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Wellington Pham

Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering


In the Pham group we develop molecular probes using small organic molecules and colloidal materials for targeted imaging and theranostic applications. Rationale design of fluorescence dyes, peptides, organic and inorganic nanoparticles, surface modification, multimodal bioconjugation and encapsulation are key operations in the lab. To tackle the complexity of preclinical animal work, we also develop techniques for drug delivery across specific boundaries and controlled release of vaccines employing the multimodality and special nanoscale physics of nanoparticles.


• Magnetic Resonance Imaging Award in contribution to the quality of the journal, 2013
• Academy of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology Award, Japan, 2010
• NIH Junior Faculty Award in Neuroimaging, 2006
• Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society Award, 2000
• Henry Kreider Scholarship Award in Chemistry, 1996

Selected Publications:

Improved proliferation of antigen-specific cytolytic T lymphocytes using a multimodal nanovaccine. Li, B; Siuta, M; Bright, V; Koktysh, D; Matlock, BK; Dumas, ME; Zhu, MY; Holt, A; Stec, D; Deng, SL; Savage, PB; Joyce, S; Pham, W, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NANOMEDICINE, 11, 6103-6121 , (2016) View Abstract

Multimodal imaging of dendritic cells using a novel hybrid magneto-optical nanoprobe.. Mackay PS, Kremers GJ, Kobukai S, Cobb JG, Kuley A, Rosenthal SJ, Koktysh DS, Gore JC, Pham W., NANOMEDICINE, 7, 489-96 , (2011) View Abstract

Magnetic Nanoparticles for Imaging Dendritic Cells. Kobukai, S; Baheza, R; Cobb, JG; Virostko, J; Xie, J; Gillman, A; Koktysh, D; Kerns, D; Does, M; Gore, JC; and Pham W, MAGNETIC RESONANCE IN MEDICINE, 65, 1383-1390 , (2010) View Abstract