The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Indiana University (IU) a five-year, $4-million grant to simulate the interactions between nanoscale devices and biological cells/tissues.
The grant will create the Engineered nanoBIO Hub at IU, one of three "nodes" under NSF's Network for Computational Nanotechnology nanoHUB project to provide scientists access to advanced tools for complex research problems.
The Engineered nanoBIO Hub will develop simulation tools to design nanoparticles that change shape based on the type of tumor targeted, requiring complex software to design and run.
The hub also will create simulation tools to test and refine "programs" that use nanoparticles to control cell behavior, such as "biorobots" that deliver drug-loaded particles to cancer cells.
Researchers also will need to simulate their function inside a computer program prior to using them in people to ensure the devices work correctly and efficiently and do not cause harm.
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