Principal Investigator 

Qi Cai

Dr. Qi Cai joined the Department of Biological and Agriculture Engineering at Louisiana State University as a tenure-track assistant professor in August 2023. 

Dr. Cai received her B.S. in Applied Chemistry from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (2013) and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from University College Dublin (2018). Before joining LSU, she was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focused on understanding the fundamental questions of bio-nano interactions and developing novel techniques for drug delivery into the central nervous system (CNS). Dr. Cai has received multiple awards, including the International Brain Barriers Society Poster Award, Keystone Symposia Scholarship, Baxter Young Investigator Award, etc. Dr. Cai is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the International Brain Barriers Society, and the American Chemical Society. 

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Aseel B Ahmed

Aseel is an undergraduate student studying Bioengineering at Louisiana State University. She is interested in biomedical devices and prosthetics. 

Hanna DeVillier

Hanna is an undergraduate student in Biological Engineering. She is interested in cancer research and tissue engineering. 


Daniel E Alday

Daniel is an undergraduate student in Biological Engineering. He is interested in tissue engineering and the use of nanoparticles to promote tissue growth. 

Sobhan A Syed

Sobhan is an undergraduate student in Biological Engineering. He is interested in neurological disorders.