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Delivering Medicine through Cages

Delivering Medicine through Cages

The Adsorption & Advanced Materials Group aims to design and develop novel nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for various applications ranging from more efficient gas storage to less toxic drug delivery for cancer therapy. The research highlighted here is specifically demonstrating the use of biocompatible MOFs to hold and deliver large amounts of insoluble or unstable therapeutics to targeted locations in the body as a form of autonomous therapy. We developed strategies to extend drug release over time and to demonstrate proof-of-concept efficacy and cellular uptake using super-resolution microscopy in vitro.
— Michelle Teplensky, Scientist in the Adsorption & Advanced Materials Group

Artist Priya Odedra

Integrating a background in biochemistry and the humanities, my interdisciplinary art practice explores cultural narratives. Through experimental installations, performance, and photography, I aim to interact with individuals and propagate a sense of intellectual freedom. In particular, I am interested in the relationships between humans, the natural environment, and technology. It is often implicated that an intervention on a personal level is required to change cultural perspectives concerning significant environmental problems. Can art, science, and technology, as paradigms of human identity, enable this "intervention" - one that cultivates compassion for other living systems and a sense of stewardship for the Earth?
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