Elizabeth Wayne is a NIH Carolina Center for Nanotechnology Training Program (C-CNTP) T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Carolina Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Prior to UNC, she completed her PhD at Cornell University in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 and earned her BA in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

Previously published work in the Kabanov Group has demonstrated macrophages ability to horizontally transfer genes to ischemic muscle cells and that this activity is enhances within the presence of pluronic block copolymers. Preliminary research shows that macrophages are also capable transferring genetic material to cancer cells. Dr. Wayne’s central goal is to develop a macrophage-mediated non-viral delivery system to deliver genetic material to the tumor environment.