Principal Investigator

David Cormode 
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Chemistry, B.S & M.S. University of Oxford (2002) | Oxford, England

Chemistry, Ph.D University of Oxford (2006) | Oxford, England

Post-Doc Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2006-2012) | New York, NY



Post Doctoral Fellows

Maryam Hajfathalian

Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D Temple University (2016) | Philadelphia, PA

Research Interest: Controlled shape synthesis of metal nanoparticles




Jessica Hsu

Nuclear Engineering, B.S. University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign (2013) | Champaign, IL

Bioengineering, Ph.D University of Pennsylvania (2021) | Philadelphia, PA

Research Interest: Development of silver nanoparticles as contrast agents for dual-energy mammography


Johoon Kim

Bioengineering, B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2014) | Champaign, IL

Bioengineering, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (2021) | Philadelphia, PA

Research Interest: Development and application of large gold core nanoparticles.


Ph.D Students

Clara Dong

Biomedical Engineering, B.S. Case Western Reserve University (2016) | Cleveland, OH

Bioengineering, M.S. University of Pennsylvania (2018) | Philadelphia, PA

Research Interest: Investigation of size-dependent effect of gold nanoparticles on CT contrast



Lenitza Nieves Lopez

Chemistry, B.S. University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (2016) | Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Biochemistry and Biophysics, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA

Research Interest: Development of nanoparticle-based contrast agents for dual-energy mammography.



Derick N. Rosario

Chemistry, B.S. University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (2019) | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Research Interest: Development of novel nanoparticle-based contrast agents for detection of inflammatory sites using CT imaging.


Katherine Mossburg

Biomedical Engineering, B.S. Boston University  (2020) | Boston, MA

Research Interest: Development of silver nanoparticles as a contrast agent for dual-energy mammography


Master’s Students



Visiting Students/Undergraduates

Portia Maidment

Cognitive Science, B.S. Case western Reserve University (Expected 2022) | Cleveland, OH

Research Interest: Cerium nanoparticle coatings and biological applications in colitis treatment



Ananyaa Kumar 

Bioengineering, B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania (Expected 2022) | Philadelphia, PA

Research Interest: Crosslinkers, hydrogels, and nanoparticles




Alex Tward

Biology and Anthropology, B.S. Washington University in St. Louis (Expected 2022) | St. Louis, MO

Research Interest: Applications and efficacy of metal nanoparticles as theranostic agents.



Pallavi Jonnalagadda

Bioengineering, B.S. University of Pennsylvania (Expected 2023) | Philadelphia, PA

Research Interest: Controlled shape synthesis and biological applications of metal nanoparticles