Darrell J. Irvine




The Irvine laboratory works at the interface of materials science and immunology. Synthetic materials can be applied in two major ways to 'immunobioengineering': (1) Synthetic materials can modulate the function of immune cells by mimicking signals derived from the immune system or foreign pathogens, both as a probe for cell function and as a tool for immunotherapy— both in vitro and in vivo; (2) Synthetic materials can be used to create in vitro and in vivo models of the microenvironment present in lymphoid and non-lymphoid tissues, to better understand immunobiology in health and disease. To meet these goals, engineering must be married to an in-depth appreciation for the biology of these problems. Their laboratory is thus deeply interdisciplinary in every project. Key to their approach is a balanced emphasis on both the engineering and immunological aspects of the problems the Irvine group has chosen to address: In each of these projects, state of the art chemistry, polymer science, physics and immunology are combined to address critical biological questions and medical challenges.

Selected Publications

Hori Y, Winans AM, Huang CC, Horrigan EM, and Irvine DJ, “Injectable dendritic cell-carrying alginate gels for immunization and immunotherapy,” Biomaterials 29 3671–3682 (2008).

Verma A, Uzun O, Hu Y, Watson N, Chen S, Irvine DJ, and Stellacci F, “Cell penetrating nanoparticles: the role of ligand shell structure,” Nature Materials, 7 588–595 (2008).

Hu Y, Litwin T, Nagaraja AR, Kwong B, Katz J, Watson N, and Irvine DJ, “Cytosolic delivery of membrane-impermeable molecules in dendritic cells using pH-responsive core-shell nanoparticles,” Nano Letters 7(10) 3056–3064 (2007).

Stachowiak AN and Irvine DJ, “Inverse opal hydrogel-collagen composite scaffolds as a supportive microenvironment for immune cell migration,” Journal of Biomedical Materials Research A, published online Oct. 15, 2007.

Doh J, and Irvine DJ, “Immunological Synapse Arrays: Patterned Protein Surfaces that Template Immunological Synapse Structure Formation in T Cells,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., 103(15) 5700–5705 (2006). Pubmed Central ID: 1458636

Zhao X, Jain S, Larman HB, Gonzalez S, and Irvine DJ, “Directed cell migration via chemoattractants released from degradable microspheres,” Biomaterials, 26(24) 5048–5063 (2005).

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