About Us

The Center for Nano/Micro Systems and Nanotechnology was the first research center created in the State of Missouri to perform interdisciplinary MEMS/NEMS research and to promote interdisciplinary research across traditional academic disciplines and institutional boundaries in the area of nanoscale and micro system engineering. The center is set up based on a number of existing research groups with activities relevant to the vision and to the focus of the center’s activities. The center offers educational opportunities at all levels of study and practical research related training activities. Further, the center offers opportunities for related businesses and technology start-ups via prototype design, MEMS processing services and consultation.

Dr. Shubhra GangopadhyayShubhra Gangopadhyay joined the University of Missouri in 2003 as the LaPierre Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics to enhance interdisciplinary research in the areas of microelectronics/nanoelectronics, material science, and nanotechnology. Her areas of expertise include metal nanoparticle-based memory devices, nanostructured dielectric films for micro/nanoelectronics, solar cell and sensor applications, chemical and biological sensors using nanostructured platforms, and nanoenergetics for defense and biological applications. She has been developing lab on a chip technology for the last ten years with collaborators from biochemistry, bioengineering, and medicine. Some of the specific areas related to biomedical applications include biomaterials and surfaces for enhanced cell adhesion, single cell patterning on a micro electrochemical electrode for quantal exocytosis, drug and gene delivery using a microshock wave generator, optical nanobio sensors, nanoelectronics-based chemical sensors, and functionalized nanoparticles for drug delivery, biological imaging, and chem/bio sensing applications. Dr. Sheila GrantSheila Grant received her master’s degree in biomedical engineering and Ph.D. in materials engineering from Iowa State University. After graduation, she worked four years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. Currently, she is a professor in the Bioengineering Department at the University of Missouri. Her research involves utilizing new advances in nanotechnology to develop novel sensing mechanisms and sensing platforms. Additionally, she is developing nanostructured biocomposites for enhanced tissue integration and biocompatibility for soft tissue repair and replacement. She has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the North Texas Enterprise Center, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as private companies. Grant has helped create several high-tech ventures and has filed six U.S. patents with three patents being issued thus far and has also filed numerous disclosures.
Dr. Raghuraman KannanDr. Raghuraman Kannan is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Biological Engineering and Michael J. and Sharon R. Bukstein Distinguished Faculty Professor in Cancer Research. Dr. Kannan has over 18 years of research experience in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals and nanomedicine. As a PI and Lead Investigator of NIH-funded grants in the field of nanomedicine, he has developed a library of biocompatible, non-toxic, and readily injectable multistage nanoconstructs for various diseases. He is actively involved in designing and synthesizing peptide- and antibody-conjugated biocompatible metallic and polymeric nanoparticles. His research interest includes the design and synthesis of target-specific nanoparticles, the development of methodologies for bioconjugation to nanoconstructs, mechanistic investigations of cellular internalization of targeted nanoparticles, radioactive and radio-labeled nanoparticles for tumor imaging and therapy applications, and development of sensitive, accurate tests for personalized diagnostics in cancer treatment.