People

Sailor Research Group at UC San Diego


research group
May 2021
UC San Diego Pacific Hall Garden

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

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR


Mike Sailor

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

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

Biography

Research Interests

Curriculum Vita (printable pdf version)

Publications


SUPPORT STAFF


Tsol Lkhagvasuren

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

Office: 5100d Pacific Hall
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Janka Bond

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

Office: SME
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Ricardo DeLuna

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

Office: 4140c Pacific Hall
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VISITING SCHOLARS


Jose

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


Dong-Wook Han

Dong-Wook Han
Visiting Professor
Pusan National University-Optics and Mechatronics Engineering
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Prof. Han is Professor at the Department of Optics and Mechatronics Engineering in the College of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology at Pusan National University (PNU) with research interests in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and drug delivery, who is visiting our labs from Aug 2022 until July 2023.


Amber

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


Yoon-Seok Roh

Yoon-Seok Roh
Visiting Professor
Chungbuk National University
ORCID: 0000-0003-2512-5857
email

Professor Yoon-Seok Roh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the Chungbuk National University in South Korea, visiting the lab from Feb 2022 to Feb 2023. His research is on pathogenesis of chronic liver diseases such as NASH, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, and he aims to develop new nano-enabled therapies for treatment of these diseases.


POST-DOCTORALS


Joel

Joel Grondek
Post-doctoral scholar
ORCID: 0000-0002-6386-3423
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Joel joined the Sailor Group in the Summer 2008 as a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. After an extended childcare leave of absence, he completed his PhD studies in 2020. He then transitioned to a joint post-doctoral position focused on diseases of the retina with Dr. William R. Freeman, MD, in the Jacobs Retina Center.



GRADUATE STUDENTS


Oscar

Oscar Calzada
PhD Student
ORCID: 0000-0001-8922-4438
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Oscar Calzada Martinez is a PhD student in the UCSD Department of Nanoengineering (NENG) who joined the Sailor lab in Fall 2022. He received a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of San Diego, where he studied under Prof. James Bolender. Prior to joining the lab, Oscar participated as a participant (2021) and a Senior Mentor (2022) in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. Oscar's project focus is on porous nanoparticle drug delivery systems.


Ruhan

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


Eason

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


Gabriella Stark

Gabriella Stark
PhD Student
ORCID: 0000-0003-1304-9404
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Gabriella started as an M.S. Student in the UC San Diego Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, with a concentration in inorganic chemistry in 2021, and she transitioned to the PhD program in Summer, 2022. She received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where her undergraduate research focused on folding-based DNA biosensors. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Gabriella worked in the Drug Delivery Division at 3M. She was a participant in the 2021 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs, and then acted as a Senior Mentor in the 2022 SSSiN. Her thesis interests focus on loading and delivery of nucleic acid-based therapeutics using porous silicon nanoparticles.


Qinglin

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


Helen Zhang

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


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS


Madeline Brown

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


William Chan

William Chan
Undergraduate Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0002-7648-6962
Mentor: Gabriella Stark
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William Chan is an undergraduate student at UC San Diego (class of 2025), who began in the lab as a participant in the 2022 UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program, "Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology". He is currently pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in material science and environmental engineering. Outside of the laboratory, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and surfing.


Han Chi

Han Chi
Undergraduate Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0002-4839-0912
Mentor: Yubin Huang
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Han Chi is an undergraduate Chemistry major at UC San Diego (class of 2024), who was introduced to the lab as a participant in the 2022 Spring Break RIMSE research introduction program, then continued as a participant in the 2022 UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program, "Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology". She is interested in exploring applications of photonic crystals and other optical nanostructures.


Victor Cortez

Victor Cortez
Undergraduate Student: 2021-
ORCID: 0000-0001-7731-0195
Mentor: Yi-Sheng Lu
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Victor is an undergraduate Chemical Engineering major at UC San Diego (class of 2023), who was introduced to the lab as a participant in the 2021 Spring Break RIMSE research introduction program, then continued as a participant in the 2021 and 2022 UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program, "Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology". He is exploring surface chemistry of porous photonic crystals and other optical nanostructures.


Joeun Kim

Joeun Kim
Undergraduate Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0003-4613-8446
Mentor: Qinglin Yang
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Joeun Kim is an undergraduate Chemistry major at UC San Diego (class of 2023), who was introduced to the lab as a participant in the 2022 UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program, "Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology". She is interested in biomedical applications of silicon nanostructures.


Ella Lee

Ella Lee
Undergraduate Student: 2020-
ORCID: 0000-0003-4450-0798
Mentor: Joel Grondek
email

Ji Yoon "Ella" Lee is an undergraduate student (class of 2022) at UC San Diego majoring in Biochemistry/Chemistry who participated in the 2020 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. She is interested in medical applications of nanomaterials.


Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee
Undergraduate Student: 2021-
ORCID: 0000-0003-2861-164X
Mentor:
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Rachel Lee is an undergraduate (class of 2023) Biochemistry/Chemistry student at UC San Diego. She participated in the 2021 Spring Break Undergraduate Research Experience (a "mini RIMSE" program of the UC San Diego MRSEC), and in the 2021 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs. She is interested in exploring the uses of silicon nanotechnology as antibacterial therapeutics-delivery platforms.


Christine Oh

Christine Oh
Undergraduate Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0003-1662-8524
Mentor: Madeline Brown
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Christine Oh is an undergraduate student at UC San Diego (Class of 2025) pursuing a degree in Human Biology. She participated in the 2022 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs. She is interested in exploring innovation in medicine and how nanotechnology can promote the revascularization of ligaments.


Megan Salek

Megan Salek
Undergraduate Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0003-1588-4833
Mentor: Madeline Brown
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Megan Salek is an undergraduate student at UC San Diego majoring in Physics with a Specialization in Biophysics (class of 2024). She is interested in learning more about the mechanics and biomedical applications of nanotechnology. She participated in the 2022 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs.


Yutong She

Yutong She
Undergraduate Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0001-7024-0147
Mentor: Helen Zhang
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Yutong She is an undergraduate student at UC San Diego (class of 2025) currently pursuing a degree in Biochemistry. She was introduced to the lab in the Revelle College Honors Seminar and participated in the 2022 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs.


Arthur Zhou

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


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


Nathan Han

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


Siran Rao

Siran Rao
High School Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0003-2769-1780
Mentor: Michael Sailor
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Siran is a high school student (class of 2024) at Pacific Ridge School who participated in the 2022 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) via the UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program. She is interested in physics and chemistry as well as possible applications of nanotechnology in detection of chemicals in the atmosphere and other forms of data collection.


Jocelyn Zhang

Jocelyn Zhang
High School Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0001-6471-4481
Mentor: Michael Sailor
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Jocelyn Zhang is a high school student at Del Norte High School (Class of 2024) who participated in the 2022 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) via the UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program. She has a passion for chemistry, physics, and biology. She hopes to explore more about how nanotechnology can be applied to drive towards new innovations.