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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