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Junghae Suh
Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Bioengineering
 
e-mail:jsuh@rice.edu
 
  • S.B. Chemical Engineering (1999) MIT
  • Ph.D Biomedical Engineering (2004) Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
 
Primary Department
   Department of Bioengineering
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
  • Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • Systems, Synthetic, and Physical Biology
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    Other Affiliations
     
  • MD Anderson
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    Websites
     Synthetic Virology Laboratory
     Laboratory for Nanotherapeutics Research
     
    Research Areas
     synthetic virology, gene therapy
     

    Research Statement

     

    My graduate work has focused on understanding the interaction of nanoscale systems, either nature-derived or human-engineered, with complex biological environments in an effort to discover ruling paradigms that govern the performance of nanoparticles designed for various diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications. Based on biophysical information gathered at the interface of materials science and cell biology, I endeavor to create innovative artificial viruses to overcome the weaknesses of past device designs.


    For my postdoctoral work, I delved into studying how natural viruses interface with cellular machinery, particularly those that maintain homeostasis in the cell nucleus. My hope is that such studies will uncover new insights into how synthetic nanoparticle systems can be designed to yield the performance efficiencies rivaling that of viruses. Specifically, I have investigated the interaction of adenoviruses and herpes simplex viruses with proteins in the cell nucleus. Both viruses have evolved sophisticated methods to perturb the nuclear environment in order to mediate effective infections. Mimicking such behavior with synthetic nanoparticles may improve the performance of human-engineered systems.


    In my current research endeavors, I work at the interface of virology, biophysics, molecular biology, and protein engineering to investigate and create innovative materials for diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications. Of particular interest are treatments for a variety of cancers, including breast, ovarian, and prostate. Overall, I am focused on combining synthetic materials with natural materials (in particular viruses) to create sophisticated nanoscale devices that can compute complex biological information and carry out desirable functions. I design artificial viruses that are based on synthetic materials but have functional components of viruses to encode biomimicry into the devices. I also reprogram naturally occurring viruses, using protein engineering methods, to exhibit completely novel functionalities that may be useful for a variety of applications ranging from cancer therapy to biodefense. These design efforts are firmly supported by the application of high resolution quantitative fluorescence imaging methods to probe and characterize the delivery performance of the engineered nanotherapeutics. Investigating the interaction of nanoscale materials with biological systems will be key in our collective effort to create efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic platforms. Taken together, by utilizing concepts and tools from chemistry, materials science, molecular biology, and biophysics, my research plan is 1) to combine synthetic and natural materials in order to create the next generation of artificial viruses able to carry out sophisticated tasks and 2) to study their performance in biologically complex environments in order to develop governing rules that dictate the success of such nanoscale devices.

     
    Teaching Areas
     biotransport phenomena, gene therapy, human physiology
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    A.C. Evans*, N.N. Thadani*, J. Suh. Biocomputing nanoplatforms as therapeutics and diagnostics. Journal of Controlled Release, 2016, 240:387-393. *Authors contributed equally.

     
     

    E.J. Gomez, K. Gerhardt, J. Judd, J.J. Tabor, J. Suh. Light-activated nuclear translocation of adeno-associated virus nanoparticles using phytochrome B for enhanced, tunable and spatially-programmable gene delivery. ACS Nano, 2016, 10:225-237.

     
     

    K.P. Gerhardt, E.J. Olson, S.M. Castillo-Hair, L.A. Hartsough, B.P. Landry, F. Ekness, R. Yokoo, E.J. Gomez, P. Ramakrishnan, J. Suh, D.F. Savage, J.J. Tabor. An open-hardware platform for optogenetics and photobiology, Scientific Reports, 2016, 6:35363.

     
     

    T.M. Robinson, J. Judd, M.L. Ho, J. Suh. Role of tetra amino acid motif properties on the function of protease-activatable viral vectors, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 2016, 2(11):2026-2033.

     
     

    Y. Li, B. Cao, M. Yang, Y. Zhu, J. Suh, C. Mao. Identification of novel short BaTiO3-binding/nucleating peptides for phage-templated in situ synthesis of BaTiO3 polycrystalline nanowires at room temperature, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8(45):30714-30721.

     
     

    F. Wong, M.L. Ho, M. Yamagami, J. Grande-Allen*, J. Suh.* Effective gene delivery to heart valve cells using adeno-associated virus serotypes 2 and 3. Tissue Engineering Part C, 2015, 21(8):808-815. *Co-corresponding authors.

     
     

    C.M. Guenther*, B.E. Kuypers*, M.T. Lam*, T.M. Robinson*, J. Zhao, J. Suh. Synthetic virology: Engineering viruses for gene delivery. WIREs Nanomedicine & Nanobiotechnology, 2014, 6:548-558. *Contributed equally.

     
     

    J. Judd, M.L. Ho, A. Tiwari, E.J. Gomez, C. Dempsey, K. Van Vliet, O.A. Igoshin, J.J. Silberg, M. Agbandje-McKenna, J. Suh. Tunable protease-activatable virus nanonodes. ACS Nano, 2014, 8(5):4740-4746.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, J. Rhudy, K. Yokoi, J. Gu, A. Mack, J. Suh, S. La Francesca, J. Sakamoto, and R.E. Serda. Enhanced gene delivery in porcine vasculature tissue following incorporation of adeno-associated virus nanoparticles into porous silicon microparticles. Journal of Controlled Release, 2014, 194C:113-121.

     
     

    M.L. Ho, J. Judd, B.E. Kuypers, M. Yamagami, F.F. Wong, J. Suh. Efficiency of protease-activatable virus nanonodes tuned through incorporation of wild-type capsid subunits. Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Young Innovators Special Issue, 2014, 7(3):334-343.

     
     

    C. Dempsey, I. Lee, K.R. Cowan, J. Suh. Coating barium titanate nanoparticles with polyethylenimine improves cellular uptake and allows for coupled imaging and gene delivery. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 2013, 112:108-112.

     
     

    F. Huang, Y. Mackeyev, E. Watson, M.A. Cheney, L. Wilson*, J. Suh*. Evidence for nuclear internalization of biocompatible [60]fullerene. European Journal of Nanomedicine, 2013, 5(1): 51-55. *Co-corresponding authors.

     
     

    M.L. Ho, B.A. Adler, M.L. Torre, J.J. Silberg*, J. Suh*. SCHEMA computational design of virus capsid chimeras: calibrating how genome packaging, protection, and transduction correlate with calculated structural disruption. ACS Synthetic Biology, 2013, 2(12):724-733.*Co-corresponding authors

     
     

    F. Wei, K.I. McConnell, T.K. Yu, J. Suh. Conjugation of paclitaxel on adeno-associated virus nanoparticles for co-delivery of genes and drugs. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2012, 46(3): 167-172.

     
     

    J. Judd, F. Wei, P.Q. Nguyen, L.J. Tartaglia, M. Agbandje-McKenna, J.J. Silberg, J. Suh. Random insertion of mCherry into VP3 domain of adeno-associated virus yields fluorescent capsids with no loss of infectivity. Molecular Therapy – Nucleic Acids, 2012, 1(11): e54.

     
     

    J. Suh*, Y. An, B. Tang, C. Dempsey, F. Huang, J. Hanes. Real-time gene delivery vector tracking in the endo-lysosomal pathway of live cells. Microscopy Research and Technique, 2012, 75(5): 691-697. *Corresponding author.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, E.J. Gomez, J.Suh. Identity of cell adhesive protein substrate affects efficiency of adeno-associated virus reverse transduction. Acta Biomaterialia, 2012, 8(11):4073-4079.

     
     

    F. Huang*, C. Dempsey*, D. Chona, J. Suh. Quantitative nanoparticle tracking in live cells: applications to nanomedicine. Nanomedicine, 2011, 6(4): 693-700. *co-first authors.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, J.H. Slater, A. Han, J.L. West, J. Suh. Microcontact printing for co-patterning cells and viruses for spatially controlled substrate-mediated gene delivery. Soft Matter, 2011, 7(10): 4993-5001.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, R.M. Schweller, M.R. Diehl, J. Suh. Live-cell microarray surface coatings supporting reverse transduction by adeno-associated viruses. BioTechniques, 2011, 51(4): 255-258.

     
     

    M. Musick*, K.I. McConnell*, J. Lue, F. Wei, C. Chen., J. Suh. Reprogramming Virus Nanoparticles to Bind Metal Ions upon Activation with Heat. Biomacromolecules, 2011, 12(6): 2153-2158. *co-first authors.

     
     

    T.H. Segall-Shapiro, P.Q. Nguyen, E.D. Dos Santos, S. Subedi, J. Judd, J. Suh, J.J. Silberg. Mesophilic and hyperthermophilic adenylate kinases differ in their tolerance to random fragmentation. Journal of Molecular Biology, 2011, 406:135-148.

     
     

    C.E. Lilley, M.S. Chaurushiya, C. Boutell, S. Landry, J. Suh, S. Panier, R.D. Everett, G.S. Stewart, D. Durocher, M.D. Weitzman. A viral E3 ligase targets RNF8 and RNF168 to control histone ubiquitination and DNA damage responses. European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Journal, 2010, 29:943-955.

     
     

    C.T. Carson, N.I. Orazio, D.V. Lee, J. Suh, S. Bekker-Jensen, F.D. Araujo, S.S. Lakdawala, C.E. Lilley, J. Bartek, J. Lukas, M.D. Weitzman. Mislocalization of the MRN complex prevents ATR signaling during adenovirus infection. European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Journal, 2009, 28(6): 652-662.

     
     

    C.T. Carson, N.I. Orazio, D.V. Lee, J. Suh, S. Bekker-Jensen, F.D. Araujo, S.S. Lakdawala, C.E. Lilley, J. Bartek, J. Lukas, M.D. Weitzman. Mislocalization of the MRN complex prevents ATR signaling during adenovirus infection. European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Journal, 2009, 28(6): 652-662.

     
     

    J. Suh, K.L. Choy, S. Lai, J.S. Suk, B. Tang, S. Prabhu, J. Hanes. PEGylation of nanoparticles improves their cytoplasmic transport. International Journal of Nanomedicine, 2007, 2(4):735-741.

     
     

    J.S. Suk, J. Suh, S.K. Lai, J. Hanes. Quantifying the intracellular transport of viral and nonviral gene vectors in primary neurons. Experimental Biology and Medicine, 2007, 232: 461-469.

     
     Book chapters
     

    C. Dempsey, E. Carstens, F. Huang, J. Suh. Cellular barriers to delivery. R. Serda (ed.) Mass Transport of Nanocarriers, Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd. 2013, 269-298.

     
     

    F. Huang, E. Watson, C. Dempsey, J. Suh. Real-time particle tracking for studying intracellular trafficking of pharmaceutical nanocarriers. V. Weissig et al. (eds.) Springer Science + Business Media. Cellular and Subcellular Nanotechnology: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, 2013, 991: 211-223.

     
     

    C. Chen, J. Suh. Real-time Particle Tracking for Studying Intracellular Transport of Nanotherapeutics. V. Weissig and G.G.M. D’Souza (ed.) New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Organelle-Specific Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, 2010, 161-175.

     
    Presentations
     Conference abstracts
     

    M.L. Ho, M. Yamagami, M. Lam, V. Gough, J. Suh. Protease-Activatable Viruses for Cardiovascular Disease Therapy. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2015: Salt Lake City, UT

     
     Invited Papers
     

    M.L. Ho, M. Lam, M. Yamagami, C. Guenther, J. Suh. Protease-activatable virus based on adeno-associated virus for cardiovascular disease therapy. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2014: Atlanta, GA.

     
     

    M.L. Ho, M. Lam, M. Yamagami, C. Guenther, J. Suh. Protease-activatable virus based on adeno-associated virus for cardiovascular disease therapy. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2014: San Antonio, TX.

     
     

    M.L. Ho, B. Adler, M. Torre, J.J. Silberg, J. Suh. Calibrating Schema-Guided Computational Design of Adeno-Associated Virus Chimeras. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013: San Francisco, CA.

     
     

    J. Judd, M. Ho, M. Lam, O. Dao, J. Suh. Protease-sensitive virus vectors for targeted gene delivery. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2013: Seattle, WA.

     
     

    J. Judd, J. Suh. Encryption of adeno-associated virus with peptide locks for targeted cancer therapy. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2012: Atlanta, GA.

     
     

    F. Wei, J. Suh. Gene Therapy with Hyperthermia for Targeted Breast Cancer Treatment Using Virus-Nanoshell Assembly. Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, 2012: Houston, TX.

     
     

    M. Oden, J. Grande-Allen, O. Igoshin, J. Jacot, J. Suh, A. Saterbak (presenter). Vertical integration of CATME as a peer evaluation tool for assessment of teams. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2012: Atlanta, GA.

     
     

    J. Judd, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Activatable virus nanoparticles for cancer targeting. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2012: Pittsburgh, PA.

     
     

    F. Wei, K.I. McConnell, T.K. Yu, J. Suh. Paclitaxel-Conjugated Virus Nanoparticles for Targeted Breast Cancer Treatment. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2011: Minneapolis, MN.

     
     

    J. Judd, P. Nguyen, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Directed Evolution and Rational Approaches to Adeno-associated Virus (AAV) Vector Design for Targeted Gene Delivery. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2010: Salt Lake City, UT.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, R. Schweller, M. Diehl, J. Suh. Microspotting of Adeno-Associated Virus for Combinatorial Genetic Testing. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2010: Salt Lake City, UT.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, R. Schweller, M. Diehl, J. Suh. Microspotting of Adeno-Associated Virus for Combinatorial Genetic Testing. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2010: Austin, TX.

     
     

    M. Musick, K.I. McConnell, C. Chen, J. Suh. Modification of Adeno-Associated Virus Capsid Conformational Change Behavior Using Error-Prone PCR. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2010: Austin, TX.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, J.H. Slater, A. Han, J.L. West, J.Suh. Surface immobilization of adeno-associated virus for localized gene delivery. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2010: Salt Lake City, UT.

     
     

    F. Wei, K.I. McConnell, T.K. Yu, J. Suh. Targeted Virus Nanoparticles for Localized Chemotherapy of Breast Cancer. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2010: Austin, TX.

     
     

    F. Wei, K.I. McConnell, T.K. Yu, J. Suh. Targeted Virus Nanoparticles for Localized Chemotherapy of Breast Cancer. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2010: Salt Lake City, UT.

     
     

    T.H. Segall-Shapiro, P.Q. Nguyen, J. Judd, J. Suh, J.J. Silberg. Accelerating the design of split proteins with a range of cooperative functions. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2009: Nashville, TN.

     
     

    J. Judd, P. Nguyen, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Construction of a directed evolution library platform for modifying adeno-associated viruses for gene therapy applications. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2009: Nashville, TN

     
     

    J. Judd, P. Nguyen, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Construction of a directed evolution library platform for modifying adeno-associated viruses for gene therapy applications. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2009: Nashville, TN.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, J.H. Slater, A. Han, J. West, J. Suh. Microcontact printing of viruses for spatial control of gene delivery. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2009:Nashville, TN

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, R. Schweller, M. Diehl, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Virus microarrays for investigating stem cell behavior. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2009: Nashville, TN.

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Gordon Conference on Physical Virology, Lucca (Barga), Italy. Designing Viruses as Biocomputing Nanodevices. Jan 2017."

     
     

    "ACS Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM16), Synthetic Biology session. Galveston, TX. Synthetic virology: Reprogramming viruses for biomedical use. Nov 2016."

     
     

    "American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, Outstanding New Investigator Symposium, Washington DC. Design of biocomputing viruses for controlled gene delivery. May 2016."

     
     

    "Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (CAGT), Houston, TX. Synthetic Virology: Reprogramming Viruses into Controllable Nanodevices. Nov 2016."

     
     

    "Hanyang University, Department of Bioengineering, Seoul, South Korea. Synthetic Virology: Reprogramming Viruses into Controllable Nanodevices. Dec 2016."

     
     

    "Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Biomedical Research Institute, Seoul, South Korea. Synthetic Virology: Reprogramming Viruses into Controllable Nanodevices. May 2016."

     
     

    "Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) Symposium for Young Scientists in Drug Delivery, Seoul, South Korea. Thinking of Viruses as Controllable Nanodevices. Dec 2016."

     
     

    "Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) Regional Chapters Annual Meeting, MDACC, Houston, TX. Synthetic virology: Reprogramming viruses for biomedicine. Nov 2016."

     
     

    "MD Anderson Cancer Center RNA Center Retreat, Engineered adeno-associated virus vectors. Oct 2016."

     
     

    "Rice University, Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, Houston, TX. Virus Nanoparticles for Tissue Engineering. Aug 2016."

     
     

    "University of Houston, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Houston, TX, Synthetic Virology: Reprogramming Viruses into Controllable Nanodevices. Dec 2016."

     
     

    "University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Houston, TX. Synthetic virology: Reprogramming viruses for targeted gene delivery. Oct 2016."

     
     

    "University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dallas, TX. Synthetic Virology: Reprogramming Viruses into Controllable Nanodevices. Sept 2016."

     
     

    Rice University, Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, August 2014, Houston, TX. Design and delivery of virus nanoparticles for tissue engineering.

     
     

    Colorado State University, Dept of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Fort Collins, COOct 2015

     
     

    Indiana University,  Department of Chemistry
    September 2015, Bloomington, IN

     
     

    Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Young Innovators Special Session, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), October 2014, San Antonio, TX. Efficiency of protease-activatable virus nanonodes tuned through incorporation of wild-type capsid subunits.

     
     

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Center for Nanomedicine, February 2014, Baltimore, MD. Engineering genetically encoded nanoparticles for biomedicine.

     
     

    American Heart Association, Houston/Gulf Coast Division staff meeting, August, 2014, Houston, TX. Gene therapy for cardiovascular diseases.

     
     

    NorTex Summit, Nano/Bio: Cancer & Optics, October 2014, Houston, TX. Programming genetically encoded nanoparticles to detect cancer-related proteases.

     
     

    TEDxRiceU, Rice University, April 2014, Houston, TX. Reprogramming viruses as biomolecular computers.

     
     

    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, November 2014, Houston, TX. Synthetic virology: Reprogramming viruses for targeted gene delivery.

     
     

    Korea-US Joint Biomedical Engineering Workshop, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), October 2014, San Antonio, TX. Synthetic virology: Reprogramming viruses into controllable nanodevices.

     
     

    Rice University Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology Colloquium, January 2014, Houston, TX. Engineering genetically encoded nanoparticles for biomedicine.

     
     

    University of North Carolina, Division of Molecular Pharmaceutics, April 2014, Chapel Hill, NC. Reprogramming adeno-associated viruses: One bioengineer's dream come true.

     
     

    Genentech, Inc., Seminar Series, April 2014, South San Francisco, CA. Reprogramming viruses for biomedicine.

     
     

    Clemson University Department of Bioengineering Page Morton Hunter seminar series, January 2014, Clemson, SC. Engineering genetically encoded nanoparticles for biomedicine.

     
     

    University of Washington, Molecular Engineering (MolE) seminar series, November 2014, Seattle, WA. Synthetic virology: Reprogramming viruses into controllable nanodevices.

     
     

    Johns Hopkins University, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, February 2014, Baltimore, MD. Engineering genetically encoded nanoparticles for biomedicine.

     
     

    Rice University, NIGTP seminar, March 2014, Houston, TX. Reprogramming virus nanoparticles.

     
     

    Rice University Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, August 2013, Houston, TX. Design and delivery of virus nanoparticles for tissue engineering.

     
     

    University of Texas Austin Department of Biomedical Engineering, October 2013, Austin, TX. Engineering genetically encoded nanoparticles for biomedicine.

     
     

    Baylor College of Medicine Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (CAGT), October 2013, Houston, TX. Reprogramming adeno-associated viruses for biomedicine.

     
     

    Gordon Conference on Physical Virology, January 2013, Ventura, CA. Reprogramming virus nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

     
     

    University of California Irvine Center for Virus Research, October 2013, Irvine, CA. Reprogramming viruses for biomedicine.

     
     

    Rice University Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, August 2012, Houston, TX. Design and delivery of virus nanoparticles for tissue engineering.

     
     

    Princeton University Emerging Information and Technology Conference (EITC) –Bio 2012, October 2012, Princeton, NJ. Engineering virus nanoparticles for biomedicine.

     
     

    American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) Annual Meeting, September 2012, San Diego, CA. Engineering virus nanoparticles for biomedicine.

     
     

    MD Anderson Cancer Center Breast Cancer Research Retreat, April 2012, Houston, TX. Virus nanoparticles for imaging and treatment of breast cancer.

     
     

    Rice University Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, August 2011, Houston, TX. Design and delivery of nanotherapeutics for tissue engineering.

     
     

    Baylor College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, November 2011, Houston, TX. Reprogramming virus nanoparticles for applications in biomedicine.

     
     

    MD Anderson Cancer Center Ovarian Cancer SPORE seminar series, August 2011, Houston, TX. Virus Nanoparticles for ovarian cancer therapy.

     
     

    Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, and Texas Children’s Hospital Oncology Nanotechnology Initiative, 2010, Houston, TX. Real and artificial viruses for cancer treatment.

     
     

    Rice University Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, 2010, Houston, TX. Design and delivery of nanotherapeutics for tissue engineering.

     
     

    MD Anderson Cancer Center Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) South Texas Chapter, Korean-American Biomedical Symposium, 2010, Houston, TX. Design of a RaPID Virus Library.

     
     

    The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Department of Radiology, July 2010, Houston, TX. Reprogramming viruses for controlled gene delivery.

     
     

    Texas A & M, Biomedical Engineering Department seminar, March 2010, College Station, TX. Reprogramming viruses for controlled gene delivery.

     
     

    Rice University Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, 2009, Houston, TX. Design and delivery of nanotherapeutics for tissue engineering.

     
     

    Rice University Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, 2008, Houston, TX. Design and delivery of nanotherapeutics for tissue engineering.

     
     

    Rice University Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, 2007, Houston, TX. Design and delivery of nanotherapeutics for tissue engineering.

     
     

    Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering 3rd Annual Symposium, 2007, Houston, TX. Therapeutic viruses: real and artificial.

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    Society for Biomaterials Meeting at Vanderbilt University,
    Keynote
    Synthetic virology: Reprogramming viruses for targeted gene delivery
    March 2015, Nashville, TN

     
     Posters
     

    B. Wahlig, M.L. Ho, V. Gough, A. Banta, K. Reyes Gamas, J. Suh. Investigating the role of a putative PEST motif critical for Adeno-Associated virus 2 (AAV2) transduction. RURS, Summer 2016.

     
     

    C. Guenther, M. Ho, A. Evans, P. Chariou, M. Yamagami, M. Lam, J. Suh. Expanding the Toolkit of Protease-Activatable Viruses to Optimize Their Versatility and EfficiencyAmerican Society of Gene & Cell Therapy Annual Meeting

     
     

    J. Yang, E. Gomez, S. Vasquez, E. Wu, J. Suh. Optimization of Light Activatable Adeno-Associated Virus Vectors for Enhanced Gene Delivery. RURS, Summer 2016. 

     
     

    E.J. Gomez, K. Gerhardt, J. Judd, J. Tabor, J. Suh. An optogenetic virus-phytochrome platform for tunable and spatially-organized gene delivery. Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) Conference 2015: Boston, MA

     
     

    C. Dempsey, J. Zhao, N. Thadani, J. Suh. Characterization of the adeno-associated virus (AAV) N-terminus externalization process. Discovery on Target Gene Therapy Conference 2015: Boston, MA 

     
     

    C.M. Guenther, M.L. Ho, P. Chariou, J. Suh, Improving the predictability of protease-activatable viruses using linearizable lock formats. Discovery on Target Gene Therapy Conference 2015: Boston, MA

     
     

    V. Gough, M. Ho, B. Kang, B. Wahlig, M. Yamagami, A. Evans, J. Suh. Investigating the Function of PEST Motifs Across AAV SerotypesRice Undergraduate Research Symposium Spring 2015.

     
     

    V. Gough, M.L. Ho, B. Kang, B. Wahlig, M. Yamagami, A. Evans, J. Suh. Investigating the Function of Serine Motifs in AAV Transduction. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium Summer  2015.

     
     

    E. Gomez, K. Gerhardt, J. Judd, J. Tabor, J. Suh, Light-triggered viral gene delivery for enhanced, tunable, and targeted nanotherapy. Discovery on Target Gene Therapy Conference. 2015: Boston, MA

     
     

    M.L. Ho, C.M. Guenther, A. Evans, J. Suh, Optimization of the Protease-Activatable Virus Using Tissue-Specific miRNAs. Discovery on Target Gene Therapy Conference 2015: Boston, MA

     
     

    M. Yamagami, M. Ho, M. Lam, J. Suh. Protease-Activatable Virus for Cardiovascular Disease. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium Spring 2015.

     
     

    M.L. Ho, J. Judd, M. Yamagami, J. Suh, Protease-Activatable Viruses Based on AAV for Targeted Gene Therapy. Discovery on Target Gene Therapy Conference 2015: Boston, MA

     
     

    W. Orji, E. Gomez, L. Popp, M. Ho, L. Segatori, J. Suh. Utilization of Virus Nanoparticles to Activate Autophagy in Neurodegenerative Disease. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium Spring 2015.

     
     

    E.J. Gomez, K. Gerhardt, J. Judd, J. Tabor, J. Suh. An optogenetic system for spatiotemporal regulation of viral gene delivery vectors. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2014: San Antonio, TX.

     
     

    F. Wong, M.L. Ho, J. Suh, J. Grande-Allen. Effective gene delivery to heart valve cells using adeno-associated virus. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2014: San Antonio, TX.

     
     

    M.L. Ho, M. Lam, M. Yamagami, J. Suh. Efficiency of protease-activatable viruses for cardiovascular disease tuned via incorporation of wild-type capsid subunits. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2014: San Antonio, TX.

     
     

    J. Zhao, C. Dempsey, A. Nixon, J. Suh. N-terminal his-mediated assembly of adeno-associated virus. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2014: Houston, TX.

     
     

    B.A. Adler, M.L. Ho, J.J. Silberg, J. Suh. Optimizing structure-guided recombination to develop AAV gene delivery vehicles. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2014: Houston, TX.

     
     

    M. Yamagami, M.L. Ho, M. Lam, J. Suh. Protease-activatable viruses for cardiovascular disease. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2014: Houston, TX.

     
     

    W.U. Orji, E.J. Gomez, L. Popp, L. Segatori, J. Suh. Utilization of virus nanoparticles to activate autophagy in neurodegenerative disease. Rice University Summer Undergraduate Research Programs in Biosciences and Bioengineering, 2014: Houston, TX.

     
     

    J. Zhao, C. Dempsey, A. Nixon, J. Suh. Metal binding properties of adeno-associated virus with hexahistadine capsid functionalization. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2014: San Antonio, TX.

     
     

    M. Lam, M.L. Ho, M. Yamagami, J. Suh. Construction and screening of protease-activatable adeno-associated virus nanoparticles for targeted gene therapy in cardiovascular applications. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2014: Houston, TX.

     
     

    M.L. Ho, B. Adler, M. Torre, J.J. Silberg, J. Suh. Calibrating structure-guided computational design of adeno-associated virus chimeras. 23rd Keck Annual Research Conference, 2013: Houston, TX.

     
     

    E.J. Gomez, J. Wang, K.I. McConnell, S. Biswal, J. Suh. Combining vial gene vectors with extra-cellular matrix proteins for enhanced tissue regeneration in vitro. Ford Foundation Fellows Conference, 2013: Washington D.C.

     
     

    M. Ykema, M. Lam, J. Suh. Generating Stealth Adeno-Associated Virus through Insertion of Self-Peptide. Rice University Summer Undergraduate Research Programs in Biosciences and Bioengineering, 2013: Houston, TX.

     
     

    E.J. Gomez, J. Wang, K.I. McConnell, S. Biswal, J. Suh. Interaction between adeno-associated virus gene delivery vectors and extracellular matrix proteins. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2013: Seattle, WA.

     
     

    F.F. Wong, M.L. Ho, M. Yamagami, J. Suh, J. Grande-Allen. Regulation of glycosaminoglycan structure in heart valves. 21st Annual Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course, 2013: Houston, TX.

     
     

    B. Adler, M. Ho, M. Torre, J. Suh, J. Silberg. Structural conservation in chimeric adeno-associated virus (AAV) capsids created by recombining divergent serotypes. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2013: Houston, TX.

     
     

    M. Lam, M. Ho, O. Dao, J. Suh. Rational design and synthesis of AAV9-based protease activatable virus nanoparticles for targeted gene delivery in cardiomyocytes. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2013: Houston, TX.

     
     

    C. Dempsey, R. Drezek, D. Evans, J.Suh. Adeno-associated virus nanoparticles as scaffolds for gold contrast agent nucleation. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2012: Atlanta, GA.

     
     

    C. Dempsey, R. Drezek, D. Evans, J. Suh. Adeno-associated virus nanoparticles as scaffolds for gold nucleation. NIBIB Training Grantees Meeting, 2012: Bethesda, MD.

     
     

    M. Ho, M. Torre, B. Adler, J. Chen, A. Khan, J.J. Silberg, J. Suh. Calibrating a structure-guided protein engineering approach for adeno-associated virus chimeras. 20th Annual Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course, 2012: Houston, TX.

     
     

    M. Ho, M. Torre, B. Adler, J. Chen, A. Khan, J.J. Silberg, J. Suh. Calibrating a structure-guided protein engineering approach for adeno-associated virus chimeras. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2012: Atlanta, GA.

     
     

    M. Ho, M. Torre, B. Adler, J. Chen, A. Khan, J.J. Silberg, J. Suh. Calibrating a structure-guided protein engineering approach for adeno-associated virus chimeras. Keck Center Annual Research Conference, 2012: Houston, TX.

     
     

    E. Pimentel, M. Ho, B. Adler, M. Torre, J. Chen, J.J. Silberg, J. SuhCharacterization of SCHEMA-Guided Recombinant Adeno-associated Virus. Rice University Summer Undergraduate Research Programs in Biosciences and Bioengineering, 2012: Houston, TX.

     
     

    I. Lee, C. Dempsey, J. Suh. Polyethylene Glycol Hydrogel Nanoparticles as Drug Delivery System for Cystic Fibrosis: Quantitative Nanoparticle Tracking. Rice University Summer Undergraduate Research Programs in Biosciences and Bioengineering, 2012: Houston, TX.

     
     

    E.J. Gomez, K.I. McConnell, J. Jung, J. Wang, S. Biswal, J. Suh. Quantifying the interaction between adeno-associated virus vectors and human fibronectin for substrate-mediated gene delivery. Society for Biomaterials – Biomaterials Day, 2012: Houston, TX.

     
     

    E.J. Gomez, K.I. McConnell, J. Jung, J. Wang, S. Biswal, J. Suh. Quantifying the interaction between adeno-associated virus vectors and human fibronectin for substrate-mediated gene delivery. 20th Annual Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course, 2012: Houston, TX.

     
     

    M. Lam, F. Wei, J.H. Judd, J. Suh. Temperature-based Control Switch of Transgene Expression in Adeno-associated Virus Utilizing Nanoshell Hyperthermia. Rice University Summer Undergraduate Research Programs in Biosciences and Bioengineering, 2012: Houston, TX.

     
     

    J. Judd, P. Nguyen, J.J. Silberg, J. Suh. Directed evolution of virus nanoparticles for imaging and therapy. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2012: Atlanta, GA.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, J.H. Slater, J.L. West, J.Suh. Investigating the Effect of ECM Proteins on Substrate-Mediated Virus Gene Delivery. Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, 2011: Orlando, Florida.

     
     

    C. Dempsey, R. Drezek, J. Suh. Adeno-associated virus mediated barium titanate biomineralization. Keck Center Annual Research Conference, 2011: Houston, TX.

     
     

    J. Judd, P. Nguyen, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Directed evolution of adeno-associated virus: Construction of an enriched random insertion library and artificial selection to identify structure-function relationships. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell and Gene Therapy, 2011: Seattle, WA.

     
     

    K. Cowan, C. Dempsey, J. Suh. Interaction between barium titanate nanocrystals and serum proteins. Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering NSF REU, 2011: Houston, TX.

     
     

    E. Watson, F. Huang, Y. Mackeyev, L.J. Wilson, J. Suh. Intracellular Localization and Particle of Tracking Fullerene Nanoparticles. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2011: Houston, TX

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, S.L. Biswal, J.J. Silberg, J. Suh. Investigating the Interaction between Virus Vectors and Adhesive Proteins for Substrate-Mediated Gene Delivery. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2011: Minneapolis, MN.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, J. Suh. Micropatterning AAV and extracellular matrix proteins for tissue engineering. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell and Gene Therapy, 2011: Seattle, WA.

     
     

    A. Nguyen, F. Huang, J. Suh. Mobility of C60 aggregates in live cancer cells. Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology Summer Research Symposium, 2011: Houston, TX.

     
     

    M. Feole, J. Judd, J. Suh. Mutant/wt dynamics in laboratory directed evolution. Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering NSF REU, 2011: Houston, TX.

     
     

    J. Chen, K.I. McConnell, J. Suh. Optimizing DNA Shuffling of Adeno-Associated Virus Capsid Genes. Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2011: Houston, TX.

     
     

    J.P. Jung, K.I. McConnell, J. Suh. QCM-D analysis of adeno-associated virus interactions with ECM proteins. Center for Civic Engagement Fellows Symposium, 2011: Houston, TX.

     
     

    M.A. Cheney, Y. Mackeyev, F. Huang, E. Watson, J. Suh, S.A. Curley, L.J. Wilson. Radiofrequency heating of fullerene nanoparticles for cancer hyperthermia. Second Annual Physical Sciences Oncology Centers (PS-OCs) Network Investigators Meeting, 2011: La Jolla, CA.

     
     

    F. Wei, K.I. McConnell, T.K. Yu, J. Suh. Targeted virus nanoparticles for localized chemotherapy. DOD Era of Hope Conference, 2011: Orlando, FL.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, C. Dempsey, J. Judd, F. Wei, A. Sood, J. Suh. Directed Evolution of Virus Nanoparticles for Enhanced Nucleic Acid Delivery to Ovarian Carcinoma. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2011: Hartford, CT.

     
     

    J. Judd, P. Nguyen, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Adeno-associated virus (AAV) engineering for enhanced specificity of disease-targeted viral gene vectors. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2010: Austin, TX

     
     

    C. Dempsey, R. Drezek, J. Suh. Adeno-associated virus mediated barium titanate biomineralization. Keck Center Annual Research Conference, 2010: Houston, TX.

     
     

    M.A. Musick, K.I. McConnell, C. Chen, J.Suh. Modification of adeno-associated virus activation utilizing error-prone PCR. Department of Pediatrics Fellows’ Day, Baylor College of Medicine, 2010: Houston, TX.

     
     

    J. Judd, P. Nguyen, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Optimization of High-Risk Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) Libraries for Directed Evolution of Novel Gene Vectors. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2010: Salt Lake City, UT.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, J.H. Slater, A. Han, J. West, J. Suh. Patterned adeno-associated virus for controlled gene delivery. Biomaterials Day at Texas A&M, 2010: College Station, TX.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, J.H. Slater, R.W. Adams, J. West, S.L. Biswal, J. Suh. Surface Immobilization of Adeno-Associated Virus for Localized Gene Delivery. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2010: Austin, TX.

     
     

    J. Judd, P. Nguyen, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Construction of a directed evolution library platform for modifying adeno-associated viruses for gene therapy applications. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2009: Pittsburgh, PA.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, J.H. Slater, A. Han, J. West, J. Suh. Microcontact printing of viruses for spatial control of gene delivery. Advances in Tissue Engineering Workshop, 2009: Houston, TX.

     
     

    K.I. McConnell, R. Schweller, M. Diehl, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Virus microarrays for investigating stem cell behavior. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2009: Pittsburgh, PA.

     
     

    C. Chen, J.A. Rosenthal, J. Suh. Virus-based platform for intracellular biosensing. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, 2009: Pittsburgh, PA.

     
     

    J. Judd, P. Nguyen, J. Silberg, J. Suh. Engineering protein switches that control adeno-associated virus (AAV) disassembly for gene therapy applications. Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Annual Symposium, 2008: Houston, TX.

     
     

    A.J. Coughlin, J. Gibson, E. Zubarev, T.K. Yu, J.Suh. Targeted virus scaffolds for localized chemotherapy of breast cancer. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med into Grad Student Cluster Meeting, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2008: Birmingham, AL.

     
     

    I.C. Trenchard, W.D. Shepard, K.S. Horn, A.C. Mack, K.I. McConnell, J. Suh. Creating viral contrast agents for optical imaging. Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering NSF REU, 2007: Houston, TX.

     
     

    K.S. Horn, W.D. Shepard, K.I. McConnell, A.C. Mack, J. Suh. Development of virus-like particles as imaging contrast agents. Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology NSF site visit, 2007: Houston, TX.

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor for Special Issue, Journal of Controlled Release. (2017 - 2017)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Liping Dong, Master of Science Dept. of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University Functional and Structural Studies of Influenza A Virus Polymerase Subunit PB1 and its Complex with Subunit PA. (2007) (Committee Member)

     Nastassja Lewinski, Nanotoxicology of visible and near infrared emitting quantum dots.. (2008) (Committee Member)

     Christy Franco, Design and Development of an artificial neural stem cell niche using bioactive poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels. (2008) (Committee Member)

     Sonia Bjorum, lov story: A role for jim lovell in Drosophila neural development and fertility. (2010) (Committee Member)

     Andria Denmon, Functional and Structural Studies of tRNA-mRNA Leader Interactions in tRNA-Mediated Transcriptional Regulation. (2010) (Committee Member)

     Mohamed Ismail Nounou, PhD Novel lysine-based reducible copolymers for intracellular gene delivery. (2010) (Committee Member)

     Kellie McConnell, PhD Surface-immobilized adeno-associated virus nanoparticles for applications in controlled gene delivery and biosensing. (2011) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Fergus Wong, Ph.D Regulation of glycosaminoglycan structure for heart valve applications. (2013) (Committee Member)

     Qingqing Xie, Ph.D Structural investigation of U6 snRNPs in yeast spliceosome. (2013) (Committee Member)

     Adam Lim, Ph.D Synthesis and biomodification gold nanoparticles toward tumor/cancer diagnosis and treatment. (2013) (Committee Member)

     Christopher Dempsey, PhD Adeno-associated virus mediated biomineralization of inorganic nanoparticles and their use in optical imaging applications. (2014) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Elizabeth Figueroa, PhD Gold-pamam conjugates for gene delivery. (Committee Member)

     Wenjie Zheng, Structural and functional studies on the infectious salmon anemia virus nucleoprotein. (Committee Member)

     Eric Gomez, Light-activatable viral vectors. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Annicka Evans, PhD Engineering AAV for Targeted Gene Therapy through both Extracellular and Intracellular Activation. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Nicole Thadani, PhD Understanding the Impact of AAV Sequence and Structure on Capsid Dynamics and Stability. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Mitchell Brun, PhD TBD. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Maria Chen, PhD TBD. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Susan Butler, PhD TBD. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Jeron Chen, PhD TBD. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Gisele Calderon, PhD Cell-mediated remodeling of engineered microvasculature. (Committee Member)

     Qingqing Xie, Structural investigation of U6 snRNPs in yeast spliceosome. (Committee Member)

     Fergus Wong, Regulation of glycosaminoglycan structure for heart valve applications. (Committee Member)

     Michelle Ho, Discovering and Calibrating Design Rules for Programming Adeno-Associated Virus Nanoparticles. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Tawana Robinson, Immuno avoiding viral vectors. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Caitlin Guenther, Protease-activatable viral vectors. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Lauren Popp, PhD Understanding the design rules for engineering nanoparticles with autophagy-inducing properties. (Committee Member)

     Nicholas Ong, Engineering a novel near-infrared/red photoreversible protein dimerization tool. (Committee Member)

     Joao Paulo Mattos, PhD Gold nanoparticle mediated photothermal therapy combined with immunotherapy for the treatment of distal cancer sites. (Committee Member)

     Eric Gomez, PhD Immobilization of Adeno-associated Virus for Substrate-mediated Gene Delivery. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Michelle Ho, PhD Discovering and calibrating design rules for programming adeno-associated virus nanoparticles. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Justin Judd, PhD Encryption of adeno-associated virus for protease-controlled targeted gene therapy. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Danielle Little, Rapid Generation of Conditional Gene Knockouts in the Murine Lung. (Committee Member)

     Karl Gerhardt, Precise control of cellular gene expression dynamics and noise using optogenetics-based protein production-degradation circuits. (Committee Member)

     Emily Evans, Gold nanovaccines for prophylactic and therapeutic treatment of melanoma. (Committee Member)

     Juexiao Wang, Rational designs of hybridization systems for next generation nucleic acid diagnostics. (Committee Member)

     Xiao Xu, PhD Numerical investigations of medical applications of nanoparticles toward tumor/cancer diagnosis and treatment. (Committee Member)

     Jinghui Wang, PhD Novel Platform - Surface Techniques based Sensors for Biophysical Interpretation in Protein Structure-Function Relationship. (Committee Member)

     Chuan Hong, Structural Insight into the Genome Transfer Machinery of Bacteriophage PRD1 and Its Interaction with Salmonella. (Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Rice Bioengineering Department Outstanding Teacher Award,

     American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, Outstanding New Investigator Award,

     Rice Graduate Student Association Faculty Teaching & Mentoring Award,

     NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, Finalist, (2014)

     Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, (2014)

     Hamill Innovation Award, with Segatori, (2013)

     John S. Dunn Foundation Collaborative Research Award, with Lu, (2013)

     Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Era of Hope Scholar Award, Finalist, (2011)

     National Breast Cancer Coalition Summit on Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer, invited participant, (2011)

     NSF CAREER Award, NSF (2010)

     Department of Defense Breast Cancer Concept Award, with Wei, Department of Defense (2010)

     Ovarian Cancer SPORE Career Development Program Award, MD Anderson Cancer Center (2010)

     Department of Defense Breast Cancer Concept Award , (2008)

     Hamill Innovation Award, with Silberg, (2008)

     Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine Best Paper for 2007 Award, (2007)

    Positions Held
     Chair, Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering. Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (HSEMB). (2009 - 2009)

     Co-Chair - Targeted Therapies, Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). (2014 - 2014)

     Organizer, Bionanotechnology for Drug and Gene Delivery sessions I & II. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. (2009 - 2009)

     Co-Chair, Biomedical engineering and computational biology. Korean-American Biomedical Scientists Symposium (KABMS). (2012 - 2012)

     Co-Chair, Bionanotechnology for Gene and Drug Delivery I. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2012 - 2012)

     Co-Chair, Nucleic Acid Delivery I. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2012 - 2012)

     Co-Chair, Bionanotechnology for Gene and Drug Delivery. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2013 - 2013)

     Co-Chair - Bionanotechnology for Gene and Drug Delivery I. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2011 - 2011)

     Chair - Translational Drug Delivery. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). (2010 - 2010)

     Co-Chair - Sensors and Bio-Imaging Contrast Agents at the Cellular Level. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2007 - 2007)

     Chair - Bionanotechnology for Drug and Gene Delivery session II. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2007 - 2007)

     Co-Chair - Bionanotechnology for Drug and Gene Delivery session I. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2007 - 2007)

     Discussion leader - Viral Gene and Drug Delivery, Gordon Research Conference, Physical Virology. (2015 - 2015)

     Chair - Bionanotechnology for Gene and Drug Delivery II. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2010 - 2010)

     Co-Chair - Bionanotechnology for Gene and Drug Delivery I. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2010 - 2010)

     Chair - Novel Materials & Self-Assembling Systems: Peptide and Protein Delivery. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). (2010 - 2010)

     Co-Chair - Gene Delivery session I. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2008 - 2008)

     Chair - Bionanotechnology for Gene and Drug Delivery II. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2011 - 2011)

     Chair - Gene Delivery session II. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2008 - 2008)

     Chair - Sensors and Bio-Imaging Contrast Agents at the Cellular Level session II. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2008 - 2008)

     Co-Chair - Sensors and Bio-Imaging Contrast Agents at the Cellular Level session I. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2008 - 2008)

     Chair - Bionanotechnology for Drug and Gene Delivery session II. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2008 - 2008)

     Co-Chair - Bionanotechnology for Drug and Gene Delivery session I. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2008 - 2008)

     Co-Chair - Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering. Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (HSEMB). (2008 - 2008)

     Chair - Molecular Engineering – II. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). (2010 - 2010)

     Organizer - Bionanotechnology for Gene and Drug Delivery sessions I and II, Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2014 - 2014)

     Co-Chair - New Frontiers and Special Topics – Diagnostics. Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). (2013 - 2013)

     Co-Chair - Nucleic Acid Delivery I. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). (2010 - 2010)

     Organizer, Gene Delivery session. Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. (2009 - 2009)