Michael Smith Laboratories
School of Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor


Dr. Anna Blakney is an Assistant Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and School of Biomedical Engineering at UBC. She received her BSc in Chemical & Biological Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Imperial College London on the development of molecular and biomaterial engineering strategies for delivery of self-amplifying RNA, under the supervision of Prof. Robin Shattock and Prof. Molly Stevens.

The Blakney Lab is a multidisciplinary group of engineers, immunologists, and molecular biologists investigating the interactions between RNA, biomaterials, and the immune system to prevent and treat disease. We aim to gain a deeper understanding of how the components of gene delivery formulations interact with the immune system in order to improve the potency and enable clinical translation. We use a variety of biochemical assays, RNA formulation approaches, nanoparticle characterization methods, imaging platforms and cell culture, human explant and animal models for our research.

To learn more about Dr. Blakney’s research, please visit Google Scholar.