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The Nano Institute of Utah provides an organization wherein scientists, engineers and clinicians from across the University, the State and elsewhere work together to attain global recognition by conquering interdisciplinary challenges in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Institute enables Utah researchers from disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy to create synergistic alliances to drive higher levels of collaborative research, education and commercialization.
Azadeh Poursaid, MD/PhD Bioengineering student granted National Research Service Award
These F30 awards are competitively awarded to the top MD/PhD or other dual degree graduate students. Ms. Poursaid proposed to develop silk-elastinlike polymers (SELP) for transarterial chemoembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). When injected as a liquid SELP would penetrate tumors down to capillary levels and provide a broader range for drug delivery after gelling.
Tenth nanoUtah conference draws researchers, industry and students
Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) support continues to move Utah nanotechnology efforts forward
The University of Utah’s 10th Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition, nanoUtah 2013, held October 18 and organized jointly by the Nano Institute of Utah and the College of Engineering to demonstrate and showcase advancements in nanotechnology, attracted almost 200 scientists, engineers, students and members of the nanotechnology industry from across the state. Attendees heard 25 research presentations in either “Materials and Characterization,” “Devices and Sensors,” Energy and Environment,” or “Nanomedicine.” Graduate students from around the state presented seventy-four posters while members of the nanotechnology industry exhibited their technologies and services.
Sixth graders from Jackson Elementary, a west-side school in the Salt lake City School District, participated in “A Day in the Life of a Nano-scientist” hosted by the Nano Institute of Utah.
The sixteen students are part of Adelante, a college awareness and preparatory partnership between the University of Utah’s College of Education and Jackson Elementary.
Jennifer Indo, University of Utah, Diverse Student Early Outreach Coordinator, made arrangements for the field trip. Hamid, Ghandehari, Co-Director of the Institute introduced the students to “what it is like to be a nano-scientist” and graduate students, Nick Owen, Ryan Robinson, Nick Frazier and Matt Smith provided tours of the laboratories, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Utah businesses, including spin-off companies from the University of Utah, displayed high-tech creations at the Capitol building during the 2013 Innovation Fair.
Among the spin-off businesses were two founded by professors from the Nano Institute of Utah. TheraTarget, co-founded by Hamid Ghandehari and Jindrich Kopecek, presented graphic data on a new drug being developed for treatment of ovarian cancer. Vaporsens, founded by Ling Zang, displayed its “electronic dog nose”, an early prototype device for military police and boarder security to use to sniff out explosives and narcotics.
The Innovation Fair was hosted by members of the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) and the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED)