The Hong Research Group is located in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago. The newly-renovated first-class laboratory is located within the UIC college of pharmacy that is in the heart of the Illinois Medical District, which includes the University of Illinois Medical Center, Rush University Hospitals, and other health science colleges and hospitals.
WHAT WE DO?
Our research focus lies at the interface of materials science, biology and nanotechnology to develop novel polymeric nanodevices for biological analysis, diagnostics and therapeutics. The ultimate goal of our laboratory is to achieve marriage of biomimetics and nanotechnology. Our work is being conducted in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment that provides opportunities for students with backgrounds and/or interests in chemistry, engineering, biology, medicine and pharmaceutical sciences.
More specifically, we are interested in understanding and controlling biological interactions of polymers with cells at the nano-scale. The fundamental understanding will lead us to more translational cancer research fields including: i) Targeted drug delivery with enhanced targeting efficacy using newly designed nanocarriers; ii) Local, transdermal delivery of drugs such as chemo-preventive medicine; and iii) Biomimetic multifunctional devices for effective detection and isolation of rare cells such as circulating tumor cells (CTCs).
From left to right, Seungpyo Hong, Ashley Cha, Jason Bugno, Suhair Sunoqrot, Ryan Pearson, Yang Yang, Kevin Tam, Jeeho Lee, Hao-jui Hsu, Frehiwot Gebrehiwot, Matthew Pasco, Ja Hye Myung
Missing members: Marilyn Gaske
Our paper entitled "Dendron-based Micelles for Topical Delivery of Endoxifen: A potential chemo-preventive medicine for breast cancer" is accepted for publication by Advanced Functional Materials! The authors are the first author Yang, Ryan, Oukseub, Dr. Chatterton, Dr. Khan, and Dr. Hong. Congratulations!
Dr. Hong joins the EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium co-hosted by National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and National Academies of the Technologies of France (NATF) held in Chantilly, FRANCE. He is among only 60 engineers under the age of 45 who are invited by NAE and NATF.
Dr. Hong visits Loyola University to give a seminar in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular biology.
Ashely and Kevin are selected to receive the Honors College Undergraduate Research Awards! Congratulations!!!
Dr. Hong is among the prominent invited speakers for the NanoDDS meeting held in La Jolla, California.
Dr. Hong delivers a Keynote speech at the Nanosymposium held at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Dr. Hong travels to Korea to give a Keynote Lecture at the 21st Annual Meeting of Korean Society for Biomaterials, and is invited to give seminars at various universities and companies in Korea, including Hanyang, Yonsei, Seoul National, Ajou Universities.
The Hong lab joins the Annual ACS meeting held in Indianapolis, IN where Dr. Hong gives an invited talk and 5 group members give poster presentations!
Yang successfully defends her dissertation, becoming the third PhD from the lab! Congratulations Dr. Yang! She will move on working at FDA for her postdoctoral training.
Dr. Hong participates in the Gordon Research Conference on Cancer Nanotechnology in West Dover, VT where he delivers an invited talk.