Similar to the microfabrication technologies that have revolutionized the electronics industry, nanotechnologies are now poised to revolutionize the biotechnology and biomedical fields. As established by the National Nanotechnology Initiative, nanotechnology is simply defined as the manipulation of matter with at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometers, suggesting the importance of quantum mechanics as a principle that may well yield critical insights into biological systems in relation to disease control, epigenetics and longevity.

The innovative applications of bionanotechnologies and nanomaterials in bioanalysis and biomedicine, including signaling elements, imaging probes and drug delivery carriers will be presented. Comments will be based on Dr Tan's own work in the design and development of novel nanomaterials, bioconjugation methods, and the molecular engineering of DNA probes. He will close with a discussion of the exciting opportunities and challenges provided by biotechnology at the forefront of biomedicine and bioanalysis.

Event Details

Date30 April 2013 (Tuesday)
Time11:30 am - 12:30 pm
LanguageEnglish supplemented with Putonghua
Online Registration
VenueDr. & Mrs. Hung Hin Shiu Lecture Hall (SCM 012)
G/F, Jockey Club School of Chinese Medicine Building
7 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong
FacilitatorProf. Aiping LU
Dean, School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University
Sponsored byHung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation

Speaker Details

Prof. Weihong TAN
Weihong Tan received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1993. In 1996, he joined the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and was promoted to Associate Professor (2001) and Professor (2003). He was named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor (2004), V. T. and Louis Jackson Chair Professor (2008), and University of Florida Distinguished Professor (2012). He is currently the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University. Tan's group has developed research programs in chemical biology, bionanotechnology, bioanalysis and biomedical engineering. Currently, the Tan group is working on producing a variety of nucleic acid probes for biomedical studies and for single-molecule nanomotors, as well as developing new nanomaterials and bionanotechnologies for bioanalysis, molecular imaging and drug delivery. Most importantly, the Tan group has pushed forward a coordinated effort to elucidate the molecular foundation of such intractable diseases as cancer by using a chemical biology approach. His work has been recognized by such prestigious organizations as Pittcon and the American Chemical Society. Finally, Tan has published extensively in the field of chemical biology, molecular engineering, bioanalytical chemistry and bionanotechnology, accumulating more than 345 papers to his credit with an H-index factor of 72 and more than 16,500 citations.

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