Postdoctoral Scholars


Jorge Palma
 is a postdoctoral scholar in the Nanoengineering department at UC San Diego. He earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University, where he developed contrast agents for optical imaging techniques and designed vascular-targeted drug delivery platforms. He is currently working on tissue-mimicking phantoms for characterization and image quality assessment of photoacoustic imaging systems.







Brendan Zhang
 is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Nanoengineering at UC San Diego. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. At Willamette, he synthesized chiral ligands for metal-catalyzed reactions. He then earned his PhD in Chemistry from UC Irvine, where he used organic synthesis and protein engineering to develop bioluminescent probes for in vivo imaging. He then transitioned to a biotech startup, where he utilized phage display to identify antibodies for cancer immunotherapy. In the Jokerst lab, he is working on a photoacoustic probe to track pathogenic bacteria.






Ph.D. Students


Ali Hariri
 is a PhD candidate 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. 







C
olman Moore is a PhD student in the Nanoengineering department at UC San Diego. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. At USC he conducted research on nanoparticle drug delivery systems and Alzheimer’s disease, and nanoparticle mobility at the Intl. Inst. for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University. He is currently studying the intersection of diagnostic and therapeutic nano-agents with biomedical imaging modalities.








Yash Mantri
 is a PhD student in the Bioengineering department at UC San Diego. He received his Btech. in Biomedical engineering from D.Y. Patil University in India. He has previously worked on developing a novel point and shoot imaging system to track skin pigmentation and is currently working on monitoring nanoparticle based drug delivery systems.







Tengyu He
 is a PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering graduate program at UCSD. He received his M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. At UCAS he conducted research in the application of nanomaterials in the design of stretchable electronics. He is currently studying nanomaterials for cancer theranostics and thrombus imaging.







Lei Fu
 is a PhD student in the Nanoengineering department at UC San Diego. He received his B.S and M.E. degree from Jiangnan University in China. His previous work mainly concentrates on Optical Coherence Tomography(OCT) especially OCT angiography.







Wonjun Yim
 is a PH.D. student in the department of Material Science at UCSD. He finished his undergraduate degree in Yonsei University, South Korea. After that, he did his masters at UC Berkeley where he studied material science engineering in depth. Previously he has worked on batteries, supercapacitors, carbon fiber composites, and photoluminescent materials for LED. He also worked in startup companies during his time in Berkeley. He has designed products using AutoCAD and Solidworks. Wonjun is passionate to learn something new and collaborate with interdisciplinary people. He is interested in developing hybrid nanomaterials for antibacterial purposes with photoacoustic imaging.






Matthew Creyer
 is a PhD student in the Nanoengineering program at UC San Diego. He graduated with a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. As an undergraduate at Wisconsin, he researched the self-assembly of block copolymer thin films. For an REU at the University of New Mexico and Sandia National Labs, he studied the efficacy of theranostic agents to treat neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, he is working to develop diagnostic platforms using nanoparticle self-assembly approaches.














Undergraduate Students


Jason Chang
 is an undergraduate student with a Human Biology, B.S. major at UCSD. His current focus is on studying contrast agents and photo-acoustic and ultrasound imaging.






Ryan Wing
  is an undergraduate with the NanoEngineering Department at UCSD. He is currently studying the application of novel imaging techniques in the biomedical field.








Jason Tsujimoto
 is an undergraduate student with the BioEngineering Department at UCSD. He is currently focused on testing and developing a more portable and affordable photoacoustic tomography automation system.








Christopher Mason
 is an undergraduate student with the Biological Sciences Department at UCSD. He is currently working on monitoring nanoparticle based drug delivery systems.








Justin Yeung
  is an undergraduate in the Bioengineering department at UCSD. He is currently focused on studying nanomedicine and its application in wound dressing in the biomedical field.








Lab Technician

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Christopher Fernandes recently graduated Summa Cum Laude at UC San Diego with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Biology. Previously, Chris was involved with the Surfer Biome Project at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has been an active emergency medical technician for the pat six years having worked directly for San Diego Fire-Rescue and the emergency department at UC San Diego's Thornton Hospital. Additionally, Chris is an avid Surfer and competes in many state and national competitions throughout the year. Chris will primarily be involved in applying our Photoacoustic Imaging Device to patients and analyzing the collected data to bring us one step closer to making a positive impact in human health.