Nassir Mokarram-Dorri


Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Immunoengineering for nerve repair; Brain tumor therapeutics; Biomaterials

A trained bioengineer and polymer scientist, Dr. Nassir Mokarram holds degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, Biomaterials, and Nanotechnology. His graduate training at Georgia Institute of Technology was in neural tissue engineering and immunoengineering. Dr. Mokarram completed his fellowship at Stanford University as a Biodesign innovation fellow, and his current research focus is on applications of modulating immune response for tissue repair and cancer therapy. He is particularly interested in the regeneration of the nervous system and application of lessons learned in that front for managing notoriously difficult to treat brain tumors, such as Glioblastoma.

Department of Biomedical Engineering has been his home base since 2015 when he was appointed as a research faculty at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and more recently, as an Assistant Research Professor at Duke University. Besides academia, Dr. Mokarram is a passionate healthcare technology advocate; he has been involved with the development of new medical technologies in multiple biotech and medtech startups and corporations ranging from endovascular occlusion gel to suprachoroidal drug delivery system. Most recently, he has been the lead for the Tumor Monorail project- a clinical translation of a novel nanofiber-based catheter for removing brain tumors.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

Contact Information

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  • Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015

Research Interests

Immunomodulation for nerve repair; Brain tumor therapeutics/diagnostics; Biomaterials

In the News

Representative Publications

  • N Mokarram-Dorri, R Bellamkonda, B Brahma, JL Pokorney, JC Griffis III,, Bi-directional access to tumors (2019) [abs].
  • Lyon, JG; Carroll, SL; Mokarram, N; Bellamkonda, RV, electrotaxis of Glioblastoma and Medulloblastoma spheroidal Aggregates, Scientific Reports, vol 9 no. 1 (2019), pp. 1-19 [abs].
  • Mokarram, N; Dymanus, K; Srinivasan, A; Lyon, JG; Tipton, J; Chu, J; English, AW; Bellamkonda, RV, Immunoengineering nerve repair., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol 114 no. 26 (2017), pp. E5077-E5084 [10.1073/pnas.1705757114] [abs].
  • Lyon, JG; Mokarram, N; Saxena, T; Carroll, SL; Bellamkonda, RV, Engineering challenges for brain tumor immunotherapy., Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, vol 114 (2017), pp. 19-32 [10.1016/j.addr.2017.06.006] [abs].
  • Mehta, N; Lyon, JG; Patil, K; Mokarram, N; Kim, C; Bellamkonda, RV, Bacterial Carriers for Glioblastoma Therapy., Molecular Therapy Oncolytics, vol 4 (2017), pp. 1-17 [10.1016/j.omto.2016.12.003] [abs].