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CNTC Trainees and Faculty Members, Fall 2014



Front row: Meenakshi Upreti (faculty), Tonya Vance (coordinator), Anastasia Kruse Hauser (trainee), Peixuan Guo (faculty) Second row: Jenn Fischer (trainee), Robert Yokel (faculty), Rob Wydra (trainee), Jacob Lilly (trainee) Third row: Brad Anderson (director), Tom Dziubla (faculty), Nathanael Stocke (trainee) Back row: Daniel Irwin (trainee), Andrew Lakes (trainee), Amar Jyoti (trainee), Daniel Binzel (trainee), Zach Hilt (faculty)

Presentations by CNTC Trainees

Publications by CNTC Trainees


Daniel CNTC picture Daniel Binzel

Ph.D. candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Advisor: Peixuan Guo

Clinical Advisor: William St. Clair

Development of RNA Nanoparticles Targeting Prostate Cancer Utilizing the 3WJ of the Phi29 Motor pRNA for Specific Delivery of Therapeutic RNA Modules in vitro and in vivo

Trainee since July 2014


Jenn FischerPh. D. candidate in Chemical EngineeringAdvisors:
Dr. Kimberly W. Anderson, Chemical Engineering
Dr. Chris Richards, Chemistry
Dr. Kathleen O’Connor, Markey Cancer Center
Dr. Mark Evers, Markey Cancer Center

Development of a Novel Semi-Throughput Small Molecule Screening Tool for Drug Discovery and Identification of Inhibitors in the Metastatic Cascade

Trainee since January 2013


Daniel Irwin

Ph. D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering

Guoqiang Yu
Brad Anderson
Jia Luo

Clinical Advisor:
Mahesh Kudrimoti

Noncontact Near-infrared 3-D Imaging of Tissue Hemodynamics and Nanoparticle Distributions in Mouse Tumors

Trainee since October 2013


 IMG_1056 Amar Jyoti

Postdoctoral Scholar in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Advisors: Brad Anderson, Meenakshi Upreti, Ronald McGarry

Radiosensitizing chemotherapy by camptothecin-encapsulated nanoparticles and its role in inhibition of tumor angiogenesis

Trainee since January 2013


Anastasia Kruse Hauser

Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering
Advisors: Kimberly Anderson, J. Zach Hilt
Clinical Advisor: Ronald McGarry

Targeted Peptide-Conjugated Nanoparticles for the Enhancement of Radiation via Hyperthermia for Lung Cancer Applications

Trainee since September 2013


Jacob Jacob Lilly

Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Materials Engineering
Advisors: Brad Berron, Edward Hirschowitz

Early Detection and Diagnosis

Trainee since March 2014


 Nathanael-Stocke-photo-cropped Nathanael Stocke

Ph.D. Candidate in Chemical and Materials Engineering
Research Advisors:  J. Zachary Hilt, Meenakshi Upreti
Clinical Advisor: Susanne Arnold

Magnetic Nanocomposites Microparticles (MnMs) for Lung Cancer Treatment via Targeted Pulmonary Delivery

Trainee since January 2013


 Andrewbiosmcrop Andrew Lakes

Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Advisor: Thomas Dziubla
Clinical Advisor: Ronald McGarry

Radioprotective Antioxidant Nanoparticles for Lung Cancer SBRT

Trainee since August 2013