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Whitehead named 2016 Young Innovator of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering

August 12, 2016

Contact: Hannah Diorio-Toth
Carnegie Mellon University
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Katie Whitehead, assistant professor of chemical engineering, has been named a 2016 Young Innovator of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering by the journal Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE). The 2016 Young Innovators “include many of the best and brightest working in the field,” according to CMBE editors in the introduction to the September issue of the journal.

Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, an official journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), publishes research that advances the study and control of mechanical, chemical, and electrical processes of the cell. The September issue of the journal will be a special edition and will include research articles from each of the 2016 Young Innovators and feature the 11 researchers on the cover.

Whitehead’s research, titled “Lipidoid Tail Structure Strongly Influences siRNA Delivery Activity” explores the structure of tiny lipid nanoparticles that contain a drug called siRNA. These nanoparticles can deliver drugs to the liver to treat diseases like hepatitis or high cholesterol. Whitehead and her lab show that the chemical structure of the lipid molecules assembled into nanoparticles significantly affects the efficacy of the siRNA delivery.

As a 2016 CMBE Young Innovator, Whitehead will present her research at the 2016 Annual Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 5 – 8. A special two-part platform session will be held as part of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering track, and each corresponding author will present his or her research and be recognized as a 2016 CMBE Young Innovator.

For more information on the 2016 CMBE Young Innovators, please read the introductory editorial in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering. For more information on Whitehead’s research, please read the full scientific article.

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