Interdisciplinary Collaboration grows “Immunoforests” – New Microneedles

January 31, 2013

Peter DeMuth of Biological Engineering and Wilfredo F. Garcia-Beltran in Health Sciences and Technology have developed new dissolving microneedles for transcutaneous delivery of biological agents such as vaccines. This work was is published in and featured on the cover of the journal Advanced Functional Materials. Congratulations to Peter and Wilfredo on this creative combination of polymer synthesis, microfabrication, confocal microscopy, in vitro and in vivo experiments, histology and whole animal fluorescence! Read the full paper here, or see a video of Peter here, as he was one of ten winners of the 2012 Koch Institute Image Awards. Photo by Advanced Functional Materials.

DeMuthPeter DeMuth (doctoral candidate in Department of Biological Engineering) is supervised by Professor Darrell Irvine (Materials Science and Engineering, Biological Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research) and Professor Paula Hammond (Chemical Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research).




Garcia Beltran, WilfredoWilfredo F. Garcia-Beltran is a 1st year graduate student in Harvard Immunology Program and 3rd year MSTP student in the Harvard/MIT M.D./PhD program (Health Science and Technology).

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