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Bionanoscience for Innovative Global Healthcare Research & Technology (BIGHEART)

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It is critical time to solve the problems of both developed and developing world healthcare challenges. In the first part of talk, I will present an external optical manipulation of genetic circuits for the fundamental understanding of gene regulation in human biology and precision medicine. High-precision NIR optical controls of nanoplasmonic optical antennas allow remote gene regulations in living cells. Since the abnormal NF-κB signaling pathway has been associated in cancer, infectious diseases, inflammation, and neurological diseases, we found a solution for the spatiotemporal regulation of NF-κB activation by the selective optical liberations of IκB siRNA and p65 siRNA from biophotonic antennas. The efficacy of multistep bidirectional control of specific gene expression was demonstrated through the expression measurements of IP-10 and RANTES activated by nuclear p65.

In the second part of talk, I will discuss integrative molecular diagnostic systems (iMDx). The iMDx comprises a self-contained sample preparation from whole blood, multiplexed protein assays, and nucleic acid amplification assays on chip with a sample-to-answer readout platform. As we gain more insight into the genomic basis of pathogen infectivity and drug resistance, point-of-care nucleic acid testing will likely become an important tool for global health. Additionally, the iMDx features cell phone data connectivity and GPS sample geotagging, which can enable epidemiological surveying and remote healthcare delivery. In summary, I will share my vision for the convergence of art, culture, technology and science (ACTS) to transform life sciences and healthcare. Creative ACTS will allow us to find the solutions for preventive precision medicine and low-cost healthcare systems.

This talk is part of the Nanoscience Centre Seminar Series series.

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