We've come in first—again!!! LNBE has won another R&D project competition, this time under the program for "Research in the Framework of Bilateral Collaboration with the Republic of Korea"

An LNBE project on the development of nanoprobes for medical diagnosis using nanophotonics in the infrared spectral region is an absolute winner in Lot no. 2014-14-585-0006 "Research in Nanotechnologies and New Materials, Life Sciences, and Biotechnologies in Collaboration with Research Centers of the Republic of Korea" of the Federal Research and Developments Competition.

The project on "Development of Novel Nanoprobes for Molecular Imaging Based on Conjugates of Quantum Dots Fluorescing in the Infrared Spectral Region and Single-Domain Antibodies" has come in first place among 16 applicants, institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences and universities, having scored almost 30 points more than the second project in the winners' list.

The fluorescence in the infrared range, which will be a distinctive feature of the diagnostic nanoprobes to be designed, is of crucial importance for medical diagnostics and biological studies. This range is the spectral "transparence window" of biological tissues, which will allow disease biomarkers to be visualized at a considerably greater depth under the tissue surface compared to state-of-the-art techniques. In addition, detection of fluorescence in the infrared range will make it possible to get rid of the background tissue autofluorescence signal, which will enhance both sensitivity and specificity of diagnosis.

The Nanophotonics & Nanomedical Research Group of the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) will be the LNBE's Foreign Partner in this project. POSTECH is in the list of a hundred of the world's best universities and ranks the fifth among engineering schools of and the third among Asian universities.

The joint project of LNBE and POSTECH will include research collaboration and exchange of researchers and students between the two research centers, which is going to make substantial contribution to the program for enhancing competitiveness of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI.


Prof. Igor Nabiev, PhD, DSc, leading scientist (igor.nabiev@gmail.com)

Laboratory of Nano-Bioengineering, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute
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