Concentration 1: The central focus of Con 1 is expanding fundmental knowledge related to manipulating the immune system using systems incorporating soft materials. Both as a research theme and educational platform, this concentration teams researchers with widely differing domain expertise focused on a single, complex grand challenge.
Examples of Con 1 research by NRT students include:
Yalin Liu: "Enabling Transitions in Polyelectrolyte Complexes," with Prof. Sarah L. Perry and H. Henning Winter, Department of Chemical Engineering;
He Yang: "Fusarium Oxysporum as an Emerging Human Pathogen: Adaptive and Invasive Features," with Prof. Li-Jun Ma, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology;
Li-Wei Chang: "Effect of Charge Patterning on Polypeptide-based Complex Coacervation," with Prof. Sarah L. Perry, Department of Chemical Engineering;
Nicholas Posey: "Protein Mimic Hydrophobicity Affects Intracellular Delivery but not Cargo Binding," with Prof. Greg Tew, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering;
Ryan Carpenter: "Implantable Bioengineered Microenvironments to Study Human Tumor-Immune Interaction," with Prof. Jungwoo Lee, Department of Chemical Engineering;
Whitney C. Blocher: "Protein Encapsulation via Coacervation using Oppositely Charged Polyelectrolytes," with Prof. Sarah L. Perry, Department of Chemical Engineering;
Christopher Hango: "Intracellular Antibody Delivery Using Protein Transduction Mimics," with Prof. Greg Tew, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering;
Xiangxi "Zoey" Meng: "Electrospinning Polyelectrolyte Complex (PEC) Coacervates into Fiber Mats," with Profs. Sarah L. Perry and Jessical D. Schiffman, Department of Chemical Engineering;
Irene Kurtz: "Bioinspired Antifouling Materials" in Prof. Schiffman's Chemical Engineering research group.