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Current Members

These are our current lab members.

Yi-Chien Wu (PhD Student) Heading link

Yi-Chien Wu

Yi-Chien Wu is a Ph.D. student in the department of pharmaceutical science. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in biochemical science and technology from National Taiwan University. In her bachelor year, she has worked in Taiwan Liposome Company as an intern and participated in the project on the optimization of doxorubicin liposome. In her master’s, she focused her research studies on the development of lipid-based drug delivery formulation for pancreatic cancer treatment. Currently, in the lab, she is working on the project about spatial omics techniques for the study of the tumor microenvironment. She is also working on projects related to advancing the T3 platform for lung and for conducting cyclic immunofluorescent staining on the tumor.

Dahee Jung (PhD Student) Heading link

Dahee Jung

Dahee Jung is a PhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences. She got her B.S. in Nutritional Science from Ewha Womans University and M.S in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the same university. During her master’s, she focused on PK/PD research on nanoparticle drugs. She worked as a researcher at a pharmaceutical company for a year before joining the UIC PSCI graduate program in 2020.

Jingtian Zheng (PhD Student) Heading link

Jingtian Zheng

Jingtian is a fourth year Ph.D. student in pharmaceutical science. He received his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from University of Washington at 2016. Currently, he is developing Her2-antibody and doxorubicin antibody drug conjugate with different kinds of linkages. Afterwards, he will apply ADCs to a mouse tumor model and test their PKPD properties. He is interested in how different linkages will affect the behaviors of ADC and ultimately develop a routine for determining the best linkage for various ADC combinations.

Elie Abi Khalil (PhD student) Heading link

Elie Abi Khalil

Elie Abi Khalil is a PhD student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences department. He previously completed his BS and MS degrees in Biological Sciences at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. During his bachelor’s, he worked on identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with coronary artery disease and then shifted his research focus to the molecular mechanisms underlying glioblastoma multiforme when he began his master’s. Currently, he wants to further his knowledge of cancer by investigating the tumor microenvironment using spatial omic techniques as well as delve into the world of drug delivery for the purpose of advancing cancer therapeutics.

Xiaoying Cai (PhD student) Heading link

Xiaoying Cai

Xiaoying Cai is a PhD student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences department. She previously completed her BS and MS degrees, majoring in Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics at the Chongqing Medical University in Chongqing, China. During her master’s, she worked on developing biosensors based on collateral cleavage of CRISPR/Cas12a for detecting cancer-associated antigens for more sensitive and specific cancer diagnosis and also evaluated the effectiveness of aptamers on the peptide of cell membranes for cancer therapy and diagnosis. Currently, she is working on the development of novel cancer vaccine delivery systems for advanced personalized cancer immunotherapy.