Laboratory for Materials in Medicine Pan Research Group at Illinois
Bioengineering at Illinois Engineering for Life University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


MATMED LAB NEWS: September – October 2016

The MatMed team has been evolving into an incredible industry-disruptive leader in academic research with its new team members, recent impactful publications, and vast amounts of awards! First off we would like to welcome our new members to the MatMed Pan Clan; Kevin (Zhen) Wang, Parinaz Fathi, Rushi Patel, and Lucy Zhaolu Huang. Their incredible expertise will jumpstart new areas of research that will continue to make our team an interdisciplinary giant on the University of Illinois Campus. Check out their profiles to get to know them better.

We would like to send a friendly ‘Congratulations’ to our Senior Graduate student, Aaron Schwartz-Duval for being elected president of the Bioengineering Advisory Council (BEACON). This council is dedicated to improving internal dynamics of graduate culture operations. Here in the MatMed Lab, we pride ourselves not only on our vast technical skill sets but also our leadership ability. Congratulations Aaron!

Our team of researchers, students, and postdoctoral scholars, recently attended multiple conferences and won some incredible awards. Our very own Dr. Muhammad Khan, attended the 38th Annual International Conference on the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society. While attending, he was awarded the prestigious EMBS-NSF award for Young Professionals! Congratulations to Muhammad!

Congratulations to out post-doc, Dr. Muhammad Shuja Khan on being awarded the EMBS-NSF Award for Young Professionals.

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Soon after, Dr. Guru Vulugundum, Aaron Schwartz-Duval, Youkabed Ostadhossein, and Indrajit Srivastava attended the American Vacuum Society Prarie Chapter in Chicago, where Youkabed won the 2nd place Prarie Chapter award on her outstanding research! Youkabed has also been selected for the Illinois Female Engineers in Academia Training and as a graduate mentor in the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. Congratulations Youkabed!

2nd place and gas money

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As most bioengineers know, the Biomedical Engineering Society conference happened recently in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Professor Dipanjan Pan, Dr. Santosh Misra, and Aaron Schwartz-Duval had the pleasure of attending and representing our team with their innovative research.

BMES has got some swanky diggs

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Furthermore, our senior Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Santosh Misra has been promoted and duly appointed as the MatMed Lab’s Research Scientist for his outstanding contributions to our lab’s research progress.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Professor Dipanjan Pan and Dr. Santaosh Misra were mentioned in a press release with News Medical Life Sciences regarding a unique investigation into the cancer switch. This news story can be found here, and the Scientific Reports research paper this press release was based on can be found here.


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MATMED LAB NEWS: August 2016

The MatMed Lab has been receiving plenty of recent attention! Our postdoctoral researcher Dr. Santosh Misra published a work in Nature’s Scientific Reports titled, Multi-functionality Redefined with Colloidal Carotene Carbon Nanoparticles for Synchronized Chemical Imaging, Enriched Cellular Uptake and Therapy. Shortly after, our graduate student Aaron Schwartz-Duval published a fantastic project in the Journal of Nano Research titled, An anisotropic propagation technique for synthesizing hyperbranched polyvillic gold nanoparticles.

Additionally, our graduate student Enrique Daza returned from the ASCB-KGI Biotech in Industry summer immersion where he performed consulting projects on 3D printed implantable devices to Keck Investment Ventures. Enrique’s team won first place out of 10 teams! His team picture is below! Soon after, Enrique, Dr. Santosh Misra, and Professor Dipanjan Pan received press attention with the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (iSEE), for their project on sustainable petroleum spill remediation. You can read the entire iSEE newsletter here!: iQ 2016IMG_0562

On a fun note, the MatMed lab had a group dinner enjoying the summer weather and some fantastic food. We took our annual lab photo which you can see below!IMG_20160722_214911

Finally, we would like to send appreciations and warm goodbyes to Abhi Sharma for spending his summer doing research with us before heading back to High school. We took a final group photo which you can see below!IMG_20160805_144434


Thus far we have had a very productive and rewarding summer. Our graduate candidate, Aaron, has been actively involved on and off the Carle lab campus. Recently Aaron has received a spot on the Diversity Advocate Board for the Illinois bioengineering department within EGSAC. Additionally, Aaron will be mentoring students this summer within the SROP program, partnered with EBICS. Aaron and Professor Pan received a two-year American Heart Association (AHA) award. Excellent accomplishments Aaron!

Additionally, our Postdoctoral scholars Gururaja and Santosh have both published recent projects. Guru’s scientific discovery involves Sparteine induced chirally-active carbon nanoparticles for enantioselective separation of racemic mixtures, which he published in Chemical Communications. Santosh published in Scientific Reports involving Pro-haloacetate Nanoparticles for Efficient Cancer Therapy via Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase Modulation. This work received press attention for reinitializing cancer cell suicide mechanisms.

Furthermore, our lab received the Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Seed Award, for personalized absorbable gastrointestinal stents for intestinal fistulae and perforations. The principal investigators on this award are Professor Dipanjan Pan and Dr. Blair Rowitz. Additional collaborators include Dr. Santosh Misra, Dr. Muhammad Khan, and Fatemeh Ostadhossein M.S.

Finally, our Professor, Dipanjan Pan, is the Editor for the new book: Personalized Medicine with a Nanochemistry Twist, published in Topics in Medicinal Chemistry. Many members from the MatMed lab are contributors to this work including, Fatemeh Ostadhossein, Aaron Schwartz-Duval, and Enrique Daza.


Also, our lab made it to the front page of the CNST nano@Illinois website! Check out our picture!



MatMed Lab News: May 2016

The Month of May has already had a wealth of great news from the Pan Lab! First off, Many members of our lab attended the CNST conference and presented great projects. Out of eight possible awards, our lab received two! Congratulations to Aaron Schwartz-Duval for winning the third place prize, and congratulations to Gururaj Vulugundam for receiving an Honorable Mention. Keep up the great press! Pictures below.

Additionally, Congratulations to our graduate student, Enrique Daza, for being accepted to the ASCB-KGI “Managing Science in the Biotech Industry” course this summer in Claremont California! He’ll be in an intensive Two-week course, mid-summer, learning about applying scientific skills to industrial applications!

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More Recent Awards! April 2016

The Pan Clan has been on a roll in regards to picking up awards left and right. Our very own grad student, Aaron Schwartz-Duval (who is home safe from the FADEx conference in Paris, read more here), was awarded the Avery Brundage Scholarship for his involvement in Underwater Hockey!

Furthermore, our undergraduate student Jasleena Singh was awarded a summer undergraduate research fellowship through the Short Term Education Program (STEP) with the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology! She will be working in Dr. Linda Samuelson’s lab which focuses primarily on the role stem/progenitor cells play in gastrointestinal tissue homeostasis. At the end of the summer she will present her findings at a mini-symposium.

Finally, our Professor Dipanjan Pan, has been invited to be an editor for Scientific Reports! Great things lie ahead for our lab. Stay Tuned!

Recent Awards!

This past week, Santosh Misra (top left), Fatemeh Ostadhossein (top right), and Aaron Schwartz-Duval (bottom left) presented their research at the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars Annual research symposium. Two poster research prizes were awarded based on popularity and we are proud to announce that our postdoc Santosh Misra received the first place award, and our graduate student Fatemeh Ostadhossein received the second place award! They have done a fantastic job at representing our lab. If you see them around, please congratulate them on their achievements!

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MatMed Lab News: January 2016

This year we’ve started with a bang as two new research projects have been officially published! These journals include NanoScale and Bioconjugate Chemistry and can be found on our publications page.

Recently, one of our labs graduate students, Aaron Schwartz-Duval, has been accepted into the French American Doctoral Exchange Program (FADEx) for a conference on Nanoparticles in Medicine! Aaron will be spending a week in Paris meeting with intellectuals and young Ph.D scholars from US and French universities. This is a highly competitive exchange program and we are ecstatic Aaron will be representing not only our Lab but our university and country!

Finally, we have a couple new undergraduate faces doing research in our lab. We’d like to formally welcome Molly Kelly and Neal Mistry, who are currently bioengineering students working with our graduate student Aaron.

Don’t forget to stay updated and follow us on our Instagram Page: ThePanClan

MatMed Lab News: November 2015

As we near Thanksgiving break, the MatMed Lab has some fantastic news to share. Congratulations to our adviser Professor Dipanjan Pan and collaborator Pritesh Patel, M.D. for winning the Translational Research Award from the Michael Reese Foundation on a highly novel therapy for multiple myeloma. Learn more about the Michael Reese Foundation here. Also, Congratulations to our very own Graduate Student Fatemeh (Youkabed) Ostadhossein for being awarded the prestigious Firdawsi science scholarship!  In other news, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (iSEE) has asked for a photo shoot with our Collaborators from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center to be showcased on the iSEE website in accordance with our recently awarded grant! Pictures coming soon.

At this years BMES Conference many members of our lab flew to Tampa Florida to present their research. These members include Professor Dipanjan Pan, Dr. Santosh Misra (featured below), Fatemeh Ostadhossein, and Ayako Ohoka.

Our postdoctoral associate, Dr. Santosh Misra presenting his poster at the annual BMES meet at Tampa,Florida titled "Personalized 3-D Printed Bio-Absorbable Drug Eluting Stent for the Treatment of Vascular Disease".

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Recently, our postdoctoral scholar Santosh Misra and graduate student Enrique Alejandro Daza Presented their research works at the Materials Research Laboratory Biological Conference where Enrique received the First place prize for an Oral and Poster presentation!

We also want to welcome a new undergraduate researcher Kimmie Volkman who will be working with Enrique on Nano particle drug delivery. Finally, feel free to browse through more of our Instagram pictures and recent posts below!

Looks like the skills of our undergrads extend well beyond the research!

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MatMed Lab News: September 2015

Now that we are off to a new academic year the Pan Lab has a new batch of members joining our lab! We would like to welcome Dr. Guru Raja Vulugundam (Pictured Below Left), Dr. Faiza Khawar (Pictured Below Right), and Dr. Indu Tripathi as our new visiting scholars. We would also like to welcome Indrajit Srivastava as our new graduate student. Last but not least, we are welcoming CJ Hunter and Adriana Carola Salazar Coariti as our newest undergraduate researchers!


Also, earlier this summer Professor Pan, Dr. Santosh Misra, and Graduate student Enrique Daza in partnership with ISTC members Brajendra Kumar and John Scott were awarded an ISEE (Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) grant to continue work on a special research project! (publication in progress). Additionally, Professor Pan has joined the steering committee for ISEE and is now a Faculty Affiliate.


Finally, we are introducing an Instagram Page! You can check out the Instagram pictures here, or visit the main page here. Here are some samples:

PartII: We describe an easy way of producing Carbon Nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body's immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues. Unlike other methods of making carbon Nanoparticles which require expensive equipment and purification processes which take days, the new process generates particles in a few hours and use only a handful of ingredients, including store-bought molasses.

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Graduate student Aaron Schwartz-Duval(Left) recently presented his work titled as "Polyvillic Nanostructures for Biomedical Applications: Snowflake inspired design through Supreme Control of Anisotropic growth" at the Graduate Student Seminar held at Beckmann Institute.

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MatMed Group in the News!

Our team in collaboration with Rohit Bhargava’s group, recently published an article in the journal Small on Tunable luminescent Carbon nanoparticles. This article was highlighted by many scientific news website who look at featuring health, medicine, science and technology news from leading research institutions and universities. You can find the original EurekAlert article here, and many others below:

Engineering at Illinois




Product Design and Development

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Nanotechnology Now

News Medical



Controlled Environments


To see more news articles highlighting work from the MatMed lab click here.

To see a list of our recently published projects, click here.