Daniel Gallego-Perez, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will receive $2.3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. The award is one of 89 NIH will make from its High-Risk, High-Reward Program. Program applicants are encouraged to think outside-the-box and to pursue creative, trailblazing ideas in any area of research relevant to the NIH mission.
Gallego-Perez will use the funding to build on earlier studies that demonstrated how tissue nanotransfection (TNT) can convert skin cells into blood vessels and nerve cells. The novel approach under development may be used to repair injured tissue or restore function of aging tissue, including organs, blood vessels and nerve cells.
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