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New developments in nanotechnology tackle the 2 biggest problems associated with chemotherapy
Date:2/25/2010

last year, the researchers showed that by chemically bonding a special antibody onto the nanotubes and taking advantage of two unique optical properties of carbon nanotubes (strong Raman scattering and near infrared absorption), single cancer cells can be detected and selectively eradicated while leaving the nearby normal cells unharmed. A uniqueness of this approach is that it offers the advantage of being more easily extended to other types of cancer cells. He's research in the areas of cancer detection and treatment is funded in part with grants from the National Science Foundation and National Cancer Institute.

Research Focuses on Practical Applications Across a Wide Range of Fields

The application of He's nanotechnology research is far and wide. In other research, He and members of her lab at Rutgers are working on the practical application of nanomaterials as a molecular diagnostic tool for Parkinson's disease. Other research is focused on the development of a platform to detect the presence of chemical warfare agents for homeland defense. And in yet other research, He and her lab members are working on nanotechnology to precisely and selectively measure iron ions (Fe3+) in remote ocean atmosphere dust and sea water, which is critical for the study of greenhouse gases and climate change .

At Rutgers, He teaches an undergraduate course in analytical chemistry and graduate courses in electrochemical analytical chemistry and a new course she designed in scanning probe microscopy. She is the recipient of the 2009 Rutgers Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.


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Contact: Helen Paxton
paxton@andromeda.rutgers.edu
973-353-5262
Rutgers University
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