Omid Veiseh, Ph.D.
|Titles & Positions|
|Institutional & Related Links|
|Grant ID: RR160047|
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
May 18, 2016
Brain tumors are one of the most common cancers in children. And although long-term survival is over 50%, it often comes at a cost. Because their brains are just developing, the toxicity of the treatment can affect learning and leave children with lifelong challenges.
One of the barriers to treating tumors in the brain is the literal barrier between the blood and the brain. Chemotherapy drug molecules cannot cross this membrane, which exists in part to keep toxins out of the brain.
A researcher at Rice University seeks to change that, by synthesizing a nanoparticle that can carry a gene-therapy product across the blood-brain barrier. His unique interdisciplinary approach encompasses both materials science and biology.