Yunzhe Ma

Ma Receives Outstanding Dissertation Award

Yunzhe Ma, a recent doctoral graduate from the Department of Chemical Engineering and supervised by Dr. Harvinder Gill, received a Texas Tech Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2014. His thesis was titled "Microneedles for Drug Delivery into Oral Cavity."

Ma has pioneered the use of microneedles for drug and vaccine delivery to the oral cavity by establishing feasibility of generating mucosal immunity in saliva of rabbits using HIV as antigen; developing a novel approach to coat water insoluble drugs such as lidocaine (a local anesthetic) for delivery to oral tissues; and evaluating an approach using microneedles that can directly deliver drugs to oral cancers. He is currently working at Intel in Hillsboro, Ore.