Ho Lab Members

The Nanoscale Biotic-Abiotic Systems Engineering Group
under the direction of Professor Dean Ho

N-BASE Group - Winter Group Lunch


Principal Investigator

Photo by Andrew Campbell

Dean Ho, Ph.D.

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Bioengineering
M.S. University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Bioengineering
B.S. University of California, Los Angeles, Physiological Science

Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles





Dean Ho, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Member, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

2145 Sheridan Road
Tech Institute D155
Evanston, IL 60208

Phone 847-467-0548
Mobile 310-570-0750
Fax 847-491-3915

Postdoctoral Researchers

Erik D. Pierstorff, Ph.D.

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
B.S. Emory University (Conferred with Highest Honors) Biology
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Research Project:

  1. Interrogation of Cyto-Regulatory Pathway Activation via Micro/Nanofabricated Systems
  2. Protein-Functionalized Nanovesicular Architectures for Botulinum Toxin Detection

Houjin Huang, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Chemistry
M.S. East China University of Science and Technology,Chemistry
B.S. East China University of Science & Technology,Chemistry

Research Scientist, Sony Corporation



Research Project:

  1. Development of Novel Functionalized Nanodiamond Materials for Cancer Therapeutics
  2. Applications of Nanodiamond/One-Dimensional Nanostructures Towards Bio-Interrogation/Control



Robert Lam

Research Project: Polymer-encapsulated nanomaterial matrices for optimized drug delivery


Erik Robinson

Research Project: Dix-A mediated multi-therapeutic elution


Karen Liu

Research Project: Nanomembrane platforms for diagnostics and nano-engineered medicine


Rafael Shimkunas

Research Project: Active delivery of insulin using magnetically-active carbon therapeutic agents

  Mark Chen

Research Project: Elution of liver x receptor and peroxisome proliferation activated receptor agonists via parylene-copolymer composite thin films


Sonia Wu

Research Project: Photoactive protein-copolymer complexes for nanomedicine-based vision research


Jessica Lee

Research Project: Photo-actuation of protein-copolymer matrices


Vishal Kapadia

Research Project: C2C12 murine myoblast culture atop collagen-copolymer composites and gene expression analysis of mechano-sensing pathway regulation


Michael Awadalla

Research Project: Ibuprofen-eluting micropatch devices

  Himanshu Aggarwal

Research Project: Investigation of Outer Membrane Protein F (OmpF) interfacial intercalation between copolymeric amphiphiles

  Shirley Bochman

Research Project: Purification of synaptotagmin proteins for Botulinum Toxin detection

  Jenni Boswell

Research Project: Fabrication of poly-l-lysine-copolymer composites for neural-nanomaterial interfacing

  Shiva Daram

Research Project: Real-time PCR/Western Blot analysis of nanotopographical induction of NFκB activity

  Karthik Garapati

Research Project: Investigation of Akt phosphorylation following LPS-mediated inflammation from RAW264.7 macrophages cultured atop non-planarized parylene

  Rebecca Hoo

Research Project: Nuclear Western Blotting of RAW264.7 murine macrophages following drug elution from parylene-copolymer composite thin films

  Brian Huang

Research Project: Fabrication of copolymer-collagen nanovesicles for cyto-interfacing applications

  Kunj Sheth

Research Project: Fabrication of collagen/copolymer-functionalized magnetic beads

  Eric Shin

Research Project: Immunofluorescent analysis of NFκB nuclear localization correlated with material-induced inflammation

  Liang Xiang

Research Project: Measurement of quantum dot-driven photoelectric activity from Bacteriorhodopsin-copolymer membranes



Departments of Biomedical
and Mechanical Engineering

Technological Institute
2145 Sheridan Road, D155
Evanston, IL 60208