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Dr. Leena Pattarkine of the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology faculty will present a seminar on Nanotechnology for Medical Devices to the IEEE Susquehanna Chapter on March 14, 2017.

Part of the IEEE Nanotechnology Chapter‘s presentation, “The Nanotechnology Revolution & Implications for the Healthcare Sector,” Dr. Pattarkine will introduce innovations made possible due to nano-biotechnology, with examples of commercialized products.

Nanotechnology is playing a key role in this, the next industrial revolution. It is not an industry, it is an enabling technology that is impacting almost every employment sector from electronics, energy, biotechnology, bio medicine, pharmaceuticals, textiles, agriculture, food production, printing and publishing, plastics, metals, information technology, building and construction materials, recreation, and many others.

With infusion of innovative materials as well as technologies in devices and products for easier, cost-effective, and minimally invasive healthcare technologies, the merger of ‘Nano with Bio’ is getting stronger and more attractive to researchers and the industry.

The event takes place 6:30-9 pm in the Morrison Gallery of the Penn State Harrisburg Library Building in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr. Pattarkine is professor of biotechnology at Harrisburg University, and Director of the Capital Area Biotechnology Partnership and its Nanobiotechnology Initiative. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology and has extensive experience in biochemistry, biotechnology, and nanobiotechnology. She has worked on membranes, proteins, lipids, DNA diagnostics (gene therapy, DNA chips), and protein immobilization for developing them as nanobiotechnological material. She has experience with bioanalytical techniques for establishing structure-function relationships for macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids). She has also worked with liposomes and reverse micelles as membrane–mimetic systems. She has conducted research in environmental biotechnology project related to uranium bioremediation. She has been a recipient of Pennsylvania’s Keystone Innovative Zone Grant for research on development of a hand-held biosensor for the detection of Methicillin-resistant /Staphylococcus aureus/ (MRSA).

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