Nanosponge vaccine against toxins draws NIH Director’s attention

The Zhang lab in the Department of NanoEngineering continue to find potentially life-saving uses for their red blood cell membrane-coated nanoparticles. Since these particles act as a sponge for pore-forming toxins such as those released by MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), they have most recently used toxin-carrying nanosponges as a vaccine. Since it outperformed an experimental vaccine made from a heat-treated form of the same toxin, the work has been covered in MIT’s Tech Review, Chemical & Engineering News, the NIH Director’s Blog.