Research in my laboratory aims toward improving cancer and transplantation therapy through the development of new immunotherapeutic modalities. Active research projects in my laboratory include
1) Developing improved chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) for adoptive immunotherapy of cancer.
These projects are focused upon understanding the mechanisms of signal transduction of artificial chimeric antigen receptors through traditional biochemical studies along with high resolution dynamic imaging of artificial and natural T cell receptors. New CAR designs are also under development to permit more controlled activation of T cells.
2) Developing novel T cell stimulatory substrates based upon nano- and micro-fabricated surfaces for control of T cell proliferation and differentiation.
This project is part of a collaborative effort supported by the NIH Common Fund. Details of this project can be found at the center's website (www.mechanicalbiology.org) or the NIH common fund site (http://commonfund.nih.gov/nanomedicine/devcenters/mechanicalbiology.asp)