Kunte, N.*, Westerfield, M.**, Choi. J.**, McGraw, E.*, Whitaker, S.K., Tomich, J.M., AvilaL.A.  Biodistribution and toxicity of Branched Amphiphilic Peptide Capsules (BAPC) associated with mRNA. Biomaterials Science (under review).

McGraw E. *, Roberts J.D. **,
Kunte N. *, Westerfield M. **, Streety, X.** Held, D  Avila L.A. Insight into Cellular Uptake and Transcytosis of Peptide Nanoparticles in Spodoptera frugiperda Cells and Isolated Midgut. ACS Omega, 7 (2022), 10933–10943. (Link)


Natarajan P.*, Roberts J. D.**, Kunte N.*, Hunter W. B., Fleming S. D., Tomich J.M., Avila L. A. (2020) A Study of the Cellular Uptake of Magnetic Branched Amphiphilic Peptide Capsules. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 17(6), 2208-2220.

McGraw, E.*, Dissanayaka, R. H.*, Vaughan, J. C.*, Kunte, N.*, Mills, G., Laurent, G. M., & Avila, L. A. (2020) Laser-assisted Delivery of Molecules in Fungal Cells. ACS Applied Bio Materials, 3 (9), 6167-6176 (Link)


Kunte, N.*, McGraw, E.*, Bell, S., Held, D., & Avila, L. A. (2019). Prospects, challenges and current status of RNAi through insect feeding. Pest Management Science, 76(1), 26-41. (Link).

Barros, S. M., Chandrasekar, R., Wilkinson-Nutsch*, K. E., Yoonseong, P., Reeck, G., Tomich, J. M., & Avila, L. A. (2019). Delivery of Lethal dsRNAs in Insect Diets by Branched Amphiphilic Peptide Capsules. The FASEB Journal, 33, 785-4. (Link)

Tomich, J. M., Sukthankar, P. R., Barros, S. D. M., Wilkinson-Nutsch*, K. M., & Avila, L. A. (2019). Branched Amphiphilic Peptide Capsules: Agents for Gene Delivery and Immunomodulation. The FASEB Journal, 33, 785-11. (Link)

Tomich, J., Wessel E., Choi J.**, Avila, L.A. (2019) “Nonviral Gene Therapy: Peptiplexes.” Nucleic Acid Nanotheranostics, 247–276. (Link)


Avila, L. A., Chandrasekar, R., Wilkinson, K. E.*, Balthazor, J., Heerman, M., Bechard, J.,  & Tomich, J. M. (2018). Delivery of lethal dsRNAs in insect diets by branched amphiphilic peptide capsules. Journal of Controlled Release, 273, 139-146. (Link)


Barros, S. D. M., Avila, L. A., Whitaker, S. K., Wilkinson, K. E.*, Sukthankar, P., Beltrão, E. I., & Tomich, J. M. (2017). Branched Amphipathic Peptide Capsules: Different Ratios of the Two Constituent Peptides Direct Distinct Bilayer Structures, Sizes, and DNA Transfection Efficiency. Langmuir, 33(28), 7096-7104. (Link)


Tomich, J.M., Reeck, G., Avila Flores, L.A. and Chandraskar, R. (2017) Nucleic Acid-Peptide Capsule Complexes. International Publication # WO 2018|045199 A2 – issued March 08, 2018. (Link)

Publications prior to Auburn

Negou, J. T., Avila, L. A., Li, X., Hagos, T. M., & Easley, C. J. (2017). Automated Microfluidic Droplet-Based Sample Chopper for Detection of Small Fluorescence Differences Using Lock-In Analysis. Analytical chemistry, 89(11), 6153-6159. (Link)


Barros, S. M., Whitaker, S. K., Sukthankar, P., Avila, L. A., Gudlur, S., Warner, M., … & Tomich, J. M. (2016). A review of solute encapsulating nanoparticles used as delivery systems with emphasis on branched amphipathic peptide capsules. Archives of biochemistry and biophysics, 596, 22-42. (Link)

Avila, L. A., Aps, L. R. M. M., Ploscariu, N., Sukthankar, P., Guo, R., Wilkinson, K. E., … & Fang, Y. (2016). Gene delivery and immunomodulatory effects of plasmid DNA associated with Branched Amphiphilic Peptide Capsules. Journal of Controlled Release, 241, 15-24. 


Avila, L. A., Aps, L. R., Sukthankar, P., Ploscariu, N., Gudlur, S., Šimo, L., … & Ferreira, L. C. (2015). Branched Amphiphilic Cationic oligopeptides form peptiplexes with DNA: A study of their biophysical properties and transfection efficiency. Molecular pharmaceutics, 12(3), 706-715. (Link)


Avila, L. A., Lee, S. Y., & Tomich, J. M. (2014). Synthetic In Vitro Delivery Systems for Plasmid DNA in Eukaryotes. Journal of Nanopharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, 2(1), 17-35. (Link)

Sukthankar, P., Avila, L. A., Whitaker, S. K., Iwamoto, T., Morgenstern, A., Apostolidis, C., … & Tomich, J. M. (2014). Branched amphiphilic peptide capsules: Cellular uptake and retention of encapsulated solutes. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA)-Biomembranes, 1838(9), 2296-2305. (Link)

Sukthankar, P., Whitaker, S. K., Avila, L. A., Gao, J., & Tomich, J. M. (2014). Peptide Nano-Capsules with Lipid Vesicle like Characteristics. Biophysical Journal, 106(2), 503a. 


Sukthankar, P., Gudlur, S., Avila, L. A., Whitaker, S. K., Katz, B. B., Hiromasa, Y., … & Chen, J. (2013). Branched oligopeptides form nanocapsules with lipid vesicle characteristics. Langmuir, 29(47), 14648-14654. (Link) 


Gudlur, S., Sukthankar, P., Gao, J., Avila, L. A., Hiromasa, Y., Chen, J., … & Tomich, J. M. (2012). Peptide nanovesicles formed by the self-assembly of branched amphiphilic peptides. PLoS One, 7(9), e45374. (Link)


*Graduate students