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Researcher, Engineer, Survivor
Nanotechnology in Medicine: A Personal Journey
Nanomaterials have similar size to many biological components, so Jessica Winter, an engineer, researches ways to use this advantage to diagnose cancer sooner and treat it better, so that patients live longer. Then, one day she found herself on the other side of the cancer research question and found her research approach – and her life – were dramatically changed.
Professor Winter’s primary research interest is the exploration of the relationship between nanoparticles and biological elements. Her work is divided into three areas:
- Development of nanoscale neural prosthetic devices
- Patterned chemical and physical cues for improved neural adhesion and synapse formation
- Creation of oriented, nanopatterned surfaces using biological elements
She is an established leader in nanobiotechnology through the development of magnetic quantum dots for cell and molecular separations.
Winter is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and also Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. Her degrees include a B.S., Northwestern University, a M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 2001 and a Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2004.