In the field of molecular imaging, our group aims the development of mutimodal imaging modalities for cancer imaging. Specifically, we design biodegradable soft polymeric or polymer-coated fluorophore-encapsulating iron oxide nanoparticles for the targeted in vitro and in vivo imaging of cancer cells and tumoric lesions. These nanoparticles possess limited cytotoxicity, are stable in buffer solutions, and can be used for MRI, or near-infrared imaging using fluorescence molecular tomography.
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Dr. J. Manuel Perez
Department of Chemistry, CH 117
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816