Northeastern professor receives $1.4 million grant for vaccine development
Boston Magazine - 06/25/2015
A Northeastern University professor has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) for his work streamlining the vaccine development process.
Shashi Murthy, a professor in the chemical engineering department at Northeastern, has developed a tool that can turn monocytes, the largest type of blood cell, into dendritic cells, the cells that detect infection in the body and tell the immune system how to respond. Vaccines work by directing dendritic cells how to kill a disease, so it’s important to have many dendritic cells available when testing new vaccines—sometimes a difficult necessity, since turning monocytes into dendritic cells is currently done through a 16-step manual process.