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Lab Members

Undergraduate Researchers

Ph.D. Students

ALUMNI

Principal Investigator

Nicholas Lamson

Department of Chemical Engineering; NSF Graduate Fellow

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B.S. Biological Engineering - Cornell University, 2014


Nick hails from Upstate New York and developed an interest in drug delivery research while working with bacteria-derived vectors at Cornell. His current focus at CMU is on modulation of intestinal permeability for oral delivery technologies. When he's not working, Nick enjoys cooking, playing his trumpet, watching hockey, and doing almost anything in the great outdoors.



Next Position

Carlow University



Moderna Therapeutics

Translate Bio

AUM LifeTech




Ph.D. @ Arizona State

MedImmune, Inc.

Ph.D. @ UI Chicago

Ph.D. @ UI Chicago

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Ph.D. @ UConn

Ph.D. @ Univ. of Pittsburgh


Ph.D. @ Northeastern Univ.

Ph.D. @ Notre Dame



Ph.D. @ UC Santa Barbara



Shire

M.D. @ Tufts University



Eli Lilly and Company

D.V.M. @ Colorado State

Proctor & Gamble

NIH Post-bac Program


NIH Post-bac Program

Tenure

2017-2019



2012 - 2017

2013 - 2018

2013 - 2018

2014 - 2019



2012 - 2014

2012 - 2014

2013 - 2014

2013 - 2015

2014 - 2015

2014 - 2016

2015 - 2017

2015 - 2017

2017 - 2018

2017 - 2018



2014 - 2015

Summer 2015

Summer 2015

2014 - 2017

2014 - 2017

Summer 2017

2016 - 2017

2015 - 2018

2016 - 2018

2015 - 2018

2015 - 2018

2015 - 2019

2016 - 2019

Postdocs

Ryan Weiss


Ph.D. Students

Christopher Knapp

Rebecca Ball

Lisa Kasiewicz

Khalid Hajj


M.S. Students

Penghong Guo

Gabrielle Cusimano

Chang Liu

Daniel Lee

Kanika Suri

Jia He

Ya-Wen Cheng

Yan Zhang

Chinedu Okorafor

Sijie Xian


Undergraduates

George Degen

Lucine Gabriel

Sevahn Vorperian

Vishal Ahuja

Anna Zhang

Emily (Emma) Parks

Kye Stapleton-Gray

Palak Bajaj

Sarah Deluty

Himali Ranade

Shridhar Singh

Adrian Berger

Jamie Vizelman

Department

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BME

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Chemistry - MIT

ChE / BME

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ChE / BME

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Chem / Neuro

ChE / BME

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Class of

2021

2022

2021


James Kirkby

Benjamin Pavlat

Natasha Shukla

Department

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

ChE / BME

Joined

Summer 2019

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Katherine Fein

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Chemical Engineering - Cornell University, 2015


Originally from outside Philadelphia, Kathy began researching drug delivery and endosomal escape during her undergrad at Cornell. She is excited to continue her drug delivery research on Polymer Based Protein Engineering. Kathy also enjoys reading, knitting, and horseback riding.

December 2018. Back row: Chenmin Ni, Daria Strelkova, Mariah Arral, Namit Chaudhary, Nick Lamson, Sijie Xian, and Kathy Fein. Front Row:  Ryan Weiss, Katie Whitehead, Kyle Cochran, Rose Doerfler, and Khalid Hajj. Data not shown: Kristina Friis, Chinedu Okorafor.

Rose Doerfler

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Chemical Engineering - Notre Dame University, 2016

B.A. Chinese Language - Notre Dame University, 2016


A Pittsburgh native, Rose completed a Fulbright fellowship in Taiwan following graduation from Notre Dame. In Taiwan, she built microfluidic devices to detect genetically modified crops. Outside of lab, Rose likes the outdoors and exercise.

Postdoctoral Associates

M.S. Students

Shena Marshall

Department of Chemical Engineering; GEM University Fellow

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B.S. Biomedical Engineering - Rochester Institute of Technology, 2018


Originally from NYC, Shena gained an interest in biotechnology and drug delivery during her undergrad at RIT and her co-op at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Her Master's research will focus on oral protein delivery. In her free time, Shena enjoys dancing, cooking, and TV shows.

Shiv Rekhi

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Chemical Engineering - Anna University, 2018


During undergrad, Shiv became interested in pharmaceuticals and development of drug delivery materials. Currently, he is doing molecular modelling of lipid nanoparticles. Shiv is a performer at heart, enjoying everything from comedy routines to gigs with bands as a bass guitarist. In his time away from books (or in this case computers), Shiv can be found listening to extremely loud music or playing his guitar at home. 

Daria Strelkova

Department of Biomedical Engineering

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B.S. Biology (Honors) - Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2016


Daria was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, and recently moved with her family to U.S. Her undergraduate research focused on viruses and the molecular adsorption mechanisms of a short tailed N4-like bacteriophage. In her free time, Daria enjoys running, yoga, and reading fantasy and science fiction.

Namit Chaudhary

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.Tech. Chemical Engineering - IIT Madras, 2015

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering - IIT Madras, 2015


Originally from Gwalior, India, Namit completed a B.S. and M.S. before developing Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients at the pharmaceutical company, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. At CMU, he is studying the immune response to lipid nanoparticles. In his free time, Namit enjoys reading, music, and photography.

Kyle Cochran

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Chemical Engineering - The Ohio State University, 2016


Kyle was born and raised in Ohio, and became interested in biotechnology while working with protein engineering and purification at Ohio State. His current work focuses on natural products and their applications in drug delivery. In his free time, Kyle enjoys listening to music, spending time outside, and cooking.

Support Staff

Maximus Tuna


Supervisor

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Max was born in New York state and spent several years watching squirrels from his window in Somerville, MA before moving to the ultimate location - the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Max took an early interest in being in charge and has laid on many manuscripts, learning science via osmosis.


Finley Beluga


Dishwasher

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Finley was born in New York to Max's sister, Annie, and was raised in Somerville, MA before moving with his family to Pittsburgh. His fascination with running water led him to pursue a position as Dishwasher in the Whitehead Lab. He's not very good at it due to his inability to follow instruction, but we keep him around because he is ridiculously cute.


Kristina Friis

AstraZeneca Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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B.Sc. Molecular Biology - Aarhus University, 2008

M.Sc. Molecular Biology - Aarhus University, 2011

Ph.D.  - Aarhus University, 2014

Postdoc Fellow - Harvard Med School/MGH, 2015 - 2017


Hailing from Denmark, Kristina is experienced with viral vectors and extracellular vesicles for gene & drug delivery. She is currently studying the immune response to biodegradable LNPs through an AstraZeneca-Whitehead Lab collaboration. Kristina enjoys traveling and all of the food experiences along the way!

Jilian Melamed

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Biomedical Engineering - Rutgers University, 2013

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering - University of Delaware, 2018


Born & raised at the Jersey Shore, Jilian developed gold-polymer nanoparticles for siRNA delivery & studied Hedgehog signaling as a Ph.D. student with Emily Day. She now studies lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery. Outside of science, she enjoys baking, playing music, and Harry Potter.

Mariah Arral

Department of Chemical Engineering; NSF Graduate Fellow

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B.S. Chemical Engineering - Univ. of New Hampshire, 2018


Mariah hails from New England & developed an interest in drug delivery during an undergeraduate research experience in which she studied bacterial biofilms. At CMU, she is developing novel RNA delivery systems. In her free time, Mariah enjoys watching sports, reading, and cooking.

Sam LoPresti

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.S. Biomedical Engineering - University of Rochester, 2012

Ph.D. Bioengineering - University of Pittsburgh, 2018


Born and raised in Western New York, Sam's Ph.D. focused on the effects of aging upon the host response to extracellular matrix biomaterials. At CMU, he is designing mRNA delivery strategies to the gut. In his free time, Sam enjoys running, watching football and hockey, and cooking.

Kathryn Whitehead

Associate Professor & Dean's Early Career Fellow

Department of Chemical Engineering

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H.B.Ch.E. - University of Delaware, 2002

Ph.D. - University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007

Postdoctoral Fellow - MIT, 2008 - 2012


Recipient of the DARPA Director's Fellowship & the NIH Director's New Innovator Award. Named as one of the Brilliant 10 by Popular Science and as a Top Innovator Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review.


Curriculum Vitae

John Gleeson

Department of Chemical Engineering

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B.Sc. Health & Nutrition - Dublin Inst. of Technology, 2012

Ph.D. Nutritional Pharmacology - Univ. College Dublin, 2017

Postdoc, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2017 - 2019


A proud Irishman, John studied intestinal peptide permeability pathways during his Ph.D. & modelled paediatric inflammatory bowel disease using intestinal organoids during his first Postdoc. He is currently studying the intestinal absorption of breast milk cells in neonates. John enjoys musical theatre, baking, and anything magically Harry Potter.

Chenmin Ni

Department of Biomedical Engineering

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B.S. Biochemistry - Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018


Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Chenmin became interested in drug delivery during research experiences on opioid addication and cytochrome P450s in honey bees. Her MS project will focus on mRNA delivery. Chenmin enjoys cooking and traveling in her spare time.