People

Sailor Research Group at UC San Diego


research group
May 2021
UC San Diego Pacific Hall Garden

Top Row(L-R): Reagan Beers, Neusha Kharrati, Gabrielle Balistreri, Ella Lee, Yubin Huang, Ruhan Fan, Joel Grondek, Yisheng Li; Bottom Row (L-R): Mike Sailor, Madeline Brown, Mehdi Nasr, Sanahan Vijayakumar, Qinglin Yang, Ricardo De Luna

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR


Mike Sailor

Michael J. Sailor
Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Director, UC San Diego Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Co-Director, UC San Diego Institute for Materials Discovery & Design
ORCID: 0000-0002-4809-9826
ResearcherID: H-9044-2017

voice: (858) 534-4466
fax:(858) 534-0202
email: msailor@ucsd.edu
Office: 4140a Pacific Hall

Biography

Research Interests

Curriculum Vita (printable pdf version)

Publications


SUPPORT STAFF


Tsol Lkhagvasuren

MRSEC Executive Assistant: Tsol Lkhagvasuren
Responsible for scheduling, reimbursements, billing, travel, and events coordination for Prof. Sailor and for the UC San Diego MRSEC.

Office: 5100d Pacific Hall
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Teresa Abendroth

Sailor Group Assistant: Teresa Abendroth
Responsible for course and teaching support for Prof. Sailor and for miscelaneous reimbursements and travel for members of the Sailor Research Group.

Office: Tata Hall
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Janka Bond

MRSEC Assistant Director: Janka Bond
Responsible for operational matters related to the UC San Diego MRSEC.

Office: SME
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Ricardo DeLuna

Facility and Laboratory Manager: Ricardo De Luna
Manager of the NSF MRSEC Materials Characterization Facility, for instrument training, reservation, laboratory management matters.

Office: 4140c Pacific Hall
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VISITING SCHOLARS


Jose

Jose Cruz
Visiting scientist
Spinnaker Biosciences
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Jose is a Staff Scientist at Spinnaker Biosciences who is assisting with the translation of technologies from our labs to the clinic. Jose holds a degree in Chemical Engineering (UCSD Revelle College, class of 2015). Prior to Spinnaker, Jose was an undergraduate researcher in the Sailor lab and he participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology, studying the photoluminescence properties of porous Si-based nanoparticles. His mentor was Jinmyoung Joo.


Dowon Kim

Dowon Kim
Visiting Graduate Student
UNIST-Chemical Engineering
ORCID: 0000-0003-1948-2161
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Dowon Kim is a combined MS/PhD graduate student at the UNIST School of Energy and Chemical Engineering in the Republic of Korea, under the direction of Prof. Jiseok Lee. He completed undergraduate studies in the same department. His MS/PhD project involves diacetylene-based colorimetric chemosensors and structurally colored organogels formed by dithering mask lithograpy. He is visiting our labs from July 2021 until July 2022.


Jiseok Lee

Jiseok Lee
Visiting Professor
UNIST-Chemical Engineering
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Prof. Lee is an Associate Professor at the UNIST School of Energy and Chemical Engineering with research interests in polymers and optical nanomaterials, who is visiting our labs from July 2021 until July 2022.


Amber

Amber Pierron
Visiting scientist
Spinnaker Biosciences
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Amber is a Staff Scientist at Spinnaker Biosciences who is assisting with the translation of technologies from our labs to the clinic. Amber holds a BS degree in Chemistry (UC San Diego Revelle College, class of 2014). Before taking the position at Spinnaker, Amber worked as an undergraduate researcher in the Sailor lab (2014-15) and she participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.


POST-DOCTORALS


JZ

Jon Zuidema
Post-doctoral scholar
ORCID: 0000-0003-2258-0045
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Jon completed his PhD in 2014 in Biomedical Engineering with Prof. Ryan Gilbert at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. His PhD work focused on the development of nanoparticles and microfibers for central nervous system repair. He joined the lab in July 2014, and is now working as a joint post-doc with Dr. Mark Tuszynski in the Center for Neural Repair. He has participated as a Senior Mentor in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.


Mehdi Nasr

Seyedmehdi Hossaini Nasr
Post-doctoral scholar
ORCID: 0000-0002-9535-4711
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Mehdi Nasr received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Michigan State University in 2018, and began working as a post-doc in the laboratory of our collaborator, Erkki Ruoslahti in 2019. He received his Pharm.D. degree from Tehran University of Medical Science in 2007. He participated in the 2019 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology and joined the lab in July 2020.


GRADUATE STUDENTS


Ruhan

Ruhan Fan
PhD Student
ORCID: 0000-0003-0626-849X
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Ruhan Fan is a PhD student in the UCSD Department of Nanoengineering (NENG) who joined the Sailor lab in March 2018. Prior to joining, she received a BS degree in Pharmacy from Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China, where she studied drug delivery systems. She has been a participant (2018) and a Senior Mentor in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. Ruhan's project focus is on porous nanoparticle drug delivery systems for treatment of bacterial infections and cancer.


Joel

Joel Grondek
PhD Student
ORCID: 0000-0002-6386-3423
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Joel joined the Sailor Group in the Summer 2008, as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, took a childcare leave of absence, then returned to complete his graduate studies in 2020. His thesis project involves synthesizing targeted nanoparticles to diagnose and treat myocardial infarction (in collaboration with co-advisor Karen Christman in the Department of Bioengineering) and diseases of the retina (in collaboration with Dr. William R. Freeman in the Jacobs Retina Center). The nanoparticles are designed to utilize a targeting peptide to accumulate in the region of damaged tissue for diagnostic T1 or T2 enhanced MR imaging, for fluorescence imaging, and/or for drug delivery. Joel was supported by the UCSD Interfaces graduate training program through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Bioengineering Research Partnership grant through the National Institutes of Health.


Yubin

Yubin Huang
MS Student
ORCID: 0000-0001-7049-8877
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Yubin is an MS student in the Materials Science and Engineering program at UC San Diego. He completed his undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, where he studied porous silicon carbide materials for catalyst immobilization with Prof. Galen Stucky. Before he joined the Sailor Group in 2020, he worked for a local biosensor company to develop minimally invasive enzymatic continuous glucose monitoring sensors (CGMs) for diabetic patients. His research at the company included enzyme stabilization, polymer coating, and in-vitro data analysis. He became a member of the Sailor group in October 2020, at the same time he participated in the 2020 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN). His thesis focuses on porous silicon nano materials for enzyme immobilization.


Eason

Yi-Sheng Lu
PhD Student
ORCID: 0000-0002-2963-5953
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Yi-Sheng "Eason" Lu is a PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering program at UC San Diego. He earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, where his undergraduate thesis focused on magnetic-responsive iron oxide nano-spheres for deep tumor therapy. He was a participant in the 2018 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) and served as a Senior Mentor in the 2019 and 2021 SSSiN. His thesis interests focus on remote sensing and catalysis with porous silicon photonic crystals


Gabriella Stark

Gabriella Stark
MS Student
ORCID: 0000-0003-1304-9404
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Gabriella is an M.S. Student in the UC San Diego Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, with a concentration in inorganic chemistry. She received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where her undergraduate research focused on folding-based DNA biosensors. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Gabriella worked in the Drug Delivery Division at 3M. She was a participant in the 2021 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs. Her thesis interests focus on loading and delivery of nucleic acid-based therapeutics using porous silicon nanoparticles.


Sanahan

Sanahan Vijayakumar
PhD Student
ORCID: 0000-0003-2493-1902
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Sanahan Vijayakumar is a PhD student in the UCSD Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program who joined the Sailor Group in Fall 2018. He completed his B.Eng. in 2017 in Materials Engineering at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where his previous research focused on preparation of porous silicon nanowires using Metal Assisted Chemical Etch (MACE). During his studies at McGill, Sanahan interned with Prof. Gaël Gautier at the University of Tours, France and then with Prof. Nicolas Vöelcker at the University of South Australia. Sanahan was a participant in the 2012 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) and he served as a Senior Mentor in the 2013, 2018, and 2019 SSSiN. His thesis focuses on porous silicon-based sensors and drug delivery materials.


Qinglin

Qinglin Yang
PhD Student
ORCID: 0000-0001-7845-4027
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Qinglin began her PhD studies in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at UCSD in Summer 2017. Her undergraduate research at UIUC with Professor John A. Rogers involved flexible and stretchable structures and electronic devices. She performed graduate research at Stanford with Professor Debbie G. Senesky focused on GaN-based devices that can operate in harsh environments before transferring to UC San Deigo. She began her work in the Sailor labs as a participant in the 2017 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) and she served as a Senior Mentor in the 2018 and 2019 SSSiN. Her thesis focuses on porous silicon nanoparticles for delivery of therapeutics for bacterial infections, opthalmic diseases, and cancer.


Helen Zhang

Helen Zhang
PhD Student
ORCID: 0000-0002-5510-3483
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Helen began her PhD studies in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at UCSD in Summer 2021, as a participant in the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE program. She obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University Long Beach in 2016, and she then worked as a topical formulations chemist, where she optimized drug delivery systems with various active ingredients. She was a participant in the 2021 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs. She is interested in silicon nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems, particularly their application in treatment of inflammatory conditions in cancer, infectious diseases, and injured tissues.


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS


Reagan Beers

Reagan Beers
Undergraduate Student: 2020-
ORCID: 0000-0002-6377-2775
Mentor: Yisheng Lu
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Reagan is a UCSD undergraduate Chemistry major (class of 2022) who was a transfer student from West Valley College. Her project focuses on photocatalysts that utilize porous silicon nanostructures as stabilizing matrices.


Madeline Brown

Madeline Brown
Undergraduate Student: 2020-
ORCID: 0000-0002-0133-2192
Mentor: Sanahan Vijayakumar
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Madeline is an undergraduate Molecular and Cell Biology major at UC San Diego (class of 2023). She has prior research experience investigating predictive biomarkers for gastric and colorectal cancer, has worked as a student assistant in the Nano3 facility, and participated in the 2020 and 2021 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. Her interests include developing methods for nanosurgery involving nanoparticles for biomedical applications, with a focus on revascularization of damaged tissues.


Oscar Calzada

Oscar Calzada Martinez
Undergraduate Student: 2021-
ORCID: 0000-0001-8922-4438
Mentor: Jon Zuidema
email

Oscar is an undergraduate student at the University of San Diego (class of 2022) who participated in the SSSiN via the UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program. He will be working on nanparticles as PET contrast agents. Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. His interests include developing methods for loading of porous Si nanoparticles with tissue growth factors.


Ella Lee

Ella Lee
Undergraduate Student: 2020-
ORCID: 0000-0003-4450-0798
Mentor: Joel Grondek
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Ji Yoon "Ella" Lee is an undergraduate student (class of 2022) at UC San Diego majoring in Biochemistry/Chemistry who participated in the 2020 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. She is interested in medical applications of nanomaterials.


Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee
Undergraduate Student: 2021-
ORCID: 0000-0003-2861-164X
Mentor: Mehdi Nasr
email

Rachel Lee is an undergraduate (class of 2023) Biochemistry/Chemistry student at UC San Diego. She participated in the 2021 Spring Break Undergraduate Research Experience (a "mini RIMSE" program of the UC San Diego MRSEC), and in the 2021 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs. She is interested in exploring the uses of silicon nanotechnology as antibacterial therapeutics-delivery platforms.


Arthur Zhou

Arthur Zhou
Undergraduate Student: 2021-
ORCID: 0000-0002-2973-576X
Mentor: Yisheng Lu
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Arthur is an undergraduate (class of 2023) Nanoengineering student at UC San Diego. He participated remotely in the 2021 Spring Break Undergraduate Research Experience (a "mini RIMSE" program of the UC San Diego MRSEC), and in the 2021 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs. He is interested in exploring the uses of silicon nanoparticles as encapsulants for catalytic systems.


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


Hannah Chen

Hannah Chen
High School Student: 2021-
ORCID: 0000-0002-0133-2192
Mentor: Michael Sailor
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Hannah Chen is a junior at Del Norte High School (class of 2022) who participated in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) via the UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program. She is investigating chemical modifications to porous silicon-based films to improve their chemical stability.


Sachel Jetly

Sachel Jetly
High School Student: 2021-
ORCID: 0000-0001-9766-824X
Mentor: Michael Sailor
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Sachel is a junior at Canyon Crest Academy High School (class of 2022) who participated in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) via the UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program. She is investigating chemical modifications to porous silicon-based films to improve their chemical stability.


Nathan Han

Nathan Han
High School Student: 2021-
ORCID: 0000-0001-5051-5924
Mentor: Michael Sailor
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Nathan is a student at Canyon Crest Academy High School (class of 2024) who participated remotely in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) via the UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program.