10 Nov 2014

Prof Magdalena Plebanski receives an ARC Discovery Grant

Department of Immunology researcher, Prof Magdalena Plebanski has been awarded an ARC Discovery Grant for her research in biodegradable nanoparticles.  Prof Plebanski is the project's lead investigator along with A/Prof Cordelia Selomulya from the Department of Chemical Engineering.

This research promises new classes of immune-imprinting, biodegradable nanoparticles (iNPs) with anti-inflammatory properties. The engineering of such particles requires fundamental understanding of their properties that enable specific cellular interactions to regulate immunity with new anti-inflammatory pathways. For pulmonary delivery, spray-dried amino acid microspheres with tailored surfaces as carriers can be generated using the innovative microfluidic drying approach. The potential applications of iNPs are wide-ranging and are not restricted to pulmonary targeting. The potential commercial implications for Australia's emerging biopharmaceutical industry are substantial.

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