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February 1, 2022

Assaf Zinger, PhD

Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

ICRF Research Career Development Award Recipient

Assaf Zinger, PhD of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, received an ICRF Research Career Development Award (RCDA) for his project entitled, “Modulating Triple Negative Breast Cancer Microenvironment Using Biomimetic Nanoparticles.” The Zinger lab develops nanoparticles to mimic the natural ways in which white blood cells target cancer and inflammation. Tumor-associated macrophages are cells that infiltrate the cancer microenvironment and promote tumor development. Greater infiltration directly correlates with poor patient prognosis. Using a mouse model for triple negative breast cancer, they plan to develop and test new biomimetic nanotechnology that will interfere with macrophages and help to inhibit tumor development.

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