Computational Modelling Group

Seminar  17th June 2016 1 p.m.  85/2207

The (Bio)-Engineering of Proteous: The Fantastic Voyage 2.0

Prof Giuseppe Battaglia
University College London

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Advanced Materials, Bioinformatics, Biomathematics, Biomedical, Biomolecular Organisation, Biomolecular simulations, Complex Systems, Fluid Dynamics, IfLS, Materials, Scientific Computing
Dario Carugo

Event details In 1965, Klement and Bixby wrote the story entitled 'The Fantastic Voyage' (followed by a movie in 1966) which tells of the adventures of an experimental submarine, named the Proteus. This is a normal sized submarine shrunk to sub-cellular size and injected into a human body to navigate all the way to the brain and destroy a brain clot. Shrinking rays are still part of the science fiction genre but our ability to manipulate matter at the nanoscale combined with our understanding of the human body is placing us closer and closer to the design of carriers that can navigate the body with high precision. In the last year in my laboratory I have put together a collection of expertise that allows me the fast translation of novel nanotechnological discoveries into potentially novel therapies. Herein I will discuss the physics of body navigation (Somanautics) and how we can address the challenges associated with it. I will show our latest results on oncology and neurology and moreover how our holistic approach is resulting in considerable increase of efficient delivery.

Speaker information Professor Giuseppe Battaglia, University College London, Chair of Molecular Bionics, Department of Chemistry and Division of Infection and Immunity