Graduate Students

Janna Sloand

individual-jannaJanna received her BA in Genetics from Rutgers University in May 2013. While there, she did research on Poly(A) tail binding on the non-structural protein 1 (NS1) of influenza A viruses in Dr. Gaetano Montelione’s Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine Structural Bioinformatics Lab. Later, she earned an MSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2016 doing research with Dr. Jason Burdick in the Polymeric Biomaterials Lab on guest-host modified polymers for RNAi delivery from an injectable hydrogel system. Janna’s current work in the Medina Group as a PhD student is focused on developing new ultrasound-sensitive peptide nanoparticles for drug delivery and biomedical imaging applications.


Andrew Simonson

individual-andrewAndrew received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in May 2016. While there, he did research on regenerative tissue and time released drug delivery from DNA aptamer functionalized hydrogels. In addition, he took on his own project during his senior year looking into the formation of hydrogel microparticles for eukaryotic cell encapsulation in Dr. Yong Wang’s Biomolecular and Biomimetic Materials Lab. After finishing his degree, Andrew completed a summer internship as a Medical Device Technician at Windtree Therapeutics. As a PhD student in the Medina Group, Andrew is currently developing new combinatorial microparticles for the treatment of bacterial infectious diseases.


Sean Hannifin

individual-unavailableSean received his BS in Nanomedicine from the University of Virginia in May 2017. While there, he primarily worked on the development of an ionizable nanoliposome for siRNA delivery for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) therapy in a joint lab project with Dr. Mark Kester’s Targeted Nanotechnology Drug Delivery Lab and Dr. Kimberly Kelly’s Pancreatic Cancer and Cardiac Regeneration Lab. As a Masters student in the Medina Group, Sean will be exploring the development of fluorinated liposome formulations for imaging and delivery applications.


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