Speaker: Alyssa Panitch, Ph.D.
Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering
Biomacromolecular approaches to treating diseases
The Panitch laboratory focuses on the use of macromolecules to control thrombosis, inflammation and fibrosis with the goal of improving tissue healing and regeneration. One area of research is the design and development of proteoglycan mimetics. The proteoglycan mimetic technology brings a new way of thinking about drug development. The mimetics are targeted through peptide binding to extracellular molecules. By binding within the extracellular space, they alter the cellular environment to generate a healthier context in which the cells can restore homeostasis. The mimetics are designed with significant clinical input such that the output is a therapeutic that can be used in a manner consistent with current clinical practice.
Dr. Panitch received Bachelor’s degrees from Smith College in Biochemistry and from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Chemical Engineering. She completed her Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. She currently serves as the Edward Teller Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California at Davis. Her research interests include the design and delivery of biomacromolecules to improve tissue healing and regeneration for unmet medical needs.
Date(s) - Feb 07, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm