Annie Y. Heble, BS
Organic chemistry graduate student (2nd year)
NSF Graduate Fellow
Annie obtained her B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas where she worked under Dr. Mihaela C. Stefan studying a neodymium catalyst system that promotes a quasi-living polymerization of dienes and homopolymerization of polar vinyl monomers.
She is currently working on the development of nanoparticles to improve the efficacy and safety of amino acid depletion therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Hobbies include: cooking and trying new cuisines, hiking, reading sci-fi novels
Carlos Brambila, BS
Biomedical Engineering graduate student (2nd year)
Carlos graduated from San Diego State University where he received his B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Bioengineering. At San Diego State, he worked in Dr. Paul Paolini’s Cardiomyocyte dynamics laboratory studying the contractile protein gene expression of electrically paced neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. He also worked at Inovio Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company in Southern California that focuses on developing immunotherapies as a Bioengineer research associate.
He is currently working on the optimization of nanoscale contrast agents to facilitate detection of acute deep vein thrombosis through ultrasound imaging. Carlos is co-supervised by Dr. Lux and Dr. de Gracia Lux.
His hobbies include playing soccer, guitar, and relaxing with family and friends.
Mary W. N. Burns, BS
Biochemistry graduate student (1st year)
Mary obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Richmond in Virginia, where she worked under Dr. Michelle Hamm. She synthesized nucleotide analogs of OdG, an abundant DNA lesion, to be used as tools in order to further understand interactions between OdG and other biopolymers.
She is currently working on the development of bioresponsive ultrasound contrast agents.
Her hobbies include skiing, reading, and baking.
Sina Khorsandi, BS
Biomedical Engineering graduate student (1st year)
Sina obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas where he worked in the lab of Dr. Ronald Smaldone aiding in the development of 3D printable thermopolymers. He also worked in the lab of Dr. Jinming Gao where he aided in the development of ultra-pH sensitive biodegradable polymers.
He is currently working on the development of novel vectors to improve the efficacy and safety of gene delivery using ultrasound.
His hobbies include: health and fitness, cooking, and reading.