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

Currently at Bayer Oy, Finland

Project supported by HiLIFE and University of Helsinki Research Funds

Principal Investigator (POST-DOC)

Ph.D. Pharm., started in September 2014 (currently also at China Pharmaceutical University)

"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 under the supervision of Prof. Santos, 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

Currently at the China Pharmaceutical University, China

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

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Biomaterials, sarted in October 2015

"Orally delivered immunomodulatory cytokines reprogram macrophages for inflammatory bowel disease 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.

See Dr. Li's publications in here

Project supported by Academy of Finland

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. Eng. Mater., sarted in June 2018

"Nanoparticles for cancer applications"

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 Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Pharm., started in September 2018

"Towards personalized nanomedicines for targeted drug delivery and imaging for ischemic myocardial injury"

Dr. Mónica Ferreira is a post-doctoral researcher in Prof. Santos' Lab. She completed her PhD in 2017 at the University of Helsinki under the supervision of Prof. Santos, and is well-versed in a variety of fields, such as nanomedicine, biomaterials, and cardiovascular diseases among others.

See Dr. Ferreira's publications in here

Project supported by the Academy of Finland

(Currently on maternity leave)

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Pharm., coming in September 2018

"A Thermo-responsive Biopolymeric Microimplant for Autoimmune Disorders"

Dr. Mohammad-Ali Shahbazi is a post-doctoral researcher in Prof. Santos' Lab. He completed his PhD in less than three years in 2015 at the University of Helsinki under the supervision of Prof. Santos, and is well-versed in a variety of fields, such as nanomedicine, biomaterials, cancer therapy, and tissue engineering among others.

See Dr. Shahbazi's publications in here

Currently at the Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Project supported by the Academy of Finland

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Pharm., started in October 2019

"Biohybrid cloaked nanovaccines for cancer immunotherapy"

Dr. Flavia Fontana is a post-doctoral researcher in Prof. Santos' Lab. She completed her PhD in June 2019, at the University of Helsinki under the main supervision of Prof. Santos. She is an expert on nanovaccines for cancer immunotherapy, playing with material science and immunology. 

See Fontana's publications in here

Project supported by Sigrid Juselius Foundation

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Pharm., started in October 2019

"Towards personalized nanomedicines for targeted drug delivery and imaging for ischemic myocardial injury"

Dr. Zehua Liu is a post-doctoral researcher in Prof. Santos' Lab. He completed his PhD in July 2019, at the University of Helsinki under the main supervision of Prof. Santos. He is an expert on microfluidics, nanotechnology and advanced smart materials for biomedical applications. 

See Liu's publications in here

Project supported by Academy of Finland

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

"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

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in September 2018

"Development of Polymer-Based Nanodrug Delivery System for Targeted Therapy"

Voitto Känkänen got his Master's degee from Tampere University of Technology (Finland) in 2015 in Material Science and Engineering . His previous work was on optimization of formulations for controlled release drug delivery Products.

See Känkänen's publications in here

Project supported by Bayer Oy

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in September 2018

"Targeted Tumor Immunization Therapy Combined with Controlled Drug Release Utilizing Biomimetic Engineering Compartmentalized Nanoreactors"

Ruoyu Cheng got her Master's degee from The First Af­fil­i­ated Hos­pital of Soochow Uni­versity (China). Her previous work was mainly focusing on biomaterials for drug delivery and biomedical engineering.

See Cheng's publications in here

Project supported by Chinese Scholarship Council 

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 at the I3s/INEB, University of Porto, Portugal

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

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, Portugal

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

PhD STUDENT (visiting)

PhD student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Catanzaro, Magna Graecia (Italy), started in May 2019

PhD STUDENT (visiting)

PhD Student in Nanosciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa - Center for Nanotechnology Innovation, Italian Institute of Technology (Italy), started in October 2019

UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENT

Started in April 2019

Undergraduate exchange student, College of Science, Nanjing Forestry University, China

UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENT

Started in August 2019

Undergraduate exchange student, University of Bari, Italy

UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENT

Started in August 2019

Exchange student in Pharmacy, Università Degli Studi 'G. D'annunzio' Di Chieti, Italy

UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENT

Started in September 2019

Exchange student in Pharmacy, Università Degli Studi 'G. D'annunzio' Di Chieti, Italy

 LABORATORY TRAINEE

Started in October 2019

Stadin ammatti- ja aikuisopisto, Helsinki, Finland

Prof. Santos mentor and su­per­visor/​co-su­per­visor of the fol­low­ing past re­search­ers in here