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Vivechana Agarwal
Sabbatical Visitor, 2009-2010
Current Position: Professor, Autonomous State University of Morelos, Cuernavca, Mexico

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Vivechana is a Professor Investigator in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the Investigation Center for Engineering and Applied Sciences in Autonomous State University of Morelos  (CIICAp-UAEM) in Cuernavca, Mexico.  She is visiting UCSD from September 2009 to Aug 2010, supported by a Sabbatical Grant from CONACyT, Mexico.  Her research interests include photonic properties of porous silicon and its composites.

Sara Alvarez
Graduate Student, 2003-2009
Ph.D. 2008, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thesis:
"Stability and Biocompatibility of Porous Silicon and Porous Alumina for Cell and Biomolecular Sensing"
Current Position: Alere
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Sara joined the Sailor group in Fall 2003, and graduated in Winter, 2009. Her research project involved construction of a "Smart Petri Dish"--integrating live cells with porous Si photonic crystals for biosensing applications. She developed the chemistry and materials science to place microscopic sensor pads under live cells and cell colonies in order to create a real-time tissue-based biosensor. She joined Biosite/Alere in mid-2009.

Jennifer Andrew
Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2008-2011
Current Position: Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville
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Jenny was a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow who joined the Sailor group in 2008. She received a PhD in Materials Science from David R. Clarke at UC Santa Barbara in 2008. Her thesis topic involved multiferroic applications of polymer-based nanocomposites. Her project at UCSD focused on the loading and release of proteins and other molecules from porous Si nanostructures, for controlled release drug delivery applications. Jenny took a faculty position at the University of Florida (Gainesville) in January, 2011.

Emily Anglin
Graduate Student, 2003-2007
Ph.D. 2007, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thesis:
"Chemically Modified and Nanostructured Porous Silicon as a Drug Delivery Material and Device"
Current Position:
Senior Development Chemist, Spinnaker Biosciences, inc.
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Emily joined the Sailor research group in January 2003. Previous experience at Ohio Aerospace Institute and NASA Glenn Research Center involved research on a light-weight, low cost solar cell known as a Dye-Sensitized Nanocrystalline Solar Cell. She investigated the development, characterization and performance of these cells in a simulated space environment. Her thesis project involves controlled release of drugs from nanostructured porous Si photonic crystals, in an NSF-sponsored collaboration with the research group of Jean-Marie Devoisselle and Frederique Cunin in Montpellier, France. She was the recipient of an American Heart Association Fellowship to develop these materials for use in coronary artery stents. After receiving her PhD from UCSD in 2007, Emily spent 4 years in post-doctoral studies with Prof. Nico Voelcker in Australia. She returned to the Sailor lab for a brief stint as a post-doc (working on in-vivo applications of porous Si-based nanoparticles) before joining Spinnaker Biosciences in Feb 2014 as a senior scientist.

Mike Ansell

Michael Ansel
Post-Doctoral Researcher, 1998-2000
Current Position: Professor at Las Positas College
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Mike was a post-doctoral fellow who joined the lab in September, 1998. Mike worked on synthesis and theoretical analysis of photoluminescent polymers based on silicones. He currently teaches Chemistry at Las Positas College.

Last Updated: Sept 2014

Maria Ariza

María Ariza Avidad
Visiting Student, 2013
Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology 2013
Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Granada, Spain

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Maria is a PhD. Student in the Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Granada, Spain. Her PhD work focuses on colorimetric chemical sensors for heavy metals in water. She participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology continued her project in our lab until December 2013. Her Discovery Project involved image analysis of degradable porous Si-based photonic crystals.

Giuseppe Barillaro
Sabbatical Visitor, 2009
Current Position: Professor, University of Pisa, Italy

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Giuseppe is a Professor of Physics in the Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa. His main research interests are the technology and applications of porous silicon (LEDs, gas sensors, etc.), the micromachining of silicon sensors, solid state, photonic crystals, MEMS, and microelectronic devices. He visited the lab from April, 2009 to September, 2009.

Dr. Ronald E. Betts
Visiting Scholar, 2000
Current Position:
Sun Therapeutics
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Ron has been a longstanding collaborator of our lab beginning in 2000
Anne Beubrun Anne Beaubrun
Undergraduate researcher, 2007
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Current Position: Undergraduate student at Duke

Anne is a Public Policy major with a minor in Chemistry from Duke University who joined the Sailor group in the summer of 2007 as an AMGEN scholar. Her graduate mentor was Brian King.

Maite Bezem

Maria Theresa (Maite) Bezem
Visiting Scholar, 2014
Current Position: PhD Student, University of Bergen, Norway
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Maria Theresa (Maite) Bezem is a PhD candidate in Nanoscience at the University of Bergen in Norway, working on stabilizing the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase in maltodextrin nanoparticles. She visited the lab from July, 2014 - Dec, 2014. Her project focused on the trapping of active proteins in porous Si matrices. She participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.

 

Updated: December 2014

Professor Daniel J. Blackwood
Sabbatical Visitor 2006

Current Position: Professor, National University of Singapore
Email: msedjb@nus.edu.sg

Professor Blackwood spent a sabbatical leave in the labs from January-December, 2006. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the National University of Singapore, specializing in silicon electrochemistry, corrosion, and solar energy

Brian Bliss

Brian Bliss
Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2016
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Brian was a UCSD Chemical Engineering major (Revelle, Class of 2017) who joined the group in January, 2015. His project focus was on development of high capacity energy storage using porous silicon. His mentor was Taeho Kim.

Jim Bolender Professor James P. Bolender, Jr.
Sabbatical Visitor 2002-2003

Current Position: Professor, University of San Diego
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Professor Bolender is Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Chair, Academic Assembly of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. An environmental analytical chemist, Jim spent a sabbatical leave in the labs from July 2002-May, 2003.

Updated: March 2015

Christina Brady
Undergraduate Researcher, 2006-2007
Email: cibrady@ucsd.edu

Christina was a Bio/Biochemistry major who joined the Sailor group in October of 2006. Previous experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory involved research in the synthesis and characterization of metal nanoparticles used for SERS-detection applications. She worked with Emily Anglin on controlled drug delivery with porous Si microparticles for intraocular applications. They worked in collaboration with Dr. William Freeman in the UCSD Jacobs Retina Center.

Alex Buyanin
Undergraduate Researcher, 2008-2011
Email:abuyanin@ucsd.edu

Alex was a UCSD chemistry major who joined the Sailor group in Summer 2008. His graduate student mentor was Elizabeth Wu. His project involved the study of controlled loading, trapping, and release of drugs from porous Si.

Christie Canaria

Christie Canaria
Current Location: Lawrence-Berkeley National Labs

High School Student, BS Researcher, 1994-2000
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Christie started on her first project in the Sailor lab when she was a high school student, under the sponsorship of the Southern California Junior Academy of Sciences. She attended UCSD for her undergraduate studies, and so she continued her research activities in our lab at UCSD until her graduation from UCSD in 2000.

Christie played a major role in developing modification reactions for porous silicon surfaces. The particular reaction that Christie studied involved grafting of alkyl species to the Si surface via Si-C bonds. She reported the results of her studies as a poster at the 1998 International Porous Semiconductors Science and Technology (PSST) conference in Mallorca, Spain, and published the work a few years later (Canaria, C. A.; Lees, I. N.; Wun, A. W.; Miskelly, G. M.; Sailor, M. J., Characterization of the carbon-silicon stretch in methylated porous silicon – observation of an anomalous isotope shift in the FTIR spectrum. Inorg. Chem. Comm. 2002, 5, 560-564). The summer of 1999 Christie spent with Professor Gordon Miskelly, the Deputy Director of the Forensic Sciences Program at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, with NIH MBRS (Minority Biochemical Research Sciences) support.

In her last project in our group, Christie studied the effects of surfactant molecules on nanocrystalline silicon. The interaction of aqueous surfactants with nanocrystalline porous silicon films is a crucial variable in biosensor work, and there were some scattered and conflicting reports in the literature on their effects. In this project, Christie quantified a reaction that occurs with cationic surfactants but not with anionic ones to corrode porous Si surfaces (Canaria, C. A.; Huang, M.; Cho, Y.; Heinrich, J. L.; Lee, L. I.; Shane, M. J.; Smith, R. C.; Sailor, M. J.; Miskelly, G. M., “The effect of surfactants on the reactivity and photophysics of luminescent nanocrystalline porous silicon.” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2002, 12, (8), 495-500). This led to a third paper on which Christie is a coauthor, Lees, I. N.; Lin, H.; Canaria, C. A.; Gurtner, C.; Sailor, M. J.; Miskelly, G. M., “Chemical Stability of Porous Silicon Surfaces Electrochemically Modified with Functional Alkyl Species.” Langmuir 2003, 19, 9812-9817.

After a stint at Illumina, inc (back when they were a small startup company), Christie went on to get her PhD in Biology at Caltech. She then did a post-doc at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (http://today.lbl.gov/lsd’s-canaria-shaking-up-the-stereotypes-of-scientists/).

She is currently AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institute of Health's NCI SBIR Development Center.

Updated: May 2014

Carrie Cao
High School Student Researcher, 2008-2011
Current Location: Yale University, Undergraduate

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Carrie is a Torrey Pines high school student who began in the Sailor group in the fall of 2008. Her project involved imprinting polymers in porous silicon matrices, with a focus on making stable, hydrophobic environmental and biochemical sensors. She was one of the 10 winners in the prestigious 2011 Intel Science Talent Search. Her other awards include:
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010— USAF special award: first place in chemistry
California State Science Fair 2010—First Place in Chemistry; 2009—Honorable Mention in Chemistry
U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad 2010—Semifinalist
Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair 2010—Senior Division Sweepstakes winner; First Place in Chemistry; First Place San Diego Space Society special award; Second Place
American Chemical Society special award 2009—First Place in Chemistry; First Place American Society of Materials International special award.

She is currently an undergraduate student at Yale University (Aug 2011-May 2015).

Updated: May 2014

Eli Castro

Eli Castro
Undergraduate Student, 2010
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Eli was a UCSD chemical engineering major who joined the Sailor group as an AMGEN Scholar in the summer of 2010. His mentor was post-doctoral researcher Matt Kinsella. His project involved loading molecules in porous Si nanoparticles.

Arnaud Chaix

Arnaud Chaix
Visiting Scholar, 2013
Current Location: CNRS Institut Charles Gerhardt, Montpellier France

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Arnaud Chaix is a PhD student with 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."

Updated: Sept 2013

Alyssa Chan

Alyssa Chan
High School Student Researcher 2010-2012
Current Position: Undergraduate student, Harvard University
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Alyssa was a La Costa Canyon High School student from Carlsbad, CA who joined the group in Summer, 2010. Her graduate student mentor was Chia-chen Wu, and she worked on a collaborative project with Prof Seth Cohen, using porous Si photonic crystals as hosts for metal organic frameworks (MOFs). She went on to major in Chemistry at Harvard University.

Updated: April 2014

Danny Chan Danny Chan
Undergraduate/Graduate Student, 2010-2012

Current Position: Illumina, inc.

Danny was a UCSD B.S./M.S. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who began in the lab in the Fall 2010 quarter. He worked on porous Si-based sensors for VOCs, including potentially explosive organic vapors, hydrogen, and carbon monoxide. His project focused on using optical fiber-based sensors for ppm and sub-ppm detection.

Updated: May 2014

Hope Chen Hope Chen
High School Student Researcher, 2012-2013

Hope was a Torrey Pines High School student (class of 2015) who worked in the lab from November, 2012 - March 2013.

Jason

Jason Chen
Undergraduate/Graduate Student, 2011-2012
BS 2012
Current Location: USC Pharmacy School

Jason joined the Sailor group in Fall 2011, and his graduate student mentor was Joel Grondek. His research project involved synthesizing iron oxide nanoparticles and screening them for chemical and physical characteristics that could assist in the diagnosis of myocardial infarction.

Last updated: Aug 2012

Michelle Chen
Graduate Student, 2006-2011
Ph.D. 2011, Bioengineering
Thesis:
"Separation and Detection of Biomolecules Using Silicon-Based Optical Nanostructures"
Current Position:
Clinical Trials Specialist, Allergan
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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.

Last updated: Mar 2013

Sarah Cheng
High School Student Researcher 2006-2008
Current Location: Stanford
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Sarah joined the Sailor group in the summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008, while a Westview High School student. She initially worked with Stephanie Vinson, constructing a simple wireless sensor network for environmental pollutants. The sensor elements consisted of porous Si photonic crystals, and the individual elements were electronically networked using low-power IR transmitters. She then worked on a project for the San Diego Science Festival, constructing an instructional kit involving nanosensors for environmental pollutants. The sensor elements consist of porous Si photonic crystals. Sarah went on to undergraduate studies at Stanford University.

Alyssa Chiang

Alyssa Chiang
Undergraduate student 2015-2016
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Alyssa is a UCSD undergraduate Regents Scholar, majoring in bioengineering with a focus in bioinformatics (Revelle, Class of 2019) who joined the lab as a participant in the Regents Scholar Research Initiative in Fall, 2015. Her interests lie in genetics and drug delivery.

Luis Ching
Undergraduate student 2005-2007
Current location: Pharmacy School

Email: lching@ucsd.edu

Luis joined the Sailor research group in October 2005. His project involved controlled release of drugs from nanostructured porous Si photonic crystals. His graduate student mentor was Emily Anglin.

David Choi David Choi
Phone: (858) 534-8945
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Office: 4225 Pacific Hall

David is a student at Canyon Crest Academy High School, who joined the lab in April, 2013 and participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. He worked on porous Si composite nanostructures.

Michelle Chow
High School Student 2006-2007
Email: callmemc@gmail.com
Office: 4225 Pacific Hall

Michelle was a junior at Torrey Pines High School. She joined the lab in Dec 2006 and watched Troy Moore perform his experiments on hydrogels.

Professor Won-Youl Choi
Sabbatical Visitor
, 2008-2010
Current Position: Professor, Kangnung National University, South Korea

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Professor Choi spent a 2 year sabbatical in the labs beginning January 2008. He is an associate Professor in the Department of Metal and Materials Engineering at the Kangnung National University, in South Korea. Prof. Choi is performs research in electronic, environmental, and medical applications of nanotubes and nanoporous materials.

Ryan Chuang
Email: rychuang@ucsd.edu

Ryan was a Bioengineering (Biotechnology) major who joined the Sailor group in January of 2008 as a UCSD Regents Scholar Research Associate (RSRA program).

Margo Clayton
Margo was the group Administrative Assistant from 2007-2008.
Frederique Cunin Frederique Cunin
Post-Doc, 2000-2003
Ph.D. 2011, Bioengineering
Current Position:
CNRS Researcher, Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier
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Frederique joined the Sailor group as a post-doc in 2000. She obtained her PhD from the University of Montpellier, France (2000) developing synthesis of inorganic materials. A key focus of Cunin’s research at UCSD was the "Smart Dust" project, and the development of bioinspired surface chemistry of porous silicon. Since taking the position as CNRS Researcher at the Institut Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier, she has focused on the elaboration of silicon nanostructured particles and films for the development of drug delivery systems and optical biosensors.

Last updated: Apr 2015

Jose Cruz

Jose Cruz
Undergraduate Student 2013-2014
Current Location:

Jose is a UCSD Chemical Engineering Major (Revelle College, class of 2015). He joined the lab in Spring, 2013 and participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. He studied the photoluminescence properties of porous Si-based nanoparticles. His post-doctoral mentor was Jinmyoung Joo.

Shanying Cui
High School Student 2005
Current Location:
Email:
cuishanying@earthlink.net

Shanying joined the Sailor group in the summer of 2004 as a high school student. She helped develop small, low power vapor sensor devices based on porous Si photonic crystals.

Updated: July, 2005

Vinh M. Diep
Undergraduate Student, 2010-2013
Current Location: Graduate school in materials science, University of Southern California

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Office: 4225 Pacific Hall

Vinh was a UCSD nanoengineering major (class of 2013) who joined the Sailor group in Spring 2010. His project involved constructing and characterizing porous Si optical films that contain defined reservoirs for trapping, storing, and detecting proteins such as insulin. In 2013 Vinh won a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his PhD studies at USC. He also won the prestigious UCSD Nanoengineering Department's 2013 Excellence Award.

Chen, M. Y.; Klunk, M. D.; Diep, V. M.; Sailor, M. J., "Electric Field Assisted Protein Transport, Capture, and Interferometric Sensing in Carbonized Porous Silicon Films." Adv. Mater. 2011, 23, 4537–4542.

Jason Dorvee
Undergraduate/Graduate Student, 2002-2005
MS, 2005
Current Location: Northwestern University, Chicago

Jason joined the Sailor group in 2002 as an undergraduate and continued on to complete his M.S. degree in 2005. Prior to UCSD he attended Guajome Park Academy in Vista, California where he was Senior Class President and Salutatorian in 1998. He obtained his BS degree from the University of California San Diego as a double major in Biochemistry and Space Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in 2012, working under the direction of Lara A. Estroff. He then had a post-doctoral appointment (2011-2014) in the laboratory of Arthur Veis in the Northwestern University School of Medicine.

Dorvee, J. R.; Derfus, A. M.; Bhatia, S. N.; Sailor, M. J., "Manipulation of liquid droplets using amphiphilic, magnetic 1-D photonic crystal chaperones." Nature Mater. 2004, 3, 896-899.

Li, Y. Y.; Trujillo, N.; Dorvee, J.; Sailor, M. J., "Smart dust: ferromagnetic photonic crystals derived from porous silicon." Proc. Electrochem. Soc. 2004, 19, 383-388.

Dorvee, J.; Sailor, M. J., "A low-power sensor for volatile organic compounds based on porous silicon photonic crystals." Phys. Status Solidi A-Appl. Mat. 2005, 202 (8), 1619-1623.

Dorvee, J. R.; Sailor, M. J.; Miskelly, G. M., "Digital microfluidics and delivery of molecular payloads with magnetic porous silicon chaperones." Dalton Trans. 2008, 6, 721 - 730.

Dorvee, J. R.; Link, J. R.; Sailor, M. J.; Hager, H. E.; Sherman, W. D. "System and method for remote, free-space optical detection of potential threat agent." U.S. Patent #7,684,043, Issued March 23, 2010.

Sailor, M. J.; Schwartz, M. P.; Alvarez, S.; Bhatia, S.; Derfus, A.; Migliori, B.; Chao, L.; Li, Y. Y.; Campbell, R.; Dorvee, J.; Rang, U. C. "Porous photonic crystal with light scattering domains and methods of synthesis and use thereof." U.S. Patent #7,903,239, Issued March, 2011.

Sailor, M. J.; Li, Y. Y.; Trujillo, N.; Dorvee, J. "Magnetic porous particles and method of making." U.S. Patent # 8,097,173, Issued January 17, 2012.

Updated: August, 2015

Maggie Dudley
MS Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2010
Current Location: US Patent Office

Maggie joined the lab in Summer 2008. She was a recipient of an NSF predoctoral fellowship. Her research project involved sensing of airborne pollutants using porous Si photonic crystals.

Kim Duong
Undergraduate Researcher, 2006-2009
Lab Manager 2009-2010

Current Location: Pharmacy School, University of Hilo

Kim was a Chem/Biochemistry major who joined the Sailor group in November of 2006. She worked with her graduate student mentor Luo Gu, preparing photoluminescent nano porous silicon particles for drug loading and delivery experiments. She then stayed on as the group lab manager.

Gu, L.; Park, J.-H.; Duong, K. H.; Ruoslahti, E.; Sailor, M. J., "Magnetic Luminescent Porous Silicon Microparticles for Localized Delivery of Molecular Drug Payloads." Small 2010, 6, 2546-2552.

Updated: Sept 2012

Danny Estrada

Danniel Estrada
MS Materials Science and Engineering, 2015
Current Location: LumiLEDS
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Daniel Estrada joined the Sailor Group in the Summer of 2013 as a graduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara, working with Professor Steve DenBaars under Dr. Jake Richardson’s guidance to characterize a process for low temperature aqueous solution deposition of ZnO current spreading layers on GaN LEDs. He participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology, and in 2014 he worked at Philips LumiLEDS (now LumiLEDs) in the San Francisco Bay Area as a summer intern. This transitioned into a permanent position there in 2016.

Updated: Oct 2016

Ronnie Fang
Undergraduate Researcher, 2008-2009
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Ronnie was a UCSD Chemistry and Electrical Engineering double major who joined the group in Fall 2008. His mentor was Matt Kinsella. His work is on the synthesis and coating of oxide nanoparticles for use in tumor targeting and treatment.
Ricky Fok
Rotation Student, 2005

Current Location:
Email: rickricky@gmail.com

Ricky was a rotation student from Bioengineering from Sept-Dec, 2005. His project involved triggered release of biological compounds from magnetic porous Si "smart dust." He worked with Joe Park.

July, 2006

Lauren Forbes
Rotation Student, 2008

Lauren rotated in the lab in Summer 2008. She is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her research project involved liquid-based sensing using porous Si photonic crystals. Her graduate student mentor was Anne Ruminski.

Nicole Fry Nicole Fry
Post-Doc, 2012-2015
Current Location: Scientific Advisor, Toxic Cleanup Division, San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board

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Nicole received her PhD in Chemistry with Prof. Pradip Mascharak at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and joined the lab in July, 2012. She participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. She worked on cyanide antidotes and cyanide sensing, using porous Si-based optical materials, in a collaborative project with Dr. Gerry R. Boss, Professor of Medicine in the UCSD Medical School.

(1) Fry, N. L.; Boss, G. R.; Sailor, M. J., "Oxidation-Induced Trapping of Drugs in Porous Silicon Microparticles," Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 2758-2764 DOI dx.doi.org/10.1021/cm500797b.

Adrian Garcia Sega
MS Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2009
Current Location: Assistant Professor, Forensic Chemistry, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA

Adrian was a Ph.D. student in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry who began his studies in the Sailor group in Jan 2007. He holds a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Arizona. His project involved the preparation and characterization of gas vapor sensors based on graded porous photonic crystals. He is currently Assistant Professor of Forensic Chemistry at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA as he completes the writing of his Ph.D. thesis.

Gael Gautier

Gaël Gautier
Sabbatical Visitor, 2013
Current Location: University of Tours, France

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Professor Gautier is Maitre de conférences and CNRS Assistant professor at the GREMAN in the University of Tours, France. He visited our lab from July to September 2013, working on nanoscale porous silicon.

Last updated: September, 2013

James B. Gerken
Undergraduate Researcher, 1994-1996
Current Location: Post-doc at Caltech
Email: jbgerken@its.caltech.edu

James was an undergraduate researcher from 1994-1996. He worked on electrosynthesis of carbon fibers. He is an accomplished fencer. After UCSD, James attended graduate school at UC Santa Barbara, receiving his PhD in chemistry in 2006. He then went on to a post-doc at Caltech with J. D. Roberts.

Photo: Skydiving, Eric Lee's going away party.

Last updated: Aug 2010.

Chris Giron
Undergrad researcher, 2007
Current Location:
Email:cgiron11@unm.edu

Chris was a student at the University of New Mexico who joined the Sailor group in the summer of 2007 as an AMGEN scholar. His mentor was Andre Gramada.

Steve Gofus John "Stephen" Gofus
M.S. Student, 2013-2015
M.S. 2015, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thesis:
"The Effect of Carbon Layer Variations in Carbon/Porous Silicon Composite Rugate Filters as End-of-Service-Life Indicators"
Current Position:
United States Air Force Academy
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Steve was a Chemistry and Biochemistry student who joined the group as an MS (Thesis) student in Oct 2013. He graduated from Rose-Hulman in 2004 with a BS in Chemistry. Steve holds the rank of Major in the US Air Force, and he attended UCSD as part of the Air Force Academy Faculty Pipeline. He participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.

Last updated: February, 2015

Andre Gramada
Undergrad researcher 2005-2007
Current Location: UC Berkeley PhD program
Email:andreigramada@berkeley.edu

Andrei was an undergraduate chemical engineering student at UC Berkeley. He spent the summers of 2005, 2006, and 2007 in the lab. His project involved design and construction of a computer-controlled porous Si etching tool that can prepare porous Si "smart dust" particles with spectral barcodes. He also helped develop our small wireless VOC sensors.

Last updated: Summer 2007.

Joel Grondek
Graduate Student, 2008-
Ph.D. (anticipated 2014), Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thesis:
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Current Position:

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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.  His thesis project involves synthesizing targeted magnetic nanoparticles to diagnose and treat myocardial infarction in collaboration with co-advisor Karen Christman in the Department of Bioengineering. These particles are designed to utilize a targeting peptide to accumulate inthe region of damaged tissue for diagnostic T1 or T2 enhanced MR imaging and drug delivery.  Joel was supported by the UCSD Interfaces graduate training program through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Bioengineering Research Partnership through the National Institute of Health.

Luo Gu
Graduate Student, 2006-2012
Ph.D. 2012, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thesis:
"Biodegradable Porous Silicon Nanomaterials for Imaging and Treatment of Cancer"

Current Position: Post-Doc, Harvard University

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Luo joined the Sailor research group in January 2006. He received his B.S. degree from Peking University. His project involved the study of luminescent porous silicon photonic crystals and nanoparticles. His thesis work emphasizes in-vitro and in-vivo imaging, and nano-enabled biological assays.

 

Last updated: Sept 2012

Olivia Gu

Olivia Gu
High School Student, 2011-2013

Current Position: Undergraduate Chemistry Major, University of California, Berkeley

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Olivia joined the Sailor research group in the summer of 2011, as a participant in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. She returned to the program in the summer of 2012 as a mentor. She won a UC scholarship and began attending UC Berkeley as a chemistry major in the Fall of 2013.

 

Last updated: June 2013

James Ha James S. Ha
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James was a visiting scholar from SMARTA Advanced Engineering, inc.

Alicia Hopkins
Materials Science and Engineering MS, 2011

Alicia was a student from 2010-2011 whose research project involved the design, development, and utilization of novel microfluidic devices as diagnostic tools against the chemical threat agent hydrogen cyanide.

Huiyuan Hou Huiyuan Hou, M.D.
Visiting Scholar, 2012-2014

Current Position:
Department of Ophthalmology, Xijing Hospital, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, China
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Dr. Hou is a retinal specialist from the Department of Ophthalmology, Eye Institute of Chinese PLA, Xijing Hospital, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an 710032, Shaanxi Province, China. She worked on a project collaborative with Dr. Lingyun Cheng at the UCSD Jacobs Retina Center, on the NIH-funded project "Porous Silicon Particles for Sustained Intravitreal Drug Delivery," focusing on small molecule (daunorubicin) formulations. In China she runs a group focused on RNA therapeutics.

 

Last updated: May 2014

Jenny Hsiung
Undergraduate researcher, 2006
Current Location:
Email: whsiung@ucsd.edu

Jenny joined the lab in summer 2006. She has an undergraduate degree in bioengineering from UCSD and is currently enrolled in the bioengineering MS program. Her project involves studies of ultrasound-induced delivery of nanoparticle payloads from porous Si "Smart Dust" microparticles. Her graduate student mentor was Joe Park.

Summer 2006.

Wei Huang Wei Huang
Graduate Student Rotator, 2013-2014

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Wei joined the Sailor Group in August of 2013 as a rotator in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Ph.D. program. His undergraduate work was at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, HUST, Wuhan. Wei participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. For his Discovery Project, Wei investigated nitrogen oxide and its interaction with porous Si nanoparticles. His mentor was Nicole Fry.

Winnie Huang

Winnie Huang
Undergraduate researcher 2012
Current Location:
UCSD
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Winnie is a Warren College pharmacological chemistry major (class of 2015). She joined the lab in Spring 2012. She characterized the optical properties of photonic crystals made from porous Si, on a collaborative project with Giuseppe Barillaro at the University of Pisa. Her post-doctoral mentor was Alejandra Nieto Pena.

Dario Imbraguglio Dario Imbraguglio
Visiting Scholar, 2011-2012

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Dario was a PhD student at the Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca Metrologica in Turin, Italy when he visited the lab from Sept 2011 until June 2012. He worked with Vinh Diep and Chia-Chen Wu on electrically addressable optical biosensors.

Wei Jin
Post-Doc
Dates: Fall 2009-January 2011
Current Location: Intel Corporate Research
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Wei joined the Sailor group in Fall 2009. She received a PhD in Chemical Physics from Janice Reutt-Robey at the University of Maryland. Her project involved optical fiber-mounted porous Si photonic crystals for chemical sensing applications.

Jinmyoung Joo Jinmyoung Joo
Post-Doc
Dates: 2013-2016
Current Position:
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Korea
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Jinmyoung "Jimmy" Joo was a post-doctoral researcher who joined the lab in March, 2013. He completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea in 2012. His Ph.D. work focused on photocatalysts and microresonators under the direction of Prof. Sangmin Jeon. He also developed nanoparticle systems to detect cancer biomarkers and pathogenic bacteria. His interests lie in the synthesis of functional nanomaterials for biological applications. He participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. He is working on the project "Porous Si-Based Therapeutic Nanoplatforms" funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Korea, in the department of health science and technology/biomedical engineering.

Last updated: February, 2016

Rishav Kansal Rishav Kansal
Undergraduate Researcher, 2006
Current Location: Ophthalmology Associates, Richardson, TX
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Rishav joined the Sailor group in July of 2006. He received an undergraduate degree in Human Biology from UCSD, and for his research project he worked with porous silicon films containing a gradient of pore diameters, in order to create a size exclusion tool for separation and analysis of small proteins. His graduate student mentor was Manuel Orosco, and they worked in collaboration with Jeffrey Smith at the Burnham Institute. He went on to receive his MD degree and is now practicing with Ophthalmology Associates in Richardson, TX.

 

Last updated: November, 2015

Suraj Kedarisetty
Undergraduate Researcher 2008
Current Position:

Suraj is a Bioengineering major who joined the Sailor group in January of 2008 as a UCSD Regents Scholar Research Associate.

Timothy Kelly
Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2009-2011
Current Position:
Canada Research Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Tim Kelly Joined the group in November, 2009. He received a PhD in Chemistry from Michael Wolf at the University of British Columbia in 2009. His thesis topic involved preparation of conjugated polymer-silica composite microspheres and their self-assembly into crystalline colloidal arrays. His project at UCSD focused on methods of analyte identification in porous Si chemical sensors.

Rhiannon

Rhiannon Kennard
BS-MS Student, 2012-2016
Thesis: "Evaluation of Porous Silicon - Perfluorinated Polymer Composite Sensors and Optimization of Porous Silicon Microparticle Synthesis"
Current Position:
PhD student in the Materials Science Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
Email

Rhiannon was a Revelle College chemistry major (class of 2015) who participated in the BS-MS program. She joined the lab in Spring 2012. She made porous Si-based particles and photonic crystals, developed the chemistry to deposit high surface area carbon within the porous nanostructure, constructed hybrid porous Si-polymer composites, and evaluated her materials as chemical microsensors and as anodes for lithium ion batteries.

(1) Li, X.; Gu, M.; Hu, S.; Kennard, R.; Yan, P.; Chen, X.; Wang, C.; Sailor, M. J.; Zhang, J.-G.; Liu, J., "Mesoporous silicon sponge as an anti-pulverization structure for high-performance lithium-ion battery anodes." Nat. Commun. 2014, 5, 4105.

(2) Wang, J.; Joo, J.; Kennard, R. M.; Lee, S.-W.; Sailor, M. J., "Thermolytic Grafting of Polystyrene to Porous Silicon." Chem. Mater. 2016, 28, 79.

Tyler Kent

Tyler Kent
Rotation student 2010

Tyler was a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering Program, who worked in the lab in the summer of 2010. He holds an MS degree in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara. His project involved chemical sensors using modified porous silicon-based photonic crystals.

Do Kyung Kim
Undergraduate Researcher 2002-2005
Current Position:
Sr. Systems Engineer at Medtronic

Email

Do joined the Sailor group in 2002 as an undergraduate researcher. He graduated from Mira Loma HS as a full diploma winner of the International Baccelaureate program (www.ibo.org). He began his studies at UCSD in 2000 in Bioengineering:Biotechnology (ABET) and Economics. His research projects involved discriminating proteins by their size for biosensing and proteomics applications; explosive porous Si; and controlled release of drugs from nanostructured porous Si photonic crystals. His graduate student mentor was Emily Anglin.

Photo: Involuntarily delayed in Atlanta, on the way to Valencia PSST, 2004

November, 2011

Angie Kim Hyun J. "Angie" Kim
MS Student 2014-2015

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Current Position:

Angie joined the Sailor Group in February 2014 as an M.S. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her undergraduate work was at the University of California, Berkeley. She participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. Her project involved photodynamic therapy with porous Si nanoparticles.

Jayoung Kim Jayoung Kim
Graduate student, 2012-2013
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Jayoung joined the Sailor Group in the Summer 2012, as a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering program.  Her project involved silicon-based nanoparticles for therapeutic applications. Jayoung was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Peter Kim
Undergraduate Researcher 2003-2005
Current Location:
Email

Peter joined the Sailor group in 2003. He worked on methods to construct magnetic particles from porous Si photonic crystals. Peter spent the summer of 2004 in the Bioengineering summer program at MIT.

July, 2005

Taeho Kim

Taeho Kim
Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2014-2016
Current Position: UCSD

Email

Taeho Kim is a post-doctoral researcher who joined the lab in November, 2014. He completed his Ph.D. in Chemical & Biological Engineering from Seoul National University (SNU), Korea in 2013. His Ph.D. work with Prof. Taeghwan Hyeon focused on development of functional inorganic nanoparticles for medical diagnostics and therapeutics, particularly for stem cell tracking and ischemic stroke treatment. Taeho worked on the project "Porous Si-Based Therapeutic Nanoplatforms" funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Brian H. King
Graduate Student, 2005-2010
Ph.D. 2010, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Thesis:
"Design and Manipulation of 1D Rugate Photonic Crystals of Porous Silicon for Chemical Sensing Applications"
Current Position:
email

Brian joined the Sailor group in 2005. His project involved exploration of specificity of porous silicon photonic crystal sensors by incorporating non-biological recognition elements and concentrators into the materials.

J. Matthew Kinsella
Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2008-2012
Current Position:
Assistant Professor, McGill University
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Matt joined the Sailor group in 2008. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Albena Ivanisevic at Purdue University in 2007. His thesis title was "Development and properties of DNA Templated one-dimensional magnetic nanoparticle chains." His research interests include medical applications of nanotechnology, nanoscale material synthesis, and surface chemistry. His project at UCSD involved the design and synthesis of multifunctional magnetic nanoparticles for diagnostic and therapeutic medical applications. He took an assistant professor position at McGill University (Canada) in September, 2012.

Jonathan D. Klein Jonathan D. Klein
Undergraduate Researcher 1991-1992

Current Position: Sr. Manager at Levi Strauss & Co.
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Jon was the first undergraduate student in the Sailor Lab, and coauthor on our first paper (Kressin, A. M.; Doan, V. V.; Klein, J. D.; Sailor, M. J., "Synthesis of Stoichiometric Cadmium Selenide Films via Sequential Monolayer Electrodeposition." Chem. Mat. 1991, 3, 1015). He then applied this method to porous membranes, publishing a first author paper on deposition of CdSe in anopore membranes (Klein, J. D.; Herrick, R. D.; Palmer, D.; Sailor, M. J.; Brumlik, C. J.; Martin, C. R., "Electrochemical Fabrication of Cadmium Chalcogenide Microdiode Arrays," Chem. Mat. 1993, 5, 902).

Photo: Jonathan (AKA Joqn) on left, with Patrik Schmuki in a sushi bar in San Diego's gaslamp district, circa 2002.

Updated March 2011.rauss & Co.

Vijay Kollengode
Undergraduate Researcher 2003-2006
Current position: Student at UCSF Medical School
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Vijay joined the Sailor group in 2003. In his project, Vijay designed and constructed the first computer-controlled etching tool to fabricate porous Si photonic crystals that became a standard tool in our laboratory. This analog system was used in > 50 papers from the Sailor lab.

Updated June, 2006

Nithin Krishnamurthi Nithin Krishnamurthi
High School Researcher 2013-2016
Current position: Undergraduate student at UC Berkeley

Email
Office: 4225 Pacific Hall

Nithin is a student at Torrey Pines High School (class of 2016) who participated in the introductory chemistry tutorials during the summer, 2013. He continued his studies through the school year and he participated in the 2014 and 2015 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.

Yogesh Kumar
Visiting Scholar, 2009-2010
Current Position:
CIMAV, Mexico
Email

Yogesh was a graduate student from the Investigation Center in Advanced Materials (http://www.cimav.edu.mx/) in Chihuahua, Mexico. He visited the lab from Nov, 2009 until June, 2010, supported by a CONACyT Fellowship.

Professor Myoung Seok Kwon
Sabbatical Visitor, 2006-2007
Current Position: University of Seoul
email

WEB: http://campus.uos.ac.kr/engineer

Professor Kwon spent a sabbatical leave in the labs from December 2006-June, 2007. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Seoul, specializing in sol-gel synthesis of oxide phosphors and their luminescence properties for PDP and white LEDs, thin films of tranparent conducting oxides for flat panel displays (TFT-LCD, PDP, OLED), and MOCVD of nitride compound semiconductors for white LEDs.

Summer 2007.

Joseph Lai
Graduate Student 2007-2008

Current Position:
Email

Joe joined the Sailor group in Fall 2007 as a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering program. He worked with Drs Freeman and Cheng in the Jacobs Retina Center, helping develop an assay for Avastin, an antibody to VEGF.

Vincent Lau
Undergraduate Researcher 2010-2011
Current position:

email

Vincent was an undergraduate student studying Biochemistry. He joined the Sailor Lab in the Fall 2010 quarter and his graduate student mentor was Joel Grondek. His research involved the synthesis of iron-coated nanoparticles using magnetic iron oxide which are used for molecular imaging and targeting.

Linh Le
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Linh joined the lab in 2004. She worked with Ron Betts on site-specific drug release, in collaboration with Biosensors International.

June 2006

Gha Lee Gha Young Lee
High School Student, 2012-2015

Current Position: Undergraduate Chemistry Major, Harvard University
Email

Gha was a Torrey Pines High School student (class of 2015) who joined the lab in November, 2012 and participated in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. Her project "Search for Better Way of Measuring Dielectric Constant Using Capillarity" placed 1st in the GSDSEF (Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair) in March, 2013. In the 2014 and 2015 Summer Schools she acted as a senior mentor.

Last Updated: Aug 2015

Ming Na Tina Lee
BS 2006
Current Position: UCSF Pharmacy School
Email

Tina joined the Sailor group in 2003. In her research project she worked on methods to trap drugs in porous Si matrices for drug delivery applications. She tested the timed drug release capabilities of gold-coated and drug-loaded smart dust (porous silicon films sonicated into nanoparticles). She worked closely with Emily Anglin. Tina spent the summer of 2004 on an internship in the laboratories of Peidong Yang at UC Berkeley. After her graduation from UCSD (BS), she attended Pharmacy School at UCSF.

Aug, 2006

Ki Won Lee
Sabbatical Visitor, 2010-2011
Current Position: Professor, Kongju National University, South Korea
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Professor Ki Won Lee spent a 1 year sabbatical in the labs March 2010-Feb 2011. He is an assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the Kongju National University, in South Korea. Prof. Lee is performing research in chemical sensing applications of porous silicon materials.

Sangwha Lee

Professor Sangwha Lee
Sabbatical Visitor, 2013-2014
Current Position: Professor, Gachon University, South Korea
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Sangwha Lee is Professor of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering at Gachon University, South Korea. He visited the lab from Sept 2013 until July 2014. He received his undergraduate degrees in Chemical Technology from Seoul National University and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. His research interests lie in the areas of nanoparticles, self-assembly, and biosensors.

Last Updated: Aug 2015

Heidi Leonard Heidi Leonard
Masters' Student
, 2012-2015
Current Position: Graduate Student, Technion University, Israel
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Heidi joined the Sailor Group in the Fall 2012, as a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She received her BS degree in Chemistry from Pomona College (Claremont, CA). She performed undergraduate research with Dr. Charles Taylor at Pomona College, investigating inorganic materials prepared by chemical vapor deposition. She participated in the 2013 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. Her thesis project involved silicon-based polymeric composites for therapeutic applications. She moved to the Technion in Israel to complete her PhD studies, under the direction of Ester Segal.

Last Updated: Aug 2015


Sonia Letant

Sonia Letant
Post-Doctoral Researcher, 1998-2001
Current Position: Deputy Division Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
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Sonia was a Lavoisier Postdoctoral Fellow who joined the lab in September, 1998. She worked on sensor applications of photoluminescent and photonic structures based on porous Si. She is currently Deputy Division Leader in the Chemical Sciences Division of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Publications in Sailor Group:
Sailor, M. J.; Letant, S. E. Porous thin film time-varying reflectivity analysis of samples. U.S. Patent #7,042,570, issued May 9, 2006.

Létant, S.; Sailor, M. J., Molecular identification by time resolved interferometry in a porous silicon film. Adv. Mat. 2001, 13 (5), 335-338.

Sohn, H.; Létant, S.; Sailor, M. J.; Trogler, W. C., Detection of fluorophosphonate chemical warfare agents by catalytic hydrolysis with a porous silicon interferometer. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122, 5399-5400.

Létant, S. E.; Content, S.; Tan, T. T.; Zenhausern, F.; Sailor, M. J., Integration of Porous Silicon Chips in an Electronic Artificial Nose. Sens. Actuators B 2000, 69, 193-198.

Létant, S.; Sailor, M. J., Detection of HF gas with a porous Si interferometer. Adv. Mater. 2000, 12, 355-359.

Last Updated: Sept 2014

Fangting Li

Fangting Li
Visiting Scholar, 2016
Current Position:
Peking University people’s hospital, China
email

Dr. Fangting Li is an opthalmologist from Peking University people’s hospital, China, who visited the lab of our collaborators at the Jacobs Retina Center, Dr. Lingyun Cheng and Dr. William Freeman from January 2016 through January, 2017. His project focused on the use of silicon nanomaterials to deliver drugs to the back of the eye.

Hui Li Hui Li
Phone: (858) 534-8945
Email
Office: 4225 Pacific Hall

Hui is visiting our group from November, 2012 to April, 2013. She works on a joint research project related to her Ph.D. program at the University of Science and Technology of China, in collaboration with Prof. YangYang Li at the City University of Hong Kong. She is working on the project "Bandgap engineering of porous nanostructures for visible absorption."

Jianlin Li Jianlin Li
Sabbatical Visitor, 2011-2012
Current Position: Professor, Nanjing Normal University, PR China
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Jianlin Li was a visiting scholar from Nanjing Normal University, PR China in the lab from March 2011 to March 2012. His project involved synthesis of multilayered porous titanium oxide nanostructures for biosensor applications.

mal University ,PR,
China. He is visiting the lab from March 2011 to March 2012. His
project involves synthesis of multilayered porous si

Vivian Li
Undergraduate Researcher 2009-2010
Current position:
Email:

Vivian was a UCSD chemical engineering major who joined the Sailor research group in spring of 2009. She worked on porous Si photonic crystals. Her graduate student mentor was Chia-Chen Wu.

Yangyang Li

Yangyang Li
Graduate Student 2000-2004
Ph.D. 2004, Materials Science and Engineering

Thesis:
"Porous Silicon Photonic Crystals as Hosts for Polymers, Biopolymers, and Magnetic Nanoparticles"
Current Position:
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong
Email

Yang Yang began her Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. studies in the Sailor group in July, 2000. In the summer of 2002 Yangyang developed a new method for the template synthesis of nanostructured polymers, where the templates used are multilayered porous silicon photonic crystals (Li, Y. Y., Cunin, F., Link, J. R., Gao, T., Betts, R. E., Reiver, S. H., Chin, V., Bhatia, S. N., and Sailor, M. J., Polymer Replicas of Photonic Porous Silicon For Sensing and Drug Delivery Applications. Science, 2003. 299(5615): p. 2045-7). This work was important because it showed that a complex optical structure can be generated in almost any solution- or melt processible material using a nanostructured porous Si template. Yangyang’s second seminal contribution was to incorporate magnetic nanoparticles into porous Si photonic crystal hosts. For the summer 2003 Yang Yang applied for and received an internship position with Intel corporation in Santa Clara, CA. The summer at Intel was a wonderful opportunity that exposed Yangyang to the world of corporate research in nanotechnology and in biotechnology. After a few years at Hitachi Chemical Research Center in Irvine, CA, Yangyang was recruited to the Dept. of Physics and Materials Science at the City University of Hong Kong..

Jenny Li

Zhen "Jenny" Li
Visiting Scholar, 2013-2014
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Zhen Lee is a PhD student in Ananlytical Chemistry from Prof Jianmin Wu's lab at Zhejiang university, China who visited our lab from Sept 2013 to February 2014.

Fengxia Liang
Visiting Scholar, 2010-2011

Current Position: Graduate student, Department of Physics and Materials Science at City University of Hong Kong
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Fengxia is currently a PhD candidate from the Department of Physics and Materials Science at City University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong SAR, PR, China, working with professor Yangyang Li. She visited the lab from November 2010 to April 2011. Her project involved the use of titanium dioxide nanomaterials for chemical sensing applications, which resulted in the paper "Self-Cleaning Organic Vapor Sensor Based on a Nanoporous TiO2 Interferometer," Liang, F. X.; Kelly, T. L.; Luo, L. B.; Li, H.; Sailor, M. J.; Li, Y. Y., ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2012, 4, 4177.

Jamie R. Link
Graduate Student 2000-2005
Ph.D. 2005, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Thesis:
"Spectrally Encoded Porous Silicon 'Smart Dust' for Chemical and Biological Sensing Applications"
Current Position:
Business Development Manager, Government Energy Solutions, enXco
Email

Jamie joined the Sailor group in 2000. She received a B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2000 where her thesis research focused on the superconductivity of rare earth borocarbides. She was supported in part by a California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CAL-(IT)2) graduate fellowship. In late 2003, she spent a few months in the Surface Science and Corrosion laboratories of Prof. Patrik Schmuki at the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. She won the 2002 "The Best of What's New" general technology award from Popular Science Magazine and the grand prize in the 2003 Collegiate Inventors Competition (sponsored by the USPTO) for her discoveries related to "Smart Dust" nanostructured photonic crystals. In 2004 she was named one of the "top 100" young scientists in the world by MIT's Technology Review magazine. In 2005 Jamie worked in Senator Joseph Lieberman's office as a Science and Engineering Congressional Fellow. After a few year stint at DOE, she joined enXco.

Updated: Aug, 2012

Dr. Haohao Lin
Ph.D. 2004
Thesis:
"Metallization and Surface Modification of Porous SiliconL Stability, Surface Enhanced Raman, and Gas Sensor Studies."
Current Location:
3M corporation
Email:
hlin3@mmm.com

Haohou received his undergraduate training at USTC in Peking, China. His Ph.D. thesis was titled "Metallization and Surface Modification of Pourous Si: Stability, Surface Enhanced Raman, and Gas Sensor Studies". Haohao performed post-doctoral studies with Richard Crooks at Texas A&M University before taking a position at 3M in late 2005.

Updated: October, 2005

Glen Liszczak
Undergrad, summer 2007
Current Location:
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School in Chemistry
Email: liszczak@sas.upenn.edu

Glen spent the summer of 2007 in the Sailor lab as an Amgen Scholar, working under Jennifer Park.

Sept 2009 update: "I am currently into the second year of a Ph.D. program at UPENN right now and find that research is something that truly interests and challenges me.  I cannot think of any path that would have been more suitable for me to have taken.  While my research interests have drifted slightly (I have joined Dr. Ronen Marmorstein's protein crystallography and kinetics lab), I still carry with me much of what I learned from you, Jennifer and the rest of the lab at UCSD.  I also believe that one of the reasons I was given the opportunity to be where I am now is because of the experience I was able to gain in your well respected lab.  I wish you continued success with your work and appreciate the contributions you have made towards my own personal goals."

Updated: September, 2009

Dasha Macauslan Dasha MacAuslan
High School Student, 2015-2016
Current Location:
La Jolla High School

Daria “Dasha” MacAuslan joined the lab in Dec 2015. She attended La Jolla High School (class of 2019) and participated in the 2016 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.

Updated: February, 2017

Wilasinee Maksaereekul
Undergrad, BS 2005
Current Location:
Navarro Research and Engineering
Email
: wilasinee@gmail.com

Willa joined the Sailor group in 2003. After graduation, she worked at Praxair, inc. in Texas for a couple years, and then in the Fall of 2007 she went back to school to obtain her M.S. in materials science at the Colorado School of Mines (2009). She then took a job at Navarro Research and Engineering as a Project Engineer in the Wind Energy team in Denver, CO.  The work deals with overseeing projects that are funded by the DOE in the renewable energy sector, specifically in wind energy.

Updated: Summer 2009

Ebony Manchion
Ebony was our group Administrative Assistant from 2009-2011

Shawn O. Meade
PhD, 2008
Thesis:
"Development of A Bioassay Multiplexing System Utilizing Porous Silica Photonic Crystal Particles Containing Spectral Barcodes"
Current Location: Pi Energy
Email

Shawn spent a year in the Sailor group as an undergraduate in 1998, went to work for Illumina (when it was still privately held) and then returned in 2003 to pursue his Ph.D. degree. His project involved spectral encoding of porous silicon photonic crystals for high throughput screening applications. After developing the method to place one of up to ten million "spectral barcodes" on electrochemically etched silicon microparticles, Shawn turned his attention to demonstrating a biological assay that uses these encoded materials.

Updated: Aug, 2012

Brittany Merrill

Brittany was a UCSD Biochemistry/Chemistry major who joined the Sailor group in January 2008. Her graduate student mentors were Anne Ruminski and Brian King. She worked on low power sensors for chemical toxins and pollutants using porous Si-based photonic crystals.

Sung-Jun Min

Sung-Jun "June" Min joined the Sailor research group in Spring 2008. He worked on a new strategy to increase the efficacy of tumor targeting with nanoparticles and targeting ligands. His graduate student mentor was Joe Park.

Professor Gordon M. Miskelly
Sabbatical Visitor
, 2012-2013
Current Position: Associate Professor in Analytical Chemistry and Deputy Director, Forensic Science Progam, University of Auckland, New Zealand
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Professor Miskelly is Associate Professor in Analytical Chemistry and Deputy Director, Forensic Science Progam in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Miskelly's group has a longstanding collaboration with the Sailor group dating to the late 1990s. He most recently spent a sabbatical in the lab from July 2012 to February 2013.

Matthew M. Moore Matthew M. Moore
BS 2006, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Current Location: Caltech Graduate School
email

Matt joined the Sailor group in 2004, working with graduate student Anne Ruminski on low power pollution sensors using porous Si photonic crystals. He constructed a portable device to measure the concentration of VOC pollutants, and spent the summer of 2004 testing and benchmarking his devices. He then developed surface hydrosilylation chemistries to minimize the effects of relative humidity on these materials. He won the 2006 Urey Prize for a graduating senior chemistry major, in recognition of his excellence in academic and research achievement. In between college and graduate school, Matt spent 3 months in China, doing research at Peking University. He completed his PhD at Caltech in Molecular Biophysics in 2012, and now works in the banking industry specializing in quantitative finance.

Ruminski, A. M.; Moore, M. M.; Sailor, M. J., "Humidity-Compensating Sensor for Volatile Organic Compounds using Stacked Porous Silicon Photonic Crystals." Adv. Funct. Mater. 2008, 18, 3418.

Updated January 2015.

Troy Moore Troy Moore
Undergraduate student, BS 2008, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Current Location: UC Irvine
email

Troy joined the Sailor group in the summer of 2006. He is a pharmacological chemistry major with a strong interest in nanomaterials. He began his project on porous silicon/hydrogel nanocomposites for drug delivery applications under the mentorship of Dr. Ester Segal. In the Fall of 2007, Troy won the UCSD Dean's Undergraduate Research Award for his studies of the effects of composite formulation on drug loading and release properties. He received a PhD from UC Berkeley in 2013.

1. Perelman, L. A.; Moore, T.; Singelyn, J.; Sailor, M. J.; Segal, E., "Preparation and Characterization of a pH- and Thermally Responsive Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid)/Porous SiO(2) Hybrid." Adv. Funct. Mater. 2010, 20, 826.
2. Segal, E.; Perelman, L. A.; Moore, T.; Kesselman, E.; Sailor, M. J., "Grafting stimuli-responsive polymer brushes to freshly-etched porous silicon." Phys. Status Sol. C 2009, 6, 1717.

Updated January 2015.

Jessie Moreton Jessica Moreton
Rotation student 2014

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Jessica (Jessie) Moreton is Chemistry PhD student at UCSD who joined the group in summer 2014. As an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, she worked in the Frechet group on OPV and OFET devices. For nearly two years after graduation she worked in the peptide synthesis laboratory at Santa Cruz Biotechnology. She participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology, and her Discovery project related to controlled release of contraceptive drugs from porous Si microparticles, supported by FHI-360.

October 2014.

Kyu Shik "Eddie" Mun
Visiting graduate student 2008-2010

Email: mun.kyushik@gmail.com

Eddie was a graduate student with Professor Won-Youl Choi at the Department of Metal and Materials Engineering at the Kangnung National University, in South Korea. He visited the lab from August, 2008 until January, 2010. He is performing research on biosensors using TiO2 nanotubes.

In Fall 2010 he began graduate school in Cincinatti.

Anthony Myint
Undergraduate student 2006
Current Location:
Email: Anthony_Myint@brown.edu

Anthony was an undergraduate student at Brown University. He worked in the Sailor group for the summer of 2006 with Dr. Michael Schwartz, on chemical modification of porous Si by microwave activation.

Summer 2006

Yoonkey "Johnny" Nam

Professor Yoonkey Nam
Visiting Professor
2013-2014
email
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Bio and Brain Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Yoonkey "Johnny" Nam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He spent a sabbatical year in the lab from September 2013 - July 2014.

Kaihui Nan Kaihui Nan
Post-Doc 2012-2014, Ophthalmology

Current Position: Scientist, Eye Hospital, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China
Email

Dr. Nan was a post doctoral visitor, collaborative with Dr. Lingyun Cheng at the UCSD Jacobs Retina Center who arrived in October, 2012. He worked on the NIH-funded project "Porous Silicon Particles for Sustained Intravitreal Drug Delivery," focusing on polymer composite formulations.

Alejandra Nieto Alejandra Nieto Pena
Post-Doc 2011-2014, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Current Position: Scientist/Group Leader, Late Stage Pharmaceutical Development Program, F. Hoffmann- La Roche Ltd. Basel, Switzerland
Email

Alejandra received her PhD in Chemistry (Summa cum laude) with Prof. María Vallet-Regí at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and joined the lab in October, 2011. She worked on porous Si-based photonic materials for drug delivery, in a collaborative project with Drs Lingyun Cheng and William R. Freeman in the UCSD Jacobs Retina Center.

Publications:
1. Hou, H.; Nieto, A.; Ma, F.; Freeman, W. R.; Sailor, M. J.; Cheng, L., Tunable sustained intravitreal drug delivery system for daunorubicin using oxidized porous silicon. J. Control Release 2014, 178, 46–54.

2. Nieto, A.; Hou, H.; Sailor, M. J.; Freeman, W. R.; Cheng, L., Ocular silicon distribution and clearance following intravitreal injection of porous silicon microparticles. Exp. Eye Res. 2013, 116, 161-168.

3. Hartmann, K. I.; Nieto, A.; Wu, E. C.; Freeman, W. R.; Kim, J. S.; Chhablani, J.; Sailor, M. J.; Cheng, L. Y., Hydrosilylated Porous Silicon Particles Function as an Intravitreal Drug Delivery System for Daunorubicin. J. Ocul. Pharmacol. Ther. 2013, 29 (5), 493-500.

4. Chhablani, J.; Nieto, A.; Hou, H.; Wu, E. C.; Freeman, W. R.; Sailor, M. J.; Cheng, L., Oxidized Porous Silicon Particles Covalently Grafted with Daunorubicin as a Sustained Intraocular Drug Delivery System. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2013, 54, 1268–1279.

Valerie P. Ng
Undergraduate student BS 2005, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Current Location: SUNY Medical School
Email
: valeriepsng@gmail.com

Valerie joined the Sailor group in 2002. She worked on a project involving controlled release of drugs from porous Si photonic crystals.

Photo: Waiting in Atlanta, on the way to Valencia PSST meeting, March 2004.

Updated: July, 2005.

Sadafumi Noda
Visiting Scholar 2008-2009

Sam is from the Japan Patent Office and visited the lab from July 2008-June 2009. His project involved the thermal response of porous Si-based vapor sensors.

Sophie Oller
Undergraduate student, B.S. 2008

Email:soller@ucsd.edu

Sophie is a UCSD Environmental Chemistry major who joined the Sailor group in the summer of 2007. Her graduate student mentors are Anne Ruminski and Adrian Garcia Sega. She works on low power sensors for chemical toxins and pollutants using porous Si-based photonic crystals. In the Fall of 2007, Sophie won the UCSD Dean's Undergraduate Research Award for her studies of the effects of current density on chemical sensitivity in her sensors.

Kathy On
Email

Kathy is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, rotating in the lab for the summer 2009. She holds a BS degree in Chemistry from UCLA. Her graduate student mentor is Anne Ruminski

Manuel Orosco
Ph.D. 2009, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thesis:
"Amplified Detection of Protease Activity using Porous Silicon Nanostructures"
Current Position: Senior Scientist II, DNA Electronics

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Manuel joined the Sailor group in the Fall of 2004. His project involved assays of enzymatic activity in porous silicon photonic crystal films. He placed enzymes in porous Si photonic crystal hosts and evaluated their ability to sense various biomolecules or cell types. He collaborated with the research group of Farooq Azam at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and with the Hitachi Chemical Research Center in Irvine, CA. He did a post-doc with Mark Thompson at USC, and then moved to DNA Electronics in 2015.

Updated: July, 2016.

Stéphanie Pace
Visiting Scholar, 2007
Current Location: CNRS Montpellier
Email:pacestephanie@hotmail.com

Stéphanie Pace spent 4 months in the labs beginning March 2007. She was an exchange student from the University of Montpellier, affiliated with the labs of our collaborators, Prof. Jean-Marie Devoisselle and Fréderique Cunin. She worked on the construction and characterization of lipid layers at porous SiO2 interfaces.

Dr. Claudia Pacholski
Post-doc 2006
Current Position:
Max-Planck institute, Stuttgart
Email
: Claudia.Pacholski@unifr.ch

Claudia joined the Sailor research group in 2004, on a DFG fellowship. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg, Department of Physical Chemistry under the direction of Prof. H. Weller, working on the preparation and characterization of ZnO nanoparticles. Her research project involved the study of double-layered porous Si films as sensors. Claudia found that one of the two layers could be used as an internal reference for the sensor, allowing correction for zero-point drift. She studied the optical properties and demonstrated a biosensor using these structures.

Updated: Aug, 2010.

Jennifer Park
Ph.D. 2010, Bioengineering
Thesis:
"Studies on the Toxicity and cisplatin Loading of Porous Si Microparticles"
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Current Position: Senior Development Scientist, Beckman-Coulter, Brea, CA

Jennifer joined the Sailor group as a rotation student from Bioengineering in Sept, 2005. Her Ph.D. project involved the preparation and use of nanostructured microparticles for cancer therapeutics and diagnostics. Her thesis focussed on the treatment of ovarian cancer, in collaboration with Prof. Stephen Howell in the UCSD Cancer Center.

Updated: Aug, 2011

Ji Ho (Joe) Park
Ph.D. 2009, Materials Science and Engineering
Thesis:
"Cooperative Nanomaterials Systems for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapeutics"

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Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Bio and Brain Engineering Program of Brain and Cognitive Engineering Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), S. Korea

Joe joined the Sailor group in 2004. His project involved developing the chemistries to target nanoparticles to diseased tissue, using superparamagnetic iron oxide and silicon. This project is in collaboration with the research groups of Sangeeta Bhatia (MIT) and Erkki Ruoslahti (UCSB/Burnham Institute).

Updated: Jan 2013

Seon Hwa Park
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Seon Hwa Park visited the lab from March, 2010 until February, 2011. She received a PhD in Physics at the Kongju National University. Her project involves porous Si photonic crystals for chemical sensing applications.

Loren A. Perelman
Ph.D. 2007, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thesis:
"Macromolecular Coatings on Porous Silicon: Applications in Drug Delivery, Biosensing, and Composites"
Current Position:
Senior Development Scientist, Amyris, Inc., Emeryville, CA
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Loren joined the Sailor group in 2002 through the materials science Ph.D. program at UCSD. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 2002. While an undergraduate, Loren was a Beckman Scholar, and his research involved the investigation of azo dye aggregation on Starburst PAMAM dendrimers and DTAB/SDS micelles and vesicles with Kerry Karukstis. His thesis project involved studies of triggered drug delivery from porous silicon films and from hydrogel composites, and label-free detection of small molecules using the optical properties of porous Si films.

Updated: Feb, 2013.

Karina Perez Aguilar

Karina Perez Aguilar
Post-doc, 2015-2016
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Karina joined the group in October, 2015. She received her PhD in Puebla, Mexico. She studied silicon nanoparticle composites as potential therapeutics, on a UC-MEXUS postdoctoral fellowship, project titled “Captopril Delivery Systems Based on Porous Silicon Membranes and Particles”.

Andrea Potocny

Andrea Potocny
Lab Manager, 2010-2012
Current Location:
Chemistry Graduate School, University of Delaware
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Andrea served as an excellent lab manager for the group, and a facilities manager for the UCSD Inorganic Materials Characterization Facility (IMCF). During her tenure, she supported numerous projects. In particular, she took a leading role in a MITRE-sponsored project focused on precise etching of optical features in porous silicon.

Mingde Qin

Mingde Qin
M.S. Student, 2013-2015

Current Location: UCSD
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Mingde joined the Sailor Group in September of 2013 as a graduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Materials Engineering from the City University of Hong Kong. He participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.

 

Updated: Feb, 2015.

Zhengtao Qin
Ph.D. Student, 2009-2011
Current Location:

Zhengtao was a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who began in the lab in the summer 2009 quarter and left in Fall 2011. He holds an MS degree in Materials Chemistry from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was interested in multifunctional nanoparticles for tumor imaging and therapy and Si based nanomaterials.

Hailong Hailong Qiu
Visiting Scholar, 2011-2013
Current Location: SUNY Buffalo

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Hailong is a graduate student in the School of Chemical Engineering & Technology at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China. He visited our lab from September, 2011 to February, 2013. His studies were focused on biomedical applications of upconverting phosphors in nanophase silicon-based materials.

Jon Quach
Undergraduate student, BS 2006
Current Location:
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Jon joined the Sailor group in August, 2005. Jon studied controlled intraocular drug release using polymer/silicon nanocomposites, in collaboration with Dr. William Freeman in the Jacobs Retina Center. His graduate student mentor was Emily Anglin.

Christina Ricks Christina Ricks
Undergraduate student, BS 2017
Current Location:
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Christina Ricks was a junior at the University of California, San Diego (Class of 2017), majoring in Chemistry.

David Roberts

David Roberts
Undergraduate student, BS 2015

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David was a UCSD undergraduate Chemistry/Math double major (class of 2015) who joined the lab in Spring 2013 under the mentorship of Danny Estrada. He studied methods to control the size of porous Si nanoparticles. He was a participant and mentor in the 2016 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.

Anne M. Ruminski
Ph.D. 2009, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Thesis:
"Manipulation of Surface Chemistry and Nanostructure in Porous Silicon-Based Chemical Sensors"
Current Position:
Senior Engineer at Silicium Energy in San Jose, CA
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Anne joined the Sailor group in 2004. She graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Ithaca College in 2003 where her research used kinetic studies to examine the effects of mixed solvents on the elimination and exchange reactions of halogenated phenethyl compounds. She spent the summers of 2001 and 2002 at the Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands working on this kinetics study. Her project involved using porous silicon "smart dust" photonic crystals for detection of pollutants in air and methane in seawater. She focused on minimizing analyte interference and improving specificity in her photonic materials.

Updated: July, 2016

Michela Sainato Michela Sainato
Visiting Scholar 2010-2011
Current Location: Visiting Researcher at Argonne National Laboratory
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Michela was a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Univerity of Pisa, working under the direction of our collaborator, Giuseppe Barillaro in the department of Electrical, Information, and Tellecommunications Engineering at the University of Pisa. She visited our labs at UCSD from Sept 2010-April 2011, studying optical biosensors.

Updated: July, 2016

Marta Sartor
Undergraduate student, BS 2006
Current Location:
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Marta joined the Sailor research group in 2004 as an exchange student from the University of Padua, Italy. She subsequently entered the materials science Ph.D. program at UCSD (Fall 2005). She worked on analysis of the optical properties of porous Si films and photonic crystals for gas sensing applications. She married James Ha (Sailorgroup 1996) in 2006.

Dr. Michael P. Schwartz
Post-doc 2003-2006
Current Location:
University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Mike joined the Sailor research group in February, 2003. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Chemistry under the direction of Prof. R. J. Hamers, working on selectivity in attachment of multifunctional organic molecules to group IV semiconductor surfaces. He also collaborated with the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. under the direction of Dr. John N. Russell (January 2001-October 2002), Examining the cycloaddition chemistry of organic molecules on the diamond (001) surface. Mike's current research interests involve tissue-based biosensors and biosensors using porous Si thin films and photonic crystals.

Beniamino Sciacca
Email:beniamino.sciacca@polito.it

Beniamino was a graduate student with Francesco Geobaldo at the Polytechnic University of Turin department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, who visited the lab May-Nov 2008. He makes a fabulous Tiramisu.

Emilie Secret
Visiting Scholar 2007, 2010
Current Position: Post-doc, University of Florida
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Emilie worked in our lab on several different occasions. She spent 3 months here from April-July 2007, in partial fullfillment of her Masters' thesis requirements at the ENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure) of Cachan, France. Then, during her PhD studies she visited for 3 additional months from July 2010. At that time she was a student at the University of Montpellier, affiliated with the labs of our collaborators, Prof. Jean-Marie Devoisselle and Fréderique Cunin.

Prof. Ester Segal
Post doc 2004-2007
Current position: Associate Professor, Technion, Israel
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Ester joined the Sailor research group in September, 2004. She received her Ph.D. at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, under the direction of Prof. M. Narkis and Prof. A. Siegmann, working on the development and characterization of chemical sensing materials based on conductive polymers. Ester's project involved functional structures of polymeric hydrogels prepared in porous silicon templates, and construction of porous microparticles for in-vivo diagnostics and drug delivery. She received tenure at the Technion in Dec, 2013.

Last updated: March 2015

Devyn Shafer Devyn Shafer
Ph.D. Student, 2014
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Devyn joined the Sailor Group in January of 2014 as a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) program. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Pennsylvania. Her mentor was Heidi Leonard, and her project focused on the photophysical properties of luminescent porous Si nanoparticles.

Nisha Sheth

Nisha Sheth
Undergraduate student, B.S. 2014

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Office: 4225 Pacific Hall

Nisha is a Warren College NanoEngineering major (class of 2014). She joined the lab in Spring 2013 and is studying biomedical applications of porous Si microparticles. Her graduate student mentor is Heidi Leonard.

Jennifer Singelyn
Ph.D. Student, 2007-2008
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Jennifer began her Bioengineering Ph.D. studies in the Sailor group in Jan 2007, after one quarter as a rotation student. Her BS degree, a double major in Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering, is from Carnegie Mellon University (2005). Her project involved the synthesis, characterization, and in-vivo studies of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles. Her lab mentor was Joe Park.

Anna Kornfeld Simpson
High School student, 2007-2010

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Anna was a high school student who worked in the Sailor group since the summer of 2007. She is shown with the robot she built for the LEGO robotics challenge. Anna integrated a chemical-sensing chip into the robot, which sounded an alarm when it encountered vapors from a toxic chemical known as a volatile organic compound (VOC). With her second generation robot, she won 1st prize in the California State Science Fair competition.

  Ryan Smith
Undergraduate student, 1993-1994, , B.S. 1994
Current position: Patent Attorney, Duane Morris
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Ryan was a UCSD Chemical Physics major (Revelle college) who joined the Sailor group in 1993. He studied surfactant interactions with porous Si, focusing on the effect of surfactants on the luminescence properties of the material. His work resulted in two publications: "The effect of surfactants on the reactivity and photophysics of luminescent nanocrystalline porous silicon," C.A. Canaria; M. Huang; Y. Cho; J.L. Heinrich; L.I. Lee; M.J. Shane; R.C. Smith; M.J. Sailor; G.M. Miskelly. Adv. Funct. Mater. 12, 495-500 (2002), and "The Effects of Surfactants on the Photoluminescence of Porous Silicon," M.J. Shane; J.L. Heinrich; R.C. Smith; M.J. Sailor. Proc. - Electrochem. Soc. 95, 278-285 (1996). Ryan went on to a position at Amersham Biosciences and then Illumina, inc. He received his degree in patent law from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2012, and works as an IP attorney (2013).

last updated: July 2014

Matthew Snedaker
Undergrad 2007-2009
Current location: UCSB graduate School
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Matthew was a UCSD Chemistry major who joined the Sailor group in the summer of 2007. His mentor was Adrian Garcia Sega. He worked on low power sensors for chemical toxins and pollutants using porous Si-based photonic crystals. Among his accomplishments, he supported the first flight of our remote chemical sensors in a UAV, off Jeju Island in Korea.

Hope Chen Preetam Soundararajan
High School Student, 2011-2014
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Preetam was a Francis Parker High School student (class of 2014) who joined the lab in the summer of 2011. He participated in the 2011 and 2012 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology, and has been working on a project to quantify the relationship between photoluminescence and surface chemistry on porous silicon nanoparticles. Preetam won 1st place in the 2013 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair, with a special award from the American Chemical Society. He was accepted on early admission and now attends Harvard University.

last updated: July 2014

Dr. Srinivas (Jimble) Subramanium
Post-doc 2006-2007
Current Location:

Srinivas joined the Sailor group in August 2006. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati,Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, under the direction of Dr. Rodney Roseman, for work on high temperature in-situ sintering and microstructure evolution in polycrystalline ceramic oxides, using novel ESEM techniques. He studied porous silicon gas sensors for detection and quantification of hazardous gases.

Stephanie Tangsombatvisit
Undergrad 2007
Current Location: UCSD

Stephanie was a UCSD Biochemistry/Cell Biology major, who joined the Sailor group Summer 2007 as a participant in the AMGEN Scholars Program. She worked on the synthesis and manipulation of iron oxide nanaoparticles for cancer therapeutics and diagnostics. Her graduate student mentor was Joe Park.

Dr. J. Christopher Thomas
Post-doc 2004-2005
Current Location: 3M company, Minneapolis, MN
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Chris joined the Sailor research group in August, 2004. He received his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Prof. Jonas C. Peters. For his Ph.D. thesis, Chris synthesized bis(phosphino)borate complexes of Pt, Ni, and Cu and studied their role in arene C-H bond activation and other chemical transformations. In the Sailor group, Chris developed a method to load and deliver nanogram quantities of proteins using microparticles of magnetic porous Si photonic crystals ("Smart Dust").

Updated: Dec, 2006

Cindy Tran Cindy Tran
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Cindy was a Scripps Ranch High School student and joined the group in Summer, 2010. She is working on developing fexible chemical sensors. Her mentor is Norma Cortez Lemus.

Richard Tran Richard Tran
High School Student, 2016
Current Location: Otay Ranch High School

Richard Tran is a Junior from Otay Ranch High School (class of 2017) who will be participated in the lab as part of the UCSD Mentor Assistance Program (MAP).

Updated: July, 2016

Nathan Trujillo
BS 2005
Current Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chem Eng PhD program

Nate joined the Sailor research group 2002. A chemical engineering major with a minor in management science, he participated in a variety of projects. He built a laser scanner system for reading porous Si photonic crystal chemical sensors from a remote distance. He constructed several electronic devices for sensor or etching applications. In his last project, he developed magnetic porous Si photonic crystals. Nate spent the summer of 2004 on an internship with INTEL corporation.

In 2007 Nathan received his MS in Chemical Engineering from MIT. He then completed his doctorate working for Professor Karen Gleason, with an emphasis on nano-patterning low-k polymers with non-conventional lithography and low-power CVD.

Updated: April, 2012

"Matrix" Chun Kwan Tsang
Visiting Scholar, 2010-2011

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Matrix was a graduate student in the Physics and Materials Science Department at City University of Hong Kong when he visited the Sailor lab from November 2010 until April 2011. His project at UCSD involved carbonized porous silicon biosensors.

Stephanie Vinson
High school student 2005-2007
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Stephanie was a La Jolla High School student who joined the Sailor group in the summer of 2005. The purpose of her project was to construct a simple wireless sensor network for environmental pollutants. The sensor elements consist of porous Si photonic crystals, and the individual elements are electronically networked using low-power IR transmitters. She went on to college at UC Berkeley, where she received her BS degree in 2011.

Chengyun Wang

Chengyun Wang
Visiting Scholar 2012-2013
Current location: East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), Shanghai, P. R. China

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Professor Wang is a professor of chemistry in the Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials & Institute of Fine Chemicals at East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), Shanghai, P. R. China. He visited the laboratory from October, 2012 until the end of September 2013. An expert in organic photoelectric materials including porphyrins, carbazoles, fluorenes, tetrathiafulvalenes and silole conjugated polymers, he worked on nanophase silicon-based materials in our lab.

Updated: September, 2013

Cheryl Wang

Cheryl Wang
Undergraduate student 2014-2015
Current location: Virginia Law School, Virginia
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Cheryl Wang is a UCSD Chemistry Major (Warren, Class of 2014) who joined the group in April, 2014. Her project focus was on subcutaneous drug delivery using nanostructured porous Si. Her mentor was Heidi Leonard. As a J.D. candidate at the University of Virginia School of Law, she is interested in intellectual property litigation.

Updated: July, 2016

Min Wang

Professor Min Wang
Visiting Scholar 2014-2015
Current location: Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P. R. China

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Dr. Min Wang received her B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University, and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Ohio State University. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before she joined the faculty of Department of Chemistry in Zhejiang University, affliated with the Institute of Microanalytical Systems. She participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.
Prof. Wang was supported by the China Scholarship Council.

Updated: July, 2015

Pule Wang

Pule Wang
Undergraduate student 2011-2012
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Pule is a Thurgood Marshall College chemical engineering major (class of 2015). He joined the lab in Winterr 2011. He is worked on drug delivery with porous SiO2 microparticles. His post-doctoral mentor was Alejandra Nieto Pena.

David Warther David Warther
Post-Doc 2014-2016
Current Position:

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David was a post-doctoral researcher who joined the lab in March, 2014. He completed his Ph.D. in September 2011 in bioorganic chemistry from the University of Strasbourg, under the direction of Prof. Maurice Goeldner. The topic of his thesis was "Synthesis of photoactivatable fluorescent probes for labeling and studying the dynamics of cellular proteins. He participated in the 2014 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. David worked on the project "Porous Silicon Particles for Sustained Intravitreal Drug Delivery" funded by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Suying Wei
Post-Doc 2006-2007
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Lamar University

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Suying joined the Sailor group in October 2006. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical, Materials, and Biological Chemistry, working on polymer-based biosensors for the detection of breast cancer biomarkers under the direction of Prof. Robin L. McCarley at the Louisiana State University.

Isabel Wen

Isabel Wen
Undergraduate student 2012-2013
Current Location: Nanocomposix

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Isabel was a Sixth College Molecular Synthesis Chemistry major (class of 2013). She joined the lab in Fall 2012. She studied porous Si micro- and nanoparticles in a collaboration with Nanocomposix, inc. Upon graduation, Isabel joined Nanocomposix as a full time employee.

Travis Wong
Graduate Student, 2008-2010, Materials Science and Engineering

Travis joined the Sailor Group in the Summer 2008, as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He holds a BA degree in Physics from UC Berkeley. His project involves creating specific and selective sensors for volatile organic compounds using porous silicon photonic crystals. He worked in collaboration with our industrial partners at Elintrix, Inc. His graduate student mentors were Adrian Garcia Sega and Brian King.

Chia-chen Wu
Ph.D. 2013, Materials Science and Engineering
Thesis:
"Tuning Surface Chemistry and Nanostructure in Porous Silicon for Molecular Separation, Detection, and Delivery"
Current Position:

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Chia-chen joined the Sailor group in Fall 2007 as a Ph.D. student in the Materials Science and Engineering program. Her research project involved the development of spatially resolved methods to modify porous Si photonic crystals for biosensing applications.

Elizabeth Wu
Ph.D. 2010, Bioengineering
Thesis:
"Sustained and Observable Release of Therapeutics using Porous Silicon Based Materials"
Current Position:
Research Scientist, L'Oreal Corporation, Singapore
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Elizabeth joined the Sailor group as a rotation student from the Bioengineering department in the summer of 2006. Her Ph.D. project involved the use of nanostructured microparticles of porous Si for controlled delivery of drugs to the eye. Her project was a collaboration with Dr. William Freeman and Dr. Lingyun Cheng at the Jacobs Retina Center at the UCSD Shiley Eye Center. after graduation in 2010, she did a post-doctoral stint with Jackie Ying at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore before joining the research team at L'Oreal.

Updated: Jan 2013

Professor Jianmin Wu
Sabbatical Visitor
, 2007-2008
Current Position: Associate Professor, Zhejiang University, PR China
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Professor Wu spent a sabbatical leave in the labs beginning March 2007. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Zhejiang university in Hangzhou, China. His research interests are in bioseparations, biocatalysis, biosensors, detection and separation of natural products and environmental toxins, and activity of immobilized proteins and enzymes activity at solid-liquid interfaces.

Updated: Jan 2013

Lianbin Wu

Lianbin Wu
Sabbatical Visitor
, 2016
Current Position: Associate Professor, Hangzhou Normal University, PR China
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Professor Lianbin Wu is an Associate Professor in the Key Lab of Organosilicon Chemistry and Material Technology at Hangzhou Normal University and an expert in synthetic organisilicon chemistry. He visited the lab from March-September, 2016, and worked on chemistry of porous silicon nanostructures. He was a participant as a senior mentor in the 2016 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology.

Ling Xiao
Visiting Scholar 2009-2011
Current Location: Post-doctoral studies

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Ling was a Graduate student from the Institute of Medical Materials of the College of Life Science and Technology at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, P.R.China. She is visiting from October 2009 until October, 2011, supported by a China Scholarship Council (CSC) fellowship. Her project involved in-vivo applications of silicon nanoparticles. She was coauthor on the paper Xiao, L.; Gu, L.; Howell, S. B.; Sailor, M. J., "Porous Silicon Nanoparticle Photosensitizers for Singlet Oxygen and Their Phototoxicity against Cancer Cells." ACS Nano 2011, 5, 3651.

Nobuhiro Yagi Nobuhiro Yagi
Visiting Scholar 2011-2013
Current Location: KYOTO University Innovation Capital Co., Ltd.

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Nobuhiro is an expert in liposomal systems and medicinal chemistry from the Medicinal Chemistry Research Laboratories of Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd in Japan. He visited the labs from July 2011 until January 2013, working on diagnostic and therapeutic systems that use nanostructured porous silicon nanoparticles.

Updated: Sep 2016

Bianca Yang

Bianca Yang
High School Student
, 2011
Current Position: Undergraduate at Caltech (class of 2019)
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Bianca was (Spring 2011) an 8th grader at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad (class of 2015), who participated in the nanotechnology summer school in Summer, 2011. In the Fall of 2015 she began studies at the California Institute of Technology.

Professor Chung-Sung Yang
Sabbatical Visitor
, 2008
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, National Chiayi University, Taiwan
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Professor Chung-Sung Yang spent a sabbatical for 6 months in the lab in February 2008. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Chemistry at the National Chiayi University in Chiayi, Taiwan.

Serena Yan

Ruoshi "Serena" Yan

Serena was a biochemistry major (class of 2013). She joined the lab in Fall 2011, and her graduate student mentor was Chia-Chen Wu. Her research project was "Nano-Vials for Delivery of anthelmintic drugs," a collaboration with Professor Raffi Aroian in the UCSD Department of Biology.

Mister Yoon

Mister Yoon
Visiting Scholar, 2002-2003
Current Location: Professor of Pharmaceutical Engineering, Hoseo University, South Korea

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Myoung-Sik Yoon was a visiting scholar in our lab, working under the direction of Prof. Kyo-Han Ahn at POSTECH University. He was the first to perform in-pore polymerization using the Grubbs catalyst, generating highly robust and flexible porous Si-polymer composites (Yoon, M. S.; Ahn, K. H.; Cheung, R. W.; Sohn, H.; Link, J. R.; Cunin, F.; Sailor, M. J., "Covalent Crosslinking of 1-D Photonic Crystals of Microporous Si by Hydrosilylation and Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization." Chem. Commun. 2003, 680). He was also one of the key initial players in our group's encoded microparticles project (Meade, S. O.; Yoon, M. S.; Ahn, K. H.; Sailor, M. J., "Porous silicon photonic crystals as encoded microcarriers." Adv. Mater. 2004, 16, 1811), which led to the Tru-Tags technology. He is currently (since 2013) a Professor in the department of Pharmaceutical Engineering at Hoseo University in Asan city, Chungcheongnamdo, South Korea. pharmaceutical engineering.

Updated: October, 2015

Christine Yu
BS 2005
Current Location: UCSF Pharmacy School
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Christine joined the Sailor group in 2004. The purpose of her project was to investigate detection of small biological molecules using thin porous silicon films. Working closely with Claudia Pacholski and Michael Schwartz, she developed methods to electrochemically prepare the films with pores large enough to admit biomolecules. Her work resulted in the publication "Reflective Interferometric Fourier Transform Spectroscopy: A Self-Compensating Label-Free Immunosensor Using Double-layers of Porous SiO2." by Pacholski, C.; Yu, C.; Miskelly, G. M.; Godin, D.; and Sailor, M. J.; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 4250-4252.

Updated: April, 2006

Silu Zhang

Silu Zhang
Visiting Scholar, 2013
Current Location:
Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Silu is a Physics Ph.D. student of Quan Li from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is visiting our lab from January to July 2013, working on porous silicon-based particles for sustained delivery of antibody-based therapeutics.

Lingxia Zheng Lingxia Zheng
Phone: (858) 534-8945
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Office: 4225 Pacific Hall

Lingxia is visiting our group from November, 2012 to April, 2013, on a joint research program designed to allow her to pursue studies related to her Ph.D. thesis at the City University of Hong Kong. She is working on the project "Thermal response of porous silicon photonic crystals as tunable spectral filters."

Angela Zou

Angela Zou
High School Researcher 2010-2011
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Angela attended Torrey Pines High School. She worked on a combined sensor for VOCs and carbon monoxide. Her graduate student mentor was Danny Chan. She won 2nd place in the San Diego Science and Engineering Fair in 2011.

Edward Zhu
High School Researcher 2006-2007
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Edward was a junior at Torrey Pines High School. He joined the lab in Dec 2006 and observed Brian King with his experiments on remote sensors for chemicals.


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