Wyss Core Faculty member David Mooney presents a talk with Mary Mooney, titled Seeing Is Believing: Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines. Marshalling a patient’s immune system to recognize and destroy cancerous cells is an exciting strategy to attack cancer, and this talk will explore materials that engage the immune system through science and artistic representation.
Mary K. Mooney is a Massachusetts artist who spent many years working as a designer in the apparel industry. Now the Massachusetts landscape provides Mary with the inspiration for her Plein Air paintings. With the Boston area so rich in natural beauty and history, Mary finds peace being one with nature as she paints. Learning the history behind each scene has always been an important aspect in choosing a location. Classically trained in the traditional style of the French Atelier realist painters, the science of light and how it affects color plays an important role in her paintings. These techniques inform her more realistic Still life paintings that contrast the looser style of her landscape paintings. In recent years Mary has also been creating mixed media sculptures using found objects and repurposing these object to give them new life. In an age of recycling, Mary finds it satisfying to utilize an interesting object found on the street. Mary has a BFA in Fine Arts and Design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
David Mooney is the Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a Core Faculty Member of the Wyss Institute. His laboratory designs biomaterials to make cell and protein therapies effective and practical approaches to treat disease. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Inventors. He has won numerous awards, including the Clemson Award from the SFB, MERIT award from the NIH, Distinguished Scientist Award from the IADR, Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard College. His inventions have been licensed by numerous companies, leading to commercialized products, and he is active on industrial scientific advisory boards.