Principal Investigator (POST-DOC)

Ph.D. Pharm., started in September 2014

"Porous silicon nanodelivery systems for enhanced targeted cancer therapy"

Dr. Dongfei Liu is a researcher with over nine years’ research experience in drug delivery. He completed his PhD in less than three years (Nov. 2011–Sept. 2014) at the University of Helsinki, and is well-versed in a variety of fields, such as nanomedicine, microfluidics, biomaterials, cancer therapy, and spinal cord injury treatment among others. Primarily, he is interested in how to engineer biomaterials with ultrahigh mass fraction of therapeutics for controlled drug delivery and how biomaterials can be used to deliver drug molecules for the therapy of injured spinal cord. In addition, he has received several competitive grants and awards, such as the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation (2016–2018), Research Funds of the University of Helsinki (2017-2020), the Best Doctoral Dissertation of the University of Helsinki in 2014, and the Outstanding Self-Financed Students from the China Scholarship Council (2013). Furthermore, Dr. Liu has served as a consulting editor of Dovepress since 2015.

See Dr. Liu's publications in here

Project supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, Academy of Finland, Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, HiLIFE, and University of Helsinki Research Funds

Adjucnt Professor (POST-DOC)

Ph.D. Chem., started in March 2014 (currently also at Bayer Oy)

"Targeted drug delivery to brain with porous silicon nanoparticles"

Vimalkumar Balasubramanian is by training a multi-disciplinary researcher with the education and background of Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Pharmacy and Biology. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher in our team. He obtained his title of Docent (Adjunct professor) in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland in 2017. In 2011, he received his PhD in Chemistry at University of Basel, Switzerland. From 2012-2013 he was a postdoctoral researcher as a project leader in the Division of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Basel, Switzerland. He also holds two master’s degrees (Master of Science in Applied Microbiology & Master of Technology in Nanotechnology with the specialization in Nano-Biotechnology). His main research interests are in the field of nanoparticle engineering, targeted drug delivery and biomimetic nanotechnology. His current research is focused on engineering of porous silicon nanoparticles to target brain, particularly to neural stem cells for therapeutic applications.

See Dr. Balasubramanian's publications in here

Project supported by HiLIFE and University of Helsinki Research Funds

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Biomaterials, Sarted in October 2015

"Porous silicon nanodelivery systems for enhanced targeted cancer therapy"

Wei Li is a postdoc in our group. He is working on microfluidics to develop drug delivery systems for oral administration and tissue engineering applications. Wei studied Biomaterials at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and obtained his PhD degree in 2015.

Supervision by Dr. Dongfei Liu (main supervisor) at the Faculty of Pharmacy

See Dr. Li's publications in here

Project supported by HiLIFE

POST-DOC

D.Sc. Tech., Phys., Started in March 2016

"Nanovaccines for cancer therapy"

Dr. Antti Rahikkala has background in physics and nanotechnology. After completing his Master’s degree in applied physics at the University of Helsinki in 2010, he moved to Aalto University as a doctoral candidate working on self-assembling materials, aerosol nanoparticles and drug delivery. After obtaining his doctoral degree in 2015, he is now back at the University of Helsinki as a postdoctoral researcher with primary interests in nanoparticulate formulations for cancer immunotherapy and targeted drug delivery. Currently, he is developing porous silicon based nanoparticles for dendritic cell targeted immunotherapy.

See Dr. Rahikkala's publications in here

Project supported by Academy of Finland and HiLIFE

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, started in August 2017

"Electrospun hybrid scaffolds for wound healing and tissue engineering applications"

Yaping Ding is a postdoc in our group. She is working on electrospinning to develop organic-inorganic hybrid scaffolds for wound healing and tissue engineering applications. Yaping studied biomaterials at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and obtained her PhD degree in 2015.

Supervision by Dr. Dongfei Liu (main supervisor) at the Faculty of Pharmacy

See Dr. Ding's publications in here

Project supported by Academy of Finland and HiLIFE

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Pharmacy, Sarted in January 2018

"Targeted nanomedicines to the brain for therapy of neurodegenerative diseases"

Chang-Fang Wang is a postdoc in our group. She is working on nanomedicines to deliver drugs to the brain after stroke. Wang studied Pharmacy in our group at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, and obtained her PhD degree from our group in 2015.

See Dr. Wang's publications in here

Project supported by Tekes - 3iRegeneration

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Eng. Mater., Sarted in June 2018

"NANO CARRIER - Porous Silicon Nano particles will be produced and studied, in vitro and in vivo for cancer diagnostics, therapy and imaging"

Shiqi Wang was a former Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the department of Chemical Engineering at the Imperial College London, working on the Smart Nano-objects for Alteration of Lipid bilayers (SNAL) Initial Training Network, funded by EU 7th Framework Programme. Her main research focuses are on synthesis and characterization of functional biomimetic materials for drug delivery, including amino-acid based polymers, nanogels and hydrogels. She obtained her PhD degree in 2018.

Project supported by Nacamed/Norwegian Research Council

POST-DOC (visiting scholar)

Ph.D. Pharm., started in Nobember 2017

"Nanoparticles with ultrahigh mass fraction of therapeutics for controlled drug delivery"

Dr. Peng Quan completed his PhD degree in Pharmaceutics at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in 2012. Currently, he works as a lecturer in Shenyang Pharmaceutical University. His research interest is engineering structured nanoparticles with ultrahigh mass fraction of therapeutics for controlled drug delivery. Moreover, he is also working on the precisely controlled codelivery of therapeutics with great difference in physicochemical properties.

Supervision by Dr. Dongfei Liu (main supervisor) at the Faculty of Pharmacy

Project supported by the Chinese Scholarship Council

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, Started in January 2015

"Multistage-multifunctional porous silicon nanovectors for directed theranostics"

Flavia is a PhD student working on nanovaccines for cancer immunotherapy, playing with material science and immunology. She studied Pharmacy at the University of Pavia (Italy).

See Fontana's publications in here

Project supported by European Research Council (ERC)

PhD STUDENT

PhD Student in Pharmacy, Started in January 2015

"Lignin-based nanoparticles for cancer targeting therapy"

Patrícia has a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Oncology at the University of Porto (Portugal) and is now working in our group on her PhD project. Her focus is on the development of lignin-based nanoparticles for cancer therapy.

See Figueiredo's publications in here

Project supported by European Research Council (ERC)

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy), Started in October 2015

"Multistage-multifunctional porous silicon nanovectors for directed theranostics"

Zehua Liu got his Master degree from Xiamen University (China) as a pharmacist. His previous work were mainly focusing on biomedical nanomaterials fabrication. Currently his work is multistage-multifunctional porous silicon nanovectors for directed theranostics.

See Liu's publications in here

Project supported by Chinese Scholarship Council 

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, Started in October 2015

"Biofunctionalization of biodegradable conductive patch for bone and myocardial infarction treatment"

Nazanin has studied biomedical engineering-biomaterials at Tampere University of Technology (TUT). She is now working on regenerative drug loaded scaffolds in bone and heart applications for her PhD studies.

See Ezazi's publications in here

Project supported by European Research Council (ERC)

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, Started in October 2015

"Multistage-multifunctional porous silicon nanovectors for directed theranostics"

Feng Zhang studied Chemistry at the Shandong University (China) and he is a PhD student in our team. His work is developing controlled release systems for drug delivery and cancer therapy.

See Zhang's publications in here

Project supported by European Research Council (ERC)

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, Started in January 2016

"Transcytosis of bioengineered nanoparticles for systemic delivery of antidiabetic drugs and proteins"

João Pedro Martins graduated in Biomedical Engineering by the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) in 2012. Two years later, he got his MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering by the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP). Currently, as a PhD student in Prf. Santos' lab at the Faculty of Pharmacy- University of Helsinki, Martins is strongly motivated in helping to make oral delivery of anti-diabetic drugs a reality.

See Martins' publications in here

Project supported by Sigrid Juselius Foundation, Finland

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in October 2017

Development of multifunctional hybrid cell membrane/exosome-based nanovectors for myocardial reprograming and repair

Giulia Torrieri completed her master’s degree in Pharmacy at the Università Degli Studi 'G. D'annunzio' Di Chieti (Italy) in 2017. Currently, as a PhD student in Prof. Santos' lab her work is primarily focus on the engineering of nanovectors for targeting the heart. 

See Torrieri's publications in here

Project supported by the University of Helsinki Research Funds, HiLIFE and CIMO

PhD STUDENT (Co-supervision)

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in September 2017

A drug nanocrystal-encapsulated nanovector toward targeted cancer theranostics

Pei Zhang completed her master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Shandong University (China) in 2017. Currently, her work is primarily focus on the engineering of structured nanovectors by the superfast sequential nanoprecipiation method. The proposed nanovector is featured with ultrahigh drug loading degree and controlled release profiles. The superfast sequential nanoprecipiation method will be modified and improved to broaden the types of nanovectors engineered.

Supervision by Dr. Dongfei Liu (main supervisor) at the Faculty of Pharmacy

See Zhang's publications in here

Project supported by the Three-year Research Projects, University of Helsinki

PhD STUDENT (Co-supervision)

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in November 2015

''Theranostic Nanocomposites for Cancer Immunotherapy''

Tomás got his MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra (Portugal). Currently he is a PhD student working on the development of nanosystems for cancer immunotherapy.

Supervision by Prof. Bruno Sarmento (main supervisor) and Prof. Pedro Granja (co-supervisor) at the I3s/INEB, Portugal

Currently a visiting scholar at the Prof. Mooney's lab (Harvard University)

Project supported by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)

PhD STUDENT (visiting)

PhD student in Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Nova University of Lisbon (Portugal), started in June 2018

PhD STUDENT (visiting)

PhD student in Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bologna (Italy), started in July 2018

PhD STUDENT (Co-supervision)

PhD student in Engineering of Materials, started in February 2018

''Design of novel protein fibrils-based biomaterials for the regeneration of injured myocardium tissue''

Supervision by Dr. Carmen Freire (main supervisor), CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Currently at the CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro

Project supported by the Portuguese Fundaҫão para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)

PhD STUDENT (Co-supervision)

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in June 2018

''Biocompatible and composite scaffolds integrated with customized nanoconstructs for the delivery of therapeutic agents for the treatment of tendon inflammation and regenerative processes''

Supervision by Prof. Christian Celia (main supervisor), Department of Pharmacy, University of Chieti – Pescara “G. d’Annunzio” and M.Sc. Giuseppe Oppedisano (co-supervisor), iDelivery, Italy

Currently at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Chieti – Pescara “G. d’Annunzio”

Project supported by the Dottorato di ricerca "innovativo a caratterizzazione industriale" per l'Anno Accademico 2017/2018 - Ciclo XXXIII, Italian Minister of Innovation, University and Research (MIUR), DOT13A8025, University of Teramo (Italy)

MASTER'S STUDENT 

Started in January 2018

Master's student in Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT 

Started in June 2018

Undergraduate student in Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT 

Started in June 2018

Undergraduate student in Biotechnology, Faculty of Environmental and Biological Sciences, University of Helsinki

ERASMUS EXCHANGE STUDENT 

Started in February 2018

Erasmus exchange student in Pharmacy, University of Urbino (Italy)

 

EXCHANGE STUDENT 

Started in January 2018

Exchange student in Pharmacy, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)

Mentor and su­per­visor/​co-su­per­visor of the fol­low­ing past re­search­ers in here