Sandra Whaley Bishnoi
Sandra Whaley Bishnoi, assistant professor of chemistry, is working with a talented group of undergraduate researchers towards making biologically compatible nano-particles capable of targeting cancer cells for cancer diagnostics and therapy. They are conducting studies in optimizing nano-particle synthesis, modifying nano-particle surfaces, and characterizing their delivery to cultured cells.
One of the problems with cancer therapies is that they attack both healthy normal cells as well as the cancer cells that are the intended target. With targeted delivery, the hope is to minimize the side effects that are normally found in traditional chemotherapies. Though several drugs have recently come into the market using antibody targeted delivery, Dr. Bishnoi is focusing her efforts on using short peptide sequences that can be tailored for delivery of the nano-particle systems.
Though only at the beginning of understanding how to deliver these types of materials, Dr. Bishnoi expects that through work such as this, the delivery of nano-scaled therapeutics will be improved.