Current Scholar

David Mai

PhD Student, Bioengineering
David Mai
Academic Institution: University of Pennsylvania Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Cohort Start Year: 2020
Research Topic: Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Population Served: At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations

FOCUS
Living immunotherapies in the form of synthetically modified immune cells have demonstrated remarkable success against various late-stage and chemotherapy-resistant cancers. However, they are less effective in solid tumors, feasible in only a subset of patients, and expensive. David’s research seeks to improve the safety, function, and manufacturing of these therapies by investigating scalable methods to produce more durable immunotherapy products more robustly from patients. These goals have key implications in advancing therapeutic success and increasing the accessibility of these novel treatments to more patients.

MORE ABOUT DAVID
David’s motivations in educational and health equity are grounded in his experience as a first-generation student raised in an urban setting filled with socioeconomic inequality. Through HPRS, he seeks to learn more about determinants of health across fields, and explore how engineering and technology may be used to lower barriers in health equity and policy.

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