Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Fitsum Sahle

Dr. Fitsum Sahle earned a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany in March 2012. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on administration of ceramides and other stratum corneum lipids deep into the stratum corneum using nanocarriers for the treatment of skin diseases. After his Ph.D., he worked for about two and a half years as an Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he taught graduate courses in pharmaceutics, and advised several M.S. students. In September 2014, he joined Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany as a Postdoctoral Fellow working on projects related to nanotechnology for transdermal and trasfollicular drug delivery. He also has experience in formulation and characterization of conventional dosage forms. Dr. Sahle has published more than a dozen of peer-reviewed articles and presented at many international scientific conferences. He received a number of awards and recognition, including Alexander von Humboldt/George-Forster Fellowship, African-German Network for Excellence in Science Award and German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship. Fitsum joined Dr. Lowe’s lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in April 2017 and is involved in a variety of projects related to biomaterials for drug delivery and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Muhammad Gulfam

Dr. Muhammad Gulfam earned a B.S. (Hons) in Food Science and Engineering from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. In 2009, he was awarded M.S. Level Training in Korean University/Industry Fellowship by Higher Education Commission, Pakistan to pursue his M.S. study in Bionano Engineering  at Hanyang University South Korea. After receiving his M.S. in 2012, he was awarded a prestigious fellowship for his Ph.D. study in Nanomedicine and Pharmaceutical Innovation through an Erasmus Mundus Grant funded by European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency. After graduation with his Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, UK. Gulfam joined Dr. Lowe’s lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in May 2017. His research interests are organic synthesis and development of smart polymeric nanomaterials for tissue engineering, drug delivery and controlled release applications.



Graduate Students

Darren Will

Darren graduated with B.S. from Illinois State University as a departmental scholar with distinction in the Biological Sciences in December, 2016. After completing his honors senior thesis on parental provisioning and sexual selection, featured on the May, 2017 cover of the Journal of Zoology, Darren briefly gained experience computationally modeling dopamine for the study of Parkinson’s disease, as well as using molecular techniques for genetic cloning. He worked at Archer Daniels Midland Company as a lab technician for a hydrocolloid related project for six months, before joining Dr. Lowe’s lab for his graduate studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences in fall 2017. He is eager to grow in the  field of biomaterials for translational research. Besides learning about anything and everything to expand his understanding of the world, Darren enjoys exercising, cooking, listening to a wide range of musical genres, and being outdoors.



Kumar Niloy

Niloy graduated from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh with Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology. After graduating, he briefly worked as a lecturer in Department of Pharmacy at University of Asia Pacific in Bangladesh. He joined Dr. Lowe’s lab as a graduate student in fall 2017. During his free time, Niloy enjoys watching and playing soccer and he is a big fan of Real Madrid football club.





Sangyoon Kim

Sangyoon graduated from the University of California, San Diego with B.S. in Pharmacological Chemistry. After some research experience in the JAK/STAT signaling pathway at UC, San Diego, he joined Puracyp Inc. as a research assistant working on bioassays for about two years. During the work, he became interested in nanotechnology for drug delivery and decided to start his graduate studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences in Dr. Lowe’s lab in fall 2017. During his free time, Sangyoon enjoys watching movies, musicals and shows, playing tennis, hiking, and listening to and playing music.




Sri Chandana Damera

Sri Chandana earned a B.S. in Pharmacy and a M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in India. She joined Dr. Lowe’s lab as a graudate student in fall 2015.  Her research is focused on developing injectable thermoresponsive hydrogels for stem-cell based tissue engineering. She is also working as a teaching assistant and has instructed PharmD students on aseptic processing and compounding techniques. She is actively involved with student associations and was Secretary for the UTHSC AAPS Student Chapter in 2016.





Veterinary Resident

Dr. Cameron Fili

Dr. Cameron Fili is currently a Veterinary Resident/Postdoctoral Fellow at UTHSC Laboratory Animal Care Unit. She graduated summa cum laude from Christian Brothers University with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. She earned a D.V.M. from Mississippi State University, graduating third in her class of 80 veterinarians. While attending both the undergraduate and veterinary schools, Dr. Fili performed research on infrared thermal imaging for recording animal body temperature in a variety of species including mice, rats, baboons, and horses. She has presented multiple posters and oral presentations at national and regional conferences. She is the recipient of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners’ 2017 Veterinary Student Award, one of only five given nationwide to senior veterinary students. Cameron started to work on the collaborating projects between Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Lowe in July 2017. Her research interests include developing novel treatments for diseases that similarly affect both animals and humans such as diabetes and cancer and improving health maintenance and surveillance of animals in a research setting. Her favorite parts about being a laboratory animal veterinarian are performing surgeries and helping researchers problem solve in order to reach better research outcomes and thus improve the health of both people and animals alike.


Pharm.D. Student

Cher Tang


Cher is currently a Pharm.D. candidate at the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. She received her B.A. in Biological Sciences from Rice University in 2017. She joined Dr. Lowe’s lab as a student researcher in fall 2017. Her research interests are in drug delivery systems and using novel systems to improve patient medication adherence.