Current Graduate Students

PhD Students


Po-Han Chao


Po-Han is currently a PhD student under Dr. Li’s advisory in Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. After completing his BSc in Nano Science and Engineering at National Chiao Tung University, He earned his Master in Biomedical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. His research project is to develop lipid-based nanoparticles for targeted therapy against cancer and liver diseases.



Jiamin Wu


Jiamin earned his Master in Pharmaceutics from School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, China. Now he is a PhD student under Dr. Li’s supervision in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. His research is focused on transmucosal delivery proteins and peptides.


Master Students


Vanessa Chan


Hailing all the way from Vancouver BC, Vanessa moved to Victoria in 2017 to pursue her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry. She graduated with an HBSc in 2022 after completing her Honour’s thesis in Dr. Julian Lum’s lab on the assessment of clinically relevant expansion protocols on CAR T cell function and phenotype. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she completed several internships at Amgen and Regeneron in antibody screening and cancer drug-target discovery through bioinformatics and various wet lab techniques. Vanessa is currently a Master’s student in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences under Dr. Li’s supervision where she will be working on the development of nanomedicines to improve cancer immunotherapies. Outside of the lab she enjoys finding new events around the city, exploring the outdoors, and traveling!


Binh Thanh Tran


Binh attended the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he received his master’s degree in pharmaceutics. He is currently a master’s student in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Under the supervision of Dr. Li, he is working on developing nanomedicines for gene delivery.


April St Pierre


April completed her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at UBC. Throughout her undergrad, she spent over two years in co-op and internship positions at Genevant Sciences, working on optimizing lipid nanoparticle formulations for increased efficacy and stability. She also worked with Dr. Pieter Cullis’ lab at UBC in her final year of undergrad, comparing the efficacy of different mRNAs within LNP formulations for her honours thesis. She is currently a student in the Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences program under Dr. Li’s supervision.