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      April 24, 2020

      Friday   3:00 PM

      One Silber Way
      Boston, Massachusetts 02215

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      MSE Colloquium Series Speaker Gang Han

      MSE Colloquium Series Speaker Gang Han

      Gang Han

      The University of Massachusetts Medical School

      Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

      Faculty Host: Allison Dennis

      Student Host: Alex Saeboe

      Refreshments at 2:45 PM

      Title: Seeing the Unseen: Inventing Luminescent Nanoparticles for Biology


      Functional luminescent nanoparticles are promising materials for in vitro and in vivo optical imaging and therapy due to their unique optical and chemical properties. In this talk, I will present a couple of biocompatible luminescence nanoparticles. The first type of materials is upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs). I will present new developments regarding engineering UCNPs towards optogenetic applications in immunotherapy as well as the most recent application in regard to create mammalian infrared imaging vision. The second type of nanoparticles is persistent luminescence nanoparticles (PLNPs). They are bioluminescence-like and possess unprecedented in vivo deep tissue energy rechargeability, outstanding signal-to-noise-ratio with no need for an excitation resource (light) during imaging.


      Dr. Gang Han is currently a Professor in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Department at University of Massachusetts- Medical School. He received his B.Sc. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Nanjing University, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Dr. Han has published over 100 papers in Journals such as Cell, Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications , Elife, PNAS, JACS, Angewandte chemie, Advanced Materials, Nano letters, , ACS Nano, which have cited over 11000 times. He was honored awards such as NIH Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA) Award, NIH/NCI Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology (IRCN) Award and Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award, Worcester Foundation Mel Cutler Award. His current research focuses on the development of biocompatible functional luminescent nanoparticles and molecules for optical imaging, sensing and light controlled immune-engineering and neuron activation.

      When3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Friday, April 24, 2020Location15 Saint Mary's Street room 105

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