Assistant Project Scientists

Sourabh Shukla, Ph.D.

Sourabh has been a member of the Steinmetz lab since 2010. His earlier work focused on evaluation of structure-function relationships of viral nanoparticles (VNP) and developing VNP-based platform technology for drug delivery and imaging applications. His current research interest lies in development of viral nanoparticles based cancer vaccines and immunotherapies. His prior post-doctoral research training was at the Bar-Ilan University, Israel (2008-2010) working on the development of nanoparticle-based anti-viral therapies.  Sourabh obtained his PhD from the National Chemical Lab in Pune, India (2007).

He (Andy) Hu, Ph.D.

Andy joined the Steinmetz lab in April 2016. His research interest lies on the development of multifunctional nanomaterials for molecular imaging and nanomedicine application. His current research focuses on  virus-based nanoplatforms for MRI and therapy of cancer. He obtained his PhD from Fudan University, China (2009) followed by research at Shanghai Normal University (2009-2012); he then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at University of Southern California (2012). He then was awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship, and moved to the University of Torino in Italy for 2 years (2013-2015). In his free time, he likes watching movies, traveling, and he is a half-Marathon runner.

Hui Cai, Ph.D.

Dr. Hui Cai joined the Steinmetz Lab in June 2017. His current research focuses on the plant viral nanoparticle-based vaccines for cancer immunotherapy. He obtained his PhD from Tsinghua University in 2011 with the focus of his thesis on MUC1 glycopeptide anti-tumor vaccines. He was awarded a Humboldt Postdoctoral fellowship and worked in Germany from 2012 to 2014. From 2015 to 2017, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar at University of Maryland on chemoenzymatic synthesis of N-linked glycopeptide with special focus on HIV-1 vaccine development. In his free time, he enjoys watching soccer and traveling.

Post-doctoral Fellows

Chao Wang, Ph.D.

Chao is a Postdoctoral Scholar and joined the Steinmetz lab in May 2017. She is interested in plant viral nanoparticle-based immunotherapeutic strategies for the treatment of cancer. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science in 2015 from Iowa State University. The focus of her thesis was on detection of extremely low concentration waterborne pathogen using a multiplexing self-referencing SERS microfluidic biosensor. She worked one year (2016) as a postdoctoral scholar at Georgia State University in investigating novel nanoparticle-based influenza vaccines. Outside research, she enjoys music and road trips.

Jooneon Park, Ph.D.

Jooneon Park joined Steinmetz lab as a postdoctoral scholar in Aug 2017. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Utah (2017). His research interest lie in nanoparticle-based diagnostics and disease therapy. His current research in our lab is designing TMV nanoparticles for risk stratification and intervention of deep vain thrombosis.

Veronique Beiss, Ph.D.

Vero is a Postdoctoral Scholar and joined the Steinmetz lab in November 2017. She did her PhD in molecular biology and plant biotechnology on plant-derived sexual stage malaria vaccines at RWTH-Aachen in Germany. Her current focuses on the development of new nanoparticles for cancer immunotherapy. Outside the lab she enjoys traveling, exploring, music and reading tons of books.

Isaac Marks, Ph.D.

Isaac Marks joined the Steinmetz lab in August 2018. Hiscurrent research is focused upon the targeted delivery of viral nanoparticlesfor oncological applications. Isaac completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at PurdueUniversity in Philip Low’s laboratory where he developed small molecule drugconjugates for imaging and therapeutic applications for a variety of medicalindications. Prior to graduate school, he worked for several years in themedical device industry developing novel urology products. He completed hisundergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where heearned a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in English. When he’s not working in lab,Isaac enjoys mountain biking, kitesurfing, homebrewing, and cooking.

Shuai Shao, Ph.D.

Shuai is born in Dalian, a beautiful coastal city innortheastern China. After earning his bachelor degree in chemistry at WuhanUniversity, he worked in Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academyof Sciences for one year. Shuai came to US in 2011 to continue his academicstudy in University at Buffalo. He completed his MS degree in ChemicalEngineering and PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering, which was supervised byDr. Lovell, working on the biomedical applications of porphyrin nanoparticles.Shuai joined in the Steinmetz/Pokorski lab in Fall 2018 and now is working onthe slow-release vaccine against HPV and infectious diseases using viralnanoparticles. In his spare time, Shuai enjoys hiking, traveling, and doingsports including ski, basketball, badminton and soccer. Also sometimes he wouldlike to some “quiet” things, like playing GO, cooking or watching a good movie.

Oscar Ortega-Rivera, Ph.D.

Oscar is a Postdoctoral Scholar and joined the Steinmetz lab at October 2018. He received his PhD in 2017 from Autonomous University of Aguascalientes (UAA) in Mexico. His thesis focuses in immunology and VLP-based cancer immunotherapy. He was a Research Associate for 3.5 years at UAA in international projects, developing VLP-plant made vaccines and therapeutics jointly with University of California Davis and Fraunhofer-IME, respectively. His current research focuses on the development of new VLP-based vaccines for the treatment of inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases. Beyond the lab duties, he enjoys hiking, traveling, watching movies, and video games.

Graduate Students

Paul Chariou

Paul is a Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering. Paul joined the Steinmetz lab in September 2011 for his undergraduate research on targeted plant virus nanoparticles [Bioconjugate Chem 2015].  His current work in synthetic virology explores novel virus-templated designs for sensing applications.  When not in the lab (or studying for the next exam), Paul likes to listen to music, watch movies, spend time with his friends, play video games and badminton.

Lu Wang

Lu is a PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering who joined the Steinmetz lab in January 2018. Lu obtained her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis, where she worked on preservation of gold nanoparticle based biosensors in Dr. Singamaneni's lab. She is interested in the immunotherapeutic applications of viral nanoparticles. In her spare time, Lu enjoys cooking, singing, traveling and exploring.

Matthew Shin

Matthew is a Ph.D. Student in NanoEngineering who joined the Steinmetz lab in August 2018. Matthew obtained his B.S. in Chemistry in 2016 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he conducted medicinal and polymer chemistry research. Before joining the lab, Matthew worked as a Research Assistant under the mentorship of Drs. Laura Ensign and Justin Hanes in the Center for Nanomedicine at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. His research focused on engineering clinically-translatable, nano/micro-particle platforms for ocular drug delivery. His translational focus continues in the Steinmetz lab - engineering viral nanoparticle-based platforms for applications in cardiovascular drug delivery, molecular imaging, and theranostics. For leisure, Matthew enjoys golf, soccer, tennis, and photography. 

Undergraduate Students

Motivated and talented UG students with an interest in nanotechnology and biomedical research should contact the PI. UG research is an integral part of the Steinmetz Lab and applications are welcome!

Alumni | CWRU 

Post-doctoral Fellows

Ibrahim Yildiz, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2010-2012 |  Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi. 2012-present.

Jon Whitney, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2013-2014 | Research Associate at Case Western Reserve University, 2014-2018, Scientist at ERT imaging, Ohio, 2018-present.

Mike Bruckman, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2012-2015 | Scientific Director at NanoBioSystems, Ohio, 2015-2017. Head, Haima Therapeutics, Ohio, 2018-present.

Brylee Tiu, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2016 (1 year post-doc) | Research Associate at UC Berkeley, CA. 2017-present.

Andrzej Pitek, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2014-2017 | Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline - Drug Product R&D, Maryland, 2017-present.

Patricia Lam, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2015-2018 | Scientist at 22nd Century Group, Inc., NY, 2018-present.

Duc Le, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2016-2018 | Post-doctoral fellow at Radbound University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 2018-present.

Ph.D. students

Amy Wen, Ph.D. 

Steinmetz Lab 2011-2016 | Thesis: Engineering virus-based nanoparticles for applications in drug delivery, imaging, and biotechnology. | present: Post-doctoral Technology Development fellow at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.

Karin Lee, Ph.D. 

Steinmetz Lab 2011-2016 | Thesis: High aspect ratio plant virus-based carriers for cancer therapy | present: post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute at NIH.

Anna Czapar, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2014-2017 | Thesis: Virus-based nanomaterials for cancer drug delivery | present: Medical student (MSTP, M.D. phase) at Case Western Reserve University.

Neetu Gulati, Ph.D.

Ph.D. student in Pharmacology from 2012, Co-Mentored with Phoebe Stewart (Professor of Pharmacology),  Steinmetz Lab 2014-2017 | Thesis: Characterizing and manipulating biological interactions of viruses. | present: post-doctoral fellow at NIH (NIAID).

Abner Murray, Ph.D.

Steinmetz Lab 2015-2018 | Thesis: Plant virus nanoparticle in situ cancer immunotherapies | present: Medical student (MSTP, M.D. phase) at Case Western Reserve University.

Residents and Lab Management

Ravi Patel, M.D. Ph.D., 

Resident in Radiation Oncology at University Hospitals Seidman CancerCenter | Steinmetz Lab 2016-2017. | Clinical Instructor at University of Wisconsin Madison, 2017-present.

Frank Veliz, M.S.

Lab Manager | Steinmetz Lab 2015-2018.

Master Students

Daniel Kernan, B.S./M.S.

Steinmetz Lab 2013-2016 | Thesis: Delivery of Potent Anti-MitoticChemotherapeutic Using High AspectRatio, Soft Matter Nanoparticles | present: Engineer, Epic consulting, Madison, WI.

Christina Franke, B.S./M.S.

Steinmetz Lab 2014-2017 | Thesis: Tobacco mosaic virus nanocarrier restored cisplatin efficacy in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer | present: R&D engineer with the Coronary and Structural Heart group at Medtronic in Santa Rosa, CA.

Richard Lin, M.S.

Steinmetz Lab 2015-2018 | Thesis: Combination drug delivery using plant viral nanoparticles.

Bindi Patel, M.S.

Steinmetz Lab 2016-2018 | Thesis: Plant Viral Nanoparticle-based Vaccine Targeting NY-ESO-1+ Triple Negative Breast Cancer | present: Research Assistant ay NanoBioSystems, Ohio, 2018-present.

Visiting Faculty

Peter Cigler, Ph.D.

Academy of Science of the Czech Republic | visited in 2011, 2012

Hema Masarapu, Ph.D.

Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India | visited 2016-2017 | Fulbright Scholar

Beth Stadler, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota | visited in 2017, sabbatical.

Visiting students

Luan Africa, M.Sc. 

Ph.D. Student at Stellenbosch University, advisors: Professor Dr. Johan Burger and Dr. Hano Maree |  He visited the Steinmetz Lab in the Summer of 2015.

Herdis Bludau 

Ph.D. Student at TU Dresden in Germany, advisor: Professor Dr. Rainer Jordan | She visited the Steinmetz Lab in the Fall of 2015 under a DAAD student exchange grant.

Rebecca Hargreaves

Ph.D. Student at the University of Hull, advisor: Professor Dave Evans | She visited the Steinmetz Lab in the Fall of 2017. 

Laura Marin Caba

Laura is a PhD Student in Physical Chemistry at University of Vigo (Spain). She visited the  Steinmetz lab in the Summer of 2017.

Undergraduate students

Craig D’Cruz (BME, Fall 2011, Spring 2012), Brian So (BME, Fall 2011, Spring 2012), Christine DeBaez (BME, Summer 2012), Josh Mealy (REU student from University of Pittsburgh, Summer 2011), Mary Ryan (Honors Student, University of Dayton,Summer 2011), Siji Oluwadara (REU student from Vanderbilt University, Summer2012), Sid (Sourav) Dey (BME, Spring 2011-Fall 2012), Samuel Alexander (BME,Spring 2011-Fall 2012), Nadia Ayat (BME, Fall 2010-Spring 2013), Kevin Chen (BME, Fall 2010-Spring 2013), Alice Yang (BME, Summer 2011-Spring 2013), Pooja Rambhia (Biochemistry, Summer 2012-Spring 2013, Co-mentor, Neil Greenspan, CWRU Pathology), 

Matt Plecha (BME, Summer 2012-Spring 2013), Steven Hern (BME, Fall2011-Fall 2013), Mengzhi Wu (BME, Spring 2013-Spring 2014), John Kim (Biology,Summer 2014-Spring 2015),  Nick DiFranco (BME, Spring 2014-Spring 2015), Lauren Randolph (BME, Fall 2011-Spring 2015), Paul Chariou (BME, Fall 2011-Spring 2015), Allen VanMeter (BME, Summer 2012-Spring 2015), Greg Hsu (Chemistry, Spring 2013-Spring 2015), Michael McBurney (BME, Spring 2013-Spring 2015), Diana Acosta (BME, Summer 2013-Spring2015), Adithy Nagarajan (BME, Fall 2013-Spring 2016), Katherine Krawiec (BME, Summer 2014-Spring 2016), 

Slater Jameson (BME, Fall 2014-Spring 2016), Sarah Woods (BME, Summer 2014-Spring 2016), Jacob Schimelman (Macro, Summer 2012-Spring 2016), Bryce Stamp (BME, Fall 2014-Fall 2016), Jeffrey Shen (BME, Summer 2016-Fall 2016), Stephen Wang, (BME, Summer 2016-Fall 2016), Paul Lin (CSU, Fall 2016-Spring 2017), Ishan Singhal (Fall 2016-Spring 2017), Jing Pu (Fall 2016-Spring 2017), Xingjian (Jack) Gong (Fall 2015-Sprin 2018), Alan Dogan (Fall 2016-2018), Akshata Rudrapatna (Spring 2017-Spring 2018), Cian Desai (Fall 2017-Spring 2018), Alex Welsh (Fall 2017-Spring 2018).

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