Research Highlights

Student Helps Develop Method to Measure T-cell Effectiveness for Immunotherapy and Vaccines

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Student Helps Develop Method to Measure T-cell Effectiveness for Immunotherapy and Vaccines

Texas ChE graduate student Shuqi Zhang has worked with a team of researchers led by biomedical engineering Assistant Professor Jenny Jiang to develop a novel technique that can measure the effectiveness of T-cells, a type of immune cell programmed to fight or kill a threat. The technique could benefit immunotherapy and vaccine development, resulting in … Read the rest »

Gates Foundation Grant Jump-Starts Innovative Malaria Research at UT Austin

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Gates Foundation Grant Jump-Starts Innovative Malaria Research at UT Austin

A team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, including McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering professor Jennifer Maynard, have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to pursue research aimed at improving … Read the rest »

Exploring Entrepreneurship

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Exploring Entrepreneurship Texas ChE rolled out a new entrepreneurship course this semester, learn more about it and the instructor alumnus and entrepreneur Michael Piana.

Alumna Caitlin Spofford Discusses Her Texas ChE Research Experience

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Anthrax Treatment Engineered by Texas ChE Researchers Gains FDA Approval

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Anthrax Treatment Engineered by Texas ChE Researchers Gains FDA Approval

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, including Texas ChE’s Dr. George Georgiou and Dr. Jennifer Maynard, successfully culminated years of work when a drug they engineered for the treatment and prevention of inhalational anthrax — the anthrax antitoxin obiltoxaximab — received approval March 21 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Part Read the rest »

FDA Approves Hepatitis C Treatment Co-Invented by Texas ChE Ph.D. Student

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FDA Approves Hepatitis C Treatment Co-Invented by Texas ChE Ph.D. Student

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug product Zepatier for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1 and 4 infections in adult patients. Texas ChE Ph.D. student Angela Wagner of Professor Nicholas Peppas’ research group was one of the team of eight researchers to co-invent and patent Zepatier.

Hepatitis … Read the rest »

Maynard Group’s Preclinical Findings Bring Whooping Cough Treatment Closer to Human Trials

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Maynard Group’s Preclinical Findings Bring Whooping Cough Treatment Closer to Human Trials

Texas ChE researchers recently published preclinical test results showing the use of antibodies in mice and baboons was successful in providing short-term immunity and an accelerated recovery from pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The findings, which were published in a paper on Dec. 2 in Science Translational Medicine, will help advance the treatment … Read the rest »

Researchers Create a Nontoxic Flame Retardant

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Researchers Create a Nontoxic Flame Retardant

Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans.

Flame retardants are added to foams found in mattresses, sofas, … Read the rest »

New Institute Advances Health Care Solutions

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New Institute Advances Health Care Solutions

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is launching the university’s first health care engineering institute dedicated to developing technologies and treatments that will immediately improve patient quality of life.

Led by Nicholas Peppas, a professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, the Department … Read the rest »

Smarter Window Materials Can Control Light and Energy

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Smarter Window Materials Can Control Light and Energy

Researchers in the Milliron Research Group at the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering are one step closer to delivering smart windows with a new level of energy efficiency, engineering materials that allow windows to reveal light without transferring heat and, conversely, to block light while allowing heat transmission, as described in two new research papers.… Read the rest »