Terasaki Talks: Dr. Kangju Lee


Microneedle (MN) patches have been utilized for drug delivery due to their ease of use and minimally invasive nature. However, most of the work has centered around transdermal drug delivery, leaving MN-based drug delivery to other organs and tissues relatively unexplored. Organs and tissues such as the eyes, blood vessels, and gastrointestinal tract can pose unique challenges for the implementation of MNs; their varied structural (physical) and environmental (dynamic) properties require MNs and patches tailored for each implantation site. Recently, therapeutic cell delivery, instead of drugs, has been increasingly pursued not only for treating wounds but for regenerating the defective sites. Moreover, bio-sensing with MNs for diagnosis has emerged as a promising research direction for the prevention and timely detection of diseases. Based on this current research trend of MNs, non-transdermal MNs will be discussed in this seminar.


KangJu Lee, Ph.D, is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI). He received his BS, PhD degrees from Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University, South Korea. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Yonsei University and University of California, Los Angeles before joining TIBI. His work has focused on drug/cell delivery with microneedle/structure for biomedical applications. He has developed microneedles/structure which can be integrated with macro delivery systems including drug eluting balloon, patch, reservoir and injection applicator for the effective drug injection to dynamic biological environments. He has been specialized in micro-fabrication and micro-manufacturing with a mechanical engineering background and in understanding unmet clinical needs through the cooperation with biologists and medical doctors. In addition to the microneedle, he is currently synthesizing and functionalizing biomaterials and applying it to various manufacturing techniques to create novel biomedical devices.

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Event Date 07-29-2020 8:00 am
Event End Date 07-29-2020 9:00 am
Registration Start Date 07-13-2020
Cut off date 07-29-2020 8:15 am

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