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10 Jacobs School Faculty Named in 2020 List of Highly Cited Researchers

10 Jacobs School Faculty Named in 2020 List of Highly Cited Researchers

December 8, 2020

Ten professors at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering are among the world’s most influential researchers in their fields, according to a new research citation report from the Web of Science Group. The professors, Ludmil Alexandrov, Trey Ideker, Rob Knight, Nathan E. Lewis, Prashant Mali, Ying Shirley Meng, Bernhard O. Palsson, Joseph Wang, Kun Zhang and Liangfang Zhang, are amone 52 professors and researchers at UC San Diego named in the prestigious list of Highly Cited Researchers in 2020. Full Story


UC San Diego nanoengineer Liangfang Zhang inducted into National Academy of Inventors

UC San Diego nanoengineer Liangfang Zhang inducted into National Academy of Inventors

December 8, 2020

Liangfang Zhang, professor of nanoengineering and director of the chemical engineering program at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has been named a 2020 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Zhang is recognized for his revolutionary work in the field of nanomedicine, which focuses on nanomaterials for medical applications. He invented a way to make nanoparticles perform therapeutic tasks in the body without being rejected by the immune system. Full Story


UC San Diego and LINK-J Seminar Series

UC San Diego and LINK-J Seminar Series

December 2, 2020

UC San Diego professor Nicole Steinmetz and Kyoto University professor Yasuhiko Tabata will discuss the latest trends in nanoengineering and drug delivery technologies at this joint webinar on December 18, 2020 between UC San Diego and LINK-J. Full Story


Virus-like probes could help make rapid COVID-19 testing more accurate, reliable

Virus-like probes could help make rapid COVID-19 testing more accurate, reliable

November 30, 2020

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed new and improved probes, known as positive controls, that could make it easier to validate rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests for COVID-19 across the globe. The advance could help expand testing to low-resource, underserved areas. Full Story


Start-up receives up to $15 M to develop nanoparticle therapy for sepsis licensed from UC San Diego

Start-up receives up to $15 M to develop nanoparticle therapy for sepsis licensed from UC San Diego

October 21, 2020

San Diego-based Cellics Therapeutics, which was co-founded by UC San Diego nanoengineering Professor Liangfang Zhang, has received an award of up to $15 M from Boston-based accelerator CARB-X to develop a macrophage cellular nanosponge—nanoparticles cloaked in the cell membranes of macrophages—designed to treat sepsis. Full Story


Nanoengineers, radiologists work toward immunotherapy for liver cancer

Nanoengineers, radiologists work toward immunotherapy for liver cancer

August 13, 2020

A team of nanoengineers and interventional radiologists at UC San Diego and the VA San Diego Healthcare System received a $575,000 grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) to develop a new method to treat liver cancer by combining ablation—a treatment to destroy tumors—with an immunotherapy derived from a plant virus. Full Story


Nanoengineering and chemical engineering at UC San Diego in the spotlight

Nanoengineering and chemical engineering at UC San Diego in the spotlight

August 10, 2020

A creative group of faculty, students and staff within the University of California San Diego are taking innovative approaches to develop breakthroughs in nanomedicine, flexible electronics, and energy storage. Together, this group makes up the Department of NanoEngineering and the Chemical Engineering Program at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. A virtual issue of the journal ACS Nano highlights the wide ranging research, educational and workforce-development contributions of this extraordinary group.  Full Story


A nanomaterial path forward for COVID-19 vaccine development

A nanomaterial path forward for COVID-19 vaccine development

July 15, 2020

From mRNA vaccines entering clinical trials, to peptide-based vaccines and using molecular farming to scale vaccine production, the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing new and emerging nanotechnologies into the frontlines and the headlines. Nanoengineers at UC San Diego detail the current approaches to COVID-19 vaccine development, and highlight how nanotechnology has enabled these advances, in a review article in Nature Nanotechnology published July 15. Full Story


Nature Nanotechnology webinar with Nicole Steinmetz

Nature Nanotechnology webinar with Nicole Steinmetz

June 24, 2020

Watch this Nature Nanotechnology webinar with Nicole Steinmetz, UC San Diego nanoengineering professor. She discusses how nanotechnology can contribute to COVID-19 research. Full Story


NIH grant to bioprint nanoparticles for ovarian cancer immunotherapy

NIH grant to bioprint nanoparticles for ovarian cancer immunotherapy

June 19, 2020

Nanoengineers at UC San Diego received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer using plant virus nanoparticles. The particles will be produced using 3D-bioprinting, enabling them to be released at specified intervals, instead of a continuous slow release. Full Story


Nanosponges Could Intercept Coronavirus Infection

Nanosponges Could Intercept Coronavirus Infection

June 17, 2020

Nanoparticles cloaked in human lung cell membranes and human immune cell membranes can attract and neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus in cell culture, causing the virus to lose its ability to hijack host cells and reproduce. Instead of targeting the virus itself, these nanosponges, developed by engineers at UC San Diego, are designed to protect the healthy cells the virus invades.   Full Story


Virtual Q&A: nanotech and COVID-19

Virtual Q&A: nanotech and COVID-19

June 10, 2020

The journal Nature Nanotechnology is hosting an online Q&A session with Nicole Steinmetz, UC San Diego nanoengineering professor, and Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Tel Aviv University professor. Nicole and Ronit will present their work on COVID-19 and discuss how nanotechnology can contribute to COVID-19 research. The event is Wednesday June 17, 2020 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Full Story


I'm gonna contribute to the revolution of the pharmaceutical world

I'm gonna contribute to the revolution of the pharmaceutical world

May 20, 2020

When Qiangzhe “Oliver” Zhang was still a high school student in China applying to colleges in the United States, UC San Diego’s chemical engineering program at Jacobs School of Engineering was at the top of his list. “I knew they had this very new, very innovative nanoengineering program,” he said. “It’s one of a kind, and that got me really excited.” Now, almost eight years later, Zhang is working at the leading edge of biomedical research under Liangfang Zhang in the Nanomaterials and Nanomedicine Laboratory, developing new technologies that could completely change how scientists combat viruses like HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Full Story


Marrying molecular farming and advanced manufacturing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine

Marrying molecular farming and advanced manufacturing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine

April 20, 2020

UC San Diego nanoengineers received a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation to develop—using a plant virus—a stable, easy to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine patch that can be shipped around the world and painlessly self-administered by patients. Full Story


'Decoy' nanoparticles can block HIV and prevent infection

'Decoy' nanoparticles can block HIV and prevent infection

April 20, 2020

Flipping the standard viral drug targeting approach on its head, engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a promising new “nanosponge” method for preventing HIV from proliferating in the body: coating polymer nanoparticles with the membranes of T helper cells and turning them into decoys to intercept viral particles and block them from binding and infiltrating the body’s actual immune cells.  Full Story


Part 2: Treating Cancer with Plant Viruses: A Conversation with Nicole Steinmetz

Part 2: Treating Cancer with Plant Viruses: A Conversation with Nicole Steinmetz

April 14, 2020

In this second episode of Stories from the NNI featuring UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Nicole Steinmetz, she describes her work using plant virus-based nanoparticles to train the immune system to fight cancer. Full Story


Treating Cancer with Plant Viruses: A Conversation with Nicole Steinmetz

Treating Cancer with Plant Viruses: A Conversation with Nicole Steinmetz

March 11, 2020

In this episode of Stories from the NNI, nanoengineering professor Nicole Steinmetz at UC San Diego describes her work using plant virus-based nanoparticles to train the immune system to fight cancer, as well as for targeted delivery of pesticides to improve plant health. Steinmetz also discusses the mission of the Center for Nano-ImmunoEngineering at UC San Diego, for which she serves as the director. Full Story


Controlling CAR T cells with light selectively destroys skin tumors in mice

Controlling CAR T cells with light selectively destroys skin tumors in mice

February 19, 2020

UC San Diego bioengineers have developed a control system that could make CAR T-cell therapy safer and more powerful when treating cancer. By programming CAR T cells to switch on when exposed to blue light, the researchers controlled the cells to destroy skin tumors in mice without harming healthy tissue. Full Story


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