Congratulations to Kevin and Lee-Kai for winning a President’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA) for Fall 2018! PURA fund student salaries to conduct undergraduate research with Georgia Tech faculty and offset travel expenses for undergraduates to present their research at professional conferences. Between two hundred and three hundred competitive awards are offered on campus each year. Read more about PURA here.
Congratulations to Brandon for winning a NSF Graduate Fellowship! The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.
Our work on engineering thermal gene switches for spatial and remote control of transcriptional activity in mammalian cells using pulses of heat was published in ACS Synthetic Biology! Congrats to Ian and the team!
Read the entire manuscript here.
|Summary | Genetically engineered T cells have the potential to cure patients of cancer. Yet after they are infused into recipients, we lack the ability to control their activity throughout the body including at disease sites. Here we genetically engineer T cells to allow them to be remotely controlled using pulses of heat localized by laser light. This could improve the precision of T cell therapies for cancer.|
|Press Coverage | Georgia Tech Research Horizons “Remote-control shoots laser at nano-gold to turn on cancer-killing immune cells” | ASME “Precisely targeting tumors with cancer fighting T cells” | Medical News Today “This ‘genetic switch’ could help fight cancer” | Science Daily | Controlled Environments | Phys.org | EurekAlert! | Nanowerk | Nanotechnology Now | Medgadget “Remote-controlled signal activates T cells for cancer immunotherapy”|
Congratulations to Anna for winning a President’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) for Summer 2018! PURA fund student salaries to conduct undergraduate research with Georgia Tech faculty and offset travel expenses for undergraduates to present their research at professional conferences. Between two hundred and three hundred competitive awards are offered on campus each year. Read more about PURA here.
Gabe Kwong Honored by Georgia Tech’s Center for Teaching and Learning
Gabe Kwong, assistant professor, will receive the Center for Teaching and Learning/BP America Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.
Kwong investigates cancer nanotechnology, engineering immunity, biomedical nanosystems, and high-throughput biotechnologies. Here is some of the feedback received from students regarding Kwong’s teaching:
- “One of the best professors I have had since I have been at Tech.”
- “Dr. Kwong is a fantastic lecturer. He obviously cares about what he’s teaching, and he gives very helpful examples and explanations . . .”
- “He genuinely cared about the students and their well-being…I think he was a phenomenal professor.”
- “Everything Dr. Kwong explains, he explains exceptionally well.”
LSI has been awarded a grant from The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation for “Enhancing T Cell Therapies for Cancer using Pulses of Heat”. The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation supports science based research in the areas of neuroscience/brain science, regenerative medicine, cell biology, cancer, and nanotechnology/nanoscience, and strives for the advancement of a healthy and sustainable future for humans.