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Featured Profile: Kattesh Katti

Kattesh Katti

Dr. Kattesh Katti is turning gold into a cancer-fighting weapon.

This weapon takes the form of nanoparticles: microscopic particles that can be used to deliver medicines and diagnostics to precise locations in the body. Katti is globally recognized as the ‘Father of Green Nanotechnology’ and uses gold nanoparticles to target and treat prostate, brain, breast and lung cancers in humans.

Working with scientists at the MU Research Reactor (MURR), Katti has developed a library of more than 85 engineered nanoparticles for use in molecular imaging and therapy. These particles present a revolutionary early cancer detection and treatment method.

In addition, developing nanoparticle medicines involves chemical compounds that can be very toxic. Katti and team have devised a new way to approach to develop gold nanoparticles naturally, without the use of any toxic chemicals and their harmful byproducts. His green nanotechnology approach uses phytochemicals from various herbs, species and fruits for the production of biocompatible nanoparticles. The end result is a safer, trustworthy medical approach to cancer treatment.

Dr. Kattesh Katti is a curator’s distinguished professor of radiology, physics and bioengineering with appointments in the School of Medicine and the Colleges of Engineering and Arts and Science. He is also a senior research scientist at MURR and is director of MU’s Institute of Green Nanotechnology and Cancer Nanotechnology Platform and co-director of MU’s Nanoparticles Production Core Facility.  In 2015, he received the international Hevesy Medal Award for his achievements in applied nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry.

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