Current Post-Doctoral Students and Visiting Scientists
Dr. Sonu Gandhi
Ph.D in Biotechnology, Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) and Panjab University Chandigarh, India, 2010
During her Ph.D, she worked in the area of Antibody-based Biosensor development. She was postdoctoral fellow at Campus IFOM-IEO, Milan, Italy from 2010-2014 where she worked on Cancer biomarker development. She is currently a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington. Her main focus is on the interface between functionalized nanoparticles and cell biology in the context of emerging applications of in vivo imaging (MPI) and therapeutics as well as in vitro diagnostics.
Former Post-Doctoral Students and Visiting Scientists
Dr. Matt Fergeson
Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle WA, 2011
Dr. Matthew Ferguson received a B.A in Physics from Pomona College in 2003. While at Pomona, his research interests included work in instrumentation, scanning probe microscopy, and patterned growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes. In 2011, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His doctoral work, which was supervised by Prof. Kannan Krishnan, was a vertically integrated study of a new medical imaging technology: Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI). MPI exploits the unique physical properties of nanosized magnetic particles to enable new capabilities for imaging the vasculature and diagnosing disease (i.e. cancer) at the earliest stages. Dr. Ferguson’s work included modeling, chemical synthesis, and experimental nanoparticle optimization; it also included the design and construction of novel instrumentation. In 2010, Dr. Ferguson, Prof. Krishnan, and Amit Khandhar founded LodeSpin Labs to commercialize their MPI technology.
Dr. Ferguson is currently a University of Washington Commercialization Fellow in
Prof. Kannan Krishnan’s laboratory, where he continues to develop LodeSpin’s MPI
Dr. Asahi Tomitaka
She received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. From 2011 to 2012, she was a Japan society for the promotion of science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellow at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. She is currently a Visiting Researcher (JSPS Fellow) in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, WA, USA. Her research is focused on biomedical application using iron oxide nanoparticles such as drug delivery system, hyperthermia, and magnetic particle imaging.
Dr. Amit Khandahr
PhD In Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington
B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle (2007)
Develop diagnostic and therapeutic technologies based on tailored and functionalized magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles (MNPs).
Dr. Saqlain A Shah
PhD in Physics (2011), GC University Lahore Pakistan.
Research interests: Biomedical nanomagnetics, Nanomagnetism, Nanoparticles for Magnetic particle imaging (MPI), MRI & Hyperthermia.