Interfacing Nanomaterials with Biology: Applications in Therapeutics and Diagnostics
Prof. Vincent M. Rotello
Date: October 21 (Friday), 1 p.m.
Location: Room A205, College of Chemistry
Host: Zhifei Dai
A key issue in the use of nanomaterials is controlling how they interact with themselves and with the outer world. Our research program focuses on the tailoring of nanoparticles of surfaces for a variety of applications, coupling the atomic-level control provided by organic synthesis with the fundamental principles of supramolecular chemistry. Using these nanoparticles, we are developing new strategies for biological applications. This talk will focus on the interfacing of nanoparticles with biosystems, and will discuss the application of self-asssembled nanoparticles as delivery vehicles, demonstrating the use of nanoparticle-based capsules for direct delivery of small molecules, proteins, and nucleic acids into the cytosol. Finally, this presentation will also feature the use of nanoparticles for diagnostic applications, focusing on using selective nanoparticle-protein interactions to generate array-based ("chemical nose") sensors for detection of cancer and high throughput screening of therapeutic agents.
Brief introduction of Speaker:
Prof. Vincent M. Rotello obtained his Ph.D. degree at Yale University in1990, M.S. degree at Yale University in 1986, B.S. degree at Illinois Institute of Technology in1985, and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990-1993. He is now Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry, Professor for Program in Molecular and Cell Biology at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is Editor-in-Chief for Bioconjugate Chemistry, Executive Editor for Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews and Associate Editor for Journal of Materials Chemistry. He is also Editorial Board for more than 10 famous journals, such as Chemical Society Reviews, Small, Langmuir et al. He published more than 400 papers in Nature, Science, Nature Mat., Nat. Nanotechnol., Nature Chem et al.