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March 08, 2007

Dr. Nathan Cady, Assistant Professor of Nanobioscience, The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University of Albany, Albany, NY, 3-8-07

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One of Dr. Nathan Cady's key areas of research is developing methods to study biological processes at the nano- and microscale. This involves development of microfluidic biosensors and novel detection technologies. He is currently extending his previous work with nucleic-acid based biosensors by researching the development of sensors that are capable of detecting multiple organisms and/or DNA sequences within single samples. This type of multiplex analysis is relevant for clinical diagnostic purposes, genetic analysis, and detection of biowarfare agents. To develop these multiplex systems, Dr. Cady is exploring new optical and electrical detection strategies, including the use of quantum dots and organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs).

Beyond his research in biosensor technology, Dr. Cady is focusing on broader nanobiotechnology research. He is particularly interested in how cells interact with their environment at the nanoscale, especially how they adhere to, move along, and penetrate different surfaces. One of the more difficult conditions to control when studying cell-surface interactions is the large variability of the surfaces and environments that are used.

By better understanding how cells interact with these defined, nanoscale environments, Dr. Cady plans to provide insight for bioengineering applications such as materials biocompatibility, prosthetics and medical device design. This research effort will also address fundamental properties of how microorganisms, especially pathogenic bacteria, interact with surfaces to cause disease. To date there have been relatively few research groups using nanotechnology to answer these questions, making this an exciting and challenging field for new exploration.

Dr. Cady reeived his Ph.D. in Microbiology and B.A. in Biology from Cornel University (2005 and 1999, respectively).

The University of Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is the first college in the world dedicated to research, development, education, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. In May 2006, it was ranked as the nation’s number one college for nanotechnology and microtechnology in the Annual College Ranking by Small Times magazine. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex is the most advanced research facility of its kind at any university in the world - a $3.5 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex that attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience.

The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 65,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. Over 1600 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex, including IBM, AMD, SONY, Toshiba, Qimonda, Honeywell, ASML, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, and Freescale. An expansion currently underway will increase the size of CNSE’s Albany NanoTech complex to over 750,000 square feet, including over 80,000 square feet of Class 1 cleanroom space, to house over 2000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty by the end of 2008.

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