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Ulijn Group at ASRC
The Strathclyde and New York sections of the Ulijn Group enjoyed an fun and action packed week in New York with our annual large group meeting followed by the Active & Adaptive Materials conference at ASRC.
New Biomaterials Paper
Daniela's latest paperin Biomaterials, in collaboration with the Beatson Cancer Research Institute (UK), shows peptide nanoparticles that change their shape when exposed to endogenous enzymes which are overexpressed in cancer. The morphology transition from spherical nano carrier to immobile nano fibers at the tumor site allows for localized delivery of anticancer drugs, which halts tumor growth. Thus, a pathological hallmark of metastasis (enzyme overexpression) can be exploited to guide therapeutic targeting, tuning a negative prognostic indicator into a therapeutic response.