Robert Langer to speak at College of Pharmacy


August 12, 2021

Dr. Langer in front of wall
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The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is pleased to present Robert Langer, PhD, institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for a virtual distinguished lecture on September 14, from 2-3 p.m. Following the seminar, Dr. Langer will meet with graduate and postdoctoral students from 3-3:30 p.m. 

Dr. Langer’s research includes:  

  • Investigating the mechanism of release from polymeric delivery systems with concomitant microstructural analysis and mathematical modeling 
  • Studying applications of these systems including the development of effective long-term delivery systems for insulin, anti-cancer drugs, growth factors, gene therapy agents and vaccines 
  • Developing controlled release systems that can be magnetically, ultrasonically, or enzymatically triggered to increase release rates 
  • Synthesizing new biodegradable polymeric delivery systems which will ultimately be absorbed by the body 
  • Creating new approaches for delivering drugs such as proteins and genes across complex barriers in the body such as the blood-brain barrier, the intestine, the lung and the skin 
  • Researching new ways to create tissue and organs including creating new polymer systems for tissue engineering 
  • Stem cell research including controlling growth and differentiation 
  • Creating new biomaterials with shape memory or surface switching properties 
  • Angiogenesis inhibition 

Dr. Langer is one of 12 institute professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member. He has written over 1,500 articles, which have been cited over 348,000 times. His h-index of 291 is the highest of any engineer in history and tied for the fourth highest of any individual in any field.  

His patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 400 companies, and he is a cofounder of a number of companies including Moderna. Dr. Langer served as chairman of the FDA’s Science Board (its highest advisory board) from 1999-2002. His over 220 awards include both the United States National Medal of Science and the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (he is one of three living individuals to have received both these honors), the Charles Stark Draper Prize (often called the Engineering Nobel Prize), Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Albany Medical Center Prize, Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Kyoto Prize, Wolf Prize for Chemistry, Millennium Technology Prize, Priestley Medal (highest award of the American Chemical Society), Gairdner Prize, and the Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences.  

He holds 35 honorary doctorates, including from The Ohio State University, and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors. 

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