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Cameron Abrams

Cameron Abrams, PhD


College of Engineering



Abrams is a professor of chemical and biological engineering in the College of Engineering and also holds a courtesy appointment in the College of Medicine's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His research focuses on molecular simulations; the structure and function of HIV; and receptors for insulin and growth factors.

He earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California - Berkeley and was a postdoctoral fellow at Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. Abrams' research group is currently developing a molecular strategy for disarming HIV.

More information about Abrams

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In the News

  • 'Popping' HIV into Oblivion

    Several contributed articles on on May 27 featured research at Drexel, including a microbicide developed by Cameron Abrams, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, and the discovery of the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus by a team led by Kenneth Lacovara, PhD, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. An article about a fossil turtle discovery was also picked up by Yahoo!News.

  • Bursting HIV’s bubble

     Dr. Cameron Abrams, a professor in the College of Engineering, and Dr. Irwin Chaiken, a professor in the College of Medicine, were mentioned in an October 19 Economist story about their research to develop a molecule that can trick HIV into destroying itself.

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    Engineering a Molecule to Pop HIV

    Pinning down an effective way to combat the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, the viral precursor to AIDS, has long been a challenge for scientists and physicians, because the virus is an elusive one that mutates frequently and, as a result, quickly becomes immune to medication. A team of Drexel University researchers is trying to get one step ahead of the virus with a microbicide they’ve created that can trick HIV into “popping” itself into oblivion.