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Student's Research on Nanotechnology Wins First Place in CSU Competition

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Skylar Chuang won first place in the Graduate Physical and Mathematical Sciences category at the CSU systemwide Student Research Competition for his research that may lead to better alternatives to chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the treatment of cancers.

His presentation, "The Role of Nanogold apoE Reconstituted Vehicles (NERVs) as Potential Drug Delivery Systems," described his research on nanotechnology, an emerging technology that has a potential of revolutionizing the current scientific fields. Chuang's research involves combining a type of blood plasma protein that mediates cholesterol transport in the body and can have an effect on killing cancer cells through a process that would simply expose them to infrared light and intracellular temperature.

According to Chuang, this approach shows a great deal of potential because it essentially provides a safer and less aggressive way of treating cancer compared to standard chemotherapy.

"I feel deeply honored to have received first place in the Graduate Physical and Mathematical Sciences Division of the CSU student research competition. I want to thank Dr. Cecile Lindsay and her office for organizing this event for us," said Chuang, a graduate student in biochemistry.

"I also want to thank my research advisers, Dr. Vasanthy Narayanaswami and Dr. Young-Seok Shon, as well as Dr. Deepali Bhandari on my thesis committee, for guiding me throughout my project. I am truly grateful for all their help. Having won this award makes me realize how much I enjoy doing research, and really reaffirms my decision for a career in bio-nanomaterials research."

The CSU Student Research Competition, now in its 29th year, is an opportunity for students on all 23 campuses to present their scholarly or creative work in a professional setting. Each campus hosts a competition early in the spring semester to select up to 10 delegates to participate in the system-wide event. This year's competition was held at CSU San Bernardino. About 260 students from 22 CSU campuses presented 200 research projects in 19 categories. Sixty jurors (experts from corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities) judged the research after presentations and questions and answers. First place winners in each session category received $500.

 

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