Doha: Dr Chad A Mirkin, (pictured) a world-renowned American chemist and pioneer in the realm of nanotechnology, will visit Doha from February 17 to 20 to deliver keynote address at the Second Middle Eastern Conference on Biomedical Engineering, and to forge relationships for international collaborations.
Mirkin serves as an adviser to President Barack Obama on science, technology, and innovation in his role as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. His research involves the study of materials and processes that operate at the atomic and molecular level.
“What makes Mirkin special is his ability to recognize how scientific insights can be applied to real-world needs-particularly in medicine,” said Mark A Ratner, Lawrence B Dumas Distinguished University Professor at Northwestern University.
In the mid-1990s, Mirkin’s research group created a nanoparticle made of gold to arrange DNA into a new spherical form that has previously never been seen in nature. These, so-called Spherical Nucleic Acids (SNAs), have been used as probes in powerful new medical diagnostic tools and constitute new therapies for many diseases, including cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and diseases of the skin such as psoriasis and melanoma. SNAs are now part of over 1000 commercial products sold worldwide.
Dr Mirkin is the Founding Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) at Northwestern University, the George B Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Professor of Medicine. He is one of only 15 scientists, engineers and medical doctors in the world, and the only chemist, to be elected into all three branches of the US National Academies.The Peninsula