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My research utilizes an interdisciplinary (organic chemistry, biochemistry, and nanotechnology) approach towards the development of effective in vitro/in vivo biosensors, nano-imaging agents and nanomedicine, particularly for cancer. This includes the development of innovative photodynamic therapy agents and efficient drug nano-carriers. An additional focus is to cure hypoxic cancer tumors by discovering efficient ways to reduce hypoxia in tumors. A good portion of this work is also focused on designing and testing diagnostic and therapeutic agents which are based on molecular cages and nanomaterials. Another objective to assist in the accurate diagnosis of cancer is to develop innovative imaging probes by employing noble-metal nanoclusters. Multifunctional nanomaterials as targeted platforms for in vivo delivery of anti-cancer drugs and imaging agents offer control over delivery, targeting and releasing processes and thus effective diagnosis and cure of cancer.
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