Dr. Ed Perkins Developing New Tools for Cancer Therapy

PerkinsDr. Ed Perkins joined Mercer University's Savannah campus in 2008 from a faculty position in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. Dr. Perkins’ research efforts are focused on developing cell-based, drug delivery systems using synthetic chromosomes and bioengineered stem cells. These new systems allow for targeted and localized delivery of stem cells engineered to produce anti-cancer agents directly at tumor sites and, potentially, enhance therapeutic efficacy in cancers that are often refractory to current therapies. Dr. Perkins’ research program is currently funded by two grants from the National Institutes of Health and by the Georgia Research Alliance with a Distinguished Cancer Scientist award.