Molecular Pharmacology Program
The Daniel Heller Lab
Cancer Nanomedicine Laboratory
We are a biomedical engineering laboratory that develops nanotechnologies to advance breakthroughs in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and allied diseases. We develop drug delivery technologies to target therapies to disease sites, advanced diagnostics to detect disease at earlier stages, and nanosensors to accelerate the discovery of new therapies. Please check out our recent innovations using the “View Lab Overview” button below…
M Kim, C Chen, P Wang, JJ Mulvey, Y Yang, C Wun, M Antman-Passig, H-B Luo, S Cho, K Long-Roche, LV Ramanathan, A Jagota, M Zheng, Y Wang, DA Heller*. “Machine-Learning-Based Detection of an Ovarian Cancer Disease Fingerprint from Serum via Quantum Defect-Modified Carbon Nanotube Arrays.” Nature Biomedical Engineering (2022). https://www.mskcc.org/news/sensor-sniffs-cancer-using-artificial-intelligence
D Tylawsky, H Kiguchi, J Vaynshteyn, J Gerwin, J Shah, T Islam, M Snuderl, M Greenblatt, D Boué, Y Shamay, P Raju*, DA Heller* “P-selectin Targeting Stimulates Caveolin-1-Mediated Endothelial Transcytosis in Medulloblastoma.” (2021) Preprint. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-658944/v1
Z Yaari, Y Yang, E Apfelbaum, C Cupo, A Settle, Q Cullen, W Cai, K Long Roche, DA Levine, M Fleisher, L Ramanathan, M Zheng, A Jagota, DA Heller*. ”A Perception-Based Machine-Perception Nanosensor Platform to Detect Cancer Biomarkers.” Science Advances 7 (2021) eabj0852. MSK News: https://www.mskcc.org/news/detect-ovarian-cancer-early-researchers-look-nanotechnology
TV Galassi, PV Jena, J Shah, G Ao, E Molitor, Y Bram, A Frankel, J Park, J Jessurun, DS Ory, A Haimovitz-Friedman, D Roxbury, J Mittal, M Zheng, R E Schwartz, DA Heller*. “An Optical Nanoreporter of Endolysosomal Lipid Accumulation Reveals Enduring Effects of Diet on Hepatic Macrophages In Vivo.” Science Translational Medicine 10 (2018) eaar2680.
Y Shamay, J Shah, DF Tschaharganeh, D Roxbury, J Budhathoki-Uprety, M Işık, A Mizrachi, K Nawaly, JL Sugarman, E Baut, MR Neiman, DC Johnson, R Sridharan, KL Chu, VK Rajasekhar, JD Chodera, SW Lowe, DA Heller*, “Quantitative Self-Assembly Prediction Yields Targeted Nanomedicines” Nature Materials (2018)
Daniel A. Heller, PhD
- Biomedical engineer Daniel Heller is Head of the Cancer Nanotechnology Laboratory, which invents disruptive technologies to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and allied diseases.
- PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- BS in Biochemistry from University of Delaware (2014)
- BS in Biology (Cell Molecular and Genetics) from University of Delaware (2014)
- BA in Chemistry
- BSc in Biochemical Engineering
- MSc in Chemical Engineering
- PhD in Chemical Engineering
- American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow (2021)
- Pharmacology Teaching and Mentoring Award, Weill Cornell Graduate School (2020)
- American Cancer Society Research Scholar (2018)
- NSF CAREER Award (2018)
- Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Innovators in Cancer Research (2017)
- NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2012)
- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010)
- Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship (2006)
Lab News & Events
Congratulations to Dr. Mijin Kim - NIH K99/R00 awardee!
Congratulations to Naxhije Berisha - Tow Fellowship Awardee!
Congratulations to Dr. Mijin Kim - Kravis WiSE Postdoctoral Fellowship Winner!
Congratulations to Stephen Ruiz - awarded the MERIT Mandel Graduate Fellowship!
Congratulations to Magdalini Panagiotakopoulos – Tow Postdoctoral Fellowship Awardee!
Congratulations to Dr. Mijin Kim – MIT Technology Review 35 Under 35 Innovator!
Congratulations to Magdalini Panagiotakopoulos on winning the Controlled Release Society Poster Prize
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Nirova BioSense, Inc.
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Resident Diagnostics, Inc.
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