BUnano: The Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology Reveals New Name

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Mark Grinstaff (Chemistry, BME, MSE), Director of Nanotechnology Innovation Center
Mark Grinstaff (Chemistry, BME, MSE), Director of Nanotechnology Innovation Center

Boston University Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology is changing its name to the Nanotechnology Innovation Center (BUnano). BUnano Center is where nanomaterials intersect medicine and energy, and the new name better reflects the ground-breaking activity and aspirations of the center.

BUnano is an interdisciplinary academic research center, now in its tenth year, which seeks to attain national and international prominence and recognition for Boston University research and applications in nanoscience, particularly in nanobiosystems and nanophotonics.

The Center (8 St. Mary’s Street) includes 45 affiliated faculty members representing ten departments from the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine and has over 200 students and postdoctoral fellows engaged in nano-based research.

The BUnano center builds linkages between researchers and technology commercialization resources at BU, including the Photonics Center, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the BU-Fraunhofer Alliance for Medical Devices, Instrumentation and Diagnostics, to accelerate the development and deployment of nanotechnology innovations that will be used to meet key challenges in medicine, energy and materials science

The Center also serves as focal point for interactions with peer universities, Boston-area hospitals, industry, and government to accelerate advances in the field of nanoscience.

One of the most important programs offered by BUnano is the Cross-disciplinary Training in Nanotechnology for Cancer (XTNC) Program. XTNC has been supported by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, and trains pre- and post-doctoral scholars from science, engineering, and medicine in nanotechnology applications for cancer diagnostics and treatment. Through co-mentored research experiences, specialized coursework and hands on workshops, strong recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities, and a unique urban outreach program, XTNC trainees become versatile and skilled in research acumen, aware of many technologies and opportunities, and prepared to make an impact on cancer and other medical challenges.

To learn more about the Nanotechnology Innovation Center and its programs, visit our website: www.bu.edu/nano-bu.