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Nano Bio/Medicine: Improving therapeutics and diagnostic technology


Nanobiology seeks to use nanotechnology to understand biological phenomena.  Examples of nanobiology in VINSE include include using nanofabricated electrodes to understand neurotransmitter diffusion in the brain, the development of nano-scale imaging technologies to study molecular mechanisms governing cellular communication, and the use of ligand-conjugated nanocrystals to elucidate molecular mechanisms of mental illness.

Nanomedicine is the use of nanotechnology in medicine.  Examples of nanomedicine being developed in VINSE include a variety of nanoscale drug delivery platforms, engineered nanovaccines, inexpensive diagnostics employing nanomaterials, artificial blood vessels, and an implantable artificial kidney that exploits nanotechnology.

Selected Podcasts

Episode 34:  Jonah Rosch – identifying aptamers - molecules that bind to specific biological targets
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Episode 25:  Nidhi Jyotsana  – knowledge of cancer can inform our study of COVID-19
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Episode 14:  Jenna Dombroski  – progress toward a breast cancer vaccine!
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Core Faculty

Leon Bellan
Lauren Buchanan
David Cliffel
James Crowe
Craig Duvall
Philippe Fauchet
William Fissell
Todd Giorgio
Scott Guelcher
Rick Haselton
Kane Jennings
Piran Kidambi
Michael King
Paul Laibinis
Deyu Li
Ethan Lippmann
Clare McCabe
Wellington Pham
Marjan Rafat
Cynthia Reinhart-King
Sandra Rosenthal

Sharon Weiss
John Wikswo
John Wilson