Dipanjan Pan, Bioengineering assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a recipient of the 2016 NML Researcher Award, sponsored by the journal of Nano-Micro Letters (NML). The award recognizes 15 outstanding researchers whose research fields are nano and micro science, with special consideration for those who have continuously made outstanding contributions to the development of science in the last three years.
Pan is an expert in personalized nanomedicine, converging basic science and engineering with medicine. His research is broadly aimed at the understanding and creating of defined materials for molecular imaging, drug delivery, and non-viral gene delivery applications with a focus on structure, function, and engineering processes.
Pan has led or partnered on many developments in nanotechnology and nanomedicine in recent years including artificial red blood cells, nanobubbles that deliver an FDA-approved anti-cancer compound to liver cancer tumors, a nanotechnology-based approach that could treat cancer by delivering a small molecule to reactivate a cell’s natural suicide mechanism, and OcuCheck, a portable device that can quickly assess the severity of an eye injury based on the amount of vitamin C in the patient’s tears.
Pan, who also is a member of the Bio-imaging Science and Technology Group at the Beckman Institute, joined the Illinois faculty in 2013. He holds six patents and is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the Royal Society of Chemistry.