Nanobiomaterials for Immunotherapy and Immunodiagnostics

Tarek Fahmy, Yale University

Friday, January 16, 2009, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

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. Engineered nanobiomaterials may facilitate detection and modulation of immune cells. These novel materials are a new generation of diagnostics and therapeutics that promise application in the clinic for detection and therapy.

About the Speaker

Tarek Fahmy is a Chemical Engineer by training (Bachelors from University of Delaware), masters from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. is in Molecular Biophysics and Immunology (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine). Postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering. He has been a faculty at Yale (Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering) since 2002. His work focuses at the interface of nanomaterials and immunity, development of vaccines and targeted delivery of therapeutics for boosting immunity in health and disease and detection of the immune response. Dr. Fahmy is the receipent of the NSF Career Award and the Wallace Coulter Foundation Career Awards.