Jennifer Curtis


Jennifer

 

Curtis

Associate Professor
Primary School/Department: 
Georgia Tech School of Physics

Phone: 
404-894-8839
Office Location: 
MSE G024 / G128
University: 
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Affiliations:

Research Center Affiliations: 
Regenerative Engineering and Medicine (REM)
Integrated Cancer Research Center
Immunoengineering
Center for ImmunoEngineering

Research Areas:

Research Areas: 
Biomaterials
Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics

Research Interests:

Cell biophysics. Cell mechanics of adhesion, migration and dynamics. Immunophysics and immunoengineering. Hyaluronan glycobiology. Hyaluronan synthase. Physics of tissues. 

The Curtis lab is primarily focused on the physics of cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions, in particular within the context of glycobiology and immunobiology. Our newest projects focus on questions of collective and single cell migration in vitro and in vivo; immunophage therapy "an immunoengineering approach - that uses combined defense of immune cells plus viruses (phage) to overcome bacterial infections"; and the study of the molecular biophysics and biomaterials applications of the incredible enzyme, hyaluronan synthase.

A few common scientific themes emerge frequently in our projects: biophysics at interfaces, the use of quantitative modeling, collective interactions of cells and/or molecules, cell mechanics, cell motility and adhesion, and in many cases, the role of bulky sugars in facilitating cell integration and rearrangements in tissues.