University of Pennsylvania · Department of Bioengineering

Lab Members


Research Assistant Professor
Zhiliang Cheng, Ph.D

Research Associate
Lesan Yan, Ph.D

Post-doctoral Researchers
Ahmad Amirshaghaghi

Graduate Students
Elizabeth Higbee
Jessica Liu
Henry Wang
Fabiana Zappala
Attendings
Joel Stein



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



Lesan Yan

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Bioengineering, 2014 - present
Email: lesanyan AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Ph.D, Polymer Physics and Chemistry, 2013

Wuhan University of Technology, China
B.S.E., Polymer Science and Engineering, 2007






 


Ahmad Amirshaghaghi

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Bioengineering, 2015 - present
Email: ahmadam AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
Ph.D, Polymer Engineering, 2010

Iran Polymer & Petrochemical Institute, Iran
M.S., Polymer Engineering and Science, 2003

Tabriz University, Iran
B.S., Applied Chemistry, 2001






 


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




Jessica Liu

M.D./Ph.D Candidate, Department of Bioengineering, 2014 – Present
School of Medicine, 2012 - Present
Email: jessiliu AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
S.B., Biological Engineering, 2012





 


Henry (Hejia) Wang

M.D./Ph.D Candidate, Department of Bioengineering, 2015 – Present
School of Medicine, 2013 - Present
Email: jessiliu AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

University of Pennsylvania, PA
M.S., Chemistry, 2013
B.S., Biochemistry and Physics, 2013





 


Fabiana Zapalla

Ph.D Candidate, Department of Bioengineering, 2016 – Present
Email: fzappala AT seas.upenn.edu

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
S.B., Chemical-Biological Engineering, 2016





 


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







Lab Alumni


Postdoctoral Researchers
Burcin Altun, Ph.D. 2014 – 2018
Kido Nwe, Ph.D. 2011 – 2017
Ching-Hui Huang, Ph.D. 2009 – 2016
Jayesh Thawani, M.D. 2014 – 2016
Yang Song, Ph.D. 2012 – 2014
Xuemei Zhang, Ph.D. 2009 – 2013
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
James Hui Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: Engineering a light-activated protein domain for the site-specific conjugation of native IgGs

Rob Warden-Rothman Ph.D., 2015
Dissertation: The development, use, and optimization of sortase-tag expressed protein ligation

Ajlan Al Zaki Ph.D., 2014
Dissertation: Gold and iron loaeded micelles: a multifunctioanl approach for combined imaging, therapy, and improved pharmacokinetics

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