University of Pennsylvania · Department of Bioengineering

Lab Members


Research Assistant Professor
Zhiliang Cheng, Ph.D

Research Associate
Kido Nwe, Ph.D

Post-doctoral Researchers
Ching-Hui Huang, Ph.D
Yang Song, Ph.D
Lesan Yan, Ph.D

Graduate Students
Elizabeth Higbee
James Hui
Robert Warden
Ajlan Al Zaki
Attendings
Joel Stein

Medical Residents/Fellows
Jayesh Thawani

Lab Alumni




Zhiliang Cheng, Ph.D

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, 2012 - Present
Email: zcheng AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.R. China
Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, 2002

Anhui Normal University, P.R. China
B.S., Department of Chemistry, 1996

Work Experience

University of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia, PA
Department of Bioengineering
Research Specialist, 2007 – 2012

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Department of Chemistry
Research Associate, 2004 – 2006

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and University of Zurich, Switzerland
Department of Biology
Postdoctoral Associate, 2002 – 2004



Kido Nwe, Ph.D

Research Associate, Department of Bioengineering, 2014 - Present
Email: kidonwe AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, 2008

University at Buffalo, State University of New York
B.S., Department of Chemistry, 2003

Work Experience

University of Pennsylvania,Philadelphia, PA
Department of Bioengineering
Post-doctoral Fellow, 2011 – 2014

National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
Radiation Oncology Branch
Post-doctoral Fellow, 2008 – 2011



Ching-Hui Huang, Ph.D

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Bioengineering, 2009 - Present
Email: chinghu AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Ph.D, Department of Chemistry, 2009

National Central University, Chung Li, Taiwan
M.S., Department of Chemistry, 2000

Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung Li, Taiwan
B.S., Department of Chemistry, 1998

 


Yang Song, Ph.D

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Bioengineering, 2012 - Present
Email: yangson AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

University of California, Riverside, Riverside, CA
Ph.D, Department of Bioengineering, 2011

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
B.S., Department of Biology, 2003

Work Experience

Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Baltimore, MD
Division of Drug Discovery
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011 – 2012



Lesan Yan

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Bioengineering
Email: lesanyan AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
B.S., Department of Biomedical Engineering, 2004





 


Elizabeth Higbee

Ph.D Candidate, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. 2012 – Present
Email: ehigbee AT mail.med.upenn.edu

Education

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
B.S., Department of Biochemistry, 2009
B.S., Department of Music, 2009

Work Experience

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Division of Nephrology
Research Specialist, 2011 – 2012

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Division of Nephrology
Research Technologist, 2010 – 2011




James Zhe Hui

M.D./Ph.D Candidate, Department of Bioengineering, 2011 – Present
HHMI/NIBIB Interfaces Program
School of Medicine, 2009 - Present
Email: zhui AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

University of California Los Angelos, Los Angelos, CA
B.S., Department of Biochemistry, 2009





 


Robert Warden

Ph.D Candidate, Department of Bioengineering. 2010 – Present
Email: rwarden AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
B.S., Department of Biological Engineering, 2009
B.S., Department of Chemistry, 2009




 


Ajlan Al Zaki

Ph.D Candidate, Department of Bioengineering, 2010 – Present
HHMI/NIBIB Interfaces Program
Email: ajlan AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
B.S., Department of Chemical Engineering, 2008




 


Joel Stein, M.D., Ph.D

Attending, Department of Radiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2014 - Present
Email: joel.stein AT uphs.upenn.edu

Education

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
M.D., School of Medicine, 2007
Ph.D, Cell and Molecular Biology, 2005

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Chapel Hill, NC
B.S., Department of Biology, 1998

Work Experience

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Department of Radiology
Neuroradiology Fellow, 2012 – 2014

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Center for Molecular Imaging Research, Department of Radiology
Resident, 2008 – 2012

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Center for Molecular Imaging Research, Department of Radiology
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2007 – 2008



Jayesh Thawani, M.D.

Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2014 - Present
Email: jason.poff AT uphs.upenn.edu

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.D., School of medcne, 2010

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
B.S., Department of Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering, 2005

Work Experience

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Department of Neurosurgery
Resident, 2010 – 2014

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bethesda, MD
NIH Researh Scholars Program,
Surgical Nerology Branch, 2008 – 2009







Lab Alumni


Postdoctoral Researchers
Jason Poff, M.D. 2010 – 2011
Ha-Young Lee, Ph.D. 2008 – 2008
Jing Lu, M.D, Ph.D. 2007 – 2008
Clare Zhang, M.D.

2006 – 2007
Graduate Students
Sam Crayton Ph.D., 2012
Dissertation: ICP-MS analysis of lanthanide-doped nanoparticles: a quantitative
and multiplexing approach to investigate biodistribution, blood clearance
and targeting


Drew Elias Ph.D., 2011
Dissertation: Chemical and biological strategies for improving the sensitivty of
SPIO-enhanced MR imaging


Julie Czupryna Ph.D., 2010
Dissertation: The development, characterization and implementation of a reactive
oxygen species-responsive ratiometric bioluminescent reporter and its
use as a sensor for programmed cell death


Daniel L. Thorek Ph.D., 2009
Dissertation: Monitoring of immune cell response to B cell depletion therapy and
nerve root injury using SPIO enhanced MRI


Antony K. Chen Ph.D., 2008
Dissertation: Quantitative imaging and high-throughput analysis of RNA in living
cells using molecular-beacon conjugates