Devika ChithraniAssociate professor, University Of Victoria
- University Of Victoria
About Devika Chithrani
Dr. Chithrani did her doctorral and postdoctoral studies at university of Toronto, Canada. She supporterd by many prestigeous scholarships and awards throughtpot her academic carrier. She is the director of the director of naoscince and technology development labotory at University of Victoria. Dr. Chithrani leverages nanotechnology to create innovations that advance the care of cancer patients. Her work is featured on the cover of journals and her publications in reputed journals have received close to 8500 citations in few years. Dr. Chithrani has earned a strong international reputation for her innovative research through her many review articles, book chapters, and invited presentations. Her passion is to develop smart nanomaterials to improve exiting cancer therapeutics. My research program also involves the use of gold nanostructures as a versatile platform for integration of many therapeutic options towards optimizing combinational therapy platform in the battle against cancer. For example, radiation therapy and chemotherapy remain as the most widely used treatment options. Our studies show that the incorporation of gold nanostructures into those protocols have enhanced tumor cell damage. However, nanoparticle based platforms are still at the initial stage of development and much more research is required before they can be applied in clinical applications. Therefore, this emerging field of nanomedicine requires better understanding of the interface between nanotechnology and medicine in order make use of their full potential in the clinic. My research program is designed to improve the understanding of the bio-nano interface. Better knowledge of the nano-bio interface would lead to better tools for diagnostic imaging and therapy. As a step forward in this direction, we have shown how the size, shape, and surface properties of nanoparticles (NPs) affect their intracellular fate both in vitro and in vivo. We also engineer three dimensional tissue-like models to test our nanoparticle systems before using then in animal models. These fundamental studies will facilitate building of better NP-based platforms for improved results in the future cancer care of patients.