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Impact of Nanoparticles on the Development and Health of Organisms

Lead Investigator:

Cécile Fradin, Departments of Physics & Astronomy, Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences.


We propose to study the effect of nanoparticles on the health of organisms. Nanoparticles are being increasingly used in a variety of biological applications such as drug delivery and tissue engineering, as well as for industrial purposes. While these technologies are developed in order to improve our lives it is important to address the side effects of introducing foreign particles in living cells. We will use a C. elegans model to evaluate the impact of nanoparticles of different kinds on the development and function of complex organisms. This research will further our understanding of the possible consequences of nanoparticles on human health.