About Greg Szeto

Gregory Szeto

About Greg Szeto

Gregory Szeto is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County, joining the Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering in Jan 2016. He is also a member of the Tumor Immunology & Immunotherapy program in the Greenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Greg’s research focuses on using engineering approaches to 1) direct the immune system for disease therapies and 2) determine how networks of cells function to produce immune responses or dysfunction in diseases.

Greg’s postdoctoral work was completed with Profs. Darrell Irvine and Douglas Lauffenburger as an NIH NCI F32 postdoctoral fellow at MIT, the Ragon Institute, and the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA; during this time, he worked on designing drug delivery systems for vaccines and cancer immunotherapies, applying systems biology to immune networks, and developing novel technologies to interrogate immune cells. He completed his PhD in 2010 with Prof. Janice Clements at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, investigating the immunmodulatory and anti-HIV effects of the antibiotic minocycline. Greg completed dual BS degrees in 2004 from Carnegie Mellon University in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical and Health Engineering. His pre-PhD research was diverse, including viral gene therapy, Drosophila molecular biology and genetics, bioinformatics, and computer science and physics.

Education

  • Current
    MIT, Cambridge, MA
    Postdoctoral – Immune Engineering, Systems Biology
  • 12/2010
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    Ph.D. – HIV, Immunology
  • 06/2004
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
    B.S. – Chemical Engineering; Biomedical & Health Engineering

Affiliations:

  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenbaum Cancer Center

Employment

  • 1999-2000

    Summer Research Assistant, Battlefield Environment Division (D. Keith Wilson group), Army Research Laboratory Adelphi, Adelphi, MD

  • 2001-2002

    Summer Research Assistant (CRTA), Laboratory of Immunobiology (Steven X. Hou lab), National Cancer Institute – Frederick, Frederick, MD

  • 2003-2004

    Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry (Xiao Xiao lab), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 2004-2010

    Graduate Student, Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology (Janice Clements lab), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

  • 2011-2015

    Postdoctoral Fellow/Senior Postdoctoral Associate, David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT & Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT & Harvard, Cambridge, MA

  • 2015-present

    Assistant Professor, Dept of Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering, University of Marlyand Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

Team Members

Marilyn Allen

Marilyn Allen

mallen7@umbc.edu
Tufts University, Boston, MA
B.S. in Chemical & Biological Engineering, May 2016

Description: Graduate Student; Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering (2016-present)
Project: TBD

Mekha Thomas

Mekha Thomas

University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, expected May 2018
Description: Undergraduate Student; Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering (2016-present)
Project:

Georgina Stephanie

Georgina Stephanie

University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, expected May 2018
Description: Undergraduate Student; Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering (2016-present)
Project:

Kristyn Ewart

Kristyn Ewart

University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, expected May 2017
Description: Undergraduate Student; Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering (2016-present)
Project:

 

Emily Slaby

Emily Slaby

University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, expected May 2018
2016-2017 Supplement for Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) recipient

Description: Undergraduate Student; Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering (2016-present)
Project: Dynamics of amphiphile immune signaling

 

Michael Zhang

Michael Zhang

mhzhang@umbc.edu
Boston University College of Engineering, Boston, MA
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, May 2013

Description: Graduate Student; Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering (2016-present)
Project: Engineering biomolecules for vaccines, systems biology for immunodiagnostics

Open Positions

You can see the specific positions we’re recruiting for below. However, science is an ever-growing effort. We will always consider well-qualified candidates who fit in with our vision. If you think this is you, send an email to Dr. Szeto including your CV and stating what interests you about our work and how you think your skills fit into our goals.

Research staff

Sorry, we’re not actively recruiting for technicians, lab managers or other research staff at this time. Check back later!

Postdocs

Sorry, we’re not actively searching for postdocs at this time. However, if you feel there is a strong potential synergy between our research and your interests/skills, please email Greg at gszeto@umbc.edu with 1) your CV and 2) a brief statement of interest and proposed synergy. Talented individuals will always be considered.

Graduate Students

We are recruiting 2 PhD students! Students interested in bioengineering the immune system, including drug delivery, biomaterials, vaccines, and systems biology in the context of cancer and autoimmunity, should apply to the graduate program at http://cbee.umbc.edu

For further information, please email Greg at gszeto@umbc.edu with 1) your CV and 2) a brief summary of research training and interests.

Undergraduate Students

We are recruiting undergrads! Interested students should email Greg at gszeto@umbc.edu with their CV and a brief summary of career goals, and prior research training and interests. All experience levels encouraged to apply!

Lab Alumni

  • UMBC

    • Kristyn Ewart, 2017

      Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering Track

    • Theodora Martin, 2017

      Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering track

    • Jessica Deng, 2016

      Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering track

  • MIT

    • Haley Strouf, 2015

      Biological Engineering

    • Jimmy Vo, Summer 2015

      Medical Research Fellows Program, Howard Hughes Medical Institute School of Medicine, University of Arkansas, 2014

    • Emily Robitschek, Summer 2015

      Exceptional Research Opportunities Program, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Colorado State University

    • Andrea Lopez, Summer 2015

      Computer Science & Molecular Biology

    • Caroline Walsh, Summer 2014

      Materials Science & Engineering

    • Courtney Diamond, 2014

      Biology

    • Hermoon Worku, 2014-2015

      Biology

    • Cathy Yu, 2014-2015

      Brain and Cognitive Sciences

    • Lauren Adelaar, 2014-2015

      Biological Engineering

    • Kirubel Frew, Summer 2013

      (Ragon Institute Summer Intern, Chemistry, Physics, Biology,
      Augsburg College) – Business Development Manager, SQZ Biotech, 2014

    • Brian Alejandro, 2013-2014

      (Chemical Biological Engineering) ­ IGERT Fellow, Biomedical
      Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2014, PhD

    • Joseph Cunningham, 2013-2014

      Computer Science

    • Yunwei Sun, 2013-2014

      (Biology) – Vedantra Pharmaceuticals, 2015

    • Adelaide Tovar, 2013-2015

      (Biology) ­ Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of North
      Carolina Chapel Hill, 2015, PhD

    • Debra Van Egeren, 2013-2015

      (Computer Science and Molecular Biology) *3 place MIT
      Undergraduate Research Journal/Sigma Xi Poster Competition, 2014

    • Nancy Zhang, 2013-2014

      Mathematics, Wellesley College

    • Cali Warner, 2012

      Mechanical Engineering

    • Alexandra Hill, Summer 2012

      (Ragon Institute Summer Intern) – Baylor School of Medicine, 2014, MD

    • Kaitlin Jackson, 2012

      (Materials Science and Engineering) - Vermeer, 2014

    • Clara Park, 2012-2013

      (Biological Engineering) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
      Mechanical Engineering, 2015, PhD

    • Michelle Park, 2012-2013

      (Chemical Engineering) – Amgen, 2015

    • Jisso Kim, 2012

      (Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering) – The Geisel School of Medicine at
      Dartmouth, 2012, MD

    • Mavis Brefo, 2011-2014

      (Materials Science & Engineering) – Accenture, 2014