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Looking into the light: Probing Molecular and Barrier Activity in the Brain by Dr. Zhenpeng Qin


Brain is the most complex organ in the human body and nanotechnology offers unique advantages to address key questions in the brain. Here I will discuss our recent efforts on developing a new method called “molecular hyperthermia” for photo-inactivation of protein activity based on nanoscale heating of targeted molecules, and use of this technology to address several challenging medical problems. Secondly, I will present our work on engineering new photosensitive nanovesicles that can package various molecules and can be remotely released in deep brain regions. The rich interface of transport phenomena, nanotechnology, photonics, and neuroscience offers deep insights into the brain microenvironment, and unique opportunity to develop new techniques to better understand the brain and treat brain diseases.


Zhenpeng Qin is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, a founding member of the Center for Advanced Pain Studies, and holds adjunct appointments in Bioengineering and UT Southwestern Medical Center. Qin lab focuses on developing new nanotechnologies to better understand and treat diseases in the nervous system, and detect highly sensitive and multiplexed methods for infectious diseases testing. Dr. Qin has received numerous awards including NIH MIRA/R35 award for early stage investigators, CDMRP Discovery Award, CPRIT Individual Research Award, Research Leaders Academy and Collaborative Sciences Award from American Heart Association (AHA), and Faculty Research Award from UT Dallas Jonsson School. His lab has received generous support from NSF, NIH, CPRIT, CDMRP, and AHA.

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Friday, September 18 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

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Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public, Prospective Students, Graduate Students, International Students


Research, Science & Technology


Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


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Jennifer Klunk
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