From Nano Shape & Self Recognition to Flexibility in Cancer Treatment and Differentiation

dennis discher

University of Pennsylvania

Dennis Discher is the Robert D. Bent Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (since 1996) and Director of Penn's NIH-funded Physical Sciences in Oncology Center. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine and the US National Academy of Engineering. He has delivered 500 talks to diverse groups and coauthored more than 250 publications (>37,000 citations) that range in topic from self-assembling polymers and their application in disease to matrix elasticity effects on stem cells. Service includes chairing of NIH study sections (Gene & Drug Delivery) and membership on the Editorial Board for Science.


From viruses to tissue matrices, biology is filled with remarkable polymeric structures that motivate mimicry with goals of both clarifying and exploiting biological principles. Filamentous viruses inspired our development... [ view full abstract ]


  1. dennis discher (University of Pennsylvania)

Topic Areas

Nanomedecine for cancer diagnosis & therapy , Tissue engineering and regenerative nanomedicine


PL2b » Plenary Speeches (10:45 - Thursday, 29th September, Amphitheatre 25)

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