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Four Jacobs School Professors Named AAAS Fellows

Four Jacobs School Professors Named AAAS Fellows

November 26, 2018

Four researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the United States and publisher of the journal Science. Farhat Beg, Rajesh Gupta, Pavel Pevzner and Liangfang Zhang join a total of 416 AAAS members that have been awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.  Full Story


Neutrophil nanosponges soak up proteins that promote rheumatoid arthritis

Neutrophil nanosponges soak up proteins that promote rheumatoid arthritis

September 3, 2018

Engineers have developed neutrophil “nanosponges” that can safely absorb and neutralize a variety of proteins that play a role in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. Injections of these nanosponges effectively treated severe rheumatoid arthritis in two mouse models. Administering the nanosponges early on also prevented the disease from developing. The nanosponges are nanoparticles of biodegradable polymer coated with the cell membranes of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell.  Full Story


Researchers develop a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

Researchers develop a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

January 15, 2018

A team of researchers has developed an ultrasound-based system that can non-invasively and remotely control genetic processes in live immune T cells so that they recognize and kill cancer cells. Full Story


Macrophage nanosponges could keep sepsis in check

Macrophage nanosponges could keep sepsis in check

January 4, 2018

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed macrophage "nanosponges"—nanoparticles cloaked in the cell membranes of macrophages—that can safely remove sepsis-causing molecules from the bloodstream. In lab tests, these macrophage nanosponges improved survival rates in mice with sepsis. Full Story


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