Research Team

As principal investigator in the Nanomedicine and Extracellular Vesicles Lab, Dr. Wolfram leads a team that is advancing nanomedicine research. Her team's discoveries could ultimately lead to increased therapeutic efficacy and reduced side effects of treatment for breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases and other conditions.

Learn more about Dr. Wolfram and members of her research team.

Joy Emelie (Joy) V. Wolfram, Ph.D.

Dr. Wolfram is a faculty member in the Department of Transplantation at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Wolfram also holds positions with several other institutions, including faculty and professorship appointments. Learn more about Dr. Wolfram's professional highlights.

Dr. Wolfram is the author of numerous scientific publications and has received several scientific awards from around the world.

In 2016, she was named in the Amgen Scholars Ten to Watch List, which highlights the best and brightest up-and-comers in science and medicine. In 2017, Dr. Wolfram was selected together with Nobel laureates, prominent authors and professional athletes to represent one of 12 internationally accomplished Finns in the 2017 Inspired in Finland campaign celebrating Finland's 100 years of independence.

Delila Iannotta

Dalila Iannotta is a joint Ph.D. student in molecular and cellular biotechnology in the Nanomedicine and Extracellular Vesicles Lab in conjunction with the University of Studies "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara in Chieti, Italy. Iannotta received a bachelor's degree in biotechnology and a master's degree in molecular and cellular biotechnology from the University of L'Aquila in L'Aquila, Italy.

Iannotta is working on the development of new drug delivery systems and the exploration of new frontiers in nanomedicine. She has mentored multiple undergraduate students and has authored seven publications on such topics as extracellular vesicles, drug delivery and neurobiology. Her goal is to contribute to the improvement of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to life-threatening diseases.

Anthony N. Pham, M.S.

Anthony Pham is a special project associate in the Nanomedicine and Extracellular Vesicles Lab. His research focuses on the use of extracellular vesicles in the treatment of neointimal hyperplasia, a condition that leads to restenosis after angioplasty to treat cardiovascular disease.

Pham graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in medicine, health and society. He received a master's degree in physiology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 2018.

Sierra A. Walker, B.A.

Sierra A. Walker is a Ph.D. student in the biochemistry and molecular biology track at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her work in the lab aims to identify the role of surface glycans on extracellular vesicles derived from cancer cells in metastasis. Walker received her bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, in 2017.