Mar 8 2012

Prof. Tarek M. Fahmy, Yale University Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

March 8, 2012


CEB 218


810 South Clinton Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Modular Nanoscale Biomaterials for Immunotherapy and Immunodiagnostics

The immune system is made up of a complex network of molecules and cells that can screen its own components, protect itself, and attack invaders such as bacteria and viruses. Immune system malfunction can lead to pathogenesis of many common chronic and autoimmune disease, and even progression of cancer. Nanomaterials can be engineered in ways that can rectify functional responses of these cells and detect their presence in health and disease. An attractive feature of these synthetic systems is that they can be ‘tuned’ in predictable, designable ways to optimize detection of cellular function for fast immunodiagnostics or used to manipulate the magnitude and direction of an immune response for immunotherapy. Here we present current our understandings and designs using nanomaterials ranging from biodegradable nanoparticles to semiconducting nanowires for modulation and interrogation of immune cells.


UIC Chemical Engineering

Date posted

Jun 17, 2019

Date updated

Jun 17, 2019