2024. He is interested in the discovery of treatments utilizing plant viruses and bacteria for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Cancer. In his free time, he enjoys working on cars, fishing, skiing, boating, hiking, and wakeboarding.

Raul Gonzalez

Raul is a third year NanoEngineering student at UCSD who joined the Steinmetz Lab in Winter 2024. He is currently working on a tumor-specific plant virus nanoparticle vaccine. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, photography, and playing the piano.

Patrick Smith 

Patrick is a B.S. student in Microbiology who started at UC San Diego in the Fall 2023; joined Steinmetz Lab in Winter 2024 and is supervised by Professor González Gamboa. He is a winner of the UC Leads Scholar Award! 


Scientists and Post-docs

Shuai Shao, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doc): 10/18-05/19, current position: Professor, Hospital of Zhengzhou University

Isaac Marks, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doc): 08/18-08/19, current position: Scientist, Avidity Biosciences

Chao Wang, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doc): 05/17-10/19, current position: Scientist, MD Anderson

Joon Park, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doc): 11/17-11/19, current position: Scientist, Biolegend

Hui Cai, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (Assistant Scientist): 06/17-03/20, current position: Assistant Professor, Sun Yet-Sen University

Andy (He) Hu, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (Assistant Scientist): 09/17-05/20, current position: Research Scientist, Department of BiologicalSystems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Vero Beiss, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doc): 11/17-12/20, current position: Consultant at Pro-SPR GmbH

Angela Chen, B.S.

Steinmetz Lab (research assistant): 01/20-1/21, current position: SouthwesternCollege; certification as a Medical Lab Technician

Sayoni Ray, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doc): 05/2019-04/2021, Senior Scientist at Nitto BioPharma andTechnology, San Diego, CA (05/2021-09/2022). Current position:  Research Scientist Johnson & Johnson,San Francisco, CA.

Christian I. Nkagna, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doc): 02/2020-02/2022, current position: Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Scientist,IRISYS LLC (RECRO), San Diego, CA.

Sourabh Shukla, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doc, Research Associate, Research Professor, Assistant Scientist): 2010-2022; current position: Senior Scientist, Arcturus Therapeutics.

Misha Bhatia, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (Lab Manager in 2021-2022).  

Sam Penziner, M.D.

Infectious disease fellow at UCSD. He worked in the labs of Robert "Chip" Schooley and David Pride and collaborated with us (2019-2022).

Oscar Ortega-Rivera, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doctoralscholar): 10/2018-07/2022; Awards: UC Mexus post-doc fellowship. Current position: Scientist in Analytical Development at Actym Therapeutics in Berkeley.

Soo Khim Chan, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doctoral scholar): 02/2019-07/2022. Current position: ATILA Biosystems, Assay Development Scientist. 

Eunkyeong Jung, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doctoral scholar): 04/2021-08/2023. Current position: Senior researcher at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology.

Sweta Karan, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab (post-doctoral scholar): 11/2021-08/2023. Current position: post-doc at UC San Diego.

Graduate students

Paul L. Chariou, Ph.D.

PhD in Bioengineering; Steinmetz lab: Fall 2015-Winter 2020; current position: Post-doctoral Scientist, National Cancer Institute 

Armando Puente

MS in Bioengineering; Steinmetz lab:  Fall 2020-Fall 2021; current position: PhD Student in Biomolecular Engineering at U Chicago.

Vanshika Agrawal 

MS in NanoEngineering; Steinmetz lab:  Fall 2021-Summer 2022. Current position: Industry position.

Britney Voelckert

MS in NanoEngineering; Steinmetz lab:  Fall 2021-Summer 2022. Current position: Scientist at NanoComposix.

Udhaya Pooranam Venkateswaran

M.S. in NanoEngineering, Fall 2021-Fall 2022; current position: Process Engineer, Intel, Oregon

Reca Caballero

M.S. in Bioengineering; Steinmetz Lab Fall 2021-Winter 2023; current poistion: Research Associate II in the Vector Biosciencesgroup at Astellas Pharma in South San Francisco

Matthew Shin, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Nanoengineering; Steinmetz Lab Fall 2018-Spring 2023; current position: Scientist, Entos Pharmaceuticals 

Anahid Foroughishafiei

M.S. in Bioengineering; Steinmetz Lab Fall 2021-Winter 2023; current position: Scientistat n-Lorem Foundation.

Young Hun (Eric) Chung Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Bioengineering; Steinmetz Lab Fall 2019-Spring 2023; current position: Post-doctoralScientist at Pfizer, San Diego, CA.

Undergraduate Researchers

Olivia Nguyen

Winter and Spring 2019

David Laub

Winter 2019-Winter 2020

Aayushma Gautam

Winter 2019-Spring 2021

Justin McCaskill

Fall 2019-Summer 2022, Research Assistant Summer-Fall 2022

Derek Quack

Winter 2022-Winter 2023

George Goldenfeld

Winter 2022-Spring 2023

Reighlyn (Hanyang) Wang

Fall 2022-Spring 2023

Keira Hillman

Fall 2022-Spring 2023

Alumni | CWRU 

Post-doctoral Fellows

Ibrahim Yildiz, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2010-2012 |  Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi. 2012-present.

Jon Whitney, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2013-2014 | Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University, 2014-2018, Scientist at ERT imaging, Ohio, 2018-present.

Mike Bruckman, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2012-2015 | Scientific Director at NanoBioSystems, Ohio, 2015-2017. Head, Haima Therapeutics, Ohio, 2018-present.

Brylee Tiu, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2016 (1 year post-doc) | Research Associate at UC Berkeley, CA. 2017-present.

Andrzej Pitek, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2014-2017 | Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline - Drug Product R&D, Maryland, 2017-present.

Patricia Lam, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2015-2018 | Scientist at 22nd Century Group, Inc., NY, 2018-present.

Duc Le, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2016-2018 | Post-doctoral fellow at Radbound University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2018-present.

Ph.D. students

Amy Wen, Ph.D. 

Steinmetz Lab 2011-2016 | Thesis: Engineering virus-based nanoparticles for applications in drug delivery, imaging, and biotechnology. | present: Post-doctoral Technology Development fellow at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.

Karin Lee, Ph.D. 

Steinmetz Lab 2011-2016 | Thesis: High aspect ratio plant virus-based carriers for cancer therapy | present: post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute at NIH.

Anna Czapar, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2014-2017 | Thesis: Virus-based nanomaterials for cancer drug delivery | present: Medical student (MSTP, M.D. phase) at Case Western Reserve University.

Neetu Gulati, Ph.D.

Ph.D. student in Pharmacology from 2012, Co-Mentored with Phoebe Stewart (Professor of Pharmacology),  Steinmetz Lab 2014-2017 | Thesis: Characterizing and manipulating biological interactions of viruses. | present: post-doctoral fellow at NIH (NIAID).

Abner Murray, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2015-2018 | Thesis: Plant virus nanoparticle in situ cancer immunotherapies | present: Medical student (MSTP, M.D. phase) at Case Western Reserve University.

Residents and Lab Management

Ravi Patel, M.D. Ph.D., 

Resident in Radiation Oncology at University Hospitals Seidman CancerCenter | Steinmetz Lab 2016-2017. | Clinical Instructor at University of Wisconsin Madison, 2017-present.

Frank Veliz, M.S.

Lab Manager | Steinmetz Lab 2015-2018.

Master Students

Daniel Kernan, B.S./M.S.

Steinmetz Lab 2013-2016 | Thesis: Delivery of Potent Anti-MitoticChemotherapeutic Using High AspectRatio, Soft Matter Nanoparticles | present: Engineer, Epic consulting, Madison, WI.

Christina Franke, B.S./M.S.

Steinmetz Lab 2014-2017 | Thesis: Tobacco mosaic virus nanocarrier restored cisplatin efficacy in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer | present: R&D engineer with the Coronary and Structural Heart group at Medtronic in Santa Rosa, CA.

Richard Lin, M.S.

Steinmetz Lab 2015-2018 | Thesis: Combination drug delivery using plant viral nanoparticles.

Bindi Patel, M.S.

Steinmetz Lab 2016-2018 | Thesis: Plant Viral Nanoparticle-based Vaccine Targeting NY-ESO-1+ Triple Negative Breast Cancer | present: Research Assistant ay NanoBioSystems, Ohio, 2018-present.

Visiting Faculty

Peter Cigler, Ph.D.

Academy of Science of the Czech Republic | visited in 2011, 2012

Hema Masarapu, Ph.D.

Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India | visited 2016-2017 | Fulbright Scholar

Beth Stadler, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota | visited in 2017, sabbatical.

Visiting students

Luan Africa, M.Sc. 

Ph.D. Student at Stellenbosch University, advisors: Professor Dr. Johan Burger and Dr. Hano Maree |  He visited the Steinmetz Lab in the Summer of 2015.

Herdis Bludau 

Ph.D. Student at TU Dresden in Germany, advisor: Professor Dr. Rainer Jordan | She visited the Steinmetz Lab in the Fall of 2015 under a DAAD student exchange grant.

Rebecca Hargreaves

Ph.D. Student at the University of Hull, advisor: Professor Dave Evans | She visited the Steinmetz Lab in the Fall of 2017. 

Laura Marin Caba

Laura is a PhD Student in Physical Chemistry at University of Vigo (Spain). She visited the  Steinmetz lab in the Summer of 2017.

Undergraduate students

Craig D’Cruz (BME, Fall 2011, Spring 2012), Brian So (BME, Fall 2011, Spring 2012), Christine DeBaez (BME, Summer 2012), Josh Mealy (REU student from University of Pittsburgh, Summer 2011), Mary Ryan (Honors Student, University of Dayton,Summer 2011), Siji Oluwadara (REU student from Vanderbilt University, Summer2012), Sid (Sourav) Dey (BME, Spring 2011-Fall 2012), Samuel Alexander (BME,Spring 2011-Fall 2012), Nadia Ayat (BME, Fall 2010-Spring 2013), Kevin Chen (BME, Fall 2010-Spring 2013), Alice Yang (BME, Summer 2011-Spring 2013), Pooja Rambhia (Biochemistry, Summer 2012-Spring 2013, Co-mentor, Neil Greenspan, CWRU Pathology), 

Matt Plecha (BME, Summer 2012-Spring 2013), Steven Hern (BME, Fall2011-Fall 2013), Mengzhi Wu (BME, Spring 2013-Spring 2014), John Kim (Biology,Summer 2014-Spring 2015),  Nick DiFranco (BME, Spring 2014-Spring 2015), Lauren Randolph (BME, Fall 2011-Spring 2015), Paul Chariou (BME, Fall 2011-Spring 2015), Allen VanMeter (BME, Summer 2012-Spring 2015), Greg Hsu (Chemistry, Spring 2013-Spring 2015), Michael McBurney (BME, Spring 2013-Spring 2015), Diana Acosta (BME, Summer 2013-Spring2015), Adithy Nagarajan (BME, Fall 2013-Spring 2016), Katherine Krawiec (BME, Summer 2014-Spring 2016), 

Slater Jameson (BME, Fall 2014-Spring 2016), Sarah Woods (BME, Summer 2014-Spring 2016), Jacob Schimelman (Macro, Summer 2012-Spring 2016), Bryce Stamp (BME, Fall 2014-Fall 2016), Jeffrey Shen (BME, Summer 2016-Fall 2016), Stephen Wang, (BME, Summer 2016-Fall 2016), Paul Lin (CSU, Fall 2016-Spring 2017), Ishan Singhal (Fall 2016-Spring 2017), Jing Pu (Fall 2016-Spring 2017), Xingjian (Jack) Gong (Fall 2015-Sprin 2018), Alan Dogan (Fall 2016-2018), Akshata Rudrapatna (Spring 2017-Spring 2018), Cian Desai (Fall 2017-Spring 2018), Alex Welsh (Fall 2017-Spring 2018).

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