Prominent Scientist to Join Nanomedical Research Team
In January, MU officials announced that renowned cancer researcher and National Academy of Sciences member M. Frederick Hawthorne would join the MU faculty as co-director of the new International Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine.
"This move will significantly advance MU's national leadership in nanomedicine and cancer research while providing break-through technology and medical solutions to the world," said MU Chancellor Brady Deaton.
Hawthorne said he is eager to join Katti on the MU faculty. "Together, Dr. Katti and I cover a broad spectrum, and we should be able to do some very significant things," Hawthorne said. "I still marvel at what I found at the University of Missouri-Columbia that I have never encountered anywhere in the world. The campus literally has everything, including a nuclear research reactor, a medical school, a veterinary medicine school and sincere people who are interested in collaborating with me. I realized Mizzou would be a place where I could fulfill my life's work, which is to find a new route for attacking cancer in a definitive way."
Katti's discoveries in nanoscience led to the recent opening of the Nanoparticles Production Core Facility, one of the first on-campus facilities of its kind. In a patented process, the facility produces metallic nanoparticles made especially for medical applications. Research at the facility laid the groundwork for a recent $3.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.