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Jennifer Cochran is the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research and Addie and Al Macovski Professor of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, of Chemical Engineering. She is a member of the Cancer Biology, Biophysics, and Immunology graduate programs. Dr. Cochran also serves as a member of the leadership team and former Director of the Stanford/NIH Biotechnology pre-doctoral training program. Her research group uses interdisciplinary approaches in chemistry, engineering, and biophysics to study complex biological systems and to develop new tools for basic science and biomedical applications. Dr. Cochran's translational interests span protein-based drug discovery and development for applications in oncology and regenerative medicine, and the development of new technologies for high-throughput protein analysis and engineering. Dr. Cochran obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biological Engineering.
The Cochran laboratory uses interdisciplinary approaches in chemistry, engineering, and biophysics to study complex biological systems. Our main goals are to develop new technologies for basic science and biomedical applications. Clinical applications of our research involves wound healing, cardiac tissue regeneration, ocular disease, and cancer imaging and therapy. Our research is driven by the philosophy that in order to control physiological processes it is necessary to understand the molecular mechanisms that drive these processes. We are interested in elucidating molecular details of receptor-mediated cell signaling events; at the same time developing protein and peptide-based tools that will allow us to manipulate cellular processes on a molecular level. For biomedical applications, we are combining rational design and combinatorial methods to create designer protein therapeutics and diagnostic agents. Examples of our work are highlighted here: - http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/september/metastasis-protein-therapy-092114.html- https://news.stanford.edu/2015/12/07/proteins-scale-extraction-120715/- https://news.stanford.edu/2016/06/16/stanford-scientists-create-guided-chemotherapy-missiles-target-cancer-cells-spare-healthy-ones/