Group Members

Sinko Group Alumni

Principal Investigator


Patrick J. Sinko, Ph.D. R.Ph
Distinguished Professor
Parke-Davis Endowed Professor in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery
Associate Vice-President for Research

Administrative Assistant

Mickerline Vilus

Research Faculty & Staff





Zoltan Szekely, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor

Zoltan Szekely received his Ph.D. (Bio-Organic Chemistry) from the Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Medical University in Hungary. He worked briefly in London, Göttingen and Toronto. After a postdoctoral scholarship in Trieste, Italy, he worked seven years at the National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD. In addition to his cancer projects, he served as the primary chemist for the team discovering APF-1, a biomarker for interstitial cystitis. Recently, he worked for the pharmaceutical industry on HIV drug development. His major interests are drug design and development for cancer and HIV. Besides basic research, he is actively developing chemical instrumentation for high-throughput automated synthesis and currently built up the CBCF CORE Facility located at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.


Dayuan Gao, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Dayuan received his Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University (China). He did postdoctoral studies at Kyoto Pharmaceutical University (Japan), and Mount Sinai Medical Center (USA). He joined Sinko's group in 2005.


Shike “Mary” Li
Postdoctoral Associate

Shike received her M.D. from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Prior to joining Sinko's group in 2009, she worked as Research Teaching Specialist for six years. Currently, she is working as research associate. Her current work is focused on evaluating the efficacy of delivery systems in diseased animal models.




Jenn Holloway


Jennifer Holloway
Laboratory Researcher II

Jen received her Masters in Biology at William Paterson University. She joined the Sinko group December of 2014. Her current work includes creating IACUC protocols and perfroming animal studies. Her background is in animal and veterinary studies.







Graduate Students
Kristia A. Rivera
Graduate Student

Kristia received her B.S. (Chemical Engineering) from University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 2009. She joined Sinko's group in 2010 and is currently working on the development of novel drug delivery systems that passively target the lung for the treatment of lung diseases, primarily lung cancer. Kristia’s longtime passion, besides science, is dancing.


Dan Myers
Graduate Student

Dan graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in the spring of 2010.  He was able to do some undergrad research in liposomal drug delivery at the University of Maryland - College Park through an REU program in the summer of 2009. He joined the Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program in the fall of 2010 as a Biotechnology Training Program fellow with an interest in working with drug delivery. He joined Dr. Sinko's lab in April 2011 and my research focuses on the oral delivery of polymeric nanoparticles to enhance the intestinal absorption of various BCS class IV drugs, including anti-HIV medications.  Outside of the lab, his biggest hobby is singing. He is currently a member of the Kirkpatrick Chapel Choir, the select undergraduate choir here at Rutgers. 


Antoinette Nelson

Antoinette received her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University in 2012. She is currently a fellow in the NIH Biotechnology Training Program. She joined Sinko's group in 2013 and she is now working on targeted HIV/AIDS therapies. In her free time, Antoinette loves to dance and do yoga.

In Heon Lee

In Heon Lee is currently in the PharmD/Ph.D Program in the School of Pharmacy. A native of South Korea, In Heon joined the lab in 2013.

Firas Hamudi

Firas received his MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Jordan (Jordan) in 2004.   He worked as faculty member in College of Pharmacy at University of Baghdad from 2004 to 2012.  He joined Sinko's group in 2014.





Research Interests
Group Members
Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutics
Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Science
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