Harvard and Alabama State scientists collaborate on medical book


Updated: 7/13/2015 3:49 PM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

Alabama State University

Office of Media Relations & Public Information

Date: July 7, 2015

ASU’s Dr. Shree Singh at work in his lab.

Harvard & ASU’s Scientists Collaborate on Cutting-edge Medical Book!

– It will provide a major impact in diagnosing and treating various human health issues through nanomaterials – 

– Nanotechnology is the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all fields of science-

Scientists at Harvard Medical School and Alabama State University have collaborated on a book that deals with cutting-edge medical research, whose goal is to provide a major impact in diagnosing, improving and treating various human health issues and diseases through nanomaterials.

The ASU effort is led by one of the University’s leading scientists and researchers, Dr. Shree R. Singh, who directs Alabama State’s nationally acclaimed Center for NanoBiotechnology Research (CNBR). Singh and two of his graduate students worked with their counterparts at Harvard University’s Medical School and contributed a chapter in “Applications of Nanoscience in Photomedicine.”

Singh and his Ph.D. graduate students – Pooja Tiwari and Swapnil Bawage – wrote the chapter in the book that is led by Harvard’s Dr. Michael Hamblin and Dr. Pinar Avci.

About the book 

The medical book focuses on a comprehensive overview of nanomaterials and the use of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) for various diagnostic and therapeutic biomedical applications, including photomedicine applications in human health and diseases. The book published by Elsevier includes various topics in nanoscience and their medical applications in nanomedicine. Elsevier is considered one of the world’s most comprehensive biomedical literature databases. Gold nanoparticles are used as a “vehicle” to transport medicines or genetic materials that are introduced into the human body to combat  disease/medical issues or assist in medical applications.

Singh said that the book includes various topics in nanoscience and their medical applications in nanomedicine and that he and his associates are honored to have been asked to write a chapter in the book.

“The authors of each chapter in the book are considered to be pioneers in the field of nanoscience and nanomedicine in human health,” Singh added.

NOTE: ASU’s Dr. Singh and others at its CNBR were recently cited nationally for patenting an invention that has the potential for curing RSV infections among children by using “novel” nanomaterials and gold nanoparticles.


Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is very, very small – about 1 to 100 nanometers.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology is the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields. Examples of its use include applications in chemistry, biology, physics, materials-science, and  engineering. ASU utilizes biology in its nano research, which is called nanobiotechnology. This research involves the ability to see and to control individual atoms and molecules.

It’s hard to imagine just how small nanotechnology is, so to put it in perspective, one nanometer is a billionth of a meter, or 10-9 of a meter.

Here are a few illustrative examples:

* There are 25,400,000 nanometers in an inch;

* A sheet of newspaper is about 100,000 nanometers thick;

* On a comparative scale, if a marble were a nanometer, then one meter would be the size of the Earth.

For more information, please visit the ASU Center for NanoBiotechnology Research website, www.alasu.edu/crest.

For past information on cutting-edge research conducted by ASU’s Center for NanoBiotechnology, access this link:


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