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Dr. Forest Shih-Sen ChienDr. Chien

Dr. Chien is a collaborator and member of SAFN group. He is an associate professor at Tunghai University, in the department of Applied Physics, Taichung, Taiwan. He joined us in 2015. Dr. Forest Shih-Sen Chien major project is about developing 2D materials-based biotransduser. 2Dmaterials possess extremely high specific surface area, highly susceptible to external influence, e.g., electrostatic force exerted by adsorbed or bound molecules on 2D materials. In this study, 2D materials will be modified by receptors; thus the system can act as high-sensitive biosensor by specific binding.





Dr. John Katsaras (ORNL)John Katsaras

Senior Scientist Biological Systems / Distinguished R&D Staff,
Neutron Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA | Joint Faculty Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA | Adjunct Professor of Physics, Brock University, ON, Canad

Dr. Katsaras’s primary area of research is soft condensed matter physics, in particular, the structural determination of biologically relevant systems and their interactions through the use of appropriate scattering techniques (i.e. neutrons, x-rays and light).


Dr. Anu Puri (NCI)puri-anu

Dr. Puri is developing cancer nanomedicine tools that are activated by light for on-demand drug release to improve cancer treatment of patients. She is also developing nanobiosensors for raid detection of pathogens in patient’s samples. Dr. Puri’s research focuses on the unfolding mechanisms of entry pathways of enveloped viruses. Using cell biological, biophysical, biochemical approaches, she has studied the assemblies of molecular scaffolds of viral proteins and their receptors that are essential for infection of rhabdo, orthomyxo, paramyxo and retroviruses.

Prof. Yong Wang (PSU)

Professor | Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Wang joined PNNL in 1994 and was promoted to Laboratory Fellow in 2005. He led the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Team from 2000 to 2007, and has served as the Associate Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis ( since 2008. In 2009, Dr. Wang assumed a joint position at Washington State University and PNNL. In this unique position, he continues to be a Laboratory Fellow and associate director of IIC at PNNL and is the Voiland Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering at WSU, an endowed, full professorship with tenure.

Prof. Flavio Maran (University of Padova, Italy)

Professor | Physical Chemistry,  Department of Chemical SciencesImage result for flavio maran

Flavio Maran obtained his Laurea Degree in Chemistry, Summa cum Laude, from the University of Padova in 1980. He took a faculty position in the same university in 1983. He currently is Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of theUniversity of Padova where he leads the Molecular Electrochemistry and Nanosciences Group and teaches advanced physical chemistry, electrochemistry, nanosystems, and electron transfer reactions to graduate chemistry and biotechnology students.




Prof. Peter MacDonald (university of Toronto, Canada)

Professor | ChemistryBiophysics and Physical Chemistry

Macdonald’s research laboratory employs nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques to investigate structure anddynamics in lipid bilayers and lipid bilayer – polymer composites.  Lipid bilayers are the foundational structures of biological membranes and, in addition, play important technological roles in drug delivery systems. Lipid bilayers are intrinsically dynamic, complex assemblies of molecules and these dynamics are intrinsic to their functioning.  NMR provides a unique opportunity to probe such dynamics and our laboratory has developed a number of novel NMR techniques sensitive to diffusion within lipid bilayers, diffusion being one of the key motions undergone by lipids and proteins in biological membranes.  The laboratory is provided with full-time access to high field NMR spectrometers, both solid state and liquid state, capable of conducting virtually any and every NMR experiment.


Dr. Xiuling Lu (UConn)Xiuling Lu, assistant professor of pharmaceutical science on Dec. 1, 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Assistant Professor | Pharmaceutics

Her research is about: Nanoparticle-based drug delivery for improving therapeutic indices of anti-cancer agents, Image-guided drug delivery for optimizing cancer diagnosis and therapy, and Neutron-activatable nanoparticles for radiation therapy.





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Dr. Norbert Kučerka (Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia)

Associate Professor | Department of Physical Chemistry of Drugs










Prof. Tai-Hsi Fan (UConn)

Mechanical Engineering | Associate Professor

Dr. Fan joined the Mechanical Engineering Department from Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Tamkang University, Taiwan in 1992, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University in 1996, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2003. From 1996 to 1999, he was an aerospace design engineer at Chen-Tech Industries in Irvine, California. Dr. Fan has worked on interdisciplinary research projects such as theoretical analyses of cell imaging using a multifunctional scanning nanoprobe and vesicular membrane transport process. His current research includes the development of miniature cell culture system, cell membrane mechanics involved in microinjection process, and colloid dynamics in polymer solutions. Dr. Fan is a 2010 recipient of the NSF CAREER Award.


Prof. Christopher Cornelius (UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN)Portrait of Chris Cornelius

Professor | College of Engineering

His research focus is on:

  • Fundamental material interrelationships between structure, property, and function of natural and synthetic polymers, ionomers, hybrid organic-inorganic materials, and sol-gel glasses
  • Transport of molecule, ion, and electrons in complex structures and interfaces
  • Structured and functional surfaces and materials
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Prof. Ying Li (UConn)

Mechanical Engineering | Assistant Professor

Dr. Ying Li joined the University of Connecticut in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from Northwestern University, focusing on the multiscale modeling of soft matter and related biomedical applications. His current research interests are: multiscale modeling, computational material design, mechanics and physics of soft matter, design of mechanical metamaterials and targeted drug delivery. Dr. Li’s achievements in research have been widely recognized by fellowships and awards including Best Paper award from ASME Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (2015), International Institute for Nanotechnology Outstanding Researcher Award (2014), Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2012) and Ryan Fellowship (2011).


Kazunori Hoshino (UConn)hosh
Assistant Professor | Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Hoshino works on: Nano/micro-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS); detection, imaging and analysis of cancer cells; nano and micro scale mechanical sensing and optical imaging.









Sangamesh G. Kumbar (UConn Health Center)Sangamesh Kumbar
Associate Professor | Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Kumbar’s lab works on: Polymeric Biomaterials, Nano-biomaterials, Drug delivery, Biodegradable scaffolds and Tissue Engineering.




Prof. Thad Harroun (Brock University)

Physics Department | Associate Professor



Dr. Elena DormidontovaDr. Elena E. Dormidontova (UConn)
Associate Professor | Department of Physics

Dr. Dormidontova works on theoretical and computational soft matter physics with emphasis on the thermodynamics and kinetics of macromolecular self-assembly; polymer modified nanoparticles and their interactions with cell surfaces via ligand-receptor recognition; macromolecular and surfactant micelles; self-assembling macromolecules and networks; macromolecular adsorption and phase behavior.