4th year student in Engineering
Glioblastoma is the most common and lethal malignant primary brain tumour, with a median survival of 14 months. With the urgency to provide a technology for identifying new candidate drugs for treating glioblastoma and the push to reduce in vivo approaches, my PhD project focuses on the development of an organ-on-a-chip model to study the interactions between glioblastoma and vasculature. My chip is optimized for a 3D culture of patient-derived glioblastoma cells and includes an artificial microvessel which mimics the blood-brain barrier. I have therefore established a clinically relevant tumour model that can be used for investigating resistance to chemotherapy.
The photo shows Duo Zhang collecting the award on behalf of Magda Gerigk.