Hyunah Cho, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A., Higher Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University M.S., Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sookmyung Women’s UniversityB.Pharm., Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sookmyung Women’s University

Dr. Hyunah Cho joined St. John’s University in the Fall of 2022 as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics/Industrial Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Prior to Joining St. John’s, she served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis (2014–17) and an Associate Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University (2018–22).

Dr. Cho earned her B.Pharm and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea, and earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Post completion of her Ph.D., she spent another year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2022, she earned her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

Dr. Cho’s current research interests include nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems (e.g., polymeric micelles, nanogels, lipid nanoparticles), diseases-specific delivery of fluorescence imaging agent for optical image-guided surgery, 3D printing of dosage forms and pharmaceutical packaging, and cosmeceuticals that combines pharmaceutical technology with skin care/personal care products. She has been collaborating with start-up companies to bring about cross-exchange of information and transfer of knowledge in a multidisciplinary environment. Dr. Cho holds four patents (two in the  US and two in Korea) and one US provisional patent as an investigator.

Stawicki B, Schacher T, Cho H*. Nanogels as a Versatile Drug Delivery System for Brain Cancer. Gels. 2021; 7(2):63.

Serris I, Serris P, Frey KM, Cho H*. Development of 3D-Printed Layered PLGA Films for Drug Delivery and Evaluation of Drug Release Behaviors. AAPS PharmSciTech. 2020;21(7):256.

Persaud S, Eid S, Swiderski N, Serris I, Cho H*. Preparations of Rectal Suppositories Containing Artesunate. Pharmaceutics. 2020;12(3):222.

Cho H*, Jammalamadaka U, Tappa K, et al. 3D Printing of Poloxamer 407 Nanogel Discs and Their Applications in Adjuvant Ovarian Cancer Therapy. Mol Pharm. 2019;16(2):552-560.

Cho H*, Jammalamadaka U, Tappa K. Nanogels for Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications and Their Fabrication Using 3D Printing Technologies. Materials (Basel). 2018;11(2):302.

Tomoda K, Tam YT, Cho H, Buehler D, Kozak KR, Kwon GS. Triolimus: A Multi-Drug Loaded Polymeric Micelle Containing Paclitaxel, 17-AAG, and Rapamycin as a Novel Radiosensitizer. Macromol Biosci. 2017;17(1):10.1002/mabi.201600194.

Cho H*, McKenzie M, Betts D, Suh A, et al. Proof-of-Concept of Polymeric Sol-Gels in Multi-Drug Delivery and Intraoperative Image-Guided Surgery for Peritoneal Ovarian Cancer. Pharm Res. 2016;33(9):2298-2306.

Cho H, Gao J, Kwon GS. PEG-b-PLA micelles and PLGA-b-PEG-b-PLGA sol-gels for drug delivery. J Control Release. 2016;240:191-201.

McKenzie M, Betts D, Suh A, Bui K, Kim LD, Cho H*. Hydrogel-Based Drug Delivery Systems for Poorly Water-Soluble Drugs. Molecules. 2015;20(11):20397-20408.

Cho H, Lai TC, Tomoda K, Kwon GS. Polymeric micelles for multi-drug delivery in cancer. AAPS PharmSciTech. 2015;16(1):10-20. 

Cho H, Kwon GS. Thermosensitive poly-(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide)-block-poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly-(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) hydrogels for multi-drug delivery. J Drug Target. 2014;22(7):669-677.

Cho H, Cho CS, Indig GL, Lavasanifar A, Vakili MR, et al. (2014) Polymeric Micelles for Apoptosis-Targeted Optical Imaging of Cancer and Intraoperative Surgical Guidance. PLOS ONE 9(2): e89968.

Cho H, Lai TC, Kwon GS. Poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) micelles for combination drug delivery: evaluation of paclitaxel, cyclopamine and gossypol in intraperitoneal xenograft models of ovarian cancer. J Control Release. 2013;166(1):1-9.

Shin HC, Cho H, Lai TC, Kozak KR, Kolesar JM, Kwon GS. Pharmacokinetic study of 3-in-1 poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(D, L-lactic acid) micelles carrying paclitaxel, 17-allylamino-17- demethoxygeldanamycin, and rapamycin. J Control Release. 2012;163(1):93-99.

Cho H, Indig GL, Weichert J, Shin HC, Kwon GS. In vivo cancer imaging by poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(ɛ-caprolactone) micelles containing a near-infrared probe. Nanomedicine. 2012;8(2):228-236.

Cho H, Kwon GS. Polymeric micelles for neoadjuvant cancer therapy and tumor-primed optical imaging. ACS Nano. 2011;5(11):8721-8729.