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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded UC San Diego researchers a six-year $18 million grant to fund a new Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The UC San Diego labs funded by this new MRSEC, which includes those from the NanoEngineering Department, will focus on

Professor Nicole Steinmetz and her Center for Nano-Immuno-Engineering have received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer using plant virus nanoparticles. The particles will be produced using 3D-bioprinting from Dr.

NanoEngineering professor, Dr. Liangfang Zhang and his research lab have developed a way to use nano-scale particles in the form of nanosponges as a way to soak up harmful pathogens and toxins from viruses. This advancement could help protect healthy cells against the COVID-19 infection. 

NanoEngineering professors, Dr. Joseph Wang and Dr. Liangfang Zhang, have developed an enzyme-powered Janus platelet cell robot to use for active and targeted drug delivery. This breakthrough can help develop multi-functional cell-based micromotors for numerous biomedical applications.

NanoEngineering Professor, Joseph Wang and his lab team have developed a wearable, non invasive Vitamin C sensor that could provide a new, highly personalized way for users to track their daily nutritional intake.

NanoEngineering professor, Kenneth Vecchio, and his research lab is developing tools for screening large numbers of materials at an increasing rate. The method that Dr.

NanoEngineering Department Chair and Professor, Shaochen Chen and his research lab worked together with the University of Cambridge to 3D print coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae.

Congratulations to NanoEngineering Professor, Shirley Meng, for being named this year's winner of the Faraday Medal.  Professor Meng will deliver the Faraday Medal lecture at Electrochem 2020 in Nottingham.  

A NanoEngineering team, led by professor Kenneth Vecchio and his Ph.D. student Kevin Kaufmann, have developed a machine learning algorithm technique that can determine crystal structures in a less labor-intensive manner.

Professor Oscar Vazquez-Mena, a NanoEngineering professor, was named an Emerging Scholar for 2020 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. This honor is in recognition of his work with underrepresented students as part of his program called Bridges to Education.

Dept News

Congratulations to Dr. Mukanth Vaidyanathan (OHSU, Knight Cancer Institute), who recently received his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. His defense on "Novel Silica Lipid Nano Carriers for Diagnostics and Therapeutics" was presented on May 30, 2017. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Jinxing Li (Laboratory for Nanobioelectronics), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Micro/Nanorobotics: From Locomotion to Biomedical Applications" was presented on May 22, 2017. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Yang Yu (Meyers Group), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Structural and Mechanical Properties of A-Keratin Fibers" was presented on May 5, 2017. Dr. Yu has been with the Department of NanoEngineering since Fall 2013.

Joseph Wong, an undergraduate in NanoEngineering, rece

Congratulations to Dr. Elaine Alexandra Skowronski (Heller Lab), who recently received her Ph.D in NanoEngineering. Her defense on "Charge-Changing Substrates for Degradative Enzyme Activity Detection in Whole Blood" was presented on May 8, 2017. Dr.

Today the NanoEngineering Department celebrated two founding members farewell. Professor Michael Heller will be retiring at the end of the academic year and Professor Gaurav Arya is off to pursue new opportunities.

The Jacobs School held its annual Research Expo on Thursday, April, 20, 2017.

Congratulations to Dr. Tyler Dill (Tao Research Group), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering. His defense on "Plasmonic Colloidal Nanoantennas for Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectrocopy" was presented on January 18, 2017. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Viet Anh Nguyen Huu (Laboratory for Bioresponsive Materials), who recently received his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. His defense on "Engineering Smart Drug Delivery Systems to Treat Inflammatory Disorders" was presented on January 6, 2017. Dr.

Congratulations to Dr. Joshua T. Villanueva (Nanophotonics, Sensors and Devices Laboratory), who recently received his Ph.D in NanoEngineering.