Dr. Derfogail Delcassian
Dr. Derfogail Delcassian is currently a Marie Curie Fellow based jointly between the University of Nottingham and MIT. Her research interests are in immunoengineering, combining her expertise in chemistry, materials science, immunology and nanomedicine. Dr. Delcassian designs biomaterials to direct and control immune cells inside and outside of the body. She builds artificial cells/lymph nodes, and targeted drug and gene delivery systems to train and instruct immune cells. These biomaterials can be used to train the immune system to fight cancer, or to help prevent rejection of organ transplants by the host immune system. Dr. Delcassian has attracted significant independent peer-reviewed funding and has been awarded a number of national and international awards to support her research.
Alongside her research, Dr. Delcassian is passionate about the translation of healthcare research from the bench to patients. She works with entrepreneurs, government agents and researchers to advocate for safe and accelerated translation of scientific research. In her spare time, she is usually found adventuring outdoors on expeditions around the world.
Dr. Delcassian is a scientist, engineer and entrepreneur based in the USA and Europe. She is passionate about developing new healthcare technologies, facilitating urban regeneration and exploring the world around her
Prof. Delcassian leads a research team to develop new strategies to control the immune system in cancer, transplantation and space. Based in the BioEngineering Department at UC Berkeley in California, click here to learn more about ongoing research or to join the team
Alongside her research, Dr. Delcassian has worked with governmental representatives and regulators to develop new strategies to safely accelerate research from the bench to the bedside
Regenerating under-used urban areas with buildings engineered to be energy efficient, community focused, and include integrated food production.
In her free time, Dr. Delcassian is a fan of outdoor adventures exploring new terrain around the globe
Dr. Delcassian has run a number of programs to increase accessibility in science and supports citizen science projects