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Postdoctoral Researcher

Posted by: Advanced Materials and Nanobiotechnology Lab

Posted date: Mar-29-2017

Location: Irvine, CA

The intersection of nanoscience and biology, a.k.a. nanobiotechnology, is expected to be a source of new and more patient-friendly ways of preventing and treating an array of medical conditions. Advanced Materials and Nanobiotechnology Lab, a.k.a. the Uskokovic Lab, focuses on devising advanced nanomaterials for application in tissue regeneration and other areas of preventive and restorative medicine. Bridging the gap between materials science and life science, the lab specializes in synthesis, characterization and biological testing of materials for the next generation of medical devices.

More specifically, the research program of the Uskokovic Lab is focused on the use of soft chemistry techniques to create nanoscale materials for biomedical applications, including targeted and controlled drug delivery, bone tissue engineering and advanced antimicrobial and anticancer therapies. The most influential work to have emerged from the Uskokovic Lab pertains to the use of calcium phosphate nanoparticles for drug and gene delivery. Other materials, including magnetic nanocomposites and carbon-based materials, are also engineered and their interface with the biological systems probed, all with the goal of creating clinically effective therapeutics and diagnostics. Socially responsible materials together with in vitro biological assays that substitute for animal testing present an important aspect of research done in the Uskokovic Lab. This social responsibility comes into play through seeing the lab as an incubator capable of creating high-skilled jobs for knowledge-based economy.

Advanced Materials and Nanobiotechnology Laboratory was founded in 2014 as a part of the Schools of Engineering and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2016 it relocated to Chapman University School of Pharmacy in Irvine, California, where it continues to grow in scope and resource. Currently the lab houses a range of equipment for materials characterization and biological analysis, including X-ray diffraction, DLS particle size and zeta potential analyzer, real-time PCR, UV/Vis spectrophotometry, fluorometry, a series of fluorescent optical microscopes for visualizing cell/particle interface (e.g., Nikon T1-S/L100, Nikon TS100 and Nikon SMZ745), etc. The core facility directly adjacent to the lab houses over 60 major pieces of equipment for chemical structural analysis and studying drug/particle interactions, including HPLC, NMR, MS, protein crystallography, confocal microscopy, etc. State-of-the-art high-resolution electron microscopies are available at the nearby core facility of University of California at Irvine. The lab webpage is sites.chapman.edu/uskokoviclab.

Crossroads are the most creative standpoints and the Uskokovic Lab, naturally, rests at one. In one direction it evolves into a state-of-the-art space for the cross-fertilization of life science and materials science, while in the other direction it evolves toward becoming the seminal concept science lab, to which end it strives to revitalize science and make it fun, fancy and full of life once again. The provision and the proof of original concepts, often falling in the domain of the glass bead game, are an important aspect of research conducted in the Uskokovic Lab. The lab supports a space for the exhibitions of science in its purest form, which shares more in common with arts than with contemporary R&D entrepreneurialism. To that end, it counteracts the mainstream trend of increasing industrialization and commercialization of basic sciences. In the spirit of the conceptual arts, science done in the Uskokovic Lab also implicitly questions the climate and the predominant practices within the modern science.


Lab currently hires MS students, PhD students and postdoctoral scholars. Please email Dr. Vuk Uskokovic (uskokovi(at)chapman.edu) or Dr. Victoria Wu (vwu(at)chapman.edu) if interested in any of these positions.
Job Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Post Details
Email uskokovi(at)chapman.edu
Employer's Website sites.chapman.edu
Job Discipline Job Discipline -> Nanotechnology
Job Classification Job Classification -> Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Location Irvine, CA
Key Words Biomaterials, Biomimetics, Colloid chemistry, Composite nanoparticles, Drug delivery, Gene delivery, Infectious disease, Nanomedicine, Tissue engineering.
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