People

  Prof. Dr. Olivia Merkel (PI)


Since 2016 Professor of Drug Delivery, LMU Munich, Germany
2015-2016 Interim Professor of Drug Delivery, LMU Munich, Germany
2012-2017 Associate Faculty of Oncology, Wayne State University
2011-2017 Tenure-Track Professor of Pharmaceutics, Wayne State University
2009-2011 Postdoc/Habil Cand, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
2009 PhD in Pharmaceutics, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
2006 MS in Pharmaceutics, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Germany
2005 Board License as Pharmacist, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany


 MERKEL LAB WSU Detroit 
Daniel Feldman (PhD student)
 
dfeldma@med.wayne.edu 
Since 2013 PhD Student in Cancer Biology, Wayne State University.
2013 BS with Honors in Engineering Biology, Oakland University, Rochester, MI. 


 MERKEL LAB LMU Munich 
 Mariam Mohammadi (PhD Student)  
mariam.mohammadi@cup.uni-muenchen.de

Since November 2015 PhD Student, Merkel Lab LMU Munich
2015 Board License as Pharmacist
2014 - 2015 Pharmacy Resident, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2014 Pharmacy Resident, Retail Pharmacy
2009 - 2014 Pharmacy School, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany
 Rima Kandil (PhD Student) 

Since Jan 2016 PhD student, LMU Munich
2015 PhD student, University of Bonn
2015 Board License as Pharmacist
2014 Pharmacy Resident, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2013-2014 Pharmacy Resident, Retail Pharmacy
2009 - 2013 Pharmacy School, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany 
 Matteo Petrini (external PhD Student)

Since Jan 2016 PhD student, LMU Munich (Research Group PD Dr. med. Lars Lindner)
2015 Intern, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2015 Board License as Pharmacist
2015 MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, University of Perugia, Italy
2013-2014 Pharmacy Resident, Retail Pharmacy
2013 Erasmus Program, University of Karlsbad, Sweden
2007 - 2015 Pharmacy School, University of Perugia, Italy

 Dr. Aditi Mehta (Postdoc)
aditi.mehta@cup.uni-muenchen.de

Since March 2016 Postdoc, LMU Munich
2015 Postdoc Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, Germany
2015 PhD, Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, Germany
2009 MS in Genetics, University of Delhi, India
2007 BS in Microbiology, University of Delhi, India

 Tobias Keil (PhD Student)


Since May 2016 PhD student, LMU Munich
2015-2016 Pharmacy Resident, Retail Pharmacy
2015 MS in Pharmacy, Leopold-Franzens-University, Innsbruck, Austria 
2010 - 2015 Pharmacy School, Leopold-Franzens-University, Innsbruck, Austria 
 Elena Dalle Vedove (ERASMUS+ Intern)


Since Jan 2017 ERASMUS+ Intern, LMU Munich
2016 Board License as Pharmacist
2016 MS Intern, University of Hamburg
2016 MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, University of Camerino, Italy

 Dr. Gabriella Costabile (Postdoc and STAR Fellow)


Since March 2017 Postdoc and STAR Fellow, LMU Munich
2016-2017 Postdoc University of Naples, Italy
2016 PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology, University of Naples, Italy

 Patrick Strack (PhD student)Since Feb 2017 PhD student, Boehringer Ingelheim, Biberach an der Riß, Germany
2016 Intern, Boehringer Ingelheim, Biberach an der Riß, Germany
2013 - 2016 MS in Pharmaceutical Science, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
2010 - 2013 BS in Pharmaceutical Science, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
 Natascha Hartl (PhD student)Since April 2017 PhD Student, Merkel Lab LMU Munich
2016 - 2017 Pharmacist, Ahorn-Apotheke Fürstenfeldbruck
2015 Board License as Pharmacist
2015 Pharmacy Resident, Retail Pharmacy
2014 - 2015 Pharmacy Resident, Ethris GmbH, Martinsried
2009 - 2014 Pharmacy School, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
2008 - 2009 Corporate Banking Student, University of Applied Sciences Bonn, Germany
 Bettina Schwarz (MS student) Since March 2017 MSc-Thesis Student, LMU Munich
2016 - 2017 MSc Intern, Universitée de Génève, Switzerland
Since 2015 MSc Student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, LMU Munich
2015 BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, LMU Munich
  
  



 ALUMNI 
  Na Hyung Kim, PhD (Postdoc)
na.hyung.kim@wayne.edu

Since 2013 at the FDA, Silver Spring, MD
2011 - 2012 Postdoc, Wayne State University
2011 PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Michigan
2005 MS in Pharmacy, Ewha Womans University Seoul, South Korea
2003 BPharm in Pharmacy, Ewha Womans University Seoul, South Korea
2000 BA in English Language and Literature, Ewha Womans University Seoul
 Rayna Rosati (PhD rotation student)

rrosat@med.wayne.edu
Since 2012 PhD Student in Cancer Biology, Wayne State University.
Fall 2012 PhD rotation student, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2012 BSc in Biological Sciences, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

 Danielle Batton (Undergraduate Researcher)
eg9805@wayne.edu

Since 2014 MS student in Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University
2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Researcher, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2013 MA in Biochemistry, Wayne State University
 Rebecca Shapiro (SURF student)

Summer 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2015 BS in Biochemistry, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

 Katherine VanDenburgh (SURF student)
katherine.vandenburgh@hope.edu

Since 2014 PhD student at Indiana University
2014 BS in Chemistry, Hope College, Holland, MI
Summer 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Since 2010 Undergrad in Chemistry at Hope College, Holland, MI
 Vincent Corrand (Summer intern)
vincent.corrand@eleves.ensc-rennes.fr

2015 Ingénieur, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Rennes, France
2014 Intern BASF Ludwigshafen, Germany
Summer 2013 Summer intern, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Since 2011 ChemE Diploma student at Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Rennes, France
 Roua Munir (PharmD student)
ek1918@wayne.edu 

Summer 2013 Summer intern, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Since 2012 PharmD Student, Wayne State University.
 Maha Elsayed (MS student)   
mahaelsayed@wayne.edu

Since 2014 PhD student at the University of Minnesota
11/19/2013 MS Defense: Oligospermines for Non-Viral siRNA Delivery
2011- 2013 MS Student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2007  BSc in Pharmacy, Misr University for Science and Technology, Egypt.
  Claudia Hildebrandt (MSc Intern)

Since 2015 PhD student, CAU Kiel
2014 MSc Intern Roche Basle, Switzerland
Fall 2013 MSc Intern, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Since 2012 MSc student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, LMU München
2012 BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, LMU München
 Teresa Kraus (Pharmacy Resident)
teresa_kraus@gmx.de 

Since 2015 PhD student, Winter Lab, LMU Munich
2014 Board License as Pharmacist
2013 - 2014 Pharmacy Resident, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2009 - 2013 Pharmacy School, LMU München, Germany
 Ethan Brock (PhD rotation student)
ebrock@med.wayne.edu 

Since 2013 PhD Student in Cancer Biology, Wayne State University.
Winter 2014 PhD rotation student, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2013  BS Albion College
 Venkatareddy Nadithe, PhD (Innovation Fellow)
venkat.nadithe@wayne.edu

Since 2014 Assistant Professor, Manchester University, College of Pharmacy, Fort Wayne, IN
2013-2014 Innovation Fellow, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2011-2013 Postdoc, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2011 PhD in Pharmaceutics, University of Utah
2003 MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
1998 BPharm, Kakatiya University, India
 Tim Shae (SURF)

Summer 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Since 2013 Undergrad at Michigan State University

 Nicholas Kolderman (Barber Foundation Fellow)Since 2015 Patent Attorney
Summer 2014 Barber Foundation Fellow
2013- 2015 MS Student in Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University
JD, Ohio State University
BS in Biology, Bowling Green State University

 Jameson Tockstein (Barber Foundation Fellow)

Summer 2014 Barber Foundation Fellow
Since 2013 Undergrad in Physics, Wayne State University

 Rima Kandil (Pharmacy Resident) 
rima.kandil@wayne.edu 

Since Jan 2016 PhD student, LMU Munich
2015 PhD student, University of Bonn
2015 Board License as Pharmacist
2014 Pharmacy Resident, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2013-2014 Pharmacy Resident, Retail Pharmacy
2009 - 2013 Pharmacy School, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany 
 Kathrin Gasteyer (Pharmacy Resident)

Since 2015 Community Pharmacist, Freiburg, Germany
2015 Board License as Pharmacist
2015 MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences
2014 Pharmacy Resident, MS Candidate, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2010 - 2014 Pharmacy School, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
 Vincent Lizzio (MD Research Fellow) Since 2015 MD Intern, Wayne State University
2014 - 2015 MD Research Fellow, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Summer 2014 MD Summer Research Fellow, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Since 2013 MD Student, Wayne State University
2013 BS in Biochemistry, University of Michigan

 Nicolette Moses (PhD rotation student)Since 2014 PhD Student in Cancer Biology, Wayne State University
Fall 2014 PhD rotation student, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2013  BS Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

 Ahmed El Mahmoudi (MS Intern)

2014 -2015 MS Intern, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Since 2013 MSc Student, Double Major in Mechanical Engineering and Management, Business and Economics, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
2013 BSc in Mechanical Engineering (Design Engineering), Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
 Mariam Mohammadi (Pharmacy Resident)  
mariam_fardis@hotmail.de

Since November 2015 PhD student, LMU Munich
2015 Board License as Pharmacist
2014 - 2015 Pharmacy Resident, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2014 Pharmacy Resident, Retail Pharmacy
2009 - 2014 Pharmacy School, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany
 Leonardo Marques (Undergraduate Researcher)2015 Undergraduate Researcher, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University

 Lena Gayar (Summer Research Project Assistant)Summer 2015 Summer Research Project Assistant, Wayne State University
Since 2012 Undergrad and Honors Student in Biology (Major) and Art History (Minor) at the University of Michigan-Flint

 Otavio Flausino (Undergraduate  Researcher)

2015 Undergraduate Researcher, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
 Joshua Kovoor (Barber Fellow)Summer 2015 Barber Fellow, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Since 2011 Undergrad in Physics at Wayne State University

 Marina Pittiglio (PharmD student)Summer 2015 Summer intern, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Since 2014 PharmD Student, Wayne State University

 Bridget Vendittelli (PharmD student)Summer 2015 Summer intern, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
Since 2014 PharmD Student, Wayne State University

 Mariam Ghazi (Pharmacy Resident)Since 2016 Community Pharmacist, Leer, Germany
2015 Pharmacy Resident, Wayne State University
2014 - 2015 Pharmacy Resident, Retail Pharmacy
2009 - 2014 Pharmacy School, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

 Sara Movassaghian, PhD (Postdoc)    
2014 - 2015 Postdoc, Wayne State University
2012 - 2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northeastern University, Boston, Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine, Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
2012 PhD in Pharmaceutics, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Teheran, Iran
2010 - 2011 Visiting postdoc (Research Scholar), Northeastern University, Boston
2005 PharmD, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
 Barani Govindarajan, MSSince 2016 PhD student, Wayne State University, Kidder Lab
2014 - 2015 Lab Technician
2014 MS in Biotechnology, Florida Institute of Technology
2012 BS in Microbiology, The Ohio State University 
 Ying Li (MS Student)   

Since 2016 Quality Assurance at SSCI- a division of Albany Molecular Research Inc
2014 - 2016 MS student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University
2014 BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, China Pharmaceutical University
  Shu Wang (WSU Volunteer)

Since 2016 MS student in Computer Engineering, Wayne State University
2016 WSU volunteer in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University
2015 BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, China Pharmaceutical University
 Lorenz Isert (Pharmacy Resident)
2016 Pharmacy Resident, Merkel Lab, Wayne State University
2011 - 2015 Pharmacy School, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

 Kayla Belavek (Undergraduate Researcher)

2016 Undergraduate Researcher in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University
Since 2014 Undergraduate Student in Biochemistry, Wayne State University

 Yuran Xie, PhD (PhD student)
Yuran Xie
yuran.xie@wayne.edu 

 Since 2017: Postdoc at Boston Biomedical
February 2017 PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University.
2012 - 2017 PhD Student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University.
2012 BS in Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University
 Steven Jones (PhD student)
Steven Jones
sjone@med.wayne.edu 
Since 2017: Associate Scientist at Michigan Bioresearch
March 2017 PhD in Cancer Biology, Wayne State University 
2012-2017 PhD Student in Cancer Biology, Wayne State University.
2012  BS in Biochemistry, University of Detroit Mercy.
  Joseph Wafer (Undergraduate Researcher)2017 Undergraduate Researcher in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University
Since 2015 Undergraduate Student in Chemistry, Wayne State University




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