Josh Ramsey, Ph.D., is the Robert N. Maddox Professor of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University.
“As INTERACT develops, I am looking forward to being able to help foster collaborations, identify support for the center, help set goals and milestones and contribute to making the center a success,” Ramsey said.
“My expertise focuses on the material and engineering aspects of drug delivery. Which means my lab works to develop or use materials in novel ways to overcome the challenges associated with any type of macro molecular therapy. This includes delivery of genetic material as well as delivery of proteins. In our lab we have the ability to test the technology in tissue culture and to a limited extent within small animal models. The collaborations and resources that will be available through INTERACT, however, are going to enable us to conduct more elaborate studies and to do so in more complex animal models. INTERACT is going to help us transition our work beyond the lab bench and hopefully into a clinical setting. The ability of the veterinary college’s hospital faculty to help us design and carry out those studies as well as recruit patients will be especially helpful.
“Recently we have worked directly with Dr. Ranjan to develop a carrier for treating solid tumors. We have demonstrated the approach by targeting and killing prostate cancer cells. The approach could easily be modified, however, for treating other types of cancer and even for targeting prostate cancer in people.
“I think INTERACT fills a need that I see at OSU and other academic institutions by establishing connections between those of us like myself doing basic research and those working with animals and human patients. We can collaboratively do more than what we would be able to do on our own. I think INTERACT is important for facilitating the advancement of discoveries in the lab to the clinic.”
The Institute for Translational and Emerging Research in Advanced Comparative Therapy (INTERACT) aims to fulfill One Health research by conducting parallel investigations in both humans and animals. INTERACT promotes interdisciplinary research within the veterinary college, across the OSU campus and throughout the state and nation by developing and translating discoveries into therapies for patients. INTERACT has faculty participants from almost all OSU colleges, industry experts, foundation partners, and personnel from other academic institutions around the country. For more information, visit INTERACT or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.