David Oupicky, PhD

The Oupicky Lab focuses on exploring polymers and nanoparticles for delivery of drugs and nucleic acids. We are especially interested in pharmacologically active polymers (polymeric drugs) and in delivery vectors suitable for delivery of drug/gene, drug/siRNA, and drug/miRNA combinations in the treatment of acute kidney injury, metastatic cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease.


  • Prof. Oupicky received the 2019 Outstanding Mentor of Graduate Students award, April 2019
  • The Oupicky lab received a new 5-year R01 from the NCI to develop polyamine miRNA delivery systems in collaboration with Prof. Casero of Johns Hopkins University, March 2019
  • Congratulations to Lee Sleightholm for successfully defending his PhD dissertation on repurposing chloroquine for pancreatic cancer treatment. Good luck in finishing the MD part of the MD/PhD program., February 2019
  • The Oupicky lab said goodbye to Yazhe and Ying as they both moved to their postdoc positions at Yale University, February 2019
  • Shrey’s paper on oral treatment of colitis with polymeric chloroquine published in Acta Biomaterialia, October 2018
  • Congratulations to Ying Xie on successful defense of his PhD dissertation on the topic of miRNA delivery in metastatic cholangiocarcinoma and pancreatic cancer, October 2018
  • The Oupicky lab received a new 5-year R01 from NIDDK to develop siRNA-based treatments of acute kidney injury, September 2018
  • Congratulations to Fei Yu for successfully defending her PhD dissertation on the topic of polymeric chloroquine and its use in the treatment of metastatic cancer. Good luck in your new position at MD Anderson, September 2018