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.


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).

Hong Lab 2013

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



Dr. Hong travels to Asia to give a series of invited talks. He gives a keynote speech at the 2014 International Conference on Mechanics and Materials Engineering (ICMME), held in Xi'an, China. He also visits and gives invited seminars at POSTECH in Pohang, Korea; Donghua University in Shanghai, China; and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.


Three of our undergraduate student researchers, Ashley, Matt, and Kevin, are selected to receive Honors College Undergraduate Research Grants! This is a remarkable achievement of our young group members, congratulations!


On the College of Pharmacy Research Day, the Hong group members are recognized for their excellece in research and academic achievement. Ryan is the recipient of von Doren Scholar Award, and Jason receives the AAPS Student Choice Award and the First Place of the OTM Innovation Awards. Hao-jui received the First Place Poster Award in the Predoctoral category. Congratulations to all! Go Hong lab!


Our review paper entitled "Understanding Nano-Bio Interactions to Improve Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery" has been accepted and is now in press by MRS Bulletin. The authors are Ryan, Hao-jui, Jason, and Dr. Hong. Congratulations!


Our recent graduate Dr. Suhair Sunoqrot is appointed as Assistant Professor at Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan. Congratulations Suhair!


Our paper entitled "Targeting of Follicle Stimulating Hormone Peptide-conjugated Dendrimers to Ovarian Cancer Cells" is accepted for publication by Nanoscale! This is the first paper from the collaboration between the Burdette and the Hong lab. The authors areDimple, Suhair, Jason, Dan, and co-corresponding authors Dr. Hong and Dr. Burdette. Congratulations!


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.