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Fri, 11/05/2021 - 11:00am
Neda Habibi
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Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Texas
Discovery Park F175

Drug targeting to specific organs and tissues has become one of the critical endeavors of the century since the use of free drugs in conventional dosage forms generally involves difficulties in achieving the target site at the appropriate dose after or during a proper time period. Modern advanced drug delivery systems aim to achieve controlled dosage at specific time, slow and extended delivery, targeted delivery and stimuli responsive based on the requirement of the therapy. Nanoparticles, liposomes and polymers were the first generation of therapeutic drug delivery systems that entered the market over the past two decades. Despite the lack of controlled release and molecular targeting properties in these products, they were able to enhance drug tolerability and/or efficacy. The introduction of controlled-release properties and targeting ligands in developing next-generation carriers is a promising approach in further facilitating their application in theranostic nanomedicine. The field is a multidisciplinary area that applies nanotechnology, chemistry, biotechnology, and biomechanics toward development of new modes of safer yet more effective therapeutic drugs for clinical practice. The focus of my research in drug delivery intends to take advantage of bio-inspired self-assembled nanostructures for efficient, safe, targeted and controlled drug delivery.

Neda Habibi

Dr. Habibi has a PhD in Nano-biotechnology specializing in Bionanomaterials and drug delivery. She received her PhD degree from the University of Genova, Italy in 2012. From 2012 to 2016, she was Assistant Professor with Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Institute at Isfahan University of Technology, Iran. She is an alumna of the Division of Engineering in Medicine and Renal Division of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard University where she was visiting Assistant Professor at Dr. Shafiee's Laboratory. From 2016, she has been a research assistance professor with Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Prior to join UNT, she was coordinating a Nano-engineering program at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio. Her works have been published in prestigious journals such as NanoToday, Advanced Functional Materials, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research and Collides and Surfaces. As a program coordinator, she has been involved in couple of grants from National Science Foundation NSF as both PI and Co-PI with more than $9.3M in total, towards variety of different academic activities such as interacting with graduate and undergraduate students, establishing her research area, collaboration with other faculty members as well as industrial partners.

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Mechanical Engineering