Current Members

Principal  Investigator (PI):


Xiaoming “Shawn” He, Ph.D.
Professor of Bioengineering

Postdoc, Medical Science & Engineering, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN
Phone: (301) 405-7946



Dr. Jiangsheng Xu

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China

Dr. Bin Jiang

Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Macau, Taipa, Macau, China





Dr. Elyahb Allie Kwizera

Ph.D., University of Memphis
Masters, University of Memphis
Bachelors, University of Central Arkansas
About: Allie’s expertise is in synthesis and characterization of multifunctional nanomaterials for blood-based cancer diagnostics and molecular and single exosome analysis for breast cancer diagnostics using surface-enhanced Raman scattering. He is interested in developing multiscale technologies for early cancer detection and therapy. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, playing soccer, running, and checking out the best wines in the area.


Dr. Wenquan Ou

Ph.D., Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, College of Pharmacy
Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea


Graduate (Ph.D.) Students:

Samm Stewart

B.S., Biomedical Engineering 2017, University of South Carolina
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
About: Samm is interested in using cold-responsive nanotechnology to investigate organic solvent-free cell banking and its applications in cancer therapy. In her free time, Samm likes to play basketball, sample craft beer, and cheer on Baltimore sports teams

Alisa White

B.S., Biomedical Engineering 2015, Northwestern University
M.S., Biomedical Engineering 2016, Northwestern University


James Shamul (Lab Manager)

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Engineering Management (Biomaterials Focus), Johns Hopkins University
Clark Doctoral Fellow
About: James is developing high-throughput models of the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) to screen new therapeutics for glioblastoma and neurodegenerative diseases, in addition to engineering novel formulations to treat these diseases. In his free time, James enjoys running, hiking, booing DC sports teams, and optimizing his famous turkey chili.


Undergraduate Students:


Maxwell Hakun

Bioengineering – Bioetechnology and Therapeutic Engineering Focus


Tommy Liang



Tia Puskar



Alyssa Arminan



Lab Photo Gallery:

December 2019 – The lab enjoying a delicious holiday lunch of hot pot!

September 2019 – Jiangsheng proudly holding his Postdoctoral Achievement Award in front of our lab space!

August 2019 – He Lab enjoying a lab lunch at Hot Pot to say farewell to Hao and welcome Allie and Wenquan!

June 2019 – SB3C Conference

Dr. He, Samm, Alisa, and Jiangsheng enjoying the end of conference banquet!

Alisa, Jiangsheng, and Samm enjoying a hike in the mountains of Seven Springs!

May 2019

A fun lab lunch eating Hot Pot!

November 2018

September 2018

July 2018

Alumni (Position in our lab): Current position

  • Dr. Hao Chen (Visiting Scholar): Associate Professor, Anhui Normal University, School of Physics and Electronic Information, Wuhu, China
  • Dr. Hai Wang (Research Assistant Professor): Professor, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing, China
  • Dr. Weijie Li (Visiting Scholar): Faculty Member, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
  • Mingrui Sun (Ph.D. Student): System Engineer, CytoChip Inc., Irvine, CA
  • Matthew Becker (Undergraduate Student): Ph.D. Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Kishan Patel (Undergraduate Student): Senior, Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Patrick Durkin (Undergraduate Student): Senior, Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Pranay Agarwal (Ph.D. Student): Postdoc, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Haishui Huang (Ph.D. Student): Postdoc, Harvard Medical School/MGH, Boston, MA
  • Shuting Zhao (Ph.D. Student): Scientist, Apostle Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
  • Hafsa Abdullahi (High School Research Assistant): Freshman, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Darshani Manne (High School Research Assistant): Senior, Metro High School, Columbus, OH
  • Jenna Dumbleton (Graduate Student): Scientist, Essen Bioscience, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Hao Peng (Visiting Scholar): Associate Prof., Xiangya Hospital and Central South University, China
  • Jung K. Choi (Postdoc Student): Assistant Prof., Cha University, Bundang, South Korea
  • Wei Rao (Postdoc Student): Professor, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Allison Zhong (Summer SUCCESS Student): Junior, Chemical Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Qiance Tang (High School Research Assistant): Junior, Jerome High School, Dublin, OH
  • Benjamin Weekes (Undergraduate Research Assistant): Product Development Engineer, Epic, Verona, WI
  • Michael Robinson (High School Research Assistant): Freshman, Biomedical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, FL
  • Joe Jeffrey (High School Research Assistant): Freshman, Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, TN
  • Kaileen Zhang (High School Research Assistant): Freshman, Business, The Ohio State University, OH
  • Sanaya Shroff (Summer Undergraduate Research Intern): Junior, Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, NY
  • Jack Jones (Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant): Junior, Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University, OH
  • Adriano Bellotti (Summer SUCCESS Student): Senior, Biomedical Engineering, NCSU, NC
  • Peter Bielecki (Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant): Graduate student, Case Western Reserve University, OH
  • Wujie Zhang (Ph.D. and Postdoc Student): Associate Prof., Milwaukee School of Engineering, WI
  • Izmarie Poventud-Fuentes (Summer SUCCESS Student): Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • Kyle Gilstrap (Graduate Student): Clinical Systems Engineer, EIS-Integrated Device Systems, LA, CA
  • Remant K.C. (Postdoc Student): Research Assistant Prof., University of Alberta, Canada
  • Geer Yang (Ph.D. Student): Senior Engineer, Shanghai Marine Diesel Research Institute, China
  • LaToya S. McDonald (NIH MARC U-STAR Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant): Instructor, Remington College, SC
  • Daixi Li (Postdoc Student): Associate Prof., University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China
  • Anthony Egal (Magellan Undergrauate Research Assistant)
  • Danielle Frechette (NSF REU Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant): Ph.D. Student, University of Stony Brook-SUNY, NY
  • Kevin Li (Summer High School Research Assistant): Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, TX