People


Ester J. Kwon

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kwon earned her B.S. in Bioengineering and B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. She went on to earn her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Bioengineering with Suzie H. Pun funded by a pre- doctoral NIH Research Service Award. During her thesis work, she engineered polymeric nanoparticles that were grafted with peptides to give them biological function for the delivery of plasmid DNA into the central nervous system. After gaining expertise in synthesizing peptide-based nanomaterials, she was interested in how materials interact in living organisms, especially in physiologically relevant disease models. To fulfil this goal, she pursued postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Sangeeta N. Bhatia at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There, funded by a post-doctoral NIH Research Service Award, she engineered several nanomaterial scaffolds for application to cancer, bacterial infections, and traumatic brain injury. In her own lab, she is interested in engineering nanoscale tools, diagnostics, and treatments for diseases of the central nervous system. Dr. Kwon is dedicated to creating an inclusive research community through the support and mentorship of trainees.

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