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Laboratory for Therapeutic Particle Engineering

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One of the major obstacles in translating potent drug candidates from bench to bedside is delivery. For example, small interfering RNA (siRNA) has been recognized as a promising new class of drugs for viral infections, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer; however, its therapeutic potential has not been realized because of the instability in circulation. Target-specific delivery of anti-cancer drugs with minimal side effects on normal tissues has long been a goal for cancer therapy, but their clinical application remains challenging. Research topics in my lab will focus on developing drug/gene delivery systems which can address these challenges in ‘delivery.’ Specific projects involve (i) addressing the obstacles in siRNA delivery using formulation approaches, (ii) developing nanoparticles which mimic leukocyte-rolling behavior for tumor targeting, and (iii) developing inhalable microparticles which allows for delivering combinations of drugs for cystic fibrosis therapy.



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