Olena Taratula

Associate Professor (Sr Res)

Other: 503-346-4704

Pharmacy Building

Pharmacy Building 203

1601 SW Jefferson Avenue

1601 SW Jefferson Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D., Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 2008 M.S., Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine, 2002
Research Highlights: 

Our research utilizes an interdisciplinary approach toward the development of effective nanomaterials-based imaging and therapeutic agents, particularly for cancer, endometriosis, and placenta-related diseases. This includes the development of photo-theranostic agents for use in image-guided therapies. The main objective is to assist with accurate early diagnosis/visualization of tissue of interest using innovative nano-imaging probes, with subsequent immediate treatment.  

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Affiliated with: 
Pharmacy Professnl Instr
Portland - OHSU
Faculty Type: 
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research/Career Interests: 

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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