People


Rangaramanujam M. Kannan, Ph.D.

Arnall Patz Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology
Co-Director Center for Nanomedicine

Phone : (443) 287-8634
Email: krangar1@jhmi.edu
Curriculum Vitae: pdf


Sarah Bertrand, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Sujatha Kannan

Email: sbertra2@jhmi.edu

Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of South Carolina

The focus of Sarah’s research is neuroinflammation in pediatric sleep fragmentation. ____________________________________________________________________________

Kevin Liaw

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_Doctoral Candidate, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rangaramanujam Kannan

Email: kliaw2@jhu.edu

B.S.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Princeton University

Kevin’s research currently focuses on studying dendrimer trafficking behavior of dendrimers and developing and analyzing dendrimer-drug conjugates for the treatment of glioblastoma.

Christina Mertz, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Sujatha Kannan

Email: mertz@kennedykrieger.org

Ph.D. from Emory University

My research interests lie in the study of neurodegenerative or age-related disease states and comorbid affective or cognitive disruption and the factors which perpetuate these changes.  With KKI and JHU, I work with various mouse models of rare disease to better understand related nervous system pathology, inflammatory involvement, and behavioral consequences in order to optimize dendrimer treatment strategies.

Joshua Porterfield

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Doctoral Candidate, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rangaramanujam Kannan

Email: jporte35@jhu.edu

B.S. in Chemical and Biomoecular Engineering from Cornell University

Josh’s current work focuses on the use of targeting ligands to modify dendrimer biodistribution to allow for targeting of different organs and cell types. This is being investigated in diseases of the back of the eye, such as age-related macular degeneration, and in liver disorders. _______________________________________________________________________________

Anjali Sharma, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Rangaramanujam Kannan

Email: asharm53@jhmi.edu

Ph.D. in Chemistry from McGill University

The focus of Anjali’s research is the design and development of multifunctional dendrimers with combined targeting, imaging and therapeutic modalities for the treatment of Central Nervous System disorders.

Uri Soiberman, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Email: urisoib@gmail.com

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Elizabeth Tucker, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

M.D. from Wake Forest State University, Pediatric Residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Email: etucker9@jhmi.edu

I have been working to develop a pediatric model of CNS TB to investigate microglia’s role in neuroinflammation in a developing brain with TB. I hope to use this model to test new treatments and monitor response to treatments with non-invasive imaging technology. As a pediatrician interested in global health and critical care, I hope that my research brings awareness to central nervous system TB in children, which continues to be a major health problem worldwide.

Tony Wu

Doctoral Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, Rangaramanujam Kannan

Email: twu29@jhu.edu

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University

Tony’s work focuses on the development of dendrimer treatments for diseases of the cornea.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS


Sujatha Kannan, M.D.

Richard J. Traystman Endowed Chair for Anesthesiology Research
Co-Director of the Pediatric Neurocritical Care Program

Phone : (410) 955-6412
Email: skannan3@jhmi.edu
Curriculum Vitae: pdf


Siva Pramodh Kambhampati, Ph.D.

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Research Associate, Rangaramanujam Kannan

Email: skpramodh@gmail.com

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University

The various topics of Siva’s research include: dendrimer nanotherapeutics fortreating diseases of the back of the eye, dendrimer-based corneal glue for corneal incisions, development of novel crosslinked dendrimer-based hydrogels for corneal applications, and development of novel eye drop formulations.

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Jinhuan Liu

Technician, Sujatha Kannan

Email: jliu5@jhmi.edu

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Caroline O’Ferrall

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Research Technician, Sujatha Kannan

Email: coferra1@jhu.edu

B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami

Caroline is currently working with Dr. Elizabeth Smith on the study of Rett Syndrome.

Rajasekhar Ramireddy, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Rangaramanujam Kannan

Email: rajsekarreddy.r@gmail.com

Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

My research focus is to engineer dendrimer-drug or dendrimer-imaging agent conjugates to enhance and tract the bioavailability of the drug at difficult to reach central nervous system regions, and positively affect the CNS related disorders.

Rishi Sharma, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Rangaramanujam Kannan

Email: rsharm32@jhmi.edu

Ph.D. in Chemistry from Université du Québec à Montréal

Rishi is currently working on the construction of dendrimers for the treatment of CNS related disorders.

Elizabeth Smith, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Sujatha Kannan

Email: esmit155@jhmi.edu

Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Austin

Liz is currently focused on understanding the impact of inflammation on neurodegeneration and  learning and memory processes in diseases marked by cognitive impairments. She uses animal models of cerebral palsy and Rett Syndrome to study various neuroinflammatory patterns. Her goals are to investigate (1) how neuroinflammatory processes affect cell health as well as behavioral and cognitive function and (2) how to most effectively target and improve these processes using nanoparticle drug delivery platforms.
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Monica Williams, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Email: mwill151@jhmi.edu

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Zhi Zhang, Ph.D.

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Research Associate, Sujatha Kannan

Email: zzhang74@jhmi.edu

Ph.D. in Biology/Neuroscience from Wesleyan University

The focus of Elena’s research is the nanotechnology-guided treatment of pediatric brain injuries, such as cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injuries.

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