Current Group Members

Postdocs

Christina Tang

Education
2007: BS, General Engineering, Harvey Mudd College
2010: MS, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University
2012: PhD, Chemical Engineering (minor in Biotechnology), North Carolina State University

Bio
Christina, born and raised in Southern California, attended Harvey Mudd College. While at HMC, Christina worked on various projects related to material synthesis and characterization including designing polymer gels with tunable optical properties for application as tissue phantoms, as well as composite thin films for gas separations. After graduating in 2007, she entered the Ph.D. program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. Working under the direction of Dr. Saad Khan, she developed nanofibrous materials functionalized with biomolecules including proteins and cells. Upon completion of her Ph.D. in 2012, she joined the Prud’homme lab at Princeton University. The focus of her current research is developing nanoparticles for medical imaging applications.

Contact
Lab location: A306, E-Quad
E-mail: ct6 (AT) princeton.edu

Nikolas Weissmueller

Education
2005-2009: AB, Biomedical Sciences (minor in Psychology), Harvard University
2009-2010: MSc, Biomedical Engineering, Oxford University, UK
2010-2013: PhD, Pediatrics, Oxford University, UK

Bio
Nikolas graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Psychology, before obtaining a MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford. He graduated top of his MSc class with distinction for his work on growth factor delivery from a hydroxyapatite gradated electrospun nanofiber scaffold for rotator cuff tendon repair.

As PhD student in Pediatrics with the Oxford Vaccine Group under the guidance of Prof. Andrew Pollard, he developed novel antigen delivery platforms to facilitate rapid glycoconjugate vaccine reformulation and enhance the immunogenicity of needle-free intradermal dry-powder immunizations.

His current research focuses on targeted cancer therapeutics and the formulation of multivalent glycoconjugate nanoparticle vaccines. Outside the lab, Nikolas works towards his third-degree black belt in karate, coaches rowing, and is reviving the Princeton Polo Club.

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

Graduate Students

Vikram Pansare

Education
2008: BS, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
2008-Present: PhD, Chemical Engineering, Princeton University

Bio
Vikram Pansare was born in north Jersey, moved around the world for about 20 years, and is now back in the great Garden State. He majored in chemical engineering at Purdue University and did his undergraduate thesis in nanoparticles for ultracapacitor applications. Now at Princeton, his research interests center around nanoparticles for imaging applications. Vikram enjoys hiking and reading in his spare time.

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

Nathalie Pinkerton

Education
2004-08: BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
2008-Present : PhD, Princeton University.

Bio
Nathalie grew up between a small town in Ohio and a small town in Switzerland. Her passion for science and engineering led her to study chemical engineering at MIT. Through various undergraduate research opportunities, Nathalie developed an interest in polymeric materials and drug delivery applications. The focus of her PhD thesis is the synthesis and characterization of microgel particles and nanoparticles for drug delivery and imaging. While at Princeton, she was awarded both NSF and NDSEG fellowships. Nathalie hopes to improve human health through nanomedicine. In her free time, she enjoys running, skiing, SCUBA diving and playing Ultimate.

Contact
Lab location: A404, E-Quad
E-mail: npinkert (AT) princeton.edu

Bryan Benson

Education
2006-10: BS, Johns Hopkins University.
2010-Present : PhD, Princeton University.

Bio
Bryan Benson grew up in Point Pleasant, NJ. He attended Johns Hopkins University for his bachelors in chemical and biomolecular engineering with a concentration in interfaces and nanotechnology and a minor in entrepreneurship and management. His research interests are in the fabrication of simple glass capillary microfluidic devices and the microfluidic formation of nanoparticle-loaded gel microparticles for the imaging and therapy of non-small cell lung cancer. Bryan hopes to be involved in research and transition into scientific strategy at a major research organization after graduate school. Outside of research he enjoys sports and being a dad.

Contact
Lab location: A404, E-Quad
E-mail: brbenson (AT) princeton.edu

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