Natashya Falcone, Ph.D

Dr. Natashya Falcone received her Honors Bachelor of Science degree in 2016 in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Toronto in Canada. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto pursing her PhD in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and defended May 2021. During her PhD she worked on synthesizing and characterizing stimuli-responsive peptide-based hydrogels for a variety of applications including enzyme catalysis, cellular support, and drug delivery. She joined the Terasaki Institute in June 2021 as a postdoctoral researcher under Prof. Ali Khademhosseini. Here, she studied shear-thinning hydrogel biomaterials for the delivery of chemo and immunotherapeutics to treat hepatocellular carcinoma. She also designed an in vitro model of the pancreatic tumor microenvironment for personalized testing using crosslinkable hydrogels as a matrix for 3D cancer spheroid encapsulation. In January 2023, Dr. Falcone was promoted to a Terasaki Fellow where she will use her expertise in biomaterials and drug delivery for the delivery of cancer immunotherapies, for 3D in vitro disease modelling, and in the design of novel immunomaterials. 

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