Center for Nanomedicine

The Johns Hopkins Center for Nanomedicine (CNM) brings together engineers, scientists, and clinicians working together under one roof on translation of novel drug and gene delivery technologies. The focus is to overcome major challenges to drug efficacy, including biological barriers to delivery, patient compliance, and toxicity. Furthermore, we educate and train the next generation of researchers to innovate at the interface of engineering, medicine, and the life sciences in the development of drug delivery technologies with potential for clinical implementation. We believe that collaboration and commitment to diversity are key in having the maximum impact on human health.

Translation

We design our nanotechnology-based platforms for clinical translation. What this means is that we strive for innovative simplicity and the use of components that have a history of medical safety, so that our nanomedicines can be tested in clinical trials and developed into useful products. To this end, we often design our platforms to mimic nature or select our systems based on how they naturally distribute in the body.

  • 10 + Start-Up Companies

    To date, our faculty have cofounded more than 10 start-up companies. Learn more about our faculty. 

  • FDA Approved Products

    Our faculty have developed several FDA approved products or are currently in mid-to-late stage clinical trials. Learn more about our team of researchers.

Research

We design our nanotechnology-based platforms for clinical translation. We strive for innovative simplicity and the use of components that have a history of medical safety, so that our nanomedicines can be tested in clinical trials and developed into useful products. To this end, we often design our platforms to mimic nature or select our systems based on how they naturally distribute in the body.

Ocular

Focus areas: Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic macular edema, uveitis, dry eye disease, corneal neovascularization, corneal graft rejection, thyroid eye disease, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, ocular trauma

Cancer

Focus areas: Immunotherapy, cancers of the pancreas, cervix, ovary, lung, brain, bladder, and colorectum

Inflammation

Focus areas: COVID-19, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, liver cirrhosis, various cancers, intrauterine inflammation, atherosclerosis, arthritis

Lung Disease

Focus areas: Cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer

Women's Health

Focus areas: Preterm birth, intrauterine inflammation, infections, in vitro fertilization, reproductive tract cancers, contraception

Central Nervous System

Focus areas: Brain tumors, cerebral palsy, neonatal stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease

Our Team

The CNM team includes basic science and clinical faculty, research staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates. Our goal is to train, mentor, and promote inclusive and supportive research environments.

In addition to a rigorous and broad training in unbiased experimental design, methods, data analysis, interpretation, and reporting, we strive to support our trainees in career and professional development. We proudly support diverse career goals, and our alumni have gone on to careers in academia, industry, regulatory, venture capital, consulting, science communication, policy, law, and medicine. We participate in numerous training programs that promote and develop trainees from low income and underrepresented groups in biomedical research.

Director & Co-Director 

Research Associates

Jie Fu, Ph.D.

Hanes Lab

Hannah Zierden, Ph.D.

Kunal Parikh, Ph.D.

Hanes Lab

Kunal Parikh, Ph.D.

Anjali Sharma, Ph.D.

Kannan Lab

Anjali Sharma, Ph.D.

Research Staff

Annie Mozzer

Research Technologist, Pitha Lab

Annie Mozzer

Jairo Ortiz, M.D.

Research Specialist, Ensign Lab

Jairo Ortiz, M.D.

Usha Rai

Research Specialist, Ensign Lab

Usha Rai

Xianni Simmons

Research Assistant, Yiu Lab

Xianni Simmons

Fareeha Zulfiqar, Ph.D.

Research Specialist, Ensign Lab

Fareeha Zulfiqar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Saed Abbasi, Ph.D.

Hanes Lab

Saed Abbasi, Ph.D.

Kevin DeLong, Ph.D.

Ensign Lab

Hannah Zierden, Ph.D.

Gijung Kwak, Ph.D.

Suk Lab

Gijung Kwak, Ph.D.

Daiheon Lee, Ph.D.

Suk Lab

Daiheon Lee, Ph.D.

Wathsala Liyanage, Ph.D.

Kannan Lab

Wathsala Liyanage, Ph.D.

Vishnu Rompicharla, Ph.D.

Ensign Lab

Vishnu Rompicharla, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Students

Matthew Appell

Ensign Lab

Matthew Appell

Marina Better

Ensign Lab

Marina Better

Kimberly Bockley

Hanes Lab

Kimberly Bockley

Davell Carter

Ensign Lab

Davell Carter

Jahnavi Pejavar

Ensign Lab

Jahnavi Pejavar

Erika Serrano-Diaz

Ensign Lab

Hannah Zierden, Ph.D.

Rachel Shapiro

Ensign Lab

Rachel Shapiro

Mingjiao (Jenny) Sun

Hanes Lab

Mingjiao (Jenny) Sun

Masters Students

Sai ViVek Alla

Suk Lab

Sai ViVek Alla

Dake Guo

Ensign Lab

Dake Guo

Zixu Han

Kannan Lab

Zixu Han

Haolin Li

Suk Lab

Haolin Li

Chang Liu

Kannan Lab

Chang Liu

Pavithra Sathishkumar

Hanes Lab

Pavithra Sathishkumar

Heng Wang

Suk Lab

Heng Wang

Yayi Wang

Suk Lab

Yayi Wang

Yiqi Wang

Ensign Lab

Yiqi Wang

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Kannan Lab

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Zhaoru Xu

Kannan Lab

Zhaoru Xu

Yue Zhou

Kannan Lab

Yue Zhou

Alumni

Henry Hsueh, Ph.D.

Henry Hsueh, Ph.D.

Aditya Josyula, Ph.D.

Hannah Zierden, Ph.D.

Hannah Zierden, Ph.D.

Hannah Zierden, Ph.D.