Joseph Choy

PhD Candidate

PhD Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

Joseph is a Materials Science and Engineering PhD student co-supervised by Dr. Mao and Dr. Schneck in Department of Pathology.  He is a recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship.  Joseph received his B.A.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto, with a minor in Bioengineering.  His thesis research focuses on developing immunostimulatory hydrogels for cancer therapies.  He also created and teaches an undergraduate course “Tuning Biomaterials for Cancer Immunotherapy”. Outside of the lab, Joseph enjoys hiking, cooking, and bothering his lab mates.  


  • Patel H., Pavlichenko I., Grinthal A., Zhang C.T., Alvarenga J., Kreder M.J., Waver J.C., Ji Q., Ling C.W.F., Choy J., Li Z., Black N.L., Bispo B.J.M., Lewis J.A., Kozin E.D., Aizenberg J., Remenschneider A.K.: “Design of Medical Conduits with Selective Fluid Transport Properties” (under review).
  • Zhu Y., Shen R., Ma J., Vuong I., Kong J., Yao Z., Lin J., Wei C., Reynolds R.A., Shears M.J., Cho W.J., Livingston N.K., Li S., Howard G.P., Hu Y., Choy J., Tzeng S.Y., Green J.J., Schneck J.P., Reddy S.K., Murphy S.C., and Mao H.Q. “Compositional Optimization of mRNA Lipid Nanoparticles Shapes Immune Response for Potent Anticancer Immunity” (under review).
  • Isser A., Silver A.B., Pruitt H.C., Mass M., Elias E.H., Aihara G., Kang S., Bachmann N., Chen Y., Leonard E.K., Bieler J.G., Chaisawangwong W., Choy J., Shannon S.R., Gerecht S., Weber J.S., Spangler J.B., and Schneck J.P.: “Nanoparticle-based modulation of CD4+ T cell effector and helper functions enhances adoptive immunotherapy”, Nature Communications. 13: 6086 (2022).
  • Stühn L., Fritschen A., Choy J., Dehnert M., and Dietz C.: “Nanomechanical sub-surface mapping of living biological cells by force microscopy”, Nanoscale. 11: 13089–13097 (2019).