As of March 16, 2020, current online class instruction continues as scheduled. District and College campuses are closed until further notice. For labs or limited in-person classes that have yet to be converted online, they are suspended and your faculty will contact you with further information.
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Campus is closed. All in-person classes, labs and meetings are suspended.
Students, Faculty, and Staff can see full details at the Instructional Transition page.
The blood-brain-barrier (BBB) is a special structure in the body that helps to protect the brain from unwanted toxins and germs. Unfortunately, this barrier can also make it extremely difficult for therapeutics to reach their intended target within brain. This requires the modification of the therapeutic drugs to allow them to cross the BBB and enter the brain where they can reach their target and be effective. Testing which chemical modifications act to improve accessibility of therapeutics to the brain can be a long and expensive process. At LLNL, we are using a drug optimization pipeline that combines several experimental techniques with computational methods, making use of some of the fastest supercomputers in the world. This allows us to speed up the process of optimizing therapeutics to cross the BBB.