Center research is organized into the four multidisciplinary research projects listed below. Projects address important cancer problems and each has a distinct focus to promote the development of a nanotechnology platform for ultimate application in the clinic. For more detailed information about these projects select from the links below or select by project number at the top left of the page.
NanoFlares for the Detection of Cancer Stem CellsTheranostic Magnetic Nanostructures for the Molecular Imaging of Cancer
Nanostructured Matrices for Cancer Cell Biology
Preclinical Validation of Polyvalent siRNA Gold Nanoparticle Conjugates as Anti-Glioma Therapeutics
Each project team is highly interdisciplinary, including faculty researchers with expertise spanning nanomaterial fabrication and characterization; cancer and cell biology; translational and clinical cancer diagnostics; and detection and therapeutics. Individual team members also have a long history of collaboration as evidenced by joint grants, publications and projects. A number of investigators are involved in more than one project, which promotes integration across projects. An integrative framework has been developed to promote strong scientific and intellectual synergism between the projects.
In addition to the four main research projects, the NU-CCNE provides support for pilot projects and Alliance Challenge Projects. Pilot projects are smaller efforts that focus on new and emerging high-risk areas. This mechanism helps the Center to respond to exciting new developments. Alliance Challenge Projects are collaborative research projects across the Alliance.