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.






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.





Ming Xu
 is a postdoctoral scholar in the Nanoengineering department at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Missouri-Columbia, where he worked on the development of fluorescent sensors for glycolipids and glutamate. After his graduation, he joined the Jokerst lab as a postdoctoral fellow to develop chemical probes for imaging biologically important proteases.












Zhicheng Jin is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of NanoEngineering at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Hedi Mattoussi at the Florida State University, where he worked on designing functional nanomaterials and developing FRET-based nanosensors for probing MMP enzymes. His research in Jokerst group focuses on the synthesis of functional polypeptides as photoacoustic contrast agents for detecting Mpro protease.






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 candidate, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and ARCS Fellow in the NanoEngineering Department at UCSD. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and received his M.S. in NanoEngineering from UCSD. In the Jokerst Lab, he has developed activatable contrast agents for photoacoustic imaging of proteases, worked toward clinical deployment of photoacoustics in periodontology, and applied a novel analytical technique for measuring nanoscale size distributions of self-aggregating proteins in Alzheimer’s disease. He is currently working on protease-based detection of COVID-19 and periodontal disease.






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. In the Jokerst lab he has developed activatable nanoparticle based sensors for reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS), explored the fundamentals behind nanoparticle-based photoacoustic signal generation, and undertaken human clinical studies to monitor wound healing using photoacoustic imaging. He is currently studying the effects of blood pressure on photoacoustic signals and designing a colorimetric assay for COVID-19 detection.  






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.  Currently, he is working on polyphenol-based nanoparticle synthesis for biomedical applications. 
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.






Visiting researcher

Tyler Dorobek
 is a Marine Corps veteran, pre-medical student in the Nanoengineering department at UC San Diego. He graduated from UC San Diego with both a B.S. in Nanoengineering and a B.S. in Human Biology. While an undergraduate at UC San Diego he conducted research on nanoparticle drug delivery systems at Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and rotator cuff tear regenerative therapeutics at UC San Diego ACTRI while also fulfilling a role as a private practice facilitator in clinical orthopaedic surgery. He is currently studying the intersection of diagnostic and therapeutic nano-agents with biomedical imaging modalities.



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.








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.