I am currently participating in the Descience competition, where designers create a runway look inspired by a scientist’s research. I am partnered with Georgia Charkoftaki, a postdoc at the University of Colorado Denver. Our design represents Dr. Charkoftaki’s novel targeted drug delivery strategy for fighting the kidney disease, lupus nephritis. The dress shows 4 classes of the disease, the nephron (the kidney substructure that is affected by the disease) and side-effects from current drug treatments. The jewelry represents the new strategy which houses drugs and deposits them at specific sites to improve treatment efficacy and limit off-target toxicities.



The Science – Lupus Nephritis and Targeted Drug Delivery