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University of Colorado Denver


Translational Bio-Nanosciences Laboratory

Lab Members

Dmitri Simberg

Dmitri Simberg, PhD, Principal Investigator

Information about Dr. Simberg


Current lab members (Denver)


Guankui Wang

Guankui Wang, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate

I obtained my bachelor degree in Animal Science from Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University in 2007 and doctorate degree in Animal Physiology from the University of Idaho in 2012. My PhD thesis is “Characterization, Stability, Cellular Uptake and Intracellular Trafficking of Peptide Gold Nanostructures in Mammalian Cells”. I did one-year postdoctoral research at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I have received multidisciplinary training including molecular biology, physiology, cell biology, chemistry, chemical engineering and material science. My previous research focused on understanding the interactions of gold-based nanostructures with biological systems including mammalian cells and bacteria, which aimed for effective drug delivery and therapeutic applications using nanomaterials.


Swetha Inturi

Swetha Inturi, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate

I completed my Bachelors in Pharmacy in India and later got my PhD in Toxicology from UC Denver. My PhD work so far involved the analysis of DNA damage and the repair mechanisms activated in response to chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard-analog exposure. I was also involved in projects aimed at developing preclinical efficacy models employing various natural and synthetic compounds against sulfur mustard exposure.


Christopher Bull

Christopher Bull, PharmD Candidate Student


Former lab members (UCSD)


Rajesh Mukthavaram

Rajesh Mukthavaram, PhD, postdoctoral scholar



Guixin Shi

Guixin Shi,  PhD, postdoctoral scholar



Wenjun Cui

Wenjin Cui, PhD, postdoctoral scholar



Amose Kim

Amose Kim, BS, research  assistant



Kevin Cheng

Kevin Cheng, BSc, Research Assistant



Ritish Mittal

Ritish Mittal, BSc, research assistant



Laura Restropo

Laura Restrepo, MSc, research assistant