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Northeastern’s Tao Sun Overcomes Barriers to Brain Drug Delivery with Focused Ultrasound

BioE Assistant Professor Tao Sun is exploring the use of ultrasound and tiny bubbles to deliver drugs to the brain more effectively, potentially aiding in treating conditions like Alzheimer’s and brain cancer. Results of his research were published in the journal PNAS.

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Nonspherical Ultrasound Microbubbles

Bioengineering Assistant Professor Tao Sun recently published postdoctoral research on “Nonspherical ultrasound microbubbles,” in PNAS. Microbubbles (MB) are widely used for ultrasound imaging and ultrasound-mediated drug delivery; thus far, only spherical MB have been employed. Sun’s research shows that it is possible to generate nonspherical MB, which move closer to blood vessel walls and have longer circulation times in vivo upon intravenous administration in mice. Combined with transcranial focused ultrasound, nonspherical MB outperformed spherical MB in temporarily permeabilizing the blood–brain barrier, opening new avenues for drug delivery.

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New Faculty Spotlight: Tao Sun

Tao Sun joins the Bioengineering department in January 2023 as an Assistant Professor.