Nanotech 2011

Toward Nanoparticle Therapeutics Through Biomimicry

Colby Shad  Thaxton

Colby Shad Thaxton

Assistant Professor

Northwestern University

Dr. Colby Shad Thaxton graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Environmental Biology. He earned his MD and PhD from Northwestern University in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Joining Northwestern as full-time faculty in 2008, Dr. Thaxton's research efforts focus on translational nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is the study of the fabrication, directed self-assembly, and characterization of materials that have size dimensions between 1 and 100 nanometers. In the context of biological nanostructures, this is the size regime of the molecular machinery that constitutes, for example, functional viruses, bacteria, and human cells. The challenge of bio-nanotechnology, and the focus of The Thaxton Laboratory, is to control the synthesis of structures that naturally interface with biological systems to develop exquisitely targeted, practical, safe, and effective nanoparticle therapeutics, imaging agents, and biosensors.

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