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Pitt's Steven Little Strives to Enhance Body's Own Healing
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Steven Little wants to make medicine as smart as the human body. When something goes wrong with our bodies today, medicine's solution is often to cut it out, burn it out or treat it with medication.
But the goal of the Little Lab at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering is to enhance the body's already highly intelligent healing mechanisms, Mr. Little said in an interview last week. Last month, the national Society for Biomaterials announced that Mr. Little, 34, who has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had received its Young Investigator Award for 2012.
Since coming to Pitt six years ago, the chemical engineering professor has pulled in more than $4.5 million in grants and has mentored nearly 50 researchers. Much of his lab's work is focused on developing synthetic substances that can deliver drugs or natural substances inside the body at precise places and times.
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