Vincent Rotello, Charles A. Goessmann Professor of Chemistry, served as guest professor at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences during a trip to Beijing in October.
Rotello also gave an institute-wide molecular sciences forum presentation at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Both centers are the top institution in their respective fields in China, and are highly ranked internationally.
Last year, the U.K. Royal Society of Chemistry’s Organic Division selected Rotello to receive its Bioorganic Chemistry Award for his “pioneering research in using chemistry of nanomaterials to understand and modulate biological processes.”
As Rotello explains, he uses the tools of organic chemistry to build new therapeutics and diagnostics, and to understand how biology works. Rotello’s research focuses on using synthetic organic chemistry to engineer the interface between the synthetic and biological worlds, and encompasses devices, polymers and nanotechnology / bio-nanotechnology, with over 475 peer-reviewed papers published to date.
His bio-nanotechnology research includes delivery, imaging, diagnostics and nano-toxicology programs. A world leader in using gold nanoparticles for biological applications, Rotello explores how nanoparticle-fluorescent protein sensors can be used for rapidly determining drug mechanisms, a promising path for developing new anti-cancer therapies. His group recently developed a new strategy for doing synthetic chemistry inside cells, which may offer a new way to activate drugs at tumor sites.
Rotello is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was recognized in 2014 and 2015 by Thomson Reuters as one of the “Most Influential Scientific Minds.” He is the editor-in-chief of Bioconjugate Chemistry, and is on the editorial board of 14 other journals.
He joined the UMass Amherst faculty in 1993.