Responsive Polymers for Therapeutics


 Research efforts are devoted to fine-tuning the functionality of polymeric materials through the control of synthetic parameters and the rational incorporation of responsive modalities within their structure. Encapsulation, decoration, entrapment and conjugation of biologically active moieties are explored in order to achieve a broad spectrum of biomedical applications. The main areas of research are related to multifunctional polymer-drug conjugates, innovative diagnostic technologies as theranostic approaches, and environment-responsive hydrogels with dimensions ranging from the nanometer to the macroscopic scale. The work is mainly focused on polymer and organic chemistry that is supported by a strong international collaboration network involving dermatologists, biochemists, biologists, medical doctors, etc. with knowledge in areas as gene therapy, cancer therapeutics, dermal drug delivery, amongst others.

Coordinator: Marcelo Calderon