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Christina Tang, Ph.D.

Massey Cancer Center research program membership

Developmental Therapeutics

Department affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, College of Engineering

Education

MS, North Carolina State University (2010)
PhD, North Carolina State University (2012)

Research description

We formulate polymer nanoparticles encapsulating chemotherapies using Flash NanoPrecipitation (FNP), a rapid, scalable method in which PEGylated block copolymers direct nanoparticle self-assembly. Leveraging new methods in self-assembly driven by tannic acid complex formation and hydrogen bonding, we have developed a pH labile nanoparticle platform. Paclitaxel, a common chemotherapeutic agent, was 5-fold more potent (as indicated by a decrease in inhibitory concentration) when encapsulated using our nanoparticle platform compared to free drug. We are currently studying the potency of drug combinations.

Disease focus of research

Breast, Prostate, Ovarian

Research keywords

Cancer therapy resistance,Targeted therapies

Published research (during tenure as a Massey Cancer Center member)

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Contact information

Email: ctang2@vcu.edu