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Gabriel A Kwong

Assistant Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Gabriel Kwong

Dr. Gabe Kwong is an Assistant Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Tech School of Engineering and Emory School of Medicine. His research program is conducted at the interface of the life sciences, medicine and engineering where a central focus is understanding how to harness the sophisticated defense mechanisms of immune cells to eradicate disease and provide protective immunity. Kwong has pioneered numerous biomedical technologies and published in leading scientific journals such as Nature Biotechnology and Nature Medicine. His work has been profiled broadly including coverage in The Economist, NPR, BBC, and WGBH-2, Boston's PBS station.

Professor Kwong earned his B.S. in Bioengineering with Highest Honors from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from California Institute of Technology with Professor James R. Heath. He conducted postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Professor Sangeeta N. Bhatia. For his work, Dr. Kwong has been awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, named a "Future Leader in Cancer Research and Translational Medicine" by the Massachusetts General Hospital, and awarded the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, a distinction given to the 10 most innovative bioengineers in the nation. Dr. Kwong holds seven issued or pending patents in cancer nanotechnology.

Research Areas of Interest

  • Nanomedicine
  • Engineering Immunity
  • Biomedical micro- and nanosystems
  • Noninvasive diagnostics
  • DNA nanotechnology
  • High throughput biotechnologies

Representative Publications and Patents

Warren A.D. et al. “Point-of-care diagnostics for non-communicable diseases using synthetic urinary biomarkers and paper microfluidics” PNAS 1119(10), 3671–3676 (2014).

Kwong G.A. et al. “Mass-encoded synthetic biomarkers for multiplexed urinary monitoring of disease” Nat. Biotechnol. 31, 63–70 (2013).

Ma C. et al. “A clinical microchip for evaluation of single immune cells reveals high functional heterogeneity in phenotypically similar T cells” Nat. Medicine 17, 738–43 (2011).

Kwong G.A. et al. “Modular nucleic acid assembled p/MHC microarrays for multiplexed sorting of antigen-specific lymphocytes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131(28), 9695–703 (2009).

  • Application No. 61/832,766: Affinity-based detection of ligand-encoded synthetic biomarkers
  • Application No. 61/831,916: Stimulus responsive nanocomplexes and methods of use thereof
  • Application No. 61/452,908: Multiplexed detection with isotope-coded reporters
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,673,267: Methods and products for in vivo enzyme profiling
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,394,590: Capture agents and related methods and systems for detecting and/or sorting targets
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,354,231: Methods and systems for detection and/or sorting targets
Awards and Distinctions: 
  • 2013 - 2018, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface
  • 2012, "Future Leader in Cancer Research and Translational Medicine"; Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 2011 - 2014, NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award; NCI
  • 2007, Nanotechnology in Biomedicine Keystone Symposium Scholar Award
  • 2003 - 2005, Charles Lee Powell Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • 2002, Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2002, Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 2001, Guidant Corporation Research Fellowship
  • 1998- 2002, General Motors Scholarship
  • Director, Laboratory for Synthetic Immunity
  • Faculty, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Program Faculty, Georgia ImmunoEngineering Consortium
  • Program Faculty, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience


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