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  • September 18, 2014

    MIT Koch Institute Special Symposium: Bridging the Gap in Ovarian Cancer 2014

    From the Koch Institute, “On September 16, 2014, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT hosted Bridging the Gap in Ovarian Cancer, a special symposium for ovarian cancer patients, survivors, family members, advocates, researchers, and other interested members of the public. This free public event was organized by the Koch Institute to share […]
  • September 1, 2014

    BME graduate students Shreyas Dahotre and Ian Miller join LSI

    Shreyas completed his B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering at Duke, and Ian majored in Chemistry at Furman University. Learn more about them here. Welcome!
  • August 15, 2014

    Laboratory for Synthetic Immunity launches

    Dr. Kwong officially launches the Laboratory for Synthetic Immunity (LSI) in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory School of Medicine. LSI focuses on developing transformative biomedical technologies for engineering human immunity. Read more about LSI’s research here.
  • April 11, 2014

    MIT Deshpande Center IdeaStream 2014

    The MIT Deshpande Center IdeaStream symposium gathers together the leading minds in innovation and entrepreneurship for an invitation-only event each spring. Top-name venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, and MIT researchers consider this a must-attend event. Watch Dr. Kwong’s seminar on synthetic biomarkers below:
  • March 1, 2014

    Press coverage on our paper tests for global health

    MIT News: A paper diagnostic for cancer FOX News: Simple paper urine test may detect cancer, blood clots Science News: Urine test detects not pregnancy but cancer Wired: Get an injection, pee on a stick, get a cancer diagnosis Gizmodo: New paper-based urine tests could detect cancer and heart disease Medical News Today: Cheap urine […]
  • February 24, 2014

    Our work on paper-based urine diagnostics published in PNAS

    Summary: Noncommunicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer, are growing worldwide but are challenging to diagnose because biomarkers that can accurately detect in patients are scarce. We designed nanoparticles to reveal the presence of disease by producing a biomarker in urine that can be detected using paper strips similar to a home pregnancy test. This […]
  • October 27, 2013

    2013 Career Award at the Scientific Interface

    Dr. Kwong was selected for the 2013 Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI) from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Thank you BWF and the selection committee!
  • October 27, 2013

    Select press on our urine test to detect blood clots

    The Economist: Particle Physiology   The Huffington Post: Test to detect hidden blood clots on the horizon   ACS Press Room: Toward a urine test for detecting blood clots MIT News: Finding blood clots before they wreak havoc AzoNano: Blood clots chop peptides added onto nanomaterials Medical News Today: Nanotechnology urine test could detect deadly blood clots Health Central: Urine test could […]
  • October 20, 2013

    MIT Deshpande Center innovation grant

    We are 1 of 12 teams awarded an innovation grant by the MIT Deshpande Center, supporting the commercialization of our synthetic biomarker technology! Twelve Research Teams Receive $949, 764 to Develop New Technological Innovations
  • September 9, 2013

    Our urine test for blood clots published in ACS Nano

    Summary: Thrombin is a serine protease that plays a critical role in the formation of obstructive blood clots, or thrombosis, that is a life-threatening condition associated with numerous diseases such as atherosclerosis and stroke. To detect thrombosis in living animals, we design nanoparticles to sense the activity of thrombin by producing a signal in urine for […]
  • May 24, 2013

    Gaya Murugappan receives cum laude honors

    Congratulations to my former trainee and newly minted Harvard MD Gaya Murugappan for receiving cum laude honors for her MD thesis! Best of luck at Stanford!
  • May 20, 2013

    HHMI Science Meeting

    I will be presenting a poster at the HHMI Science Meeting at Janelia Farm on my work on synthetic biomarkers. Should be a week of terrific talks!
  • March 27, 2013

    Patent issued

    Our patent application for our work on synthetic biomarkers has been issued! US patent No: 8,673,267
  • March 12, 2013

    Patent: DNA-encoded pMHC tetramers

    My PhD colleagues and I have just been awarded a patent for our invention of DNA-encoded pMHC tetramers! U.S. Patent No: 8,394,590
  • March 10, 2013

    Omar Abudayyeh named a Soros Fellow

    Congrats to my former UROP and current Harvard MD/PhD candidate Omar Abudayyeh for being named a Soros Fellow!
  • January 20, 2013

    Patent: DNA-encoded Antibody Libraries

    A patent has been granted for my work at Caltech on DNA-encoded Antibody Libraries! US Patent No: 8,354,231
  • October 16, 2012

    Synthetic biomarkers identify early cancer

    Dr. Kwong’s paper describing how nanoparticles can be used as ‘synthetic biomarkers’ to noninvasively monitor liver fibrosis and detect early stage cancer has been published in Nature Biotechnology. Cheers to all my colleagues and collaborators – we formed a great team! Mass-encoded synthetic biomarkers for multiplexed urinary monitoring of disease, Nat. Biotechnol. Media Coverage: MIT news: New technology […]