MSE is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 MSE Departmental Awards. The value of awards is between $4,000 – $10,000.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must be current international or domestic MASc/PhD MSE students.
How to apply:
– Submit your completed application to Ms Maria Fryman, Graduate Program Counsellor & Administrator
Application deadline is July 24, 2019.
Abstract: Structural complexities of ceramic materials in solid or colloidal forms are the key to explaining their displays of broad ranges of interesting properties. However, these complexities are yet to be harnessed to the fullest extent and translated to the medical domain. The first part of this lecture will focus on our studies on calcium phosphate nanoparticles and the discovery of a number of new properties exhibited by them through a precise control of their physical and chemical properties. These properties include tunable drug delivery kinetics, memory effect with biological repercussions, oscillatory behavior, cellular uptake selectivity, intrinsic antibacterial activity, and others. This will be placed in the context of an ongoing effort to expand the application repertoire of calcium phosphate nanoparticles beyond their traditional use as bioactive fillers of tissue engineering constructs. The second part of the lecture will center around our work on an aqueous, surfactant-free ferrofluid composed of composite magnetic nanoparticles modeled after the stratified structure of the Earth and on its use for transport across the blood-brain barrier and brain tumor targeting.
Brief Biography: Vuk Uskoković is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California in Irvine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at University of Illinois in Chicago. His former affiliations as an assistant professor and research scientist include the School of Pharmacy at Chapman University in Orange County, California (2016 – 2018), Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry at University of California, San Francisco (2007 – 2013), Center for Advanced Materials Processing at Clarkson University in New York (2006 – 2007), Advanced Materials Department at Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2002 – 2006), and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (2001 – 2002). Dr. Uskoković is the director of the NIH-funded Advanced Materials and Nanobiotechnology Laboratory, whose goal is the development of nanotechnological innovations in the field of biomedicine. Bridging the gap between materials science and life science, the lab specializes in synthesis, characterization and biological testing of materials for the next generation of medical devices. The most influential work to have emerged from it pertains to the use of calcium phosphate nanoparticles for advanced drug and gene delivery applications. Other materials, including magnetic nanocomposites and carbon-based materials, are also engineered and their interface with the biological systems probed, all with the goal of creating clinically effective therapeutics and diagnostics. Socially responsible materials together with in vitro biological assays that substitute for animal testing present an important aspect of research done in the Uskoković Lab. This social responsibility also comes into play through seeing the lab as an incubator of high-tech skills for knowledge-based economy.