Louisiana Tech and the Italian National Nanotechnology Laboratory's joint project, "Nano-carriers for Cancer Therapy" has been selected among the 20 most important scientific projects for Italy-USA Collaboration by the Progetto Bilaterale Italia-USA.
The collaboration was led by Dr. Yuri Lvov, a professor of micro and nanosystems at Tech's Institute for Micromanufacturing, and Stefano Leporatti of the NNL.
The primary purpose of the collaboration was to develop new nano-carriers and to study their uptake in cells for development of new cancer therapies. The current project is based on NNL's research on advanced optical and scanning probe facilities and Tech's expertise in developing advanced nano-carriers for cancer drug delivery developed at the IfM benefited the work.
In addition to the medical applications, the project will be useful in the multi-disciplinary training of graduate students in the bio/nano technology environment.
Also, Leporatti and doctoral student Viviana Vergaro of the Italian National Nanotechnology Institute recently visited the IfM, when Leporatti delivered the lecture, "Engineering Micro/Nano Environment via Layer-by-Layer Composite Films for Breast Cancer Cell Controlled Growth." On that visit, Leporatti also presented a seminar on using virus arrays for templated nano-lithography.