Current Group Members

Postdocs

Dr. Simon McManus

Education
H. BSc. McMaster University
Ph. D. McMaster University

Bio

Simon grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He completed his undergraduate studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and spent a year studying at Lancaster University in Lancaster, UK. He stayed at McMaster for his PhD, where he worked on the characterization of catalytic DNA sequences under the supervision of Prof. Yingfu Li. He also worked at a Toronto-based biotechnology company to develop novel nucleic acid-based biosensors. As a postodoc in the Chemistry and CBE departments at Princeton, Simon’s research has involved engineering nanoparticles and bioconjugates for multiple applications, including microscopy, cell-specific delivery of imaging and therapeutic agents, controlled therapeutic release, and single molecule imaging of enzymes in complex environments. Outside of the lab, Simon enjoys hockey and hiking.

Contact
Lab location: A306, E-Quad
E-mail: smcmanus (AT) princeton.edu

Graduate Students

Christopher Vicente Hsin-Hung Chen

Education
2007-11: BS & MS, Stanford University.
2011-Present : PhD, Princeton University.

Bio
Chris hails from Henderson, NV and attended Stanford for his BS and MS in Chemical Engineering. While at Stanford, Chris worked in the Bao lab on PDMS pressure sensors and CNT doped elastic materials for electronic skin applications. His research at Princeton (co-advised by Prof. Howard Stone) focuses on the study of dispersants at oil-water interfaces working toward developing the necessary understanding to more intelligently design dispersants for the remediation of deep sea oil spills (such as the Deepwater Horizon Accident in 2010). Fluid mechanics, green chemistry, and scientific education are also some of his academic interests. Outside the lab, Chris enjoys swing dancing (Lindy Hop), teaches at Princeton Swing Club, and organizes on pedagogic workshops at the McGraw Center targeted toward BSE students as a graduate fellow.

Contact
Lab location: ACE31, E-Quad
E-mail: cchen8 (AT) princeton.edu

Robert Pagels

Education
2008-12: BChE, University of Delaware.
2012-Present : PhD, Princeton University.

Bio
Robert grew up in Hampstead, MD. As a DuPont Scholar, he attended the University of Delaware for his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, with a minor in biochemical engineering. Upon graduation, he received the Taylor Award and was named the outstanding male of the 2012 graduating class. He currently attends Princeton University as an NSF fellow, and his research interests are in drug delivery and protein-nanoparticle constructs. Outside of the lab he enjoys running and cycling.

Contact
Lab location: A306, E-Quad
E-mail: robertfp (AT) princeton.edu

Chris Sosa

Education
2007-2011: BS, Columbia University.
2011-Present : PhD, Princeton University.

Bio
Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Chemical Engineering. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to study a range of interesting research problems from the development of chronic inflammatory diseases to the assembly of novel soft materials. His most recent work is focused on controlling the structure and properties of soft materials at the nanoscale. Outside of the lab, he enjoys tutoring, hiking, and a variety of water sports.

Contact
Lab location: G204, E-Quad
E-mail: csosa (AT) princeton.edu

Brian Wilson

Education
2009-2013: BS, University of Texas at Austin.
2013-Present : PhD, Princeton University.

Contact
Lab location: ACE31, E-Quad
E-mail: bkwilson (AT) princeton.edu

‘Jack’ Hoang Lu

Education
2006-2010: BS, Columbia University
2010-2012: MSE, University of Pennsylvania
2012-Present: PhD, Princeton University

Bio
‘Jack’ Hoang Lu is a New Yorker originally from Vietnam. He has a MSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania where he worked on biomaterials research in Professor Jason Burdick’s lab. He also has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University where he conducted protein engineering research in Professor Scott Banta’s group. He has a minor in East Asian studies and has also worked on DNA nanotechnology research in Professor Peng Yin’s lab at Harvard University. The focus of his current research is on engineering nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery and diagnostics. He has a pet dog named Nano.

Contact
Lab location: A403, E-Quad
E-mail: hoang (AT) princeton.edu

Chester ‘Chet’ Markwalter

Education
2008-2012: BChE, University of Delaware.
2015-Present : PhD, Princeton University.

Bio
Chet left his hometown of Vienna, VA to attend the University of Delaware, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and minors in Biochemical Engineering and History. While there, he worked in the Robinson Lab studying G-protein Coupled Receptors. After working in Pharmaceutical Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb for 3 years, he began his graduate studies at Princeton in 2015. He is currently studying the controlled release of biologics from microparticles and nanoparticles. In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, biking, and playing his banjo.

Contact
Lab location: ACE31, E-Quad
E-mail: cem3 (AT) princeton.edu