Nanotechnology Expert to Describe Its Application to Medicine

Chad A. Mirkin, PhD

Smaller and smaller particles are doing bigger and bigger things in all fields of science. A specialist in these tiny matters will deliver a state-of-the-art lecture on “Realizing the Promise of Nanomedicine” on Saturday, Nov. 15.

A chemist and a world-renowned nanoscience expert, Chad A. Mirkin, PhD, is the director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, professor of chemical and biological engineering, professor of biomedical engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, and professor of medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Dr. Mirkin’s work has focused on developing methods for controlling the architecture of molecules and materials on the 1 nm to 100 nm length scale, and using them to develop novel analytical tools that can be applied in chemical and biological sensing, gene regulation, lithography, catalysis, optics, and energy generation, storage, and conversion. He has pioneered the use of biomolecules in materials science and the development of many nanoparticle-based extracellular and intracellular biodiagnostic and gene regulation tools.

This work has led to more than 560 publications and 243 patents, with several hundred more patent applications pending worldwide.

Dr. Mirkin has served on the editorial advisory boards of more than 20 scholarly journals, including Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Biomacromolecules, and Macromolecular Bioscience. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the founding editor of the journal Small, one of the premier international nanotechnology journals.

Currently a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, he is the founder of three companies, Nanosphere, AuraSense, and AuraSense Therapeutics.

Dr. Mirkin’s accomplishments have been recognized with more than 90 national and international awards, including the Linus Pauling Medal, the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, and the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Invention.

He is one of only 15 people to have been elected to all three U.S. national academies (Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering). He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Mirkin received his doctoral degree from Penn State. He was a National Science Foundation postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology prior to joining Northwestern in 1991.