People

Sailor Research Group at UC San Diego


research group
Dec 2023
UC San Diego Pacific Hall Garden

(L-R): Prof. Michael Sailor, Miju Kim, Prof. Ki Su Kim, Eunjin Lee, Ricardo De Luna, Thomas Sendino, Ruhan Fan, Gabriella Stark, Sophia Hsu, Yisheng Lu, Alyssa Pickar, Qinglin Yang, Prabal Tiwari, Miranda Zhou, Oscar Calzada, Prof. Ji Ho Park

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

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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.


Joel

Joel Grondek
Visiting scholar
ORCID: 0000-0002-6386-3423
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Joel is a collaborator from the laboratory of Dr. William R. Freeman, MD, in the Jacobs Retina Center. He received his PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the Sailor Group in 2021. His current focus is on treatment of diseases of the retina using tissue-targeted nanoparticles.


Ji Hee Kim

Ji Hee Kim
Visiting Professor
College of Medicine, Hallym University, South Korea
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Ji Hee Kim, M.D. is an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery at the College of Medicine, Hallym University, South Korea. A board-certified neurosurgeon, she specializes in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. She is interested in nanoengineered intracranial drug delivery systems for the treatment of various intractable neurological disorders. She will participate in the 2023 SSSiN as part of her sabbatical studies, staying in the labs from May 2023 to May 2024.


Ki Su Kim

Ki Su Kim
Visiting Professor
School of Chemical Engineering, Pusan National University, South Korea
ORCID: 0000-0002-6289-9467 email

Ki Su Kim, Ph. D. (金 基 壽) is Associate Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering (Graduate) and the Department of Organic Materials Science and Engineering (Undergraduate) at Pusan National University in Busan, Korea he is visiting for sabbatical studies, staying in the labs from August, 2023 through July, 2024. His research is on Nanomedicine and Photomedicine using various Nanomaterials.


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.


Jihye Song

Jihye Song
Visiting Professor
Department of Neurosurgery, Ajou University Hospital, South Korea
ORCID: 0000-0003-1949-6459
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Jihye Song, M.D. is an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery at Ajou University Hospital, South Korea. She is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in open surgical and endovascular surgery. She also holds an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate. She is interested in the application of nano-technology to develop materials for aneurysm treatment and will be visiting our labs from May 2023 until May 2024.



POST-DOCTORALS



Yi-Sheng Lu

Yi-Sheng Lu
Post-doc
ORCID: 0000-0002-2963-5953
email: yil329_at_ucsd.edu

Yi-Sheng “Eason” Lu earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 2018, and his PhD in the Materials Science and Engineering program at UC San Diego in 2023. A major goal of Yisheng’s PhD research was to utilize porous silicon as a host matrix to encapsulate enzymes and then evaluate their performance. Using porous silicon as a rigid support, he systematically studied the surface chemistries and nanostructures needed to effectively trap enzymes while retaining--and in some cases enhancing--their catalytic activity. His current research interests continue on this theme of engineering the surface chemistry and the nanostructure of porous silicon nanoparticles for drug delivery and catalysis.


Prabal Tiwari

Prabal Tiwari
Post-Doc
ORCID: 000-0003-3169-6840
email: ptiwari_at_ucsd.edu

Prabal joined the lab as a postdoctoral scholar in September 2023. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from PEC University of Technology, India (2015). Prabal then pursued graduate studies at the University of Florida, earning a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in August 2021 under the mentorship of Prof. Jennifer Andrew, focusing on electrospinning of magnetoelectric nanowires and nanoparticle film deposition. Subsequently, as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Amanda Krause at the University of Florida, Prabal specialized in direct coagulation casting of alumina for grain growth studies until May 2022. Prior to joining UCSD, he worked at Entegris, Inc., as a Scientist, researching chemical mechanical planarization for ultra-hard silicon carbide substrates used in EV power components. Prabal's research interests span interfacial engineering, porous materials and their characterization, with a focus on applications in drug delivery and chemical sensing.


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GRADUATE STUDENTS


Jiuk Byun

Jiuk Byun
PhD Student
ORCID: 0000-0001-9810-8869
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Jiuk is a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. She received her B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College. She conducted undergraduate research projects with Professor Wei Chen at Mount Holyoke, with Professor Dirk Englund at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (where she worked on a system to generate the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond), and she researched coatings and carbonization of nature-inspired polymer materials in Professor Haeshin Lee’s lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. She participated in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology remotely in 2021 and in-person in 2023, joining the Sailor group for her PhD studies in summer, 2023. Her research interests include surface modification of porous silicon nanoparticles and polymeric materials development for drug delivery.


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 brain injuries.


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, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 SSSiN. Her thesis focuses on porous silicon nanoparticles for delivery of therapeutics for bacterial infections.


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS


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: Michael Sailor
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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.


Sophia Hsu

Sophia Hsu
Undergraduate Student: 2023-
ORCID: 0009-0004-7558-102X
Mentor: Gabriella Stark
email: s4hsu_at_ucsd.edu

Sophia Hsu is an undergraduate student at UC San Diego majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Environmental Systems (Class of 2024). She is interested in nanoparticles as drug delivery systems. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, baking, and crocheting. She participated in the 2023 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs.


Angeline Kim

Angeline Kim
Undergraduate Student: 2023-
ORCID: 0000-0003-0714-4173
Mentor:
email: askim_at_ucsd.edu

Angeline Kim is an undergraduate chemistry major at UC San Diego (class of 2024), who was a transfer student from San Diego Mesa College. She is motivated to discover how nanotechnology can play a role in future energy storage sources. Through this research opportunity she hopes to understand how the topics in her coursework are applied to current research and development activities. She participated in the 2023 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs.


Seyeon Park

Seyeon Park
Undergraduate Student: 2023-
ORCID: 0009-0002-0017-9197
Mentor: Megan Salek
email: sep002_at_ucsd.edu

Seyeon Park is an undergraduate Chemistry major at UC San Diego (Class of 2024). She is excited to learn and explore the diverse applications of nanomaterials. She participated in the 2023 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs.


Alyssa Pickar

Alyssa Pickar
Undergraduate Student: 2023-
ORCID: 0009-0002-6270-7725
Mentor: Yves Theriault
email: apickar_at_ucsd.edu

Alyssa is an undergraduate student at UCSD (class of 2026) pursuing a dual degree in General Chemistry and English Literature/Writing. She is developing materials and web-based content for the educational science kits developed in the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs. She hopes to use her experience in the lab to pursue patent law, with a specialization in the biomedical and pharmaceutical fields.


Megan Salek

Megan Salek
Undergraduate Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0003-1588-4833
Mentor: Oscar Calzada
email: mvsalek_at_ucsd.edu

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. The following year she participated in the 2023 SSSiN as a mentor.


Thomas Sendino

Thomas Sendino
Undergraduate Student: 2023-
ORCID: 0009-0006-0048-9442
Mentor: Gabriella Stark
email: tsendino_at_ucsd.edu

Thomas Sendino is an undergraduate pharmacological chemistry student at the University of California, San Diego (class of 2024) He has an interest in the application of porous nanoparticles as a means of targeted drug delivery to damaged tissues. In his free time, he likes to lift weights, go to the beach, and attend concerts. He participated in the 2023 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: Michael Sailor
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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.


Miranda Zhou

Miranda Zhou
Undergraduate Student: 2023-
ORCID: 0009-0003-5679-3660
Mentor: Qinglin Yang
email: myzhou_at_ucsd_edu

Miranda is an undergraduate student at UC San Diego (class of 2025), pursuing a degree in General Chemistry. She was introduced to the program through participating in the 2023 RIMSE Spring Break Research Experience. She participated in the 2023 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs. She is interested in surface coatings of porous Si nanoparticles to improve their stability and in vivo circulation time.



HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS


Anjishnu Debnath

Anjishnu Debnath
High School Student: 2022-
ORCID: 0000-0001-6638-4228
Mentor: Michael Sailor

Anjishnu is a student at Scripps Ranch High School (Class of 2025) who participated remotely in the 2022 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) via the UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program. In 2023 he participated in person in the program. His interests are in microbiology and computational biology, and he is exploring how nanotechnology can be used to deliver drugs into protected tissues, such as through the blood-brain barrier.


Saanvi Dogra

Saanvi Dogra
High School Student: 2023-
ORCID: 0000-0001-6638-4228
Mentor: Oscar Calzada

Saanvi Dogra is a student at Del Norte High School (class of 2026). She previously conducted research in microbiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling, and she is interested in the use of porous silicon nanoparticles for more effective delivery of protein drugs in polymer scaffolds. She got her start in our lab in the 2023 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.