Chasing Cancer with Gold: Episode 10, Starring Mostafa El-Sayed

A stroke of fate redirects research in the renowned chemist's lab


A. Maureen Rouhi, Ph.D.
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College of Sciences

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El-Sayed ventured into cancer research after seeing a loved one suffer from the disease.

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Mostafa El-Sayed's promising cancer treatment based on gold nanoparticles was inspired by, and dedicated to, his late wife, who died from the disease.

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Episode 9 of ScienceMatters' Season 1 stars Mostafa El-Sayed. Listen to the podcast, read the transcript, or download the episode from here

Mostafa El-Sayed is the Regents Professor and Julius Brown Chair in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

El-Sayed's current research interests encompass nanoscience and the potential applications of nanoparticles in various applications including medicine and catalysis. His research group is housed in the Laser Dynamics Laboratory (LDL). LDL houses the most recent lasers and laser spectroscopic equipment for time-resolved studies in the femto-to-millisecond time scale. 

In Episode 10, El-Sayed describes how seeing his wife suffer from cancer got him involved in exploring nanoparticles as a potential cancer treatment. 

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  • Created On: Oct 22, 2018 - 4:07pm
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