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.







Jingcheng Zhou is a postdoctoral scholar in the Nanoengineering Department at UC San Diego. He received his Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bridgeport in 2014. His master thesis topic was speech signal processing on a new pitch-range based feature set for age and gender classification. He then earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2019. He developed an all-optical fiber ultrasound imaging system based on the photoacoustic principle. He is currently working on building heparin-sensitive acoustic fibers and technologies to quantitate anticoagulants.






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.






Jiajing Zhou
 is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Nanoengineering at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Hongwei Duan at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. After working as a research fellow in the same group for two years, he moved to Prof. Frank Caruso’s group as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on the synthesis of functional nanohybrids for biomedical applications.








Yong Cheng
 is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Nanoengineering at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Fan Xia and Prof. Bifeng Liu at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. After working as a postdoctoral researcher in the same group for two years, he moved to Prof. Rana’s group as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego. His research focuses on the peptide-conjugated fluorescent probes and their application in cancer theranostics.







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 candidate 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 
nanoparticle-based smart, photoacoustic contrast agents. He is currently working on photoacoustic imaging and staging of wounds. 








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 at 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. Currently, he is working on nanoparticle synthesis for photoacoustic imaging and clinical purpose. He is passionate to learn something new and collaborate with interdisciplinary people. 
Email: woyim@eng.ucsd.edu 















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. 
Email: mcreyer@eng.ucsd.edu  
















Raina Borum
 is a Nanoengineering Ph.D. student at UCSD. She received her B.S. in Nanoengineering with a minor in Mathematics at UCSD. Her past research focused on DNA Nanotechnology for drug delivery and controlled viral activity. She is investigating synthetic nucleic acid as an imaging probe for the low-limit and noninvasive detection of native nucleic acid cancer biomarkers.








Alec Jorns
 is a PhD student in the Nanoengineering program at UC San Diego. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a certificate in Bioengineering from the University of Kansas. As an undergraduate at KU, he researched automotive technology, rocket design and electric-bike power systems. He is interested in leveraging his interdisciplinary background in mechanical engineering to design improved devices through the principles and methods of nanoengineering.







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.