Find Out Why: New NC-VVIRAL Lab
A new Viral Vector research lab is coming to NC State. The lab collaboratively works with Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, and the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.
July 13, 2022 By Isabella Mormando
A new engineering lab on Centennial Campus will refine the manufacturing and production technologies of viral vectors, or viral delivery mechanisms, used in biomedical research. The Viral Vector Initiative in Research and Learning (NC-VVIRAL) lab will develop innovative purification and sensing processes that are affordable and highly scalable for commercial applications.
Viral vectors are viruses that have been modified to deliver genetic material into cells for treatment or research. Because viruses already naturally know how to deliver their genomes into cells they want to infect, scientists can use non-pathogenic viruses as a vehicle to introduce what they need directly into a cell.
Michael Daniele, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering and Stefano Menegatti, associate professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, will oversee a multi-disciplinary group of engineering students and scientists who will investigate chromatography, microelectronics, data analytics and more.
“We are open for business. We are open to consulting and collaborating with the industries.” Menegatti said. “We have accumulated here the critical mass of instruments and cross-disciplinary expertise” to get better products into the market, faster.
Daniele joined the faculty of NC State in 2015. He is also an associate professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. Daniele’s primary area of interest is the broad application of soft nanomaterials to engineer devices which monitor, mimic or augment biological function. Specific topics of research include wearable and implantable biosensors, organ-on-a-chip models, and human-machine interfaces. Daniele received his Bachelor’s and in Material Science and Engineering from Rutgers University in 2009, and his Ph.D. in the same field from Clemson University in 2012.
Hear more about the NC-VVIRAL Lab in the video below.
The lab launched on July 22, 2022, in Engineering Building III. More info.