Francis C. Szoka, Jr., PhD
Professor, Departments of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF
Our group has focused on improving gene, recombinant protein and drug delivery using biophysical, molecular biology and chemical approaches. We have applied biophysical approaches to create methods and tools that are now widely used to manufacture liposomes, polyplexes and lipoplexes. We have extensively investigated the mechanisms of non-viral gene delivery. Our recent efforts in the treatment of cancer involves the design and synthesis of prodrugs and the generation of amorphous nanosized drug particles to improve the bioavailability of sparingly soluble anticancer drugs.
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, A.B., 1965, Liberal Arts
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, M.S., 1971, Microbiology
SUNY/Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, Ph.D., 1976, Biochemistry