Noted Chemist to Discuss Next-Generation Health Innovations at Colorado State University

One of the nation’s top chemical engineers will visit Colorado State University on Friday to discuss his investigation into human-health therapies created with use of nanotechnology that allows manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale.

Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, will deliver a talk called “Co-opting Moore’s Law: Design of Shape-specific Particulate-based Vaccines and Therapeutics.” The presentation will start at noon Friday at the University Center for the Arts, Organ Recital Hall; it is free and open to members of the campus community and the public.

DeSimone was invited for the 2013 Distinguished Lectureship presented by Zoetis and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Known as an innovative polymer chemist, DeSimone seeks new treatments for cancer, novel vaccines, new drug delivery systems, and biomaterials such as cardiovascular implants. He has won many professional awards; has presented TED talks about his work; and is a member of is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering.

“Dr. DeSimone is pushing the boundaries of next-generation healthcare with innovative technologies borrowed from microelectronics,” said Sue VandeWoude, associate dean for research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “We are pleased to host him at CSU to help spark ideas in our own scientific community.”

The college’s Distinguished Lectureship is an annual invited talk that showcases an outstanding scientist working in a discipline of interest to a wide cross-section of faculty.