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About Rebecca L. Carrier

The goal of Dr. Carrier's research program is to increase understanding of fundamental transport phenomena in the drug delivery environment. These phenomena are studied via development of theoretical and tissue-engineered cell culture models of drug delivery systems. Computational models that incorporate the key physical and chemical properties of the therapeutic agent, drug delivery vehicle, and biological environment, in concert with appropriate experiments for model validations and physical parameter measurement, will allow greater understanding of what drug delivery systems will work for a given therapeutic agent and delivery site, and how. Models are in the form of kinetic equations and mass, energy, and momentum balances. Model parameters relate physical and chemical properties of the therapeutic agent, drug delivery vehicle, and biological environment to the resulting transport of therapeutic agent. Model parameters represent and thus provide insight into phenomena at the molecular scale that influence the delivery of therapeutic agents to a biological environment of interest (GI tract, eye, muscle, lung, skin, etc.). In parallel with theoretical model development, tissue engineered models of the drug delivery environment are being developed to aid in rational formulation design in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Positions

Present Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University
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Research Interests

Drug delivery and Transport phenomena


Contact Information

342 Snell Engineering Center
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617-373-2989
Fax: 617-373-2209

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