Development of Functional Nanoparticles for Targeted Biomaterial Cell Delivery

Genetic engineering has proven to be a useful approach for gene therapy and transformation of value-added agricultural plants. However, the current available technologies suffer from several limitations. These include relative low delivery efficiency with difficult-to-deliver cells or complex constructs and limit freedom-to-operate. Considering advances have been made in the applications of nanotechnology to life science and plant biology, particularly in the realm of gene editing technology, improving delivery efficiency is urgently needed. We propose to develop functional nanomaterials, which will provide an innovative, efficient, and low-cost alternative for conventional methods of biomolecule delivery. It will also accelerate the development of targeted therapy and value-added plants.

Intern: 
Anh Nguyen
Olesandra Savchenko
Faculty Supervisor: 
Jie Chen
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Alberta
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