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October 27th, 2007
U. hires 2 prominent scientists
The University of Utah has used money allocated by the Legislature to the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative to hire two prominent scientists whose research may translate into economic returns for the state.
Hamid Ghandehari, a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry and director of the Center for Nanomedicine and Cellular Delivery at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, is developing extremely small "nanoparticles" that can deliver drugs to cancer cells.
Marc Porter, a chemistry professor and director of the Center for Combinatorial Sciences, at Arizona State University, is inventing substances that can sense cancers or other diseases at very early stages.
"They are both leaders in nanotechnology and they both bring large research programs with them," Richard Brown, dean of engineering at the University of Utah, said Friday.
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