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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 co-founded 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

Central Nervous System

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

Women's Health

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

Lung Disease

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

Inflammation

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

 

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 

 

Faculty 

Research Associates

  • Jie Fu, Ph.D.

    Hanes Lab

    Jie Fu, 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

    Kevin DeLong, 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

     Erika Serrano-Diaz
  • 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.

    Aditya Josyula, Ph.D.
  • Hannah Zierden, Ph.D.

    Hannah Zierden, Ph.D.
 
 
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