Daniel G. Anderson, PhD
Core Faculty
Title
Professor, Chemical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Member, Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine
Associate Member: Broad Institute
Associate Member: Ragon Institute
Daniel G. Anderson
Email
dgander [at] mit.edu
Website
Phone
(617) 258-6843
Lab Phone
(617) 324-3634
Lab Fax
(617) 258-8827
Address

77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Room
76-653
Administrative Assistant(s)
Tara Fawaz
(617) 324-5258
tafawaz [at] mit.edu
Daniel G. Anderson, PhD
Core Faculty
Title
Professor, Chemical Engineering and Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Member, Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine
Associate Member: Broad Institute
Associate Member: Ragon Institute

Degrees

  • PhD, Molecular Genetics, University of California at Davis, 1997
  • MS, Molecular Genetics, University of California at Davis, 1995

Bio

Nano-Based Drugs, Cancer Immunology

Our research is centered on developing new materials for medicine. We pioneered the use of robotic methods for the development of smart biomaterials for drug delivery and tissue engineering. Our lab has developed methods allowing rapid synthesis, formulation, analysis, and biological testing of large libraries of biomaterials for use in medical devices, cell therapy and drug delivery. One particularly important problem is the quest to develop nanoparticles that support the therapeutic delivery of drugs and macromolecules, inside of specific cell targets, in vivo. The advanced drug delivery systems we have developed provide new methods for nanoparticulate and microparticulate drug delivery, non-viral gene therapy, siRNA delivery, and vaccines.

Professor Anderson was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2023. Learn more about the work that Professor Anderson’s lab is doing to create tiny nanoparticles that can deliver RNA to a cancer cell to stop tumor growth by watching this video: Inside the Lab: Daniel G. Anderson, Ph.D

Research Summary

Our research is centered on developing new materials for medicine. One particularly important problem is the quest to develop nanoparticles that support the therapeutic delivery of drugs and macromolecules, inside of specific cell targets, in vivo. There are many macromolecular drugs, such as DNA, RNA and some proteins, with great therapeutic potential that will only function when inside of a cell. Furthermore, many drugs are non-functional or even toxic if they do not get delivered to the correct cell-types in the body. The rational design of nanoparticulate drug delivery systems is often challenging, particularly when the design criteria are difficult to define. To address this challenge, we have developed fully automated, combinatorial systems for the synthesis, purification, characterization, and formulation of new biomaterials and nanoformulations. Materials identified using these approaches have shown great utility both in vitro and in vivo, including in non-human primate studies. We continue to focus our efforts towards developing next generation nanotherapeutics for cancer and other diseases, and to develop an understanding of the structure/function relationships between nanoparticle structure and biological activity.

In addition to nanotherapeutics, we are interested in developing advanced biomaterials for a range of applications including:

• Super biocompatible materials for islet transplantation,
• Glucose responsive drug delivery systems and sensors,
• Neural tissue engineering,
• Biomaterials for the growth, controlled differentiation, and therapeutic use of stem cells

Selected Publications

A full list of Professor Anderson’s publications can be found on PubMed.