CBE Seminar: Alina Rwei

“Shedding Light on Pain Therapeutics: From Externally-Triggerable Drug Delivery Systems to Bioelectronics”

Current treatments of pain heavily rely on opioids, resulting in significant side effects such as addiction, tolerance, leading to the Opioid Overdose Crisis as we know of today. Smart drug delivery systems may provide an effective solution. Here I present the development of externally-triggerable drug delivery systems for on-demand, repeatable and adjustable local anesthesia, where the timing, duration, and intensity of nerve block can be controlled through external energy triggers such as light and ultrasound. In addition to traditional pharmacological approaches, bioelectronic platforms to enhance our insights into the diagnostics and mechanisms of pain and will also be discussed. Through pharmacological, optical, and electrical toolsets, we aim to develop effective therapeutic solutions to neurological disease states.

Alina Rwei Flyer

Date(s) - Feb 08, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Boelter Hall 3400
420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles CA 90095

 UCLA Samueli Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering