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2022

November 2022: Congrats to Natalie Jasiewicz. Her paper got accepted to Advanced Healthcare Materials!

August 2022: Dr. Juliane Nguyen was awarded a $1.9M R01 from the NHLBI. We look forward to working on ZipperCells and non-invasive living drug depots with our collaborators Brian Jensen and Eric Bachelder!

August/September 2022: Dr. Juliane Nguyen co-chairs NanoDDS in Chapel Hill!

August 2022: Check out our latest paper in Advanced Functional Materials (IF 19.2) entitled “Rationally Designed Anisotropic and Auxetic Hydrogel Patches for Adaptation to Dynamic Organs” https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adfm.202207590

August 2022: Dr. Juliane Nguyen served as a discussion leader at the GRC on Drug Carriers in Vermont!

August 2022: Congrats to Natalie Jasiewicz. She was selected to give a talk at the GRC on Drug Carriers in Vermont!

August 2022: Congrats to Emily Bonacquisti. She was selected to give a talk at the GRS on Drug Carriers in Vermont!

June 2022: Congrats to Jessica Tetterton for receiving the T32 fellowship in Translational Medicine and being accepted into the UNC Certificate Program!

June 2022: Great news! We received a pilot grant from the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease that will allow us to engineer probiotic yeast to treat colitis. Kudos to Mairead Heavey for generating all the data and leading the research! We look forward to working with Dr. Janelle Arthur on this grant.

June 2022: Congrats to Anthony Hazelton for being awarded the NIH T32 Pharmacological Sciences Training Program Fellowship!

 

May 2022: Congrats to our postdoc KC Mei. He will be starting as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the State University of New York – SUNY Binghamton!

May 2022: New lab picture

May 2022: Celebrating students’ and postdoc’s successes and achievements!

April 2022: We welcome our newest lab member Anthony Hazelton! He will work on developing engineered microbes for the treatment of colitis and other diseases.

April 2022: Congrats to Emily Bonacquisti for being awarded the UNC Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Way to go, Emily!

March 2022: Congratulations to Emily Bonacquisti for winning a poster prize at the 2022 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research & Graduate Education Retreat!

February 2022: Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk at the Ohio State University

2021

December 2021: Happy Holidays from the Nguyen Lab!

December 2021: Dr. Juliane Nguyen has been appointed as Executive Editor for Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews (IF 15.470)

November 2021: Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a seminar at the University at Utah!

October 2021: Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk at the “6th Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Conference”!

October 2021: We welcome our newest lab member Mitzy Salmeron! She works on developing engineered microbes for the treatment of colitis and other diseases.

October 2021: We welcome our newest lab member Mairead Heavey! She works on developing engineered microbes for the treatment of colitis and other diseases.

October 2021: Congrats to Emma and KC on the acceptance of their review titled “Delivering more for less: nanosized, minimal-carrier and pharmacoactive drug delivery systems” to Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews.

September 2021: Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a Keynote lecture at the 2021 BIOBARRIERS as a Galenus Guest Speaker.

August 2021: We welcome our newest lab member Jessica Tetterton! She is a PhD student in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics.

August 2021: We welcome our newest lab member Dr. Murali Maruthamuthu to the lab. 

August 2021: Lauren’s review on “Nanocarrier-Hydrogel Composite Delivery Systems for Precision Drug Release” was accepted for publication in WIREs Nanomedicine & Nanobiotechnology.

August 2021: Emily’s and Scott’s EXO-Code turned EXO-Probe is now published as a preprint. Fluorogenic EXO-Probe Aptamers for Imaging and Tracking Exosomal RNAs. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.08.18.456703

August 2021: Parth’s paper is published in Trends in Biotechnology: Regenerating dynamic organs using biomimetic patches. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2021.07.001

August 2021: Dr. Nguyen gives a talk at the Nanomedicine & Therapeutic Materials Virtual Symposium.

August 2021: Dr. Nguyen was promoted to Vice Chair of the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics!

June 2021: Dr. Nguyen gives a talk at King’s College London on Dr. Nguyen gives a seminar on “Therapeutic Materials to Modulate Cellular Chatter.”

June 2021: Dr. Nguyen gives a talk at Takeda Pharmaceuticals!

May 2021: Dr. Nguyen was appointed as a standing member to the NIH Gene and Drug Delivery (GDD) study section. She will serve on GDD from 2021 to 2025.

April 2021: Dr. Nguyen gives a seminar at UTAustin!

April 2021: We welcome our newest lab member Ameya Chaudhuri! He is an incoming PhD student in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics.

April 2021: Dr. Nguyen gives an invited talk at the 2021 Virtual MRS Spring Meeting!

March 2021: Dr. Nguyen gives a seminar on “Therapeutic Materials to Modulate Cellular Chatter” at AAPS-BADG!

March 2021: Congratulations to our undergraduate student Lina Le for receiving a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from UNC! Lina will engineer 3D-printed, adaptive patches for wound healing!

March 2021: Dr. Nguyen gives a seminar on “Therapeutic Materials to Modulate Cellular Chatter” at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

March 2021: We welcome our newest lab member Timothy Little! He is a PhD student in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics.

January 2021: Dr. Nguyen was featured in AAPS NewsMagazine. Read more about her approach to research and mentoring here: https://www.aapsnewsmagazine.org/aapsnewsmagazine/articles/2021/jan21/member-spotlight-jan21

January 2021: Dr. Nguyen was elected to the International Advisory Board of ChemMedChem to strengthen and expand their biomaterials, nanomedicine, and drug delivery content.

January 2021: Dr. Nguyen gives a talk at the Workshop in “Extracellular Vesicles in Biomedicine” in Chile

January 2021: We welcome our newest lab member: Dr. Kuo-Ching Mei. He earned his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from King’s College London (Uk) followed by a post-doc at UCLA.

 

2020

December 2020: Happy Holidays from our lab to yours!

 

December 2020: Congrats to Natalie Jasiewicz. She was awarded the PhRMA Foundation predoctoral fellowship! Natalie is also a rockstar in the lab! Together with Parth she built a bioreactor to produce proteins from scratch. She saved the lab more than $20K!

December 2020: Dr. Juliane Nguyen was elected Track Chair of the Discovery and Basic Research Track at AAPS – PharmSci360.

December 2020: Congrats to Natalie Jasiewicz. Her paper entitledHarnessing the Full Potential of Extracellular Vesicles as Drug Carriers” was accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1359029420301199

 

December 2020: Dr. Juliane Nguyen gave a seminar on “Developing Therapeutic Materials to Modulate Cellular Chatter” at the University of New Haven, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering.

October 2020: Congrats to Dr. Michael Deci for starting his new position at Moderna as part of the Next Generation Therapeutics group. Dr. Deci was one of the first to graduate from the Nguyen Lab. Before joining Moderna Michael worked at Elevian located in the Harvard Life Lab. We are proud of you Michael!


September 2020: Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a seminar at the 2020 DVDMDG “Biomarker and Cancer Research” Symposium

September 2020: Dr. Juliane Nguyen co-chairs a session at the 2020 NanoDDS organized by Dr. Alexander Kabanov.

August 2020: We welcome Emma Etter. She joins the lab as a PhD student. She earned her BS in Biomedical Engineering from NCState.

August 2020: We welcome our newest lab member: Dr. Parth Chansoria. He earned his PhD in Industrial Engineering from NCState.

August 2020: Due to popular demand Dr. Juliane Nguyen and Dr. Kristy Ainslie are continuing the Rising Stars in Drug Delivery and Novel Carriers” webinar series into Fall 2020.

July 2020: Dr. Kristy Ainslie and Dr. Juliane Nguyen have started the inaugural “Rising Stars in Drug Delivery and Novel Carriers” webinar series.

June 2020: Dr. Nguyen co-chairs the “Focus Group session on Gene Delivery and Gene Editing” at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Controlled Release Society

May 2020: Dr. Nguyen in collaboration with Dr. Li Qian were awarded an EII grant from the Eshelman Institute of Innovation

May 2020: Our quarantine hobbies

April 2020: Dr. Juliane Nguyen is awarded an R21 from the NIH/NIGMS. This is a collaborative project with Dr. Elizabeth Wohlfert. This funding will allow us to develop biochemical tools to interrogate CD9 function in inflammatory diseases.

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March 2020: Our paper titled “MiR-101a loaded Extracellular Nanovesicles as Bioactive Carriers for Cardiac Repair” was accepted for publication in Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine.

March 2020: Congrats to Jinli Wang for successfully defending her PhD thesis.

March 2020: Our paper entitled “Boosting the biogenesis and secretion of mesenchymal stem cell-derived exosomes” was accepted for publication in Cells. Check it out here: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4409/9/3/660

 

February 2020: Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk on “Pharmacoengineered exosomes for cardiac repair” at Selectbio in San Diego: https://selectbiosciences.com/conferences/biographies.aspx?speaker=1689307&conf=evdxrx2020

February 2020: Check out our lab’s first preprint where we identified small molecule modulators to boost exosome production in stem cells. This approach could be applied to autologous exosome therapeutics where the number of cells isolated from patients is limited. https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.08.940122v1

January 2020: Dr. Juliane Nguyen is awarded a $1.75 million R01 from NCI in collaboration with Dr. Shelton Earp from the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center.

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January 2020: Dr. Juliane Nguyen is elected Co-Chair of the Drug Delivery Track at the BMES Annual Meeting in San Diego 2020!

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2019

December 2019: Dr. Juliane Nguyen is elected as Subtrack Chair of the new track: Discovery and Basic Research at the AAPS Pharmsci 360 in New Orleans in 2020!

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November 2019: Dr. Juliane Nguyen was awarded the AAPS Emerging Leader Award at Pharmsci360!

October 2019: Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk on “Developing Biotherapeutics to Modulate Macrophage Function” at the University of Texas at Dallas.

October 2019: Dr. Juliane Nguyen was awarded the CMBE Young Innovator Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society.

 

October 2019: We are excited to have Dr. Adam Brown joining our group as a post-doc.

Sept. 2019: Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a seminar on developing biologics for the treatment of cancer and myocardial infarction at the University of Connecticut.

August 2019: Dr. Juliane Nguyen receives the 2019 Young Innovator Award in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering from the Biomedical Engineering Society!

August 2019: Dr. Anjali Verma joins our group as a post-doctoral fellow. We are excited to have her!

July 2019: Our paper entitled “Carrier-free CXCR4-targeted Nanoplexes Designed for Polarizing Macrophages to Suppress Tumor Growth” was accepted to CMBE as part of the special issue: CMBE – Young Innovator, July 2019
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12195-019-00589-w

June 2019 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk on the development of biomaterials for reprogramming tumor-associated exosomes and macrophages at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

June 2019 The lab moves to UNC at Chapel Hill, Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Our lab is located in Marsico Hall!

June 2019 Congrats to Jackie Gonya and Danni Chen for successfully defending their MS thesis.

May 2019  Congrats to Dr. Michael Deci for starting his new position as an Antibody Discovery Scientist at Elevian at the Harvard Life Lab!

May 2019  A super happy Dr. Deci successfully defended his PhD thesis. 

April 2019 Our paper on the miRNA landscape of MSC exosomes (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-19581-x) made it into the Top 5 of all articles published in Scientific Reports in 2018! https://www.nature.com/collections/hdgffbgbjj

April 2019 Congrats to Scott Ferguson on his successful PhD defense. His next stop will be a postdoc position with the Weissleder lab at Harvard.

April 2019 Congrats to Emily Bonacquisti for receiving honorable mention for her NSF GRFP  application!

February 2019 Dr. Juliane Nguyen received the NYSTAR Faculty award.

January 2019 Our paper published in Scientific Reports “The microRNA regulatory landscape of MSC-derived exosomes: a systems view” is highlighted in a white paper by Nanostring. https://www.nanostring.com/download_file/view/1957/8217

 

2018

December 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk on “Developing Biologics for Targeting Inflammatory Cells to Treat Myocardial Infarction and Cancer” at the University of Florida (BME).

December 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk on “Developing Biologics for Targeting Inflammatory Cells to Treat Myocardial Infarction and Cancer” at the University of Kentucky.

December 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor effective January 1st, 2019.

December 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen was appointed as an Early-Career Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the AAPS Journal.

December 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk on “Utilizing miRNA-enriched MSC Exosomes for Cardiac Regeneration: An Activity Composition Analysis” at the CT3N Symposium in Philadelphia at UPenn. http://www.itmat.upenn.edu/ct3n/symposium.html

November 2018 Q&A with Dr. Juliane Nguyen: Read about how exosomes could be the next major breakthrough in biotech and how Dr. Nguyen’s postdoc advisor – Dr. Francis Szoka at UCSF – is a great inspiration!

http://blog.nanostring.com/qa-with-dr-juliane-nguyen-exosome-profiling-with-mirna-and-biotechs-next-breakthrough/

November 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk on “Modulating the Function of Cancer-derived Exosomes through Repackaging” at AAPS PharmSci 360 in Washington DC.

October 2018 Emily’s review entitled “Connexin 43 (Cx43) in Cancer: Implications for Therapeutic Approaches via Gap Junctions” is accepted for publication in Cancer Letters.

October 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen chairs the session on “Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery and Genetic Engineering” at BMES 2018 in Atlanta.

October 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk on “Polarizing Macrophages to Tumor Suppressors by Blocking CCR2” at BMES 2018 in Atlanta.

September 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a short course on exosomes as natural carriers for nucleic acid transfer at GPEN 2018 (Singapore). https://gpenconference.com/welcome/program-schedule/

September 2018 Many thanks to the NIH/NIBIB for granting us a Diversity Supplement! This will support a highly talented PhD student while contributing to STEM Diversity!

September 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk about “Developing Biologics for Targeting Inflammatory Cells to Treat Various Diseases” at Canisius College.

August 2018 Jinli Wang’s and Min Jeong Seo’s paper entitled “Effect of CCR2 inhibitor-loaded lipid micelles on inflammatory cell migration and cardiac function after myocardial infarction” is accepted for publication in the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

August 2018 Welcome to our new PhD students Christine Lee and Natalie Smith.

August 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Extracellular Vesicles. https://www.grc.org/extracellular-vesicles-conference/2018/

August 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen received an award for her talk on the immunomodulatory effects of MSC exosomes at the Gordon Research Conference on Drug Carriers in Biology and Medicine.

August 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen’s abstract on the immunomodulatory effects of MSC exosomes was selected for a talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Drug Carriers in Biology and Medicine. https://www.grc.org/drug-carriers-in-medicine-and-biology-conference/2018/

August 2018 Michael Deci gives a talk on “Modulating Macrophage Polarization Through CCR2 Inhibition and Multivalent Engagement” at the Gordon Research Seminar on Drug Carriers in Biology and Medicine. https://www.grc.org/drug-carriers-in-medicine-and-biology-grs-conference/2018/

June 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk at the 2018 Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine Conference. https://www.buffalo.edu/stem-cells-in-regenerative-medicine/symposium.speakers.html

May 2018 Our book chapter on “Composition, Physicochemical and Biological Properties of Exosomes Secreted From Cancer Cells” is published in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Exosomes in Cancer

May 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a seminar at the University at North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

May 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a webinar at the Genetics & Genomics Conference.

https://www.labroots.com/webinar/microrna-regulatory-landscape-msc-derived-exosomes-systems-view

May 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk at Codiak Biosciences.         

May 2018 Michael Deci’s paper on polarizing macrophages towards the tumor-suppressive M1 phenotype is published in Molecular Pharmaceutics

May 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen receives the NSF CAREER Award. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2018/04/039.html

April 2018 Jackie Gonya receives the Undergraduate Award for “ Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creativity” at the Celebration of Student Excellence (Buffalo)!

March 2018 Dr. Juliane Nguyen receives the Bruce Holm Technology Award

March 2018 Scott Ferguson’s paper entitled “The Phenotypic Effects of Exosomes Secreted from Distinct Cellular Sources: a Comparative Study Based on miRNA Composition” is published in AAPSJ

February 2018 Our recent work is featured in IOP: https://physicsworld.com/a/the-secret-content-of-extracellular-vesicles-revealed/

February 2018 Michael Deci’s review paper entitled “Precision Engineering of Targeted Nanocarriers” is published in Wiley/WIREs Nanomedicine & Nanobiotechnology.

February 2018 Welcome to our new PhD student Emily Bonacquisti.

January 2018 Scott Ferguson’s work is featured in Exosome RNA.

January 2018 Scott Ferguson’s paper entitled “The microRNA regulatory landscape of MSC-derived exosomes: a systems view” is published in Scientific Reports.

 

2017

December 2017 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk at the END2Cancer Conference in Oklahoma. http://end2cancer.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/e2c.pdf

December 2017 Jiaxin Song, our recent MS graduate lands a job as a Clinical Research Associate at Pfizer.

December 2017 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives a talk at the University of Toronto.

December 2017 Welcome to our new PhD student Tingyi Li and our MS students Natalie Smith, Gbassey Oteme, and Aditi Dixit.

November 2017 Dr. Juliane Nguyen gives an invited talk at the University of Maryland.

September 2017 Michael Deci wins the 3rd place poster prize at the NanoDDS 2017 in Michigan.

August 2017 The Nguyen lab was awarded a $1.58 Mio. grant from the NIH/NIBIB.

June 2017 Dr. Juliane Nguyen was awarded the UB Exceptional Scholar: Young Investigator Award.

May 2017 Jake Megna receives the Robert Gumtow Undergraduate Research Award for the most outstanding research.

April 2017 Congratulations to Sydney Scatigno, Tingyi Li, and Jake Megna. They were awarded 2nd place poster prizes at the SPPS Poster Day.

March 2017 Our work with our German collaborator entitled “Local effects on airway inflammation and systemic uptake of 5 nm pegylated and citrated gold nanoparticles in asthmatic mice” is published in Small.

 

2016

December 2016 Michael Deci was awarded the Allan Barnett Fellowship.

August 2016 Scott Ferguson is elected Chair of the Gordon Research Seminar on Extracellular Vesicles.

August 2016 Michael Deci’s paper on “Utilizing Clathrin Triskelions as Carriers for Spatially Controlled Multi-Protein Display is published in Biomaterials.

May 2016 Scott Ferguson’s review made it into the top 6 most downloaded articles in the Journal of Controlled Release.

May 2016 Nancy Song wins the UB Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Poster Award.

May 2016 Our paper in collaboration with Columbia University entitled “Cationizable lipid micelles as vehicles for intraarterial glioma treatment” made it to the cover of the Journal of Neuro-oncology.

April 2016 Many Congrats to Nancy. She was honored with the UB Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity

March 2016 Scott Ferguson’s review on exosomes as therapeutics is published in the Journal of Controlled Release.

 

2015

December 2015  Many congrats to Jake Megna! He was selected for the highly competitive Career Experience Program.

September 2015 The Nguyen lab receives funding from the NIH/NIBIB for studying cellular sorting of small RNA.

June 2015 The Nguyen lab receives funding from the NIH/NHLBI for cardiac regeneration.