Kristy Ainslie, Ph.D.
Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor and Chair, Division Pharmacoengineering & Molecular Pharmaceutics
Professor, UNC Department of Biomedical Engineering, UNC Department of Microbiology and Immunology
4012 Marsico Hall, 125 Mason Farm Lane, CB# 7362, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7362
Kristy Ainslie, Ph.D. applies her knowledge base in biomaterials, and immunology to develop new immune-modulatory therapies that treat and prevent infectious, and autoimmune diseases. Her lab aims to design practical and innovative formulations, taking into account the scalable production and applications in developing nations.
She has several research areas of interest including the development of new polymers for vaccines, formulation of antigen specific therapies to treat autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes, host directed therapies for treatment of multi-drug resistant infections, electrospun scaffolds for glioblastoma treatment, and electrospray for fabrication of immune targeting microparticles.
Originally from Michigan, she received her bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Michigan State University and then earned both her master’s and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco. Additionally, Dr. Ainslie has been awarded the Controlled Release Society’s Outstanding Oral Drug Delivery Award in 2007 and 2009. She joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2014 as an associate professor in the Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics. Prior to that, she spent almost five years as an assistant professor at the Ohio State University’s Division of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
Education, Certification and Licensure
- 2002 – 2005: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University
- 2000 – 2002: M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University
- 1995 – 1999: B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University
- Biomaterials to study tolerance immune induction kinetics
- Host Targeted Therapy for Drug Resistant Salmonella and Francisella infection
- Optimizing a Universal Influenza Subunit Nano/Microparticulate Vaccine
- Formulation to Generate Tolerance Towards Type 1 Diabetes
- Tunable Temporal Drug Release for Optimized Synergistic Combination Therapy of Glioblastoma
Honors and Awards
|2021||Worthy of Recognition for SP PCHY 512 Pharmaceutics II and SU PHCY 850 Pharmacy Internship|
|American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow Inauguration|
|2012||OSU Council of Graduate Students James M. Siddens Distinguished Faculty Advising Award|
|Nominated for Ohio State University Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award|
|2009||Controlled Release Society Outstanding Oral Drug Delivery Award|
|2007||Controlled Release Society-Capsugel Post-Doc Award for Innovative Aspects of Oral Drug Delivery & Absorption|
|2005||Walter R. and Aura Lee Supina Graduate Fellowship in Chemical Engineering|
|2000||The Pennsylvania State University Life Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship|
|1999||Commencement Speaker for Michigan State University College of Engineering Graduation Ceremony|