Postdoctoral Researchers

Taeho Kim is a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Jokerst Lab at UCSD Nanoengineering. He is working on the inorganic nanoparticle tools for stem cell imaging and therapy. He completed his Ph.D. with Prof. Taeghwan Hyeon from the School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University (SNU) in Korea, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Michael J. Sailor in UCSD Chemistry and Biochemistry.

AnanthaKrishnan Soundaram Jeevarathinam is now a Postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Jokerst Bioimaging Lab in the Nanoengineering department at the University of California, San Diego. His current research is focused on design, synthesis and study of functional organic molecular materials for bioimaging applications. Ananth received his Ph.D. from the council of scientific and industrial research - central leather research institute (CSIR-CLRI), Chennai, India. He recently completed his postdoctoral studies with Dr. Hemali Rathnayake in the Department of Chemistry at Western Kentucky University. Email:


Ph.D. Students

Fang Chen is now a PhD student in the MSE program at University of California, San Diego. She is working on synthesis, properties and bioapplications of nanostructured non-metallic inorganic materials. She got her Master degree in Materials Science from Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Bachelor’s degree from Southeast University. 

Junxin Wang is a PhD student in the Nanoengineering department at UC San Diego. He got his M.S. degree in Electro-
optics from the University of Dayton and a B.S. degree in Optical Information Science and Technology from Chanchun University of Science and Technology. He is currently working on biomolecular imaging using nanoparticles and extracellular vesicles. 

Jeanne Lemaster
is a Masters/PhD student in the Nanoengineering department at UC San Diego. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. With over 6 years of experience in research, industry, and engineering consulting, Jeanne has worked for the Department of Defense as well as the private sector on novel imaging techniques, product development, industrial design, and regulatory compliance.  She is currently studying the application of nanotechnology on biosystems. 

Chien-Ju (William) Chen is a Master/Ph.D student in the Bioengineering Department at UC San Diego. He received his bachelor’s degree from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He recently worked on developing a hybrid liposome system combined with photoacoustic imaging  to deal with early ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Ali Hariri is a PhD student in the Nanoengineering Department at UCSD. He got his M.S. degree and B.S degree in Biomedical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. He worked on developing different configurations of photoacoustic imaging technique including computed tomography and microscopy (both acoustic and optical resolution). He also worked on measuring the functional connectivity in resting state using fMRI images on methamphetamine dependence. 

Undergraduate Student

Daniel Cheah is an undergraduate at UC San Diego majoring in NanoEngineering with a General Biology minor. Daniel helps develop nanoparticles for photoacoustic imagery of
ovarian cancer and image-guided drug delivery.

Anamik Jhunjhunwala  is an undergraduate at UC San Diego majoring in Bioengineering :Biotechnology and Economics Honors. He is currently involved with three projects in the Jokerst Lab. The first project involves the design of a theranostic catheter which can detect heparin levels in blood using Photoacoustic Imaging. His second project relates to the use of Copper Sulfide Nanoparticles for the detection of Ovarian Cancer. Lastly, he is also working on using Aggregated Induced Emission for drug delivery purposes.

Ghanim Hableel is an undergraduate at UC San Diego majoring in Chemical Engineering. Ghanim is currently involved in a project of synthesizing organosilica nanoparticles as a reusable adsorbent for anionic dyes.

Visiting Student

Ching-Yu Lin (Octavia) is a visiting graduate student in the Nanoengineering department at UC San Diego. She received her M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from National Cheng Kung University and B.S. degree in Fragrance and Cosmetic Science from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. She is currently working on the application of photoacoustic imaging on dental tissues.

Mridhula Thangaraj is currently at Progenitor Cell Therapy
Christine Khademi is currently in medical school
Vincent Lin
Dennis Chang
Prem Thottumkara
Fang Wang
Jiyoung Kim
Kevin Lim
Brian Su
Pauldeen Davejan
Santiago Arconada
Eric Zhao
James Hartanto