Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence
and Translation (CCNE-T)


Shan Wang and his students awarded in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE competition

See all winners here:

Check out the video of the diagnostic device they’ve developed. See team Eigen Lifescience.

Look out for a guest appearance in the video as well.


Cover Articles:

Shen, B., Jeon, J., Palner, M., Ye, D., Shuhendler, A.J, Chin, F-T., Rao, J. Positron emission tomography imaging of drug-induced tumor apoptosis with a caspase-triggered nano-aggregation probe. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013, 52, 10511-10514. (Cover Article).

Ansari, C., Tikhomirov, G.A., Castaneda, R., Ruffel, B., Aflakiyan, N., Hong., S.H., coussens, L., Rao, J.* and Daldrup-Link, H.E.*. Development of novel activatable theranostic nanoparticles for combined cancer MR imaging and therapy. Small, 2014, 10(3): 566-75. (Cover Article).

Earhart, C.M., Hughes, C.E., Gaster, R.S., Oo, C., Wilson, R.J., Zhou, L.Y., Humke, E.W., Xu, L., Wong, D.J., Willingham, S.B., Schwartz, E.J., Weissman, I.L., Jeffrey, S.S., Neal, J.W., Rohatgi, R., Wakelee, H.A. and Wang., S.X. Isolation and mutational analysis of circulating tumor cells from lung cancer patients with magnetic sifters and biochips, Lab on a Chip, Special Issue on Circulating Tumor Cells, 2014, 14(1): 788-88. (Cover Article).


PI: Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Received 2013 Society of Asian American Scientist in Cancer Research Award

October 1, 2013
Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, PI of CCNE-T, received this award for contribution in the field of Biomedical and Clinical Research.

Congratulations, Dr. Gambhir!

Saeed Mohammadi Received 2013 BioNanotechnology Summer Institute Best Poster Award

July 8, 2013
Saeed Mohammadi, a postdoctoral fellow in the Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab (MMIL), received the "Best Poster Award" for his research project "Integrated Field Effect Sensor Array for Profiling of miRNA/OncoMIRs" at the 2013 BioNanotechnology Summer Institute at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This research project is an NCI Alliance Challenge project led by Dr. Demir Akin at CCNE-T.

Congratulations, Saeed!

Postdoctoral Fellow, Prachi Pandit, from Project 1 recvied the ISMRM Junior Fellowship Program

February 13, 2013

Congratulations, Prachi!

Pilot Project 1 Leader, Jelena Vuckovic, PhD, made the cover of Nano Letters

February 13, 2013

Congratulations, Professor Vuckovic!

Project 3 Leader, Stephen Quake, PhD, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineers

February 8, 2013

Congratulations, Professor Quake!

Co-PI, Shan Wang, PhD, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society

December 7, 2012
The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow in the American Physical Society

According to the APS citation, Dr. Wang was elected a Fellow for ³seminal contributions to biomagnetics, nanomagnetics, and magnetic recording emphasizing fundamental physics and innovative applications of magnetic nanoparticles, spintronic sensors, and materials.

Congratulations, Professor Wang!

Sarah Bohndiek Awarded AACR-Amgen Fellowship in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research

March 30, 2012
Sarah Bohndiek, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Multimodality Molecular Imaging Lab has been awarded the AACR-Amgen Inc. Fellowship in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research for work on photoacoustic imaging of ovarian cancer with targeted nanoparticles."

Congratulations, Sarah!

Jesse Jokerst Received Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) 2012 Collaborative Research Travel Grant

March 6, 2012
Jesse Jokerst, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program, received Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) 2012 Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG) for his project entitled, "A Biodegradable Contrast Agent for Ultrasound-Guided Stem Cell Therapy".

Congratulations, Jesse!

Prachi Pandit, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow is awarded the Magna Cum Laude Merit Award

March 27, 2012
Prachi Pandit, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program and member of the Cellular & Molecular MRI Lab has been awarded the Magna Cum Laude Merit Award for the 20th Annual ISMRM meeting for her abstract entitled "Gadolinium-based "Smart" MRI Probes for Enzyme-targeted Cancer Imaging".

Congratulations, Prachi!

Angela Zhang Wins 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Individual Prize

December 6, 2011
Angela Zhang, a high school student trainee in the Cancer Molecular Imaging Chemistry Lab (CMICL), has won the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology Individual Prize. Her project, "Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells", focused on designing a targeted gold and iron oxide-based nanoparticle with the potential to eradicate cancer stem cells through a controlled delivery of the drug to the site of the tumor. The multifunctional nanoparticle combines therapy and imaging into a single platform, with the gold and iron-oxide components allowing for multimodality imaging. The individual prize she received is $100K.

Congratulations, Angela!

New biosensor microchip could speed up drug development, Stanford researchers say

April 19, 2011
A new biosensor microchip that could hold more than 100,000 magnetically sensitive nanosensors could speed up drug development markedly, Stanford researchers say. The nanosensors analyze how proteins bond – a critical step in drug development. The ultrasensitive sensors can simultaneously monitor thousands of times more proteins than existing technology, deliver results faster and assess the strength of the bonds.

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Functionalized Nanobiomaterials for Medical Applications Meeting

October 4 - 7, 2010
Dr. Demir Akin, Deputy Director of our CCNE was asked by Materials Research Society (MRS) to organize this meeting.

The meeting will be held between October 4-7, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.
Further information can be obtained from the link

Stanford-led research team aims for rapid detection of radiation dose

January 26, 2010

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Drew Hall and Richard Gaster Won Inaugural IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition

June 24, 2009
Drew Hall and Richard Gaster, both members of Shan Wang's lab, have won the inaugural IEEE Presidents' Change the World Competition for their magneto-nano handheld diagnostic devise "capable of diagnosing illness in remote corners of the globe".

Congratulations, Drew and Richard! [ read article ]