Building Immunity with Biomaterials Seminar
Join Professor David J. Mooney, PhD, the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at Harvard University, for a lecture about the development of biomaterials capable of concentrating, interrogating, and manipulating stem and immune cells on Monday, March 25 at 4:00 PM at the Pancoe Auditorium.
Dysfunction of the immune system underlies many diseases, and results from certain cancer therapies. However, strategies to effectively accelerate return of immune function and program disease-specific immune responses by manipulating stem cells and immune cells are at an early stage. They are creating biomaterials capable of concentrating, interrogating, and manipulating stem and immune cells ex vivo and in the body by controlling, in space and time, the interaction of the cells with various cues. The utility of this concept in the cancer therapies will be highlighted.
About the Speaker
David Mooney received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. His laboratory designs biomaterials to make cell and protein therapies effective and practical approaches to treat disease. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Inventors. He has won numerous awards, including the Clemson Award from the SFB, MERIT award from the NIH, Distinguished Scientist Award from the IADR, Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard College. His inventions have been licensed by numerous companies, leading to commercialized products, and he is active on industrial scientific advisory boards.