The Daniel Heller Lab: Projects

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Precision Nanomedicines

Metastatic cancer is responsible for 90 percent of cancer deaths. The promise of nanomedicines for the treatment of disseminated tumors is the ability to target therapies directly to disease sites, avoiding toxic side effects by preventing accumulation in healthy tissues. We are developing new nanoparticle drug delivery systems to specifically target metastatic tumors. We collaborate with cancer biologists and clinicians to translate these therapies to the bedside.

Implantable Sensors for Early Disease Detection

We are developing nanoscale sensors to detect cancer at its earliest stages. Using novel nanomaterials with unique optical properties, we are making it easier to identify disease biomarkers within the body, permitting detection before symptoms arise.

Nanosensors for Disease Processes and Drug Development

To enable the discovery of new medicines, we develop new tools for drug development and biomedical research. We are making sensors and probes to quantify molecules in live cells and tissues that could not be measured before. These technologies allow researchers to ask unprecedented questions and accelerate biomedical discoveries.