Emily Day, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Delaware, has been selected by the University's Francis Alison Society to receive the 2018 Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award.
The award recognizes promising and accomplished young faculty.
Day -- who studies nanomedicine, gene regulation, photothermal therapy and translational cancer research -- was nominated for this award by Dawn Elliott, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
"Dr. Day's research is highly significant to the field of precision medicine," Elliott wrote in her nomination letter.
At the society's annual conference in Atlanta, Day gave the Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award lecture on her work, which was titled: "Controlling Nanoparticle Architecture to Enhance Cellular Gene Regulation."
PEI is a positively charged material that can join with negative RNA molecules to deliver them into cells, but these randomly assembled polyplexes are too toxic for clinical use.