Ester Kwon

Title(s)Associate Professor, Bioengineering
SchoolVc-academic Affairs
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    UC Berkeley, BerkeleyB.S.2004Bioengineering
    UC Berkeley, BerkeleyB.A.2004Molecular & Cell Biology
    University of Washington, SeattlePh.D.2010Bioengineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgePostdoc

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    Nanoscale biomaterials for targeted repair in traumatic brain injury
    NIH DP2NS111507Sep 30, 2018 - May 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Peptide-mediated delivery of siRNA for treatment of ovarian cancer
    NIH F32CA177094Feb 1, 2014 - Jan 31, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Dvelopment of multi-component peptide vehicles for in vivo neuronal gene therapy
    NIH F31NS064805Feb 23, 2009 - Feb 22, 2011
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Author Correction: Large-scale evaluation of the ability of RNA-binding proteins to activate exon inclusion. Nat Biotechnol. 2024 Feb 28. Schmok JC, Jain M, Street LA, Tankka AT, Schafer D, Her HL, Elmsaouri S, Gosztyla ML, Boyle EA, Jagannatha P, Luo EC, Kwon EJ, Jovanovic M, Yeo GW. PMID: 38418649.
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    2. Large-scale evaluation of the ability of RNA-binding proteins to activate exon inclusion. Nat Biotechnol. 2024 Jan 02. Schmok JC, Jain M, Street LA, Tankka AT, Schafer D, Her HL, Elmsaouri S, Gosztyla ML, Boyle EA, Jagannatha P, Luo EC, Kwon EJ, Jovanovic M, Yeo GW. PMID: 38168984.
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    3. Infusible Extracellular Matrix Biomaterial Promotes Vascular Integrity and Modulates the Inflammatory Response in Acute Traumatic Brain Injury. Adv Healthc Mater. 2023 Oct; 12(25):e2300782. Diaz MD, Kandell RM, Wu JR, Chen A, Christman KL, Kwon EJ. PMID: 37390094; PMCID: PMC10592293.
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    4. Analysis of PEG-lipid anchor length on lipid nanoparticle pharmacokinetics and activity in a mouse model of traumatic brain injury. Biomater Sci. 2023 Jun 13; 11(12):4238-4253. Waggoner LE, Miyasaki KF, Kwon EJ. PMID: 36987922; PMCID: PMC10262813.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    5. An Activity-Based Nanosensor for Minimally-Invasive Measurement of Protease Activity in Traumatic Brain Injury. Adv Funct Mater. 2023 Jul 11; 33(28). Kudryashev JA, Madias MI, Kandell RM, Lin QX, Kwon EJ. PMID: 37873031; PMCID: PMC10586543.
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    6. Engineered nanomaterials that exploit blood-brain barrier dysfunction for delivery to the brain. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2023 06; 197:114820. Wu JR, Hernandez Y, Miyasaki KF, Kwon EJ. PMID: 37054953.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Intravascularly infused extracellular matrix as a biomaterial for targeting and treating inflamed tissues. Nat Biomed Eng. 2023 02; 7(2):94-109. Spang MT, Middleton R, Diaz M, Hunter J, Mesfin J, Banka A, Sullivan H, Wang R, Lazerson TS, Bhatia S, Corbitt J, D'Elia G, Sandoval-Gomez G, Kandell R, Vratsanos MA, Gnanasekaran K, Kato T, Igata S, Luo C, Osborn KG, Gianneschi NC, Eniola-Adefeso O, Cabrales P, Kwon EJ, Contijoch F, Reeves RR, DeMaria AN, Christman KL. PMID: 36581694; PMCID: PMC10166066.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 7     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    8. Heads Up! Interlinked Amyloidogenic and Axonal Transport Pathways in Concussion-Induced Neurodegeneration. Neurosci Insights. 2022; 17:26331055221129641. Almenar-Queralt A, Dos Santos Chaves R, Kwon EJ, Shah SB. PMID: 36274925; PMCID: PMC9580075.
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    9. Porous Silicon Nanoparticles Targeted to the Extracellular Matrix for Therapeutic Protein Delivery in Traumatic Brain Injury. Bioconjug Chem. 2022 09 21; 33(9):1685-1697. Waggoner LE, Kang J, Zuidema JM, Vijayakumar S, Hurtado AA, Sailor MJ, Kwon EJ. PMID: 36017941; PMCID: PMC9492643.
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    10. Targeting the Extracellular Matrix in Traumatic Brain Injury Increases Signal Generation from an Activity-Based Nanosensor. ACS Nano. 2021 12 28; 15(12):20504-20516. Kandell RM, Kudryashev JA, Kwon EJ. PMID: 34870408; PMCID: PMC8716428.
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    11. Pharmacokinetic Analysis of Peptide-Modified Nanoparticles with Engineered Physicochemical Properties in a Mouse Model of Traumatic Brain Injury. AAPS J. 2021 08 16; 23(5):100. Waggoner LE, Madias MI, Hurtado AA, Kwon EJ. PMID: 34401968; PMCID: PMC8367032.
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    12. Selective Permeabilization of Gram-Negative Bacterial Membranes Using Multivalent Peptide Constructs for Antibiotic Sensitization. ACS Infect Dis. 2021 04 09; 7(4):721-732. Chan LW, Hern KE, Ngambenjawong C, Lee K, Kwon EJ, Hung DT, Bhatia SN. PMID: 33689277; PMCID: PMC8043124.
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    13. Peptide Spiders: Peptide-Polymer Conjugates to Traffic Nucleic Acids. Mol Pharm. 2020 09 08; 17(9):3633-3642. Kwon EJ, Ko H, Bhatia SN. PMID: 32786959; PMCID: PMC7986012.
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    14. Nanomedicine for Acute Brain Injuries: Insight from Decades of Cancer Nanomedicine. Mol Pharm. 2021 02 01; 18(2):522-538. Kandell RM, Waggoner LE, Kwon EJ. PMID: 32584042; PMCID: PMC7759589.
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    15. An Activity-Based Nanosensor for Traumatic Brain Injury. ACS Sens. 2020 03 27; 5(3):686-692. Kudryashev JA, Waggoner LE, Leng HT, Mininni NH, Kwon EJ. PMID: 32100994; PMCID: PMC7534893.
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    16. Tumor-Targeting, MicroRNA-Silencing Porous Silicon Nanoparticles for Ovarian Cancer Therapy. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019 Jul 10; 11(27):23926-23937. Bertucci A, Kim KH, Kang J, Zuidema JM, Lee SH, Kwon EJ, Kim D, Howell SB, Ricci F, Ruoslahti E, Jang HJ, Sailor MJ. PMID: 31251556.
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    17. iRGD-guided Tumor-penetrating Nanocomplexes for Therapeutic siRNA Delivery to Pancreatic Cancer. Mol Cancer Ther. 2018 11; 17(11):2377-2388. Lo JH, Hao L, Muzumdar MD, Raghavan S, Kwon EJ, Pulver EM, Hsu F, Aguirre AJ, Wolpin BM, Fuchs CS, Hahn WC, Jacks T, Bhatia SN. PMID: 30097486; PMCID: PMC6298224.
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    18. Porous Silicon Nanoparticle Delivery of Tandem Peptide Anti-Infectives for the Treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Lung Infections. Adv Mater. 2017 Sep; 29(35). Kwon EJ, Skalak M, Bertucci A, Braun G, Ricci F, Ruoslahti E, Sailor MJ, Bhatia SN. PMID: 28699173; PMCID: PMC5765747.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 27     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    19. Ultrasensitive tumour-penetrating nanosensors of protease activity. Nat Biomed Eng. 2017; 1. Kwon EJ, Dudani JS, Bhatia SN. PMID: 28970963; PMCID: PMC5621765.
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    20. Comparison of Modular PEG Incorporation Strategies for Stabilization of Peptide-siRNA Nanocomplexes. Bioconjug Chem. 2016 10 19; 27(10):2323-2331. Lo JH, Kwon EJ, Zhang AQ, Singhal P, Bhatia SN. PMID: 27583545; PMCID: PMC5410868.
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    21. Addendum: The schizophrenia risk gene product miR-137 alters presynaptic plasticity. Nat Neurosci. 2016 07 26; 19(8):1115. Siegert S, Seo J, Kwon EJ, Rudenko A, Cho S, Wang W, Flood Z, Martorell AJ, Ericsson M, Mungenast AE, Tsai LH. PMID: 27459408.
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    22. Neuron-Targeted Nanoparticle for siRNA Delivery to Traumatic Brain Injuries. ACS Nano. 2016 08 23; 10(8):7926-33. Kwon EJ, Skalak M, Lo Bu R, Bhatia SN. PMID: 27429164; PMCID: PMC5896006.
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    23. Self-Sealing Porous Silicon-Calcium Silicate Core-Shell Nanoparticles for Targeted siRNA Delivery to the Injured Brain. Adv Mater. 2016 Sep; 28(36):7962-7969. Kang J, Joo J, Kwon EJ, Skalak M, Hussain S, She ZG, Ruoslahti E, Bhatia SN, Sailor MJ. PMID: 27383373; PMCID: PMC6274592.
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    24. A peptide for targeted, systemic delivery of imaging and therapeutic compounds into acute brain injuries. Nat Commun. 2016 06 28; 7:11980. Mann AP, Scodeller P, Hussain S, Joo J, Kwon E, Braun GB, Mölder T, She ZG, Kotamraju VR, Ranscht B, Krajewski S, Teesalu T, Bhatia S, Sailor MJ, Ruoslahti E. PMID: 27351915; PMCID: PMC4931241.
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    25. Porous silicon-graphene oxide core-shell nanoparticles for targeted delivery of siRNA to the injured brain. Nanoscale Horiz. 2016 Sep 01; 1(5):407-414. Joo J, Kwon EJ, Kang J, Skalak M, Anglin EJ, Mann AP, Ruoslahti E, Bhatia SN, Sailor MJ. PMID: 29732165; PMCID: PMC5935492.
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    26. Smart nanosystems: Bio-inspired technologies that interact with the host environment. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Nov 24; 112(47):14460-6. Kwon EJ, Lo JH, Bhatia SN. PMID: 26598694; PMCID: PMC4664363.
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    27. The schizophrenia risk gene product miR-137 alters presynaptic plasticity. Nat Neurosci. 2015 Jul; 18(7):1008-16. Siegert S, Seo J, Kwon EJ, Rudenko A, Cho S, Wang W, Flood Z, Martorell AJ, Ericsson M, Mungenast AE, Tsai LH. PMID: 26005852; PMCID: PMC4506960.
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    28. Drug-induced amplification of nanoparticle targeting to tumors. Nano Today. 2014 Oct; 9(5):550-559. Lin KY, Kwon EJ, Lo JH, Bhatia SN. PMID: 29731806; PMCID: PMC5935498.
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    29. MicroRNAs in learning, memory, and neurological diseases. Learn Mem. 2012 Aug 16; 19(9):359-68. Wang W, Kwon EJ, Tsai LH. PMID: 22904366.
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    30. A truncated HGP peptide sequence that retains endosomolytic activity and improves gene delivery efficiencies. Mol Pharm. 2010 Aug 02; 7(4):1260-5. Kwon EJ, Liong S, Pun SH. PMID: 20476763; PMCID: PMC3018701.
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    31. Targeted nonviral delivery vehicles to neural progenitor cells in the mouse subventricular zone. Biomaterials. 2010 Mar; 31(8):2417-24. Kwon EJ, Lasiene J, Jacobson BE, Park IK, Horner PJ, Pun SH. PMID: 20004466; PMCID: PMC2813955.
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    32. Application of an HIV gp41-derived peptide for enhanced intracellular trafficking of synthetic gene and siRNA delivery vehicles. Bioconjug Chem. 2008 Apr; 19(4):920-7. Kwon EJ, Bergen JM, Pun SH. PMID: 18376855.
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    33. Application of an environmentally sensitive fluorophore for rapid analysis of the binding and internalization efficiency of gene carriers. Bioconjug Chem. 2008 Jan; 19(1):377-84. Bergen JM, Kwon EJ, Shen TW, Pun SH. PMID: 18062659; PMCID: PMC2547138.
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