Prof. Perez's group primarily focuses on the design and synthesis of various types of polymer-coated metallic and metal oxide nanoparticles and their use as multimodal and multifunctional nanosensors in the diagnostics, imaging and treatment of cancer and infectious disease.
In nanoparticle technology, our group has developed synthetic methods for the fast and reproducible synthesis of a variety of polymer coated nanoparticles of iron oxide, cerium oxide, gold and silver nanoparticles, among others. The main focus of our group is to develop water-based synthetic methods that utilized green-chemistry processes and non-toxic material. A major effort is to the use of biodegradable and biocompatible materials in all of our synthetic methods.
In bacterial and toxin detection, our group has developed novel magnetic nanosensors for the selective and sensitive detection of bacteria and toxins in complex media. Most recently, we have developed a high throughput screening method for the assessment of antibacterial susceptibility to antibiotics and determination of antibiotic resistance.
In cancer nanotechnology area, the group is interested in developing targeting nanoparticle based imaging and therapeutic agents for the dual detection and treatment of tumors. In addition, our group is actively working on the development of novel nanosensors for the rapid and high throughput sensing of tumor markers in blood circulation.
In polymer technology, our group is developing novel biodegradable polymers for the synthesis of multifunctional and multimodal polymeric nanoparticles for applications in imaging, diagnostics, and therapeutics and in the synthesis of multifunctional and biodegradable nanocomposites.