Research

Immunoengineering

Immunoengineering harnesses the power of the immune system to treat diseases such as cancer and promote tissue regeneration and healing.

Research in Immunoengineering

Our students and faculty are pioneering immunoengineering approaches to augment tissue regeneration and treat disease. Key research areas include:

Biomimetic Materials

We are controlling the signals that regulate immune cell responses at the macro and nano scales through biomimicry and advanced materials design.

Regenerative Immunology and Aging

We are innovating platforms that modulate innate and adaptive immune responses to promote tissue regeneration and wound healing. We are investigating the impact of aging on the immune system and its function in repair and disease.

Immuno-Oncology

We are innovating platforms that modulate immune responses to potentiate vaccine efficacy, enhance drug delivery systems, and improve cancer treatment.

Host Defense

We are designing new material- and cell-based therapies to correct improper immune responses in autoimmune disorders, and to augment the immune response to foreign invaders.

Systems Immunology and Computational Immunoengineering

We are investigating how immune cells connect with each other and with tissues to exert their functions. We are building systems models of cell and tissue function to provide insights that guide experimental and translational studies, and utilizing bioinformatics for improved neoantigen discovery.

Molecular Engineering

We are redesigning natural proteins and creating entirely new proteins as tools to both understand and manipulate the immune response. We are inventing biotechnologies to direct immune cell function.

Synthetic Biology

We are designing, fabricating, and integrating new biological components, ranging from proteins and other molecules to cell-based platforms.

Core Faculty