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Nathan C. Gianneschi, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2020
For pioneering and creative contributions to nanomedicine through the invention of bioresponsive phase-change materials for selective tissue targeting.

New Biomaterial Could Shield Against Harmful Radiation

Via Northwestern University | July 8, 2020

Packing for outer space? Here’s one thing you won’t want to forget.

Northwestern University researchers have synthesized a new form of melanin enriched with selenium. Called selenomelanin, this new biomaterial shows extraordinary promise as a shield for human tissue against harmful radiation.

“Given the increased interest in space travel and the general need for lightweight, multifunctional, and radioprotective biomaterials, we’ve become excited about the potential of melanin,” said Nathan Gianneschi, professor of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering at Northwestern Engineering, who led the research. “It occurred to our postdoctoral fellow Wei Cao that melanin containing selenium would offer better protection than other forms of melanin. That brought up the intriguing possibility that this as-yet undiscovered melanin may very well exist in nature, being used in this way. So we skipped the discovery part and decided to make it ourselves… Continue reading.

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Dr. Nathan Gianneschi Inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

Via AIMBE | March 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Nathan C. Gianneschi, Ph.D., Jacob and Rosaline Cohn Professor, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, to its College of Fellows.

Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.”

Dr. Gianneschi was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for “pioneering and creative contributions to nanomedicine through the invention of bioresponsive phase-change materials for selective tissue targeting.

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