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University of California - San Diego

Dissaya 'Nu' Pornpattananangkul, University of California - San Diego

Caption: Ph.D. student Dissaya "Nu" Pornpattananangkul is developing a smart system of drug delivery for a natural product found in both coconut oil and human breast milk -- lauric acid. Lauric acid shines as a possible new acne treatment thanks to a bioengineering graduate student from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. The student developed a "smart delivery system" -- published in the journal ACS Nano in March 2010 -- capable of delivering lauric-acid-filled nano-scale bombs directly to skin-dwelling bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes) that cause common acne. On Thursday, April 15, 2010, bioengineering graduate student Dissaya "Nu" Pornpattananangkul will present her most recent work on this experimental acne-drug-delivery system at Research Expo, the annual research conference of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

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