The Patel group draws on expertise in stem cell differentiation, materials synthesis and pharmaceutical chemistry to develop biomaterials that facilitate gene transfer to desired cell populations, engineer mRNA transcripts for controlled protein pharmacokinetics and application of RNA therapies in chronic disease.
Asha joined the department in 2018 after completing 4 years of postdoctoral training as an EPSRC eterm fellow in the laboratories of Professors Daniel Anderson and Robert Langer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Here, she developed biodegradable, non-viral vectors for the inhaled delivery of mRNA to the lung.
Asha graduated with a first class honours degree in Pharmacy from King's College London in 2006 and remains a member of the General Pharmaceutical Council and Royal Pharmaceutical Society. In 2014, she was awarded her PhD by the University of Nottingham as part of the Doctoral Training Centre in Regenerative Medicine where she developed biomaterials that modulate human pluripotent stem cell and cardiomyocyte behaviour, under the guidance of Professors Chris Denning, Morgan Alexander and Martyn Davies.
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