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James Dahlman, PhD

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Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Emory University School of Medicine

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James Dahlman is an Associate Professor in the Georgia Tech and Emory University BME Department. He studied gene editing with Feng Zhang and RNA delivery with Robert Langer and Daniel Anderson.

The Lab for Precision Therapies at Georgia Tech works at the interface of drug delivery, nanotechnology, genomics, and gene editing. James has designed nanoparticles that deliver RNA to blood vessels in the heart and lung; these nanoparticles have been used by ~20 labs across the US since 2014, and work robustly in non-human primates. He has developed targeted combination therapies targeting 5 genes at once in vivo. 

James also uses molecular biology to design the genetic drugs he delivers. He designed ‘dead’ guide RNAs; these guides can turn on genes using catalytically active Cas9. Similarly, using his background in nanoparticle chemistry, in vivo RNA delivery, and genomics, his lab designed a nanoparticle DNA barcoding system to measure how >200 nanoparticles target cells in a single mouse, directly in vivo. 

James has won the NSF, NDSEG, NIH OxCam, Whitaker, and LSRF Fellowships, the Weintraub Graduate Thesis Award, and was recently named a Bayer Young Investigator and Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Young Investigator. His work has been published in Nature Nano, Nature Biotech, Nature Cell Bio, Science Trans Med, Cell, PNAS (2x), and other leading journals, and has led to him giving over 60 presentations across the world.


PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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