About Us

Our research focuses on the intersection of organic and solid-state chemistry with biomaterials, in particular engineered virus-like particles.

Photoactivation of Virus Like Particles in Smart Biomaterials

We are making “smart” materials out of proteins and small molecules that respond to external sources.

Controlled Delivery of Protein-Based Therapies with MOFs

We are using well-defined porous materials to create composites for long-term protein delivery.

Macromolecular Organic Contrast Agents

We are using the power of supramolecular self-assembly to create new types of MRI contrast agents.

Recent Publications

Meet the Team

Jeremiah J Gassensmith 🇺🇸

B.S. Chemistry (Hons)—Indiana University Bloomington and PhD—University of Notre Dame

Orikeda Trashi 🇦🇱

B.S. Chemistry—University of Tirana and M.S. Chemistry—Mickiewicz University (Poland)

Ikeda Trashi 🇦🇱

B.S. Chemistry—University of Tirana and M.S. Chemistry—Mickiewicz University (Poland)

Noora Kharji🇯🇴

B.S. Chemistry and M.S. Chemistry- Southern Methodist University

Thomas Howlett 🇺🇸

B.S. Chemistry—University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)

Sneha Kumari 🇮🇳

BE Chemical Engineering (Hons) and MSc Chemistry (Hons) - BITS Pilani (India)

Ryanne Ehrman 🇺🇸

B.S. Chemistry Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)

Shailendra Koirala 🇳🇵

B.S. Pharmacy- Kathmandu University (Nepal) and M.S. Chemistry- Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville, IL)

Perouza Parsamian 🇦🇲🇺🇸

B.S. Biochemistry—St. Edwards University (Austin, TX) and A.S. Medical Laboratory Technology—Tarleton State University (Fort Worth, TX)

Laurel Hagge 🇺🇸

B.A. Chemistry and B.A. Public Health—Austin College (Sherman, TX)

Yalini Wijesundara 🇱🇰

B.S. Chemistry—University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka)

Jenica Lumata 🇵🇭

B.S. Chemistry—Western Mindanao State University (Zamboanga City, Philippines)

Fabian Castro 🇲🇽🇺🇸

B.S. Chemistry—University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)

Arezoo Sharivarkevishahi 🇮🇷

B.Sc. Pure Chemistry and M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry—Shiraz University (Shiraz, Iran)

Olivia Brohlin 🇺🇸 🇮🇪

B.S. Biochemistry—University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas)

Arun Raja

Neuroscience Major

Sindhoora Ponnam 🇺🇸🇮🇳

Neuroscience Major

Miguel Gaspar 🇺🇸

Chemistry Major

Abhinary Adlooru 🇺🇸

Biology and Spanish Major

Avery Carter 🇺🇸

Biology and Criminology Major

American Diversity and Global Mentorship

Instructional videos have been super helpful for many of us in the lab, but we notice most of them are in English. We wanted to give back by making a few in the languages we speak in the Gassensmith Lab.