Immunotherapy and Nanotechnologies
Researchers in these areas are developing new cutting edge technologies with the overall objective of improving the outcomes for breast cancer patients. These efforts include various combinations of immunologic based approaches, sometimes combined with new nanotechnologies and advanced optics to open new horizons for breast cancer care.
Mark Bachman, PhD
Dr Bachman is Associate Director of Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility (INRF) and a biomedical engineer with expertise in design and production of a variety of microdevices and micro/nano systems for biological applications. Dr Bachman developed the micropallet array technology that he and Dr. Nelson are using to design methods for gaining information that will permit the design of individualized treatment strategies for breast cancer patients.
- Edward L. Nelson, MD
Dr. Nelson is a breast health care physician and scientist whose research focuses on methods to make patient's immune system fight their cancer better. Dr. Nelson is investigating a novel cancer vaccine strategies and methods to improve immunity during chemotherapy (with Rita Mehta, MD). Dr Nelson has teamed with the LifeChips Program and Dr. Mark Bachman to develop a new methodology for evaluating the cellular and molecular profile of breast tumors in order to establish which treatments will be best for each individual patients before they get started. Along with members of the Beckman Laser Institute, he is also pursuing applications of advanced optical spectroscopy for understanding the ChemoBrain phenomenon.
- Bruce Tromberg, PhD
Dr. Tromberg is the Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic and Lead investigator of the NCI funded Network for Translational Research: Optical Imaging (NTROI). In the context of these organizations, Dr Tromberg is involved in the development of multiple different advanced optical imaging technologies for breast cancer and with Drs. Bachman and Nelson is involved in studies using the micropallet array to investigate the cellular profile of breast tumors. He also works with Dr. Nelson in applications of optical imaging to study ChemoBrain in breast cancer patients.
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