Azarin Research Group

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Our group studies regulation of cellular function by the healthy and diseased microenvironment. In particular, we focus on cell-cell interactions, drug delivery, and design of biomaterials for applications in molecular and cellular therapeutics and human disease modeling. Areas of interest include mechanisms of tumor progression and the development of novel treatments for metastatic cancer, molecular transport across physiological barriers, stem cell-derived models of healthy and diseased tissues, and biomanufacturing technologies for emerging cell-based immune therapies. Throughout these efforts, we integrate quantitative analysis of biological processes with tissue engineering approaches and novel biomaterial platforms. Our focus on the microenvironment extends to the scientific development of our trainees. We prioritize fostering a collaborative, equitable, inclusive, and diverse lab environment to inspire and empower all trainees to realize their scientific and professional goals.

Recent News

May 2022: Qiuge successfully defended her doctoral thesis. Congratulations, Dr. Zhang!

May 2022: Congratulations to Andrew for passing his qualifying exam!

April 2022: Qiuge's research on bacterial therapies was highlighted by the Office of Technology Commercialization!

November 2021: Welcome to new group members Zi-Ting Feng and Isadora Kucera!

October 2021: Congratulations to Pedram for his paper in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering!

October 2021: Congratulations to Kristen for receiving an Outstanding TA Award!

June 2021: Pranati has been selected for the Stem Cell Institute Predoctoral Infuse Award Program. Congratulations, Pranati!

May 2021: Congratulations to Ray for his paper in Advanced Healthcare Materials!

May 2021: Samira has received the University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Fellow Award!