Molecular Pharmacology Program
The Daniel Heller Lab
Cancer Nanomedicine Laboratory
We are inventing novel technologies to treat advanced cancers and to detect disease at early stages. We are a young bioengineering laboratory that develops new nanotechnologies, including nanomedicines—tiny particles that target drugs to tumor sites, and nanosensors—tiny devices that detect markers of disease. Please check out our recent innovations using the “Learn more” button below…
J Budhathoki-Uprety, J Shah, JA Korsen, AE Wayne, TV Galassi, JR Cohen, JD Harvey, PV Jena, LV Ramanathan, EA Jaimes, DA Heller*. “Synthetic Molecular Recognition Nanosensor Paint for Microalbuminuria.” Nature Communications 10 (2019) 3605.
TV Galassi, PV Jena, J Shah, G Ao, E Molitor, Y Bram, A Frankel, J Park, J Jessurun, DS Ory, A Haimovitz-Friedman, D Roxbury, J Mittal, M Zheng, R E Schwartz, DA Heller*. “An Optical Nanoreporter of Endolysosomal Lipid Accumulation Reveals Enduring Effects of Diet on Hepatic Macrophages In Vivo.” Science Translational Medicine 10 (2018) eaar2680.
Y Shamay, J Shah, DF Tschaharganeh, D Roxbury, J Budhathoki-Uprety, M Işık, A Mizrachi, K Nawaly, JL Sugarman, E Baut, MR Neiman, DC Johnson, R Sridharan, KL Chu, VK Rajasekhar, JD Chodera, SW Lowe, DA Heller*, “Quantitative Self-Assembly Prediction Yields Targeted Nanomedicines” Nature Materials (2018)
Daniel A. Heller, PhD
- Chemist Daniel Heller focuses on biomaterials and nanoscale engineering for molecular sensors and targeted therapeutics.
- PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- PhD in Engineering and Bioengineering
- American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow (2021)
- Pharmacology Teaching and Mentoring Award, Weill Cornell Graduate School (2020)
- American Cancer Society Research Scholar (2018)
- NSF CAREER Award (2018)
- Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Innovators in Cancer Research (2017)
- NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2012)
- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010)
- Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship (2006)
Lab News & Events
Congratulations to Dr. Mijin Kim - Kravis WiSE Postdoctoral Fellowship Winner! She is speaking March 17, 2021 at the 2nd annual Kravis WiSE Symposium.
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Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.
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Daniel A. Heller discloses the following relationships and financial interests:
Nirova BioSense, Inc.
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Zeno Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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