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Stephenson Cancer Center Research Scholar to Serve in NIH Leadership Role

Stephenson Cancer Center Research Scholar to Serve in NIH Leadership Role


Published: Friday, July 10, 2020

Rajagopal Ramesh, Ph.D., Oklahoma TSET Cancer Research Scholar and director of Experimental Therapeutics and Translational Medicine, Stephenson Cancer Center, has been elected chairman of the Nanotechnology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.

The Nanotechnology Study Section reviews applications focused on research in bioengineering and technology development, as it relates to nanomaterials. Nanotechnology draws from the disciplines of bioengineering, materials science, chemistry physics and relevant biological/ biomedical areas.

“I look forward to this leadership opportunity in such a critical area of biomedical research, and I’m honored by this demonstration of confidence by my peers,” said Ramesh. “Serving as chair of the Nanotechnology Study Section requires strong commitment for overseeing a committee of 20-25 members who are experts in their respective areas of research, and in ensuring fair review of grant applications. Being selected for this role not only affords me a great sense of personal accomplishment, but also attests to the significant regard in which the Stephenson Cancer Center is held at a national level.”

Robert S. Mannel, M.D., director, Stephenson Cancer Center, said leadership opportunities like these advance the work of Stephenson on multiple fronts. “Dr. Ramesh brings considerable expertise to the field of nanotechnology. This position offers greater opportunity to harness available resources to discover technologies and therapies for frontline treatments that may ultimately improve outcomes.”

A nanometer is a measurement that equals one billionth of a meter. Nanotechnology is defined as the understanding and control of matter at dimensions roughly 1 to 100 nanometers, where unique properties of materials that enable novel applications emerge. At the nanoscale, physical, chemical and biological properties of materials differ from the properties of individual atoms and molecules, or of bulk matter. Nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling and manipulating matter at this scale.

In addition to his role as a TSET Cancer Research Scholar, Ramesh is a professor of Pathology and also holds the Jim and Christy Everest Endowed Chair in Cancer Developmental Therapeutics. His research interests include novel gene-based therapeutics using viral and non-viral vectors with emphasis on translational cancer research. Findings based on his team’s research have paved the way for Phase I clinical trials for the treatment of solid tumors.