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Brain Tumor Nanotechnology Laboratory

Director: Costas G. Hadjipanayis, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief of Neurosurgery Service, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University School of Medicine
Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar
President, Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation


The Brain Tumor Nanotechnology Laboratory, led by Dr. Costas G. Hadjipanayis, focuses on the development of multifunctional nanotechnology platforms for the targeted imaging and therapy of malignant gliomas. Members of the laboratory and collaborators have backgrounds in neurosurgery, cancer research, molecular biology, engineering, chemistry, and physics. The combination of these disciplines allows for the characterization and application of various nanotechnologies in glioblastoma cell culture and rodent models.

Nanotechnologies studied in the Brain Tumor Nanotechnology Laboratory include magnetic nanoparticles (iron oxide and iron-based nanoparticles), quantum dots, and theranostic nanoparticles (chemotherapy based). Functionalization of these nanoparticles with antibodies or peptides specific to glioblastoma cells is performed for targeted delivery and therapy purposes. Imaging of these nanoparticles can be performed by MRI (magnetic nanoparticles) or fluorescence microscopy (quantum dots).

The Brain Tumor Nanotechnology Laboratory also focuses on the use of magnetic nanoparticles for local hyperthermia generation by alternating magnetic fields. The development of nanotechnology for image-guided surgical resection of brain tumors is another focus of the lab.


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