"Medical research certainly is capable of delivering business economic returns in the form of new patents, groundbreaking pharmaceuticals and treatment options that generate long-term dividends. But the greatest and most profound dividends are those that encompass long-term health solutions, in the form of a smiling child who has beaten cancer, or any patient who has benefited from new method of healing and care."- Dr. Scott Ransom, UNTHS

Functional Nanomaterials Research

General Research Directives

Advancements in nanomaterial research have the potential to revolutionize our capability to understand cellular function at the nanoscale. Recent data has suggested that the surface topography of biomaterials has a profound effect on material biocompatibility. Our efforts in this area of interest are currently focused on determining how changes in substrate nano-topography can be used to influence the type, conformation and orientation of adsorbed proteins and cells. It is anticipated that this research will have applications to medicine, sensing, and tissue engineering.

Current projects in this area include the following:

  1. Development of synthetic scaffolds to mimic the nanostructure of extracellular matrices.

SEM picture of magnetic nanoparticles inside the cell
SEM picture of magnetic nanoparticles inside the cell
Functional nanoarticles based gene transfer into cell HEK293
Nanoparticle mediated targeted drug delivery to lungs
Nanoparticle mediated targeted drug delivery to lungs
Functional nanoarticles based gene transfer into cell HEK293