Dr. Paras N. Prasad – CoE Strategic Research Initiatives Seminars

Nanobioengineering and Nanomedicine: Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Paras N. Prasad
Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics
Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Medicine
State University of New York at Buffalo, New York 14260

Monday, March 5, 2018

McArthur Engineering Addition, Jose Milton Leadership Hall, Room 202
1251 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

The new frontiers of nanobioengineering and nanomedicine involve convergence of nanotechnology with fundamental physical and chemical sciences, engineering and medicine to produce breakthrough approaches for meeting healthcare challenges, such as cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, age-related diseases, addiction, chronic pain, depression and obesity. Engineered nanoplatforms can now be developed for carrying various payloads for new, minimally invasive medical procedures, targeted delivery of multiple therapeutics, enhanced efficacy of existing treatments, and real-time monitoring of disease treatment. This presentation will describe our work on multifunctional polymeric, inorganic and hybrid heterostructured nanoparticles and nanostructures containing multiple imaging (linear and nonlinear optical, photoacoustic, magnetic, radiation, SPECT, PET) and sensing probes. Coupled with targeting capability and therapeutic and genetic payloads, these nanoplatforms provide targeted combined diagnostics and therapy. A major focus of our research is on light-based biotechnology (biophotonics). We have developed optical nanotransformers, which, on demand, convert incident photons in-situ to another wavelength suitable for deep tissue imaging or for affecting a therapy. A new direction for us is brain research and neurophotonics for functional mapping and modulation of brain activities. The talk will end with a discussion of new multidisciplinary opportunities and challenges to overcome.

Paras N. Prasad, PhD, is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Medicine; Samuel P. Capen Chair of Chemistry; and executive director of the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics. In 2005, Scientific American named him among the top 50 science and technology leaders in the world. He has published more than 790 scientific papers, along with four field-defining monographs in nonlinear optics, biophotonics, nanophotonics and nanomedicine; edited eight books; and has numerous patents. He has received the Morley Medal, Schoellkopf Medal, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Sloan fellowship, the Western New York Health Care Industries Technology/Discovery Award, a SUNY Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge Award, UB’s first Innovation Impact award, SPIE’s highest honor of President’s Gold medal, Optical Society of America’s Michael Feld Biophotonics award, IEEE’s Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology and the Peter Debye Award from the American Chemical Society. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, Optical Society, the International Society for Optics and Photonics and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Prasad has received honorary doctorates from KTH in Sweden, the Aix-Marseille University in France, MEPhI in Russia and Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil.

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