UCLA nanotechnology researchers have received a boost with a $1.5 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, a philanthropic organization that provides funds to universities in science, medical and engineering research.
Researchers from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the W.M. Keck Proteomics Center and the California NanoSystems Institute will use the grant to come together and fight cancer.
The work will be focussed on epithelial cell cancers such as cancers of the prostate, breast and lung but particularly pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer affects 30,000 patients a year and has no cure.
The program will utilise Quantum Dots, shape-encoded particles and chemical genomics. Quantum Dots, or Q-Dots, will gather nano level tumor cell data. Then shape-encoded particle technology will be used to organise and sort cancer data. Finally chemical genomics will be used for identifying and testing molecules that can block the development of cancer.