College of Pharmacy Presents Distinguished Lecture October 28

The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is pleased to present Jinming Gao, PhD, professor of Oncology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and adjunct professor of Chemistry and Bioengineering, University of Texas, Dallas. Gao’s lecture, “Nanotechnology for Cancer Staging, Surgery and Lysosome Interrogation,” will be held at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, October 28 in 103 Parks Hall as part of the College of Pharmacy’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Gao received his B.S. degree in Chemistry at Peking University (Beijing) in 1991. He carried out graduate studies at Harvard University, where he received a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. Following his doctoral studies, Gao completed his postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1998, Gao joined the faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. In 2005, Gao moved his lab to Dallas, Texas, where he currently serves at UT Southwestern Medical Center and at UT Dallas. Gao has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, 60 conference proceedings and six book chapters. Using a highly interdisciplinary approach, his lab is focused on development of multi-functional nanomedicine platforms for image-guided tumor resection, drug delivery and cancer immunotherapy. Though cancer exhibits profound genetic and histological differences, cancer-specific detection of malignant tumors is challenging. Gao’s lecture will focus on recent design and development of ultra-pH sensitive nanotechnology targeting extracellular tumor acidosis from dysregulated pH that drives many invasive properties of cancer. It is anticipated that the pH-sensitive nanoplatform will improve the accuracy of cancer staging and surveillance, intraoperative tumor visualization, and fundamental study of lysosome biology.