Fellows & Projects

NIH T32 Supported Postdoctoral Fellows

Emily B Harrison, Ph.D.

(919) 843-8227 ebh@email.unc.edu

Emily Harrison, Ph.D., joined UNC in 2016 after receiving her B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Harrison studied the role of microRNAs in traumatic brain injury under the guidance of Howard Fox, Ph.D. Her current research ...

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Lauren Price, Pharm.D.

(919) 966-1622 lslprice@email.unc.edu

Lauren Price, Pharm.D., received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma and her Pharm.D. from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. She joined UNC in 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow studying the pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of nanoparticle agents under the mentorship of William (Bill) Zamboni, Pharm.D., Ph.D. Despite ...

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Pamela Tiet, Ph.D.

(919) 962-1011 ptiet@email.unc.edu

Pamela Tiet, Ph.D. is originally from California where she earned her B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She later graduated from City of Hope with a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on nanotechnology under the guidance of Jacob Berlin, Ph.D. During this time, she worked ...

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Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D.

(919) 357-4515 waynee@email.unc.edu

Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D., is an NIH Carolina Center for Nanotechnology Training Program T32 postdoctoral fellow in the Carolina Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Prior to UNC, she completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University in biomedical engineering in 2016 and earned her B.A. ...

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NIH T32 Associated Fellows

Yusuf Kemal Demir, Ph.D.

(919) 962-1011 ykemal@email.unc.edu

Dr. Demir earned his PhD from the Institute of Health Sciences, Marmara University in 2012. He also holds a Master of Philosophy from The School of Pharmacy, The Queen’s University Belfast and a BS from Marmara University.  He joined the laboratory of Alexander Kabanov in 2017. Dr. Demir’s current research interests ...

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Lida Ghazanfari, Ph.D.

(919) 962-1011 lidagh@email.unc.edu

Dr. Ghazanfari earned her PhD from Amirkabir University of Technology in 2014. She also holds MSc and BSc degrees in biomedical engineering rom Amirkabir University of Technology. Ghazanfari joined the laboratory of Alexander Kabanov in 2016 Dr. Ghazanfari’s research interests span a wide range of topics in theranostic platforms with a ...

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Wantong Song, Ph.D.


Dr. Song earned his PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the Cahngchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013. He also holds a BSc in Applied Chemistry from Nanjing University. He joined the Huang Lab in 2016 as a visiting scholar and is an Associate Professor in Key ...

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NIH T32 Postdoctoral Alumni

Zach Rodgers, Ph.D.

Zach Rodgers, Ph.D. is originally from Ohio where he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University studying C-H insertion chemistry on furanose platforms with Dr. Peter Norris. Rodgers later graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry under the guidance of David Lawrence, Ph.D. During this time, Rodgers worked on near infrared light mediated drug release for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.

During his training, Dr. Rodgers primary work focused on NPs coated with cancer cell and Mycobacteria membranes as vaccination scaffolds. He also developed, characterized, and screened the efficacy of cancer and BCG membrane coated NPs as melanoma vaccine platforms. In vivo pilot studies on the formulations show promise, and he has trained and will correspond with another postdoctoral researcher who will continue this promising research. They, we hope to fully optimize this NP vaccine system and publish within the next year.

Dr. Rodgers is now an Assistant Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. He will run a research laboratory with a focus on developing photochemical methodologies and catalysts for use in biomaterial lithography and complex block co-polymer synthesis. The latter project will be dedicated to developing α-functionalized co-polymers for self-assembling nanoparticle systems with applications in drug delivery. The nanotechnology experience gained during the C-CNTP will aid him in accomplishing this research. He will also be developing a Polymer and Nanotechnology course for advanced chemistry students at the college.