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, Ja Hye Myung, Yang Yang, Fahad Fawad (Sayam Uddin), Suhair Sunoqrot, Ryan Pearson, Khyati Gajjar, Myung-Han Yoon, Su-Eon Jin, Kevin Shyu, Chanwoo Lee, Jin Woo Bae
Missing members: Jelena Saric, Jacqueline Handley, Chelsea Stowell
Jason receives the Riback fellowship from the College of Pharmacy that supports PharmD students' research activities over the summer. Congratulations!
Ryan in selected as a Dean' Scholar this year! The prestigious award is given by the Dean of the Gradiuate College in recognition of a student's scholarly achievement. Congratulations!
Dr. Hong participates in the 3rd International Conference on Pharmaceutics & Novel Drug Delivery System where he presents an invited talk.
Dr. Hong presents an invited talk in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Oklahoma State University.
The Office of Vice Chancellor for Research of UIC announces that Dr. Hong is selected as recipient of Researcher of the Year - Rising Star Award in Basic Life Sciences!
Dr. Hong gives an invited talk in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Pharamcy.
Dr. Ja Hye Myung re-joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Associate! We are very excited to retain Ja Hye in the group! Re-Welcome Dr. Myung!
Jason (BS, UIUC) officiallly joins the lab as the group's first PharmD/PhD student. Welcome, Jason!
Our paper entitled "Positively Charged Dendron Micelles Display Negligible Cellular Interactions" is accepted for publication in ACS Macro Letters. The authors are the first author Ryan, Patra, Hao-Jui, Sayam, Dr. Kral, and Dr. Hong. Congratulations!
Another paper entitled "In vitro Evaluation of Dendrimer-Polymer Hybrid Nanoparticles on Their Controlled Celular Targeting Kinetics" is also accepted for publication in Molecular Pharmaceutics. The authors are the first author Suhair, Dr. Liu, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Hong. Congratulations!
University of Illinois Office of Technology Management announces that they will fund our CTC project for potential translation for commercialization!