Former Members

of the Sailor Research Group at UC San Diego


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Gabrielle Balistreri
Undergraduate Student: 2020-2021
ORCID: 0000-0002-6861-8654
Current position: Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
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Gabrielle Balistreri was an undergraduate Chemistry & Biochemistry student at UC San Diego (class of 2021). She previously worked on a research project investigating fluorescent probes to detect early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in the lab of Emmanuel Theodorakis, and participated in the 2020 and 2021 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.

Last updated: September 2021


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Alessandro Bertucci
Post-doc: 2017-2018
ORCID: 0000-0003-4842-9909
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Italy
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Alessandro was sponsored by the Marie Curie Fellowship for the project "Multifunctional miRNA-targeting nanodevices for pluripotent cancer theranostics — MIRNANO" in collaboration with Prof. Erkki Ruoslahti at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and Prof. Francesco Ricci in the Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche Università di Roma Tor Vergata. Alessandro visited the lab as a visiting student from September 2015 through January 2016, and he began his Curie Fellowship in our lab in January, 2017. Alessandro completed his PhD in Chemical Sciences in March 2015 in the framework of a joint Italian-French program, under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Corradini at University of Parma, Italy, and Prof. L. De Cola at University of Strasbourg, France. His PhD work focused on artificial nucleic acid (PNA, peptide nucleic acids) and silica-based nanomaterials for biomedical applications. His research interests lie in advanced hybrid materials for applications in nanomedicine.

Last updated: November 2020


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Arnaud Chaix
Post-doc: 2018-2019
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Current position: Research Assistant at Institut National des Sciences Appliquées Centre Val de Loire
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Arnaud received his PhD under the direction of Dr. Frédérique Cunin at the CNRS Institut Charles Gerhardt, Montpellier France. He visited the group for 3 months in 2013 as part of the exchange activities of the NSF and ANR-sponsored Materials World Network project titled "Chemistry of Porous Silicon Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy." He began his post-doctoral appointment in the lab in July 2018, working on adsorption and sensing applications of porous silicon-based photonic nanostructures.

Last updated: December, 2020


Claire Chen

Claire Chen
High School Student 2020-2021
ORCID: 0000-0003-2999-4291
Current position: Undergraduate, Carnegie-Mellon University

Claire was a high school student at Pacific Ridge School (class of 2021). Educated in Shanghai and Singapore, she participated in the 2020 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) via the UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program and then served as a Mentor in the 2021 SSSiN. She investigated a number of aspects of porous silicon-based systems, with a focus on development of hands-on instructional kits for k-12 schools.


Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen
Graduate Student: 2006-2011
PhD 2011, Bioengineering Thesis: "Separation and Detection of Biomolecules Using Silicon-Based Optical Nanostructures" ORCID:
Current position: Head of translational medicine/clinical development, Perfuse Therapeutics.
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Michelle joined the Sailor group as a rotation student from Bioengineering in June, 2006, and received her PhD in June, 2011. Her project involved the design, construction, and use of spatially resolved porous Si nanostructures for the separation, detection, and identification of biomolecules. Michelle worked for Spinnaker Biosciences as a Senior Process Development Engineer before moving to Allergan's clinical team. In 2021 she accepted a position as Head of translational medicine/clinical development at Perfuse Therapeutics.

Last updated: March, 2021


James Ha

James Ha
Visiting Scientist: 2015-2021
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Current position: Principal Scientist, Battelle.
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James was a Senior Staff Scientist at Leidos who collaborated with our group in translating basic scientific discoveries into the military and commercial sectors. James acted as a Senior Mentor in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology for several classes.

Last updated: September, 2021


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Geoffrey Hollett
Graduate Student: 2013-2019
Ph.D. 2019, Materials Science and Engineering
Thesis: "Selective Sensing and Sustained Release: Biomedical Applications of Porous Silicon"
ORCID: 0000-0002-2927-0771
Current position: Fellow, California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)
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Geoff joined the Sailor Group in the summer of 2013 as a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program. He participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology and in subsequent years he served as a Senior Mentor. He received the BASc degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2013. For his thesis he led the project "Development of a Longer-Acting Injectable Contraceptive" funded by FHI-360.

Last updated: December, 2020


Jiayu Huang

Jiayu Huang
Undergraduate Student: 2020-2021
ORCID: 0000-0001-6421-7282
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Jiayu Huang was an undergraduate Chemistry major at UC San Diego (class of 2021) who participated in the 2020 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.

Last updated: March, 2021


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Jinyoung Kang
Graduate Student: 2013-2018
Ph.D. 2018, NanoEngineering
Thesis: "Porous Silicon Nanomaterials for Bioimaging and Nanomedicine"
ORCID: 0000-0001-6116-3477
Current position: Post-doc, Ed Boyden and Guoping Feng, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT
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Jinyoung was a Nanoengineering PhD student in the UCSD Department of Nanoengineering who joined the group in November, 2013. She received her BS and MS degrees from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Yonsei Univ., Seoul, Korea in 2007 and 2009, respectively. She then worked at the GS Caltex Refinery Complex in Seoul, Korea as a Plant Engineer until 2012. She participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology and she served as a Senior Mentor in the program in the summers of 2015-2018. She worked on the delivery of oligonucleotide therapeutics with porous Si nanoparticles, on the project "Porous Si-Based Therapeutic Nanoplatforms" funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and on the project "Infection-homing nanosystems as antibacterial therapeutics-delivery platforms" funded by the NIH.

Last updated: December, 2020


Neusha Kharrati

Neusha Kharrati
High School/Undergraduate Student: 2020-2021
ORCID: 0000-0002-5441-2559
Current position: Undergraduate, Columbia/Trinity College Dublin Dual BA

Neusha was a senior at Francis Parker High School (Class of 2020) who got her start in the research Hayton Lab at UC Santa Barbara in 2019, as part of the Research Mentorship Program. She then joined our lab to participate in the 2020 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), then took a "Covid-19 gap year" to learn more about nanotechnology in our lab, participating as a Mentor in the 2021 SSSiN. She then joined the Columbia/Trinity College Dublin Dual BA program, with an emphasis on Neuroscience.


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Byungji Kim
Graduate Student: 2014-2019
Ph.D. 2019, Materials Science and Engineering
Thesis: "Fusogenic Porous Silicon Nanoparticles as a Platform Technology for Gene Therapy"
ORCID: 0000-0001-8131-5255
Current position: Post-doc, Darrell Irvine group, MIT
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B.J. was a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program, who joined the group in Fall 2014. She received her B.S.E in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, and her M.S. in Bio and Brain Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) with Professor Ji-Ho Park. Her work at KAIST focused on fluorescence detection and photothermal therapy of sentinel lymph node metastases using liposomal Indocyanine green. She led the project "Infection-homing nanosystems as antibacterial therapeutics-delivery platforms", a joint (NIH BRG) grant in collaboration with the research groups of Erkki Ruoslahti (Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute) and Sangeeta Bhatia (MIT), funded by the NIH.

Last updated: November, 2020


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Joanna Wang
Graduate Student: 2013-2019
Ph.D. 2019, Materials Science and Engineering
Thesis: "Drug Delivery, Imaging and Sensing using Porous Silicon Materials"
ORCID: 0000-0002-3069-124X
Current position: Post-doc, Jianghong Rao research group, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford
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Joanna Wang was a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) who joined the group in the summer of 2013. She participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology and in subsequent years she served as a Senior Mentor. Her undergraduate research at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign with Professor Paul Braun focused on polymers and polymer brushes. Her current research interests lie in the area of biomedical applications of polymeric nanocomposites. She led the project "Modeling of the vitreous for in vitro prediction of drug delivery of porous silicon particles and episcleral plaques" funded by the FDA.

Last updated: December, 2020