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MolES Seminar: Dr. Samir Mitragotri (Harvard University)
MolES Seminar: Dr. Samir Mitragotri (Harvard University)
WhenTuesday, Apr 2, 2019, 1 – 2 p.m.
Campus locationMolecular Engineering (MOL)
Campus roomNanoES 181
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsMolecular Engineering and Sciences

Molecular Engineering and Sciences Seminar Series
Understanding and Overcoming Biological Barriers for Drug Delivery
Abstract: Effective delivery of drugs is a major problem in today’s healthcare. At a fundamental level, the challenge of drug delivery reflects the fact that the drug distribution in the body is limited by body’s natural metabolic processes and transport barriers. These biological barriers, while serving an important purpose of regulating body’s metabolic functions, limit the drug dose that ultimately reaches the target site. Accordingly, many drugs fail to reach their full therapeutic potential. Our research aims at developing a fundamental understanding of body’s key biological barriers such as skin, intestinal epithelium and the immune system, and utilizing this understanding to develop novel means to negotiate these barriers to deliver drugs. I will present an overview of the lessons learned from our exploration of some of these biological barriers.

Bio: Samir Mitragotri is the Hiller Professor of Bioengineering and Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He is an author of over 250 publications and is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. Prof Mitragotri is highly active in translating his inventions to clinical and commercial products.  He is an inventor on over 170 patent/patent applications. His inventions have led to several products that have been commercialized or are in advanced clinical development.  He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Inventors. He is a foreign member of Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is also an elected fellow of AAAS, CRS, BMES, AIMBE, and AAPS. He received BS in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, India and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of AIChE’s and SBE’s journal Bioengineering and Translational Medicine.

This weekly seminar brings together students, faculty and invited guests from various disciplines across campus to explore current trends in molecular engineering and nanotechnology. It is a forum for active interdisciplinary discussions. These talks are open to the public and attract a diverse audience of students and faculty.…
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