Principal Investigator


Dr. Pearson is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland. His laboratory focuses on designing nanoparticles to achieve programmable immune responses for specific immunomodulation and molecular design to engineer controllable cellular interactions for targeted drug delivery. As a postdoc in Lonnie Shea's lab at the University of Michigan, he championed projects related to nanoparticle engineering and protein delivery for antigen-specific tolerance induction (i.e. autoimmunity, allergens).  Notably, he worked with Cour Pharmaceuticals to develop a novel nanoparticle platform for the treatment of Celiac disease (TIMP-GLIA). This treatment is now in a Phase 2 clinical trial. As a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ryan worked with Seungpyo Hong to synthesize and evaluate novel polymer molecular architectures based on dendrimers and linear-block copolymers. His research has led to discoveries that improved the fundamental understanding of nanoparticle-biological (nano-bio) interactions and strategies to overcome challenges in targeted drug delivery.   

Ryan M. Pearson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

20 N. Pine Street, N525

Baltimore, MD 21201

If you are interested in joining the Pearson Lab for Immunomodulatory Biomaterials, please contact Dr. Pearson and attach your CV.

Graduate students - we are actively recruiting a graduate student to join our lab for Fall 2020.

Undergraduate students - we will consider undergraduates to join the lab given a time commitment of 1 year or greater.

Current group members

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Atanu Chakraborty, Ph.D.


2017 Ph.D. Chemistry (Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India)

2011 M.S. Chemistry (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India)

2009 B.S. Chemistry (University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India)

Graduate Students

Jackline Joy Lasola, ScM

2013 ScM. Reproductive and Cancer Biology (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, MD)

2010 B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology (University of California Berkeley, CA)

2010 B.A. Development Studies (University of California Berkeley, CA)

Brianna Scotland

2018 B.S. Biology (University of the Virgin Islands, STT Campus)


Nhu Truong

B.S. University of the Sciences (Philadelphia, PA)


Andrea Cottingham (rotation student)

2020 B.S. Biochemistry (Salisbury University, MD)


Sheneil Black (rotation student)

B.A. Chemistry (Bard College, NY)

M.S. Biomedical Science (SUNY at Stony Brook, NY)

Former PharmD Students

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Michael McDaniel

2015 B.S. Chemistry (Towson University, MD)


Henry Kamdem

2012 B.S. Biochemistry (University of Maryland, College Park, MD)


Hanna Lefebo

2018 B.S. Neuroscience-Cellular and Molecular (Temple University, Philadelphia, PA)

Former High School Students

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Noel Thomas

2020 Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Former Undergraduate Students


Darien Campisi

2021 B.S. Biology and Public Policy (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC)

Joyce Alemgang

Biotechnology and Lab Animal Certificate Program (Baltimore City Community College, MD).

Currently - PharmD Student University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

Former Rotation Students

Jeffrey Baffoe-Bonnie, M.S.

2017 M.S. Biotechnology (American University, DC)

2014 B.S. Biology - Neuroscience (Penn State University, PA)


Christina Williams

B.S. University of Connecticut

Jake Weiner 


B.S. Biology (Penn State, PA)


Jacob Shaw 

2018 B.S. Molecular Biology (Towson University, MD)