ChBE Fall Seminar Series Samir Mitragotri

Event Details
Contact
Josie Giles
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Contact Josie Giles
404-385-2299
Summaries

Summary Sentence: Samir Mitragotri of UCSB presents lecture

Full Summary: Samir Mitragotri of the University of California, Santa Barbara presents Engineering Shape of Polymeric Micro and Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery

Samir Mitragotri of the University of California, Santa Barbara presents Engineering Shape of Polymeric Micro and Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery

Refreshments will be served from 3:30-4:00PM
The seminar will be held 4:00-5:00PM

Seminar Abstract:
Polymeric micro- and nanoparticles are routinely used for applications in drug delivery. Encapsulation of drugs in polymeric carriers protects them from enzymatic degradation and provides sustained release over prolonged periods. Further, encapsulation also allows drug targeting via cell and tissue-specific ligands. The performance characteristics of polymeric particles in the body, for example circulation times, macrophage clearance, targeting and drug release rates, depend on several particle parameters including size, shape, surface chemistry, and mechanical strength. Our research aims at developing quantitative laws describing the relationships between particle design and performance. We particularly focus on engineering particle shape, a design parameter that has received little attention in the past. We have devised methods to generate particles of several distinct shapes and studied their impact on key processes in drug delivery, in particular phagocytosis, the clearance of particles by macrophages. Our results show that particle shape makes a profound impact on phagocytosis, more so that particle size. Based on this understanding, we have designed novel polymeric particles possessing complex shapes that are highly resistant to phagocytosis. These studies reveal that particle shape provides a new dimension in engineering of polymeric carriers and opens up new opportunities in drug delivery.

Additional Information

In Campus Calendar
No
Groups

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Invited Audience
No audiences were selected.
Categories
Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
Keywords
ChBE Seminar Series, Georgia Tech seminars
Status
  • Created By: Josie Giles
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: May 20, 2010 - 7:47am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 9:51pm