Nanomedicine refers to the use of nanomaterials and nanoscale devices for the treatment, diagnosis, monitoring, and control of diseases.
Nanomedicine seeks to develop therapeutics to maintain and improve human health by destroying infective agents and malignant cells while enhancing the ability to detect and identify diseases at a much earlier stage than is currently possible. Today, research in nanomedicine has also led the development of implantable nanodevices for in situ monitoring of medical conditions post-surgery and for the alleviation of pain. Nanomedicine is no longer a promise - it is a reality and it is here to stay.
The global nanomedicine market was estimated at $171 billion in 2020, a number that reflects the impact of nanotechnological advances in medicine and that is expected to grow with the advent of its use in prevention and intervention of chronic and acute disorders. This is particularly relevant to areas of cancer where targeted delivery by means of nanoparticles and nanoscale systems are among the most promising developments and the area of cardiology where rapid progress arises from the use of nanovectors, nanostructure-based stents, and nanotube scaffolds for tissue regeneration.
Virginia Tech has the only undergraduate Nanomedicine major in the United States. Students in our major will be part of an interdisciplinary program rooted in hands-on laboratory research experience in a collaborative and creative setting with access to state-of-the-art facilities and research and educational resources. Nanomedicine students will be well-prepared for professional and graduate school as well as exciting careers in health professions, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and imaging, medical devices and products, and many related areas.
We recommend students in Nanomedicine consider applying to the Integrated Science Curriculum.
Nanomedince major Gianna Grogan presents her research at The Falling Walls Lab in Berlin Germany and meets Carl-Henrick Heldin, Chairman of the Nobel Foundation
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VT undergraduate student, Gianna Grogan, presents her research, Breaking the Wall of Diabetes Drug Delivery.
Virginia Tech alumnus donation strengthens fight against cancer.
Article ItemStudents selected for Roanoke’s first undergraduate biomedical research cohort , article
The students studying in majors in the College of Science are part of the inaugural Integrated Health Sciences and Research Program at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.Date: Sep 22, 2022
Article ItemRobert Weiss named director of Academy of Integrated Science in College of Science , article
The academy was started in 2011 by the late Lay Nam Chang, then dean of the College of Science, with the mission of exploring powerful new approaches to current complex scientific problems.Date: Mar 08, 2022
Article ItemGlobal Change Center undergraduate researchers investigate questions related to environmental change , article
In a year complicated by the global pandemic, three recipients of Global Change Center Undergraduate Research Grants succeeded in conducting important research and presented their work at a campus conference attended by hundreds of Virginia Tech students and faculty.Date: Aug 12, 2021
Article ItemSummer interns gain hands-on learning in Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 testing lab , article
During two five-week, hands-on sessions, the interns worked in the Molecular Diagnostics Lab at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC and took classes led by Carla Finkielstein, the lab’s scientific director and an associate professor at the research institute.Date: Jul 23, 2021
Article ItemCarla Finkielstein honored with Ut Prosim Scholar Award , article
Finkielstein, an associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Science and an award-winning cancer researcher, anticipated the limitations of existing methods for testing the novel coronavirus and enlisted a team to develop an innovative method that would more accurately, reliably, and rapidly detect the virus and help mitigate its spread.Date: Mar 22, 2021
Article ItemJ. Mark Sowers Distinguished Lecture Series continues online with Nobel Prize winning physicist, Donna Strickland , article
The online event on March 10 will feature Strickland, who is a professor with the University of Waterloo’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. She co-won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for her work in developing chirped pulse laser amplification with Gérard Mourou, her Ph.D. supervisor at the time.Date: Mar 07, 2021
Article ItemCarla Finkielstein named Luther and Alice Hamlett Junior Faculty Fellow by Board of Visitors , article
The award provides support for outstanding faculty members who hold the rank of assistant or associate professor and whose work supports the missions of the college’s Academy of Integrated Science.Date: Oct 05, 2020
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