Maisel receives NSF CAREER Award

Maisel receives NSF CAREER Award

Katharina Maisel (BSE '10)

Katharina Maisel (BSE '10), now an assistant professor in the Bioengineering Department at Johns Hopkins University, recently received a 2021 NSF CAREER Award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

Katharina earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins in 2014 and served as an NIH postdoc at the University of Chicago before joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in January 2019. Her interdisciplinary training combines nanotechnology, mucosal immunology, lymphatic immunology, and immunoengineering. Her graduate work under Drs. Justin Hanes and Richard Cone focused on designing nanomedicines and their delivery vehicles for treating diseases at mucosal surfaces, particularly the gastrointestinal and cervicovaginal tracts. She then ventured into the world of immunology, spending her postdoc studying the immunological roles of lymphatics in allergic airway inflammation and the immune involvement in the rare lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis. Her lab uses in vitro modeling, nanotechnology, and immunoengineering approaches to study and develop treatments for diseases at mucosal surfaces. The lab is focused on studying the stromal compartment's, particularly the lymphatics', roles in disease pathology at mucosal surfaces and how the stromal compartment can be targeted for novel treatment strategies. This work creates not only crucial fundamental knowledge about stromal cell involvement in disease pathology, but also leads to novel targets and design criteria for therapeutics.