Department of Bioengineering
Rice University, USA
Dr. Suh received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at MIT and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Before joining the Rice University, Department of Bioengineering in 2007, she completed a two-year post doctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Her graduate research focused on understanding the interaction of nanoscale systems, either nature-derived or human-engineered, with complex biological environments in an effort to discover ruling paradigms that govern the performance of nano-particles designed for various diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications. Her postdoctoral research focused on studying how natural viruses interface with cellular machinery, particularly those that maintain homeostasis in the cell nucleus. Such studies should uncover new insights into how synthetic nanoparticle systems can be designed to yield the performance efficiencies rivaling that of viruses. She has recently been awarded the NSF CAREER Award, MDACC Ovarian Cancer SPORE Career Development Program Award and the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Concept Award for her innovative work on reprogramming viruses as diagnostic and therapeutic platforms.
Dr. Suh works at the interface of chemistry, virology, biophysics, molecular biology and protein engineering to investigate and create novel virus-based materials for various biomedical applications. Additionally, Dr. Suh is part of the multi-institutional team of investigators that was awarded an NIH Grand Opportunities grant aimed at investigating the intracellular transport of a variety of engineered nanomaterials used for biomedical applications.