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Rodrigo Tapia Hernandez

BSc Chemistry, Augsburg University


PhD Student in Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry)



11. Swartchick CB, Wenger L, Tapia Hernandez R, Lee MC, and Chan J.* Submitted. 2024.

10. Bandyopadhyay S, Zhao Z, East AK, Tapia Hernandez R, Forzano JA, Shapiro BA, Yadav AK, Swartchick CB, Chan J.* An activity-based nitric oxide-responsive porphyrin for site-selective and nascent cancer ablation. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2024, 16, 8, 9680–9689.


9. Lee MC,* Gardner SH,* Tapia Hernandez R, Chan J. Application of AlDeSense to stratify ovarian cancer cells based on aldehyde dehydrogenase 1A1 Activity. JoVE 2023, 193, e64713.

8. Tapia Hernandez R, Lee MC, Yadav AK, Chan J. Repurposing cyanine photo-instability to develop NIR light-activatable nanogels for in vivo cargo delivery. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 18101–18108.

7. Yadav AK, Tapia Hernandez R, Chan J. A general strategy to optimize the performance of aza-BODIPY-based probes for enhanced photoacoustic properties. Methods in Enzymology, 2021, 657, 415-441.

6. Tapia Hernandez R, Forzano JA, Lucero MY, Anorma C, Chan J. Acoustogenic probes: A demonstration to introduce the photoacoustic effect via analyte sensing. J. Chem. Educ. 2021, 98, 2618–2624.

5. Caudill ER, Tapia Hernandez R, Johnson KP, O'Rourke J, Zhu L, Haynes C, Feng ZV and Pedersen JA. Wall teichoic acids govern cationic gold nanoparticle interaction with gram-positive bacterial cell walls. Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 4106–4118.

4.  Mitchell SL, Hudson-Smith NV, Cahill MS, Reynolds BN, Frand SD, Green CM, Wang C, Hang MN, Tapia Hernandez R, Hamers RJ, Feng ZV, Haynes CL, and Carlson EE. Chronic exposure to complex metal oxide nanoparticles elicits rapid resistance in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 9768-9781.

3. Feng ZV, Miller BR, Linn TG,Pho T, Hoang KNL, Hang MN, Mitchell SL, Tapia Hernandez R,  Carlson EE, and Hamers RJ. Biological impact of nanoscale lithium intercalating complex metal oxides to model bacterium B. subtilis. Environ. Sci. Nano. 2019, 6, 305–314.

2. Pham SN, Kuether JE, M. J. Gallagher MJ, Tapia Hernandez R, Williams DN, Zhi B, . Mensch AC, Hamers RJ, Rosenzweig Z, Fairbrother H, Krause MOP, Feng ZV, and Haynes CL. Carbon dots: A modular activity to teach fluorescence and nanotechnology at multiple levels. J. Chem. Educ., 2017, 94, 1143–1149.

1. Mensch AC, Tapia Hernandez R, Kuether JE, Torelli MD, Feng ZV, Hamers RJ, and Pedersen JA. Natural organic matter concentration impacts the interaction of functionalized diamond nanoparticles with model and actual bacterial membranes. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2017, 51, 11075–11084.

Select Awards

3. DuPont Gold Competition - 3rd Place (2023)

2. Pfizer-ACS Travel Award (2022)

1. ACS Analytical Chemistry Division Award (2018)

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