Recent clinical trials in cancer suggest that using engineered immune cells could transform the treatment of cancer. Unlike radiation and chemotherapy, cell therapies for the treatment of cancer requires living, viable cells. My research develops effective methods of preserving the cells so that they are viable when the patient needs them. When we started this project, we asked ourselves, "Why do trees survive Minnesota winters?" We used the answer to that question to improve the preservation of cells used to treat disease.
Allison Hubel, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Biopreservation Core Resource