Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, is the inventor of metal nanoshells, a novel type of nanoparticle with "tunable" optical properties.
The Innovator Award is administered by the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. First presented in 2001, the award provides accomplished and visionary scholars with the funding and freedom to pursue creative, potentially breakthrough research that could ultimately accelerate the eradication of breast cancer. The award is explicitly designed to encourage the most creative individuals in all areas of research to pursue innovative and novel approaches that may significantly contribute to the conquest of breast cancer.
"During recent years, researchers have learned a great deal about the basic science of breast cancer, which has opened the door for the use of novel technologies for diagnosis and therapy," said Colonel Kenneth A. Bertram, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. "Dr. Halas' nanoshell technology offers just that kind of opportunity, and the team she has assembled to develop it is an impressive, multidisciplinary group that includes physicists, biologists and engineers."
The research team includes Jennifer West, associate professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering; Rebekah Drezek, assistant professor of bioengineering and electrical and computer engineering; and Renata Pasqualini, associate professor o
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