Dr. Niren Murthy is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Murthy received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle in Bioengineering in 2001, and then did Postdoctoral research at U.C. Berkeley in Chemistry from 2001-2003. He started his academic career at Georgia Tech in 2003 and in 2012 moved back to U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Murthy’s laboratory is an interdisciplinary laboratory that focuses on the development of new materials for drug delivery and molecular imaging. Murthy laboratory has developed several new biomaterials and imaging agents, such as the maltodextrin based imaging agents, which are focused on improving the treatment and diagnosis of infectious diseases. In addition, Murthy laboratory has developed numerous reagents for detecting radical oxidants, such as the hydrocyanines.
Dr. Rongqin Huang joined Prof. Murthy’s lab from 2015 as a visiting scholar. She is an associate professor in School of Pharmacy, Fudan University. Her researches focus on developing new targeted drug delivery systems for tumor theragnosis (lab website: http://www.dds.fudan.edu.cn/rqhuang). She is now exploring delivery systems for mRNA delivery.
Dr. Li-Hua Peng received her Ph.D. degree in biomedical science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010. She is now an associate professor in College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhejiang University. Her researches focus on novel system for biomacromolecules delivery and stem cell bioengineering. Lihua joined Professor Murthy’s lab since 2015 and her current research is about the interface of gene therapy and microbiology.
Dr. Bora Park received PhD in chemistry from Stony Brook University in 2014. She joined the Murthy lab in 2015 and currently is working on thiomalose based drug conjugate for antimicrobial agents.
Dr. Corinne Sadlowski received her Ph.D. in organic synthetic chemistry from the University of Vermont in 2014 where she worked on the total synthesis of indole alkaloids. She joined Professor Murthy’s lab in the Spring of 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and is currently working on guide RNA protection for CRISPR-Cas9 delivery and hyperpolarized NMR probes for in vivo imaging.
Dr. Giri K Vegesna is a postdoctoral fellow in Murthy’s lab at UC Berkeley. His current research focuses on to develop enzymatic fluorescent and bioluminescent probes. He received his PhD from Michigan Technological University, MI, where he developed fluorescent imaging probes for nitric oxide, pH, metals and also electrochemical probes for lectins.
Dr. Jingtuo Zhang is a postdoctoral fellow in UC Berkeley. He received his B.E. in polymer science and engineering from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2009, and Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Michigan Technological University in 2015. He joined Murthy group in Sep 2015 and his current research focuses on design and development of novel protein delivery systems and fluorescent imaging biosensors for biomedical applications.
Dr. Santanu Maity received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Geneva in 2010. After his Ph.D., he joined BIOCON as a Senior Research Scientist from 2011 to 2012. He started his work with Murthy Lab in 2012 as a Postdoctoral Scientist. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of chemically triggered on-demand drug delivery vehicle and action potential imaging probes.
Dr. Tara deBoer received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz in June of 2015 and joined the Murthy group in August of 2015. Her thesis work focused on the synthesis of metal-based therapeutics and the design of modular systems to explore the biochemistry of reactive nitrogen and oxygen species. Her current research focuses in the Murthy group include (1) the synthesis of hyperpolarized MRI contrast agents and (2) the design of innovative drug delivery vehicles for the delivery of RNA-directed nuclease system CRISPR-Cas9 as a potential gene therapy option.
Dr. Xiaojian Wang obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Nanjing University (Nanjing, China) under the supervision of Professor Huangxian Ju and Professor Lin Ding. He then received his Ph.D. under the direction of Prof. James W. Canary at New York University. His doctoral work focused on bioconjugation reactions and metallopeptide conformations. He is now a Postdoctoral Scholar with Professor Niren Murthy at the University of California, Berkeley. His current research with the lab focuses on the development of ultrasensitive split-protein sensors.
Joachim was born in Drammen, Norway, and earned his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Oslo, where he worked with monolithic HPLC columns under Prof. Elsa Lundanes. After graduating, he decided to continue his education someplace warmer, and joined the Murthy lab at Berkeley in Fall 2015. He is currently starting up his research on Cas9 delivery.
Kunwoo Lee is a 5th year graduate student in Bioengineering department. He conducted research on protein delivery. His recent work focuses on CRISPR/Cas9 delivery. He received his B.S. in Biological Sciences at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in May of 2011. Kunwoo has research interest in Drug delivery System, Tissue engineering, Cell reprogramming, and Liver cancer.
Vanessa is a first year graduate student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in May 2015. She joined the Murthy Lab in January 2016, and will focus on CRISPR-Cas9 delivery.
Charles Lee received his BA in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley and is also an academic advisor in the departments of Molecular Cell Biology and Integrative Biology. He has been a member of Murthy Laboratory since summer 2015 and has been working on imaging ALDH in vitro and in vivo, reactive oxygen species, and bacterial infections. In the near future, Charles hopes to continue onto medical school.
Kevin Chang is a Molecular and Cell Biology undergraduate with an expected graduation date of Spring 2016. He has worked in the Murthy Lab with Kunwoo Lee as an undergraduate researcher since the Fall of 2014. He has an interest in pursuing a career in medicine after his graduation.
Noreen Wauford is a third year bioengineering undergraduate working with Tara DeBoer in the Murthy lab since Fall 2015. Previously, she researched biofuels production in E. coli and in soybeans at Joint BioEnergy Institute and Embrapa. Her current research interests include CRISPR-Cas9 delivery.
Yuchen Li is a second year Bio major, intended Pre-med. She joined Murthy Lab in Fall 2015 as an undergraduate assistant to postdoctoral researcher Corinne Marie Sadlowski. She has been working on the synthesis of probes for hyperpolarized NMR applications. With a hope of pursuing a career in health and medicine, she will continue to learn and research.
|Mike Webb||2013-2014||Postdoctoral Fellow||Faculty at Montana State University|
|Kiana Aran||2012-||Postdoctoral Fellow|
|HyunJin Kim||Postdoctoral Fellow|
|Carlo Lo Sterzo||2013-||Postdoctoral Fellow|
|Xinghai Ning||2008-||Postdoctoral Fellow|
|Mikhail Zibinsky||2012-2014||Postdoctoral Fellow||Scientist, Flexus Biosciences|
|Jianping Zheng||2013||Postdoctoral Fellow||Postdoctoral Fellow, Dophen Biomed|
|Kousik Kundu||2007-2011||Postdoctoral Fellow||Senior Scientist, LI-COR Biosciences|
|Madhuri Dasari||2005-2011||Postdoctoral Fellow||Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Jason Lee||2008-2011||Postdoctoral Fellow||Research Scientist, Kimberly-Clark|
|John Perng||2008-2011||Ph.D. Student||Research Scientist, Siemens|
|Scott Wilson||2006-2011||Ph.D. Student||Postdoctoral Fellow, EPFL|
|Khalilah Reddie||2009-2011||Postdoctoral Fellow||Lecturer, UMass-Lowell|
|Dongin Kim||2008-2010||Postdoctoral Fellow||Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale|
|Jay C. Sy||2006-2010||Ph.D. Student||Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT|
|Yash Kolambkar||2010||Postdoctoral Fellow||Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech|
|Alex Cooper||2010||Undergraduate||Georgia Tech|
|Chen-Yu Kao||2007-2009||Ph.D. Student||Assistant Professor of BME, Taiwan National University of Engineering|
|Sungmun Lee||2005-2009||Postdoctoral Fellow||Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Khalifa University (UAE)|
|Mike Heffernan||2003-2008||Ph.D. Student||Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH | Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine|
|Dongwon Lee||2006-2008||Postdoctoral Fellow||Assistant Professor of Material Science, Chonbuk University|
|Stephen Yang||2003-2008||Ph.D. Student||Research Scientist, Merck|
|Siraj Khaja||2005-2007||Postdoctoral Fellow||Research Scientist, Cambridge Pharmaceuticals|