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While reporting on the 6th Annual nanoUtah Statewide Nanotechnology Conference, Ed Yeates from the television station KSL Channel 5 (NBC affiliate), interviewed Graduate Student Adam Gormley, and USTAR Professor Hamid Ghandehari on October 13, 2010.
nanoUtah is an annual statewide nanotechnology conference organized by University of Utah's College of Engineering and Nano Institute. The 6th installment of this successful annual event took place at the Salt Lake City Marriott City Center Hotel, October 14-15, 2010. This year's conference attracted participants from high school through higher education students, fellows and faculty and industry. Fostering an environment of collaboration and facilitating networking opportunities are primary goals of the conference.
While gathering footage for a televised spot during the evening news, Mr. Yeates visited Dr. Hamid Ghandehari's state of the art laboratory in University of Utah's Research Park to report first hand on the nanotechnology research that is taking place under the auspices of the Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Bioengineering in affiliation with the Nano Institute of Utah and the Utah Center for Nanomedicine.
Adam Gormley, Graduate Research Assistant from the Department of Bioengineering and PhD Candidate working in Dr. Ghandehari's lab, discusses and demonstrates for KSL 5 reporters a fiber optic laser used to heat up extremely small gold nanorods inside cancer cells. This process consequently burns the cancer cells from the inside out. In collaboration with researchers at the U's Huntsman Cancer Institute, Mr. Gormley and his mentor, Dr. Ghandehari, hope to eventually bring this method of destroying cancer cells into human clinical trials.
During the interview, Dr. Ghandehari points out commercialization opportunities as spin-off companies from the University of Utah are also poised to take this research from bench to bedside. Dr. Ghandehari is a USTAR Professor in the Departments of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Bioengineering, Co-director of the Nano Institute of Utah, Director of the Utah Center for Nanomedicine, Co-director of the Nanotechnology Graduate Training Program and Co-founder Chief Scientific Officer of a local spin-off company, TheraTarget, Inc.