CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Dr. Varadarajan, Navin

Biomanufacturing the Next Generation of Cancer-Killing Immune Cells

Irfan Bandey

Navin Varadarajan receives National Science Foundation award to boost effectiveness of immunotherapy

Back in the days when all medicines were made out of chemicals found in nature, manufacturing drugs was somewhat of a breeze.

Take aspirin, for example. The chemical makeup of aspirin is simple; When you look at the drug under a microscope its molecules will all look exactly the same. Aspirin is as easy to characterize as it is to manufacture.

Engineering Cells to Make Immunotherapy More Effective

Immunotherapy, in which cells from the human immune system are unleashed to fight disease, has been the big story in cancer treatment over the past few years. When it works, it can spur long-lasting remission in patients for whom other treatments have failed. But most patients don’t benefit, and there is still no good way to predict who will respond.

Post-doc Earns Travel Grant for Cancer Immunotherapy Research

The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, SITC, selected Gabrielle Romain, post-doctoral research fellow in the UH Cullen College of Engineering, to present her research on cancer immunotherapy at its 30th anniversary annual meeting. With an approximate $750 travel grant, she plans to attend the conference in National Harbor, Maryland, in November.

Professor and Post-doc Publish Paper on Novel Leukemia Treatment

Almost 19,000 new cases of acute myeloid leukemia and 10,500 deaths from the blood and bone marrow cancer could strike Americans this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Chemotherapy, when used as primary treatment, is successful in about 65 percent of patients with the cancer, and remission rates vary depending on patients’ individual characteristics, according to the organization.

Pediatric Brain Cancer Research Wins Funding

With the nanowell array, Varadarajan is able to isolate and study individual cells, one of the biggest challenges of biomedical research.

A researcher with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant to develop new treatments for the most deadly form of pediatric brain cancer.

Professor Wins $2.1M R01 Award for Cancer Research

Varadarajan

A professor with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has won a grant worth approximately $2.1 million to study the best ways to modify human immune cells to fight against cancer.

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