PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (POST-DOC)

Doctor of Engineering, sarted in October 2015

"Orally delivered immunomodulatory cytokines reprogram macrophages for inflammatory bowel disease therapy"

Dr. Wei Li has been working on drug delivery, biomaterials and tissue engineering since his PhD study in 2011 at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. In 2015, he received his PhD degree with a mark of "sehr gut" (top 10%), and moved to the University of Helsinki with Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Fellowship under the supervision of Porf. Santos. At the University of Helsinki, he has secured grants from the Academy of Finland, Orion Research Foundation and Finnish Cultural Foundation. In addition, he has co-supervised several bachelor, master and PhD students. One of his papers received the Most Outstanding Pharmaceutical Research Article Award from the Finnish Pharmaceutical Society. The Faculty of Pharmacy appointed him Principal Investigator in 2019.

See Dr. Li's publications in here

Project supported by Academy of Finland

Adjunct Professor (POST-DOC)

Ph.D. Chem., started in March 2014

"Targeted drug delivery to brain with porous silicon nanoparticles"

Dr. Balasubramanian is by training a multi-disciplinary researcher with the education and background of Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Pharmacy and Biology. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher in our team. He obtained his title of Docent (Adjunct professor) in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland in 2017. In 2011, he received his PhD in Chemistry at University of Basel, Switzerland. From 2012-2013 he was a postdoctoral researcher as a project leader in the Division of Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Basel, Switzerland. He also holds two master’s degrees (Master of Science in Applied Microbiology & Master of Technology in Nanotechnology with the specialization in Nano-Biotechnology). His main research interests are in the field of nanoparticle engineering, targeted drug delivery and biomimetic nanotechnology. His current research is focused on engineering of porous silicon nanoparticles to target brain, particularly to neural stem cells for therapeutic applications.

See Dr. Balasubramanian's publications in here

Currently at Bayer Oy, Finland

COMMERCIAL CHAMPION

D.Sc. Tech., Phys., started in March 2016

"Microneedle fabrication for drug delivery applications"

Dr. Antti Rahikkala has background in physics and nanotechnology. After completing his Master’s degree in applied physics at the University of Helsinki in 2010, he moved to Aalto University as a doctoral candidate working on self-assembling materials, aerosol nanoparticles and drug delivery. After obtaining his doctoral degree in 2015, he is now back at the University of Helsinki as a postdoctoral researcher with primary interests in nanoparticulate formulations for cancer immunotherapy and targeted drug delivery. Currently, he is the Commercial Champion of Business Finalnd project looking for how to find ways for research results translation into commercialization activities.

See Dr. Rahikkala's publications in here

Project supported by Business Finland

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, started in August 2017

"Electrospun hybrid scaffolds for wound healing and tissue engineering applications"

Yaping Ding is a postdoc in our group. She is working on electrospinning to develop organic-inorganic hybrid scaffolds for wound healing and tissue engineering applications. Yaping studied biomaterials at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and obtained her PhD degree in 2015.

See Dr. Ding's publications in here

Project supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Eng. Mater., sarted in June 2018

"Nanoparticles for cancer applications"

Shiqi Wang was a former Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the department of Chemical Engineering at the Imperial College London, working on the Smart Nano-objects for Alteration of Lipid bilayers (SNAL) Initial Training Network, funded by EU 7th Framework Programme. Her main research focuses are on synthesis and characterization of functional biomimetic materials for drug delivery, including amino-acid based polymers, nanogels and hydrogels. She obtained her PhD degree in 2018.

Project supported by Academy of Finland

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Pharm., started in October 2019

"Microneedle fabrication for drug delivery applications"

Dr. Flavia Fontana is a post-doctoral researcher in Prof. Santos' Lab. She completed her PhD in June 2019, at the University of Helsinki under the main supervision of Prof. Santos. She is an expert on nanovaccines for cancer immunotherapy, playing with material science and immunology. Currently she is developing microneedles for drug delivery aplications.

See Fontana's publications in here

Project supported by Business Finland

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Pharm., started in October 2019

"Towards personalized nanomedicines for targeted drug delivery and imaging for ischemic myocardial injury"

Dr. Zehua Liu is a post-doctoral researcher in Prof. Santos' Lab. He completed his PhD in July 2019, at the University of Helsinki under the main supervision of Prof. Santos. He is an expert on microfluidics, nanotechnology and advanced smart materials for biomedical applications. 

See Liu's publications in here

Currently visiting the Xiamen University, China

Project supported by Academy of Finland

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Pharm., started in November 2020

"Microneedle-assisted nanovector skin patch for immunomodulation of the inflammatory response upon occurrence of myocardial infarction injury (MiNeMi)"

Dr. Tomás Ramos is a post-doctoral researcher in Prof. Santos' Lab. He completed his PhD in January 2020, at the University of Porto under the main supervision of Prof. Sarmento and co-supervision of Prof. Santos. He is an expert on nanotechnology and immunology of biomaterials for biomedical applications. 

See Ramos' publications in here

Project supported by MSCA-IF-2019

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Mater. Sci, started in November 2020

"Synthesis and characterization of magnetic and fluorescent nanoparticles"

Dr. Tapeinos is a Material Scientist with extensive experience in developing ‘advanced functional biomaterials’ for cancer and regenerative medicine. After his Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Patras in collaboration with NCSR ‘Demokritos’, he secured a Marie-Curie fellowship at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) under the supervision of Prof. A. Pandit. At NUIG, he developed ROS-responsive nano- and micro-systems for treating inflammation, intervertebral disc degeneration, and myocardial infarction. This led to a short visiting period at the University of Chicago, where he studied the monocyte differentiation under oxidative stress for wound healing applications. In 2017, he moved to Italy and started working at the Italian Institute of Technology with Prof. G. Ciofani. His work focused on developing lipid-based magnetic nanovectors and cell membrane-coated magnetic nanostructures (boron-nitride nanotubes & magnetic nanocubes) to treat glioblastoma. In 2018 he secured a second Marie-Curie fellowship to develop antioxidant nanovectors for the treatment of ischemic stroke. His main research interest lies in developing smart biomimetic systems that ‘read’ their microenvironment and respond to its alterations in predetermined controlled ways. Finally, he is interested in the interactions of living tissues with the various bio-engineered systems.

See Dr. Tapeinos' publications in here

Project supported by the Academy of Finland

POST-DOC

Ph.D. Pharm., started in November 2020

"Microneedle fabrication for drug delivery applications"

Dr. El-Sayed obtained the PhD in Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology from Saarland University in Germany in March 2020. Prior to that, she got her Master degree from Alexandria University in Egypt. She is a formulation scientist experienced in design and development of different drug delivery systems. She has extensive experience in the field of transdermal drug delivery, especially microneedles. Among her other expertise are: antigen delivery, targeted drug delivery, bioimaging, cell culture, electrospinning and photodynamic therapy. She has been working on different multidisciplinary research projects with research groups form different specialities in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Egypt.

See Dr. El-Sayed's publications in here

Project supported by Business Finland

POST-DOC

Ph.D. , started in November 2020

Dr. Qian Guo is a postdoctoral researcher in our team. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutics at Fudan University (China) in 2019. From 2019-2020, she was an assistant researcher at the Chinese Academy of Medical Science & Peking Union Medical College. Her previous work focused on the brain-neuronal targeted drug delivery system for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

See Dr. Guo's publications in here

Project supported by Dr. Wei Li's Sigrid Jusélius Foundation funds

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in October 2015

"Biofunctionalization of biodegradable conductive patch for bone and myocardial infarction treatment"

Nazanin has studied biomedical engineering-biomaterials at Tampere University of Technology (TUT). She is now working on regenerative drug loaded scaffolds in bone and heart applications for her PhD studies.

See Ezazi's publications in here

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in October 2015

"Multistage-multifunctional porous silicon nanovectors for directed theranostics"

Feng Zhang studied Chemistry at the Shandong University (China) and he is a PhD student in our team. His work is developing controlled release systems for drug delivery and cancer therapy.

See Zhang's publications in here

Currently visiting the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in January 2016

"Transcytosis of bioengineered nanoparticles for systemic delivery of antidiabetic drugs and proteins"

João Pedro Martins graduated in Biomedical Engineering by the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) in 2012. Two years later, he got his MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering by the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP). Currently, as a PhD student in Prf. Santos' lab at the Faculty of Pharmacy- University of Helsinki, Martins is strongly motivated in helping to make oral delivery of anti-diabetic drugs a reality.

See Martins' publications in here

Project supported by the Faculty of Pharmacy Teaching Funds

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in October 2017

Development of multifunctional hybrid cell membrane/exosome-based nanovectors for myocardial reprograming and repair

Giulia Torrieri completed her master’s degree in Pharmacy at the Università Degli Studi 'G. D'annunzio' Di Chieti (Italy) in 2017. Currently, as a PhD student in Prof. Santos' lab her work is primarily focus on the engineering of nanovectors for targeting the heart. 

See Torrieri's publications in here

Project supported by the University of Helsinki Research Funds

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in September 2018

"Development of Polymer-Based Nanodrug Delivery System for Targeted Therapy"

Voitto Känkänen got his Master's degee from Tampere University of Technology (Finland) in 2015 in Material Science and Engineering . His previous work was on optimization of formulations for controlled release drug delivery Products.

See Känkänen's publications in here

Project supported by Bayer Oy

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in September 2018

"Targeted Tumor Immunization Therapy Combined with Controlled Drug Release Utilizing Biomimetic Engineering Compartmentalized Nanoreactors"

Ruoyu Cheng got her Master's degee from The First Af­fil­i­ated Hos­pital of Soochow Uni­versity (China). Her previous work was mainly focusing on biomaterials for drug delivery and biomedical engineering.

See Cheng's publications in here

 

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in Juner 2020

"Development of Microneedles for Drug Delivery Applications"

Carmine D'Amico will get his Master's degee from Università Degli Studi 'G. D'annunzio' Di Chieti (Italy) in July 2020 in Pharmaceutical Sciences. His work has been focused on electrospinning of nanofibers for controlled drug release.

Project supported by Business Finland

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in October 2020

Huijie Han got her Master's degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) in Medicine. Her major is in Pharmaceutics

 

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in October 2020

Han Gao got her Master's degree from Southeast University (China) in Medicine. Her major is in Health Science.

 

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in February 2021

Jiachen Li obtained his Master's degree from Nanjing Forestry University (China) in Science in 2021. His major is in Advanced Materials.

 

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in June 2021

''Virus-like particles for targeted gene delivery for immunomodulation therapy''

Project supported by the Academy of Finland

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in August 2021

ESR project: Nanomedicine translate into clinic

H2020-MSCA-ITN-EJD programme: Perspectives For Future Innovation in Tendon repair (P4 FIT)

Supervisor: Prof. Hélder A. Santos

Institution: University of Helsinki

Country of origin: Italy

Giuseppina will develop a project to generate industrial scale-up validation and standardization of the nanomaterials’ physicochemical properties for translation into the clinic.

The objectives are: to evaluate the scaling-up and batch control of nanomaterials for composite tendon biomimetic hydrogels and nanoplatforms; to design and develop protocols; to validate nanomedicines for the scale-up and translate the protocols developed for the production of nanomedicines in clinic; and to treat patients affected by tendinopathies.

Scientific background: Giuseppina holds a M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology from the University of Urbino, Italy.

Project supported by the European Uni­on’s Ho­ri­zon 2020 research and innovation pro­gramme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agree­ment No 955685

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in September 2021

ESR project: Innovative nanovectors and multidrug loaded technology for the treatment of tendinopathy

H2020-MSCA-ITN-EJD programme: Perspectives For Future Innovation in Tendon repair (P4 FIT)

Supervisor: Prof. Hélder A. Santos

Institution: University of Helsinki

Country of origin: Spain

Sandra will work on the design, development and characterization of hybrid and biohybrid nanoparticles loaded with different combinations of immunomodulatory and tendon regenerative agents for the treatment of tendinopathy.

The main objectives are: (i) to develop a microfluidics approach for the manufacturing of hybrid and biohybrid NPs, (ii) to evaluate their physicochemical properties and stability, (iii) to evaluate the in vitro and ex vivo safety and efficacy, and (iv) to describe and modify their drug release behaviour.

Scientific background: Sandra holds a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from the University of Valencia (Spain) and the Erasmus Mundus Joint M.Sc. in NANOMED for drug delivery from the University of Paris (France).

Project supported by the European Uni­on’s Ho­ri­zon 2020 research and innovation pro­gramme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agree­ment No 955685

PhD STUDENT

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in September 2021

ESR project: Hydrogels containing nanotheranostic systems for personalized tendon medicine

H2020-MSCA-ITN-EJD programme: Perspectives For Future Innovation in Tendon repair (P4 FIT)

Supervisor: Prof. Hélder A. Santos

Institution: University of Helsinki

Country of origin: Spain

Rubén will focus on designing and developing hydrogel formulations containing nanotheranostic systems with bioactive molecules capable of inducing tendon regeneration.

The main objectives of the project are: to design and develop nanotheranostic systems containing bioactive compounds for their inclusion in hydrogel formulations, study and characterize the physicochemical and biopharmaceutical properties of the developed formulations, study the biochemical and biophysical properties of the hydrogels, evaluate the stability of the formulations, as well as study the in vitro efficacy and biocompatibility and the in vivo therapeutic activity and biocompatibility of the formulations.

Scientific background: Rubén holds a M.Sc. in Drug Research, Development and Control from the University of Barcelona, Spain.

Project supported by the European Uni­on’s Ho­ri­zon 2020 research and innovation pro­gramme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agree­ment No 955685

PhD STUDENT (Co-supervision)

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in October 2020

Huiyan Ying got her Master's degree from Jiangnan University (China) in Medicine. Her major is in Pharmaceutical Science.

Supervision by Dr. Wei Li (main supervisor) and Prof. Hélder A. Santos at the Faculty of Pharmacy

 

PhD STUDENT (Co-supervision)

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in October 2020

Zhenyang Wei got his Master's degree from East China University of Science and Technology (China) in Engineering. His major is in Materials Science and Engineering.

Supervision by Dr. Wei Li (main supervisor) and Prof. Hélder A. Santos at the Faculty of Pharmacy

 

PhD STUDENT (Co-supervision)

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in September 2017

A drug nanocrystal-encapsulated nanovector toward targeted cancer theranostics

Pei Zhang completed her master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Shandong University (China) in 2017. Currently, her work is primarily focus on the engineering of structured nanovectors by the superfast sequential nanoprecipiation method. The proposed nanovector is featured with ultrahigh drug loading degree and controlled release profiles. The superfast sequential nanoprecipiation method will be modified and improved to broaden the types of nanovectors engineered.

Supervision by Dr. Dongfei Liu (main supervisor) and Prof. Hélder A. Santos at the Faculty of Pharmacy

See Zhang's publications in here

Currently visiting the China Pharmaceutical University, China

Project supported by the Three-year Research Projects, University of Helsinki

PhD STUDENT (Co-supervision)

PhD student in Pharmacy, started in February 2020

''Viral Envelopes Coating HPMA-Selenium Nanoparticles for Cancer Targeting Therapy''

Cláudio got his MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon (Portugal). Currently he is a PhD student working on the development of nanosystems for cancer targeting therapy.

Supervision by Prof. Helena Florindo (main supervisor) iMed, University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Prof. Hélder A. Santos at the Faculty of Pharmacy

Project supported by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)

PhD STUDENT (Co-supervision)

PhD student in Engineering of Materials, started in February 2018

''Design of novel protein fibrils-based biomaterials for the regeneration of injured myocardium tissue''

Supervision by Dr. Carmen Freire (main supervisor), CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro (Portugal) and Prof. Hélder A. Santos at the Faculty of Pharmacy

Project supported by the Portuguese Fundaҫão para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)

Prof. Santos mentor and su­per­visor/​co-su­per­visor of the fol­low­ing past re­search­ers in here