Category: Faculty

BUnano Professor Xue Han Develops New Method to Help with Treatment for Cancer and Brain Disease

Boston University researchers have developed a new method that traps drugs or other molecules in tiny cages made of DNA, then releases them once they’ve reached their target – tumor cells, for instance – with a quick flash of light.  “Basically it’s sort of a controlled drug release, and there wasn’t a very good approach [to […]

Katya Ravid Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

BUnano faculty member Katya Ravid, DSc, professor of medicine and biochemistry, recently was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to France. She is the first to receive this honor in biomedical research at BU. A Fulbright Scholar Award is one of the highest honors the federal government gives with regard to scholarship and international exchange. Recipients […]

Boston University enters research agreement with Janssen, project aims to predict, prevent lung cancer and COPD

In an effort to accelerate disease interception approaches to the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer, Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has entered into a $10.1 million research agreement with Janssen Research & Development, LLC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. Together with the Janssen Disease Interception Accelerator and Oncology […]

BUnano Faculty Member Selim Unlu Wins DeLisi Award

In recognition of his major contributions to engineering and to society at large, Professor Selim Ünlü (ECE, BME, MSE) has been selected to receive this year’s Charles DeLisi Award and Lecture.   The Charles DeLisi Award and Lecture recognizes faculty members with extraordinary records of well-cited scholarship, senior leaders in industry and extraordinary entrepreneurs who have invented […]

BUnano Director Mark Grinstaff finds 2-Step Delivery Method Ups Cancer Drug’s Concentration

Mark W. Grinstaff of Boston University and Yolonda Colson of Brigham & Women’s Hospital, found that a two-step procedure—delivering a tumor-localizing, drug-absorbing nanoparticle followed by the actual therapeutic—can increase the amount of drug that reaches tumor cells and the amount of time the drug acts on the cells (Scientific Reports 2016, DOI:10.1038/srep18720).   Cancer nanomedicine expert […]

Unraveling Melanoma’s Mysteries

MED’s Anurag Singh wins grant to study gene in deadly skin cancer. Singh, a MED assistant professor of pharmacology and medicine and XTNC mentor, is tackling this poorly understood melanoma by investigating how NRAS transforms healthy, normal skin cells into aggressive cancerous cells. The work is funded by a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Melanoma […]

Acting Classes Give Scientists Tools to Pitch Their Work

Thirty-two hand-picked Boston University researchers convened for a day in September to participate in the Alan Alda Communicating Science Workshop held at BU and led by actors and journalists. The workshop was designed to teach scientists to be tuned-in and persuasive when they communicate their work to lawmakers, federal agencies, and the public…