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DIRECTOR - SUJATHA KANNAN, M.D.

Wayne State University/Perinatology Research Branch - Nanotechnology Director SUjatha Kannan, M.D.Title

  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Staff Intensivist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Education and Training

  • M.B.B.S - Jawaharlal Institute of Post graduate Medical, Education and Research, Pondicherry, India 
  • Internship - University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, South Dakota  
  • Residency - Pediatrics University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois/ Children's Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Fellowship - Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit 

Principal or Alternate Investigator on the following projects

  • Imaging and therapy in intrauterine inflammation induced perinatal brain injury
  • In vivo evaluation and imaging of dendrimer nanodevices targeting neuroinflammation: Applications in Cerebral palsy and Macular Degeneration, Wilson Medical Foundation Grant: Research Grant for Discovery in the -Biomedical Sciences, Co-Investigator (PI: RM Kannan)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Pfizer Foundation Pediatrics Scholar
  • Sheldon Brenner Award for Best Resident Research Project, Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Wolfe Zuelzer Award for Best Fellowship Research Project, Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Teaching Award, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Research Interests

  • PET imaging of neuroinflmmation in rabbit models
  • Dendrimer-based drug delivery for neuroinflammation and PET imaging
  • Targeted therapeutic approaches for the treatment and prevention of cerebral palsy

DIRECTOR - RANGARAMANUJAM M KANNAN, M.D.

Wayne State University/Perinatology Research Branch - Nanotechnology Director, Rangaramanujam M Kannan, M.D.Title

  • Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University

Education and Training

  • Ph.D. - (Chemical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 
  • Postdoctoral Training - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN     

Principal or Alternate Investigator on the following projects

  • Project Title: Supercritical carbondioxide-based PET-clay nanocomposite barrier materials, PI, Source: Coca-Cola R & D
  • Project Title: Systemically delivered dendrimer drug nanodevices for the targeted treatment of trauma-associated retinal neuroinflammation and degeneration, equal co-PI (RM Kannan), equal co-PI (R. Iezzi), Source: DoD/WSU-replaced
  • Project Title: Adaptive nanomaterials for sensing and drug delivery a multidisciplinary research incubator, co-director (RM Kannan), co-director (GZ Mao), Source: Wayne State University

Awards and Recognitions

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nanomedicine, 2006
  • Ralph C. Wilson Foundation Scholar, 2007
  • Ad hoc Member, National Cancer Institute Special Emphasis Study Section ZCA1-SRRB-3(C1)
  • Two 'Faculty of 1000' recognized publications
  • NSF CAREER Award, 1999
  • 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award, 1998 – 2000, 2002-2004
  • Wayne State University Faculty Research Award, 1997-1998, 1998-1999
  • Unilever Award for outstanding Ph.D. thesis in polymer Science by ACS, 1995
  • American Chemical Society Honor symposium for Unilever award, 1995

Research Interests

  • Dendrimer-based drug delivery for neuroinflammation and PET imaging
  • Animal model and cellular studies on drug-dendrimer complexes -  applications to asthma, and thrombolysis
  • Tailored dendritic nanostructures for cancer therapy
  • Dendrimer-based delivery systems for breathing recovery following spinal cord injuries
  • PET imaging
  • Treatment of Chlamydial infections
  • Treatment of inflammation in implant induced reactions