The Fiegel Lab works at the interface of engineering, surface science, and biology to design improved therapeutic aerosols for the treatment and prevention of respiratory disease.

Our research falls into two broad areas:

  • the development of improved drug delivery strategies for the treatment and prevention of infections, and
  • the enhancement our fundamental understanding of interactions between foreign material (both environmental aerosols and drug delivery systems) and biological environments.

Our collaborations span the University of Iowa campus, with ongoing projects with researchers in the Colleges of Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Public Health, as well as the Department of Chemistry.

Recent News

Photos of Seth King, Ibrahim Demir, Tyler Bell, and Jennifer Fiegel

ITTA recipients investigate gamification, virtual instruction, and artificial intelligence

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Jennifer Fiegel was among four recipients of the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award (ITTA). The ITTA awards are funded through student technology fees and support significant, innovative projects that show the potential to improve teaching and learning at the University of Iowa.
Portrait of Christopher Ruben

CBE graduate student awarded PhRMA Foundation Fellowship

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Christopher Ruben, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, has received a two-year PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. This funding will support Ruben in his research on developing polymers that mimic key chemical structures of bacteria to create a targeted drug delivery system to the lungs.
Grace Williamson poses for a portrait in the lab

Grace Williamson develops spray gel for burn wounds

Monday, February 14, 2022
Grace Williamson is among 82 students recognized on downtown Iowa City banners for their dedication to research at the University of Iowa. She is is researching advancements in burn wound technology to treat third- and fourth-degree burns.