ESR 02 : Mona Abdelghani

Mona Studied biotechnology and did her master degree in production of biopharmaceuticals from plants, namely production of tropoelastin, elastin precursor, protein from tobacco plant that can be used for tissue engineering applications. Currently, she works for Eindhoven University of Technology as a PhD student in the NANOMED consortium. Her research focuses on design and production of nanoparticles based on elastin-like polypeptides (ELPs). ELP block copolymers will be produced through protein engineering. Well-defined ELP micelles and vesicles will be utilized and tested as drug carriers of small molecules such as siRNA as well as antibodies. Moreover, drug loading, toxicity and cell uptake studies will be performed.

Project topic: Polymer micelles based on elastin-like polypeptides

This research aims for design and preparation of series of ELP block copolymers that can form nanoparticles upon self-assembly. Well-defined ELP micelles will be functionalized and be used as drug carriers.

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NanoMed partner:
Jan van Hest
Starting date:
July 1st, 2016
  • July 2016 Nanomed kick-off meeting
  • University of Utrecht, 01 October 2017 – 30 November 2017
  • Synthon
  • University of Ghent