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Biomedicine

Nanotechnology will enable astounding advances in Medicine. U.Va. scientists, engineers, and doctors are working together to realize the potential that the intersection of nanotechnology and biotechnology presents.  Researchers are using tools enabled by nanotechnology, utilizing the unique properties of nanoparticles, and developing novel nanostructures to enhance imaging, diagnosis, drug delivery, and tissue engineering. Broad areas under investigation include the study of cancer, heart disease, viruses, detection of biological agents, cellular biology, and regeneration of soft tissue and bone. NanoSTAR faculty with interests in biomedicine are listed below.  

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Researchers in Biomedicine

Andarawewa, Kumari

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology

Bart-Smith, Hilary

Associate Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Lightweight metallic structures (lattice truss structures, nanoporous films, hierarchical structures)
Statically determinate and tensegrity morphing structures
Polymer electro-mechanical systems (PEM)

One-Page Research Brochure  

Stuart Berr

Berr, Stuart

Professor

Radiology

Research Interests

Magnetic resonance (MR) techniques as a tool for basic biomedical research

Micro-imaging techniques for the study of the heart and vascular system

Brown, Jay

Professor

Microbiology

Research Interests

Structure and Assembly of the Herpes Simplex Virus Capsid

 

Columbus, Linda

Assistant Professor

Chemistry

Research Interests

Function, structure and dynamics of membrane proteins

Spectroscopy

Liposomes

Criss, Alison

Assistant Professor

Microbiology

Research Interests

Host-pathogen interactions

Signal transduction

Function, structure, and dynamics of membrane proteins

Cui, Quanjun

Assistant Professor

Orthopedic Surgery

Research Interests

Cellular and gene therapy

Development of novel composite bone graft sustitutes

Osteonecrosis

Angiogenesis

Bone morphogenetic protein

Dillingham, Rebecca

Associate Director of the Center for Global Health

Assistant Professor

Medicine

Research Interests

HIV

Diarrhea

Nutrition

Diagnostic technology

Water

Fernandez, Erik

Professor

Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Molecular Scale Analysis of Protein Adsorption, Purification, and Biointerfaces

Aggregation of Protein Biopharmaceuticals

Alzheimer's Disease

Fitz-Gerald, James M.

Associate Professor

Material Sciences and Engineering

Research Interests

Laser Processing

Non-Equilibrium

Thin Films

NanoScale Characterization

Fraser, Cassandra

Professor

Chemistry

Research Interests

Biomaterials

Metallopolymers

Luminescence

Imaging

Sensing

Ghosh, Avik

Associate Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Quantum transport

Non-equilibrium many-body physics

Solid-state devices

Spintronics

Nanoelectronics

Gillies, George

Research Professor

Clinical Associate Professor of Neurosurgery Medical College of Virginia

Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Uncertainty Principle

Gravitational Physics

Tumor Therapies

Brain Tumors

Neurocatheters

Gorman, Michael

Professor

Science, Technology and Society

Research Interests

Psychology of science and technology

Scientific and technological collaboration

Ethical and societal dimensions of nanotechnology

One-Page Research Brochure 

Green, David

Assistant Professor

Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Surface/Interface Engineering

Reaction Engineering and Synthesis

Characterization

Complex Fluids

Rheology

He, Jiang

Associate Proffesor

Radiology

Research Interests

 develop nanotechnology based imaging agents and drug/gene delivery for cancer, cardiovascular diseases and neurological diseases
 

Helmke, Brian

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Investigating cellular mechanotransduction

High-resolution optical sectioning microscopy, deconvolution, and 3-D image restoration

One-Page Research Brochure 

 

Hewlett, Erik

Professor

Medicine

Research Interests

Structure and Function of Bacterial Toxins: Roles in Microbial Pathogenesis and Uses in Biomedical Research

Holmes, Archie

Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Epitaxial Growth of III-V Semiconductors 

Nanostructures (quantum dots, nanowires, etc.)

Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices (transistors, detectors, lasers, etc.)

Howe, James

Professor

Material Sciences and Engineering

Research Interests

Application of high-resolution and analytical transmission electron microscope techniques

Atomic Mechanisms

Kinetics of Interphase Boundary Motion

Hudson, John

Wills Johnson Professor

Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Studies on complex dynamic chemical and biological systems: Applications from electrochemistry to medicine

Kelly, Kimberly A.

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Bionanomaterials

Imaging Agents

Targets

Biomarkers

One-Page Research Brochure 

Kester, Mark

Professor of Pharmacology

Co-Director of nanoSTAR

Medicine

Research Interests

Design, characterization and validation of nanotechnologies for targeted drug delivery

Nanoliposmes, nanodendrimers, and nanocolloids as effective drug delivery vehicles for pharmacological and molecular agents

Nontoxic nanoscale systemic delivery systems for hydrophobic pro-apoptotic lipids and siRNAs that target mutated tumorigenic proteins

One-Page Research Brochure

Kiessling, Volker

Assistant Professor

Physics, Physiology

Research Interests

Membrane fusion

Fluorescence laser microscopy

Single molecule imaging

Artificial membranes on solid supports

Biomembranes on chips

Klibanov, Alexander L. (Sasha)

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Targeted delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic imaging agents

Design of ultrasound contrast materials

Attachment of targeting ligands to contrast materials

Colloid based delivery systems (microbubbles and liposomes)

Long-circulating liposomes and particulates

Kretsinger, Robert H.

Professor

Biology

Research Interests

Protein Structure Determination

Annexin

Protein Kinase C (PKC)

3-deoxy-D-arabino-heptulosonate-7-phosphate synthase (DAHPS)

Lach, John

Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Body Sensor Network

Integrated Circuit Design Methodologies

Fault-Tolerant and Safety-Critical Hardware Design

Embedded Systems

One-Page Research Brochure

Landers, James P.

Professor

Chemistry

Research Interests

Integrating Functionality into microdevices

Fluidic Control within microdevices

Genetic Analysis with microdevices

Protein and Small Molecule Analysis in microdevices

Lawrence, Michael B.

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Drug and Gene Delivery

Platelet-Leukocyte-Vessel Wall Interactions

Regulatory effects of blood flow

Adhesion Receptor Expression

Chemokines on inflammatory responses

Blood clotting

Levy, William

Professor

Neurological Surgery

Research Interests

Neural bases of cognition

Computational theories of brain function

Constraint-based interpretation of neural information processing

rm3h@virginia.edu

(434) 982-3367

Moorman, Joseph

Cardiovascular Medicine

Medicine

Norris, Pamela M.

Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Microscale Heat Transfer

Advancement of Aerogel Technologies

Integration of Sol-Gel Materials into Microanalytical Devices

Ultra-Fast Laser Material Interactions

Novel Applications of Heat Pipes

Panzer, Matthew

Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Computational mechanics of the human body   

Impact and injury biomechanics

Protective equipment and injury mitigation

Dynamic material characterization and constitutive model development

One-Page Research Brochure

Periasamy, Ammasi

Professor

Director of W.M. Keck Center for Cellular Imaging

Biology

Research Interests

Cellular and Tissue Imaging

Light Microscopy

Protein-Protein Interactions

Characterization of Cancer Tissue

In Vivo Imaging

Pompano, Rebecca

Assistant Professor

Chemistry

Research Interests

Microfluidics for biological analysis and local stimulation

Organ-on-a-chip devices

Complex biological systems

Immunity and Inflammation

Price, Richard J.

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Nanoparticles

Drug delivery

Microcirculation

Ultrasound

Microbubbles

Read, Paul W.

Associate Professor

Radiation Oncology

Research Interests

Breast and head and neck cancer treatments

Integrating MRI into treatment planning

Stereotactic body radiation therapy

Adaptive radiation therapy

amr@virginia.edu

(434) 982-5752

Rijke, Arie M.

Visiting Principal Scientist

Material Sciences and Engineering

Research Interests

Biomaterials

Surface Physics

Polymer Physics

Ligament Injury Analysis

Spano, Anthony

Research Assistant Professor

Biology

Research Interests

Photosynthesis

Photovoltaic Devices

Virus Self-Assembly

Drug Delivery

Swami, Nathan

Associate Professor

Graduate Program Director

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Lab-on-a-chip bioelectric devices

Electrically guided self-assembly for tissue regeneration

Molecular Electronics & Sensing

Environmental and Bio-Sensing Devices

One-Page Research Brochure

Tamm, Lukas

Professor

Medicine

Research Interests

Structural biology of membrane proteins

Biomembranes on solid supports, semi-conductors, optical devices

Single molecule detection

Biosensors

Venton, Jill

Associate Professor

Chemistry

Research Interests

Carbon nanotube electrodes

In vivo electrochemistry

Neuroscience

Werhane, Patricia H.

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Business Ethics

Organization Ethics for Health Care

Employment and Employee Rights

Williams, Mark B.

Professor

Radiation Oncology

Research Interests

Medical imaging

Molecular imaging

Nuclear medicine

Breast cancer

Small animal imaging