McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Kathryn Whitehead, PhD, Associate Professor and Dean’s Career Fellow in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, recently participated in TED/Monteray.  Her lab develops RNA and protein drug delivery systems and has a long-term goal of predicting the behavior of delivery materials in humans.

What if you were holding life-saving medicine … but had no way to administer it? During her presentation, “The Tiny Balls of Fat that Could Revolutionize Medicine,” you will zoom down to the nano level with engineer Dr. Whitehead as she:

  • gives a breakdown of the little fatty balls (called lipid nanoparticles) perfectly designed to ferry cutting-edge medicines into your body’s cells
  • explains how her work is already powering mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines
  • discusses forging the path for future therapies that could treat Ebola, HIV, and even cancer

Watch Dr. Whitehead’s presentation here.

Illustration:  TEDMonteray.

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