"The coupling of biomolecules to nanomaterials and their assembly into nanostructures will produce a wide range of 'smart' devices with an enormous breadth of practical applications, including diagnostics and biosensors, drug screening and delivery, tissue engineering, and much more," Wiltzius added. "The impact of this new field of science, termed 'nanomedicine,' on medicine and life sciences will be hugely transformative, comparable in magnitude to the transition from transistors to silicon chips in the computer sciences."
Larry Coldren, acting dean of UCSB's College of Engineering and Kavli Professor of Optoelectronics and Sensors, described the new center's collaborative opportunities in nanomedicine and systems biology as a "perfect complement" to research underway at UCSB on networked systems approaches to drug development and therapies. "The combination of Jamey Marth's interests in disease mechanisms with our strengths in bioengineering and computational and materials sciences will be highly synergistic, and could well lead to major advances in therapies for grievous human diseases," he said.
Burnham established an affiliation with UCSB in 2006, led by internationally renowned biomedical researcher Erkki Ruoslahti, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Ruoslahti maintained his primary appointment as Distinguished Professor with Burnham and joined UCSB's Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology as an adjunct Distinguished Professor. This type of collaboration, involving a highly ranked university and a nonprofit, independent research institute, exemplifies the inherent value of interdisciplinary research and the enhanced potential created when two such entities join forces.
"Professor Marth will invigorate interdisciplinary biomedical research at UC Santa Barbara, not only with his own exciting research in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department, but also
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