BUnano Pilot Grants

Pilot grant awards

BUnano Center supports all facets of nanotechnology and nanomedicine and encourages translational activities by awarding seed grants to BU faculty teams collaborating on innovative research projects.

Faculty Awardees


Dr. John Ngo & Dr. Chris Chen
Studies of Viral Entry and Spread in COVID-19 Pathology
Dr. Selim Unlu & Dr. John Connor
Virus Counter for Rapid and Sensitive SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostics”


Dr. Chen Yang & Dr. Xue Han
High-precision Opto-acoustic Neuro-modulation through Polymer Nanotransducers
Dr. Xin Zhang & Dr. Stephan Anderson
Kidney-on-a-chip with in-situ impedance sensing enabled by nanotechnology


Dr. Xuemei Zhong & Dr. Joyce Wong
Detection, Isolation and Cloning of Human NIMPAB Cells for Cancer Therapy
Dr. Mark Grinstaff & Dr. Yolonda Colson
High Drug-Density Paclitaxel-Loaded Nanoparticles for the Treatment of Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Dr. Allison Dennis & Dr. Darren Roblyer
Semiconductor Nanoshells for Fluorescence Imaging of Metastatic Breast Tumors
Dr. Lei Tian & Dr. Selim Unlu
Optical Nanometrology by Illumination Engineering in Interferometric Reflectance Imaging
Dr. Aaron Colby & Dr. Tyrone Porter
Radiolabeled Biodistribution of Expansile Nanoparticles
Dr. Brian Snyder, Dr. Mark Grinstaff & Dr. Nicholas Block
Charged Tantalum Oxide Nanoparticles for X-Ray Computed Tomography
Dr. Michelle & Dr. Keith Brown
Observing Water Transport in Patterned Hydrogels