Aliasger Salem, PhD


phone: 319-335-8810


Associate Vice President for Research

Lyle and Sharon Bighley Endowed Chair & Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy

Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, College of Engineering

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

University of Iowa


425 College of Pharmacy Building 115 S. Grand Avenue Iowa City, IA 52242



1998 BSc (1st Class Hons Applied Chemistry); Aston University, UK
2002 PhD (Pharmaceutical Sciences); University of Nottingham, UK
2002-2004 Postdoctoral Fellowship (Medicine); The Johns Hopkins University

Research interest: Dr. Salem’s research interests are primarily focused on self-assembling systems, the rational design of novel drug and gene delivery systems and on the development of vaccines that stimulate potent antigen-specific immune responses.  Dr Salem’s laboratory applies microfabrication techniques to develop novel drug and gene delivery devices and to optimize control over polymer-cell interactions. The group is currently exploring the synergistic application of polymer particle technology,  CpG oligonucleotides, adenoviruses and heat shock protein therapy for generating sustained stronger immune responses against tumors.

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