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Delivery of Nano-Medicine to Solid Tumors: Role of tumor physiology

Rakesh K. Jain

Rakesh K. Jain

Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Rakesh K. Jain is the Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Edwin L. Steele Laboratory of Tumor Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is regarded as a pioneer in the fields of tumor biology and in vivo imaging. He developed an impressive array of imaging technologies and sophisticated animal and mathematical models, through which he gained unprecedented molecular, cellular, anatomical and functional insight into the inner workings of solid tumors and the role of host-tumor interactions. He also translated this insight into improved strategies for cancer detection and treatment (Science 307:58-62, 2005).

A mentor to more than 100 master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral students from multiple disciplines, his collaborative efforts are summarized in more than 380 publications and six patents. He has edited six monographs on topics ranging from bioengineering to cancer. He serves on advisory panels to government, industry and academia, and is a member of editorial boards of ten journals, including Cancer Research and Nature Reviews Cancer (Highlights).

His contributions have been recognized by more than 25 major awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1983-1984), Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (1990-1991), Outstanding Investigator Grant of the National Cancer Institute (1993-2000), and memberships in the Institute of Medicine (2003) and National Academy of Engineering (2004) of the United States National Academies. Most recently, he received the Outstanding Academic Scientist of the Year Award from the 2005 Pharmaceutical Achievements Awards, and will be bestowed the Distinguished Service Award at the Nature Biotechnology Winter Meeting on Angiogenesis in Miami in February 2006. Dr. Jain received the MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering in 1974 and 1976 from the University of Delaware, India. He served as Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University (1976 to 1978), and as Assistant (1978-79), Associate (1979-83) and Full Professor (1983-1991) of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, before joining Harvard in 1991.

Speaking in the special symposium on Nanotechnology for Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment - CancerNano 2006.


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