Into the Body: Molecular Systems for Healing

November 8, 2013

Imagine delivering cancer drugs directly to tumor cells, without harming the healthy cells that surround them. Or even pinpointing cancer cells before they form tumors at all. Patrick Stayton and Suzie Pun describe how molecular engineers are devising ways to deliver drugs to cells more precisely, and visualize the human body in minute detail. Their work offers hope far beyond cancer diagnosis and treatment: the methods they are pioneering may also lead to breakthroughs in, for example, allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s that are largely untreatable today.
Suzie Pun, Robert F. Rushmer Associate Professor, Bioengineering University of Washington
Patrick Stayton, Director, Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute