Drug Discovery and Development Laboratory

Led by Director Jacob Elmer, the Drug Discovery and Development Lab is focused on research in these areas:

 

Reprogramming T Cells to Fight Cancer via Non-Viral Gene Therapy

Reprogramming T Cells to Fight Cancer via Non-Viral Gene Therapy

Recent clinical trials have demonstrated that T cells can be extracted from a patient, reprogrammed to attack leukemia cells, and then injected back into the patient to eradicate the target cells (e.g. B cells).  Our research aims to increase the efficiency of this process by optimizing the delivery and expression of foreign genes in T cells using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing.

 

Development of Earthworm Hemoglobin as an Ultra-Stable Blood Substitute

Development of Earthworm Hemoglobin as an Ultra-Stable Blood Substitute

Donated human blood is the safest and most effective treatment for severe blood loss.  However, since it is a cellular product, donated blood has to be constantly refrigerated and is consequently unavailable in remote areas and battlefields (where it is needed most).  We are currently investigating earthworm hemoglobin as a highly stable, safe, and effective substitute for donated blood.

 

Engineering Education Research

3D-printed Arduino-driven sensors

We have designed a set of inexpensive 3D-printed Arduino-driven sensors and devices that can be used in the lab to take routine measurements or implemented as a class project to teach students about CAD software, additive manufacturing, and basic circuitry/coding. 

I have also recorded a suite of videos that demonstrate common lab techniques that can be used as a primer for a lab course or to train student researchers.

Director

Jacob J. Elmer, Ph.D.

Jacob J. Elmer, Ph.D.
Department of Chemical Engineering
Email: jacob.elmer@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-3093