Patrick Kiser, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine


The primary focus of our lab is the development of drug delivery technology for infectious disease and Women's Health. We are particularly interested in new antiviral agents and drug delivery systems to intercept sexually transmitted viruses at the point of interaction with the genital mucosa and the first target cells infected in the mucosa. Our methods include synthetic polymer chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, modeling drug transport, and using these results in drug delivery system design and prototyping. We perform preclinical toxicity efficacy evaluations in cell, tissue, and animal models; conduct antiviral assays and drug transport assays; and produce devices using a variety of pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies. Our projects range from new materials discovery that could lead to next generation mucosally active antiviral agents and mucosal vaccines, to the development of new assays to evaluate HIV prevention technologies, to sustained delivery system projects for antiviral, anti-infectives and contraceptive agents.

Contact Information:

Office: Silverman 4627
Phone: 847-467-5468
Email: patrick [dot] kiser [at] northwestern [dot] edu