Gupta to give Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecture

Published: Apr 30, 2007 11:38:58 AM
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Ram B. Gupta, faculty member in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been selected for the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship. Awarded annually by the Graduate School since 1976, the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lectureship honors one member of the faculty each year for significant contributions to graduate education. Each spring the award recipient presents a public lecture on the implications of research in his or her field for the broader academic community and society in general. Gupta's lecture, "Nanotechnology in Medicine," will be held Monday, May 7 at 4 p.m. in the McMillan Auditorium in Ross Hall.

"This is a great honor not only for Professor Gupta but also for the department and the college," says Larry Benefield, dean of the Ginn College of Engineering. "Ram is a talented member of our faculty, and we are proud of his accomplishment."

Gupta's research is in the area of the production of pharmaceutical nanoparticles. His research group at Auburn University has developed a process to produce nanoparticles of controllable size. The technology has now been adopted by the pharmaceutical industry for commercial production. In many medical applications, these nanoparticles can used via oral, injection, inhalation or dermal routes. His research group is also utilizing the nanoparticles to produce smart drug formulations. Examples include sustained-release medicine, where one dose is enough for the whole treatment; magnetically responsive drug nanoparticles for targeted delivery to the disease site, avoiding the side effects; and nanoparticle delivery to the brain for treatment of cancer, memory loss, Alzheimer's, etc.

"It is always an honor to have your research honored in this way," says Gupta. "I am grateful to the graduate school for their recognition of my work."

Gupta is an Alumni Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. He has published numerous research papers and holds several patents on nanomedicine and supercritical fluid technology and is the recipient of the James A. Shannon Director's Award from the National Institutes of Health, Young Faculty Career Enhancement Award from Alabama NSF-EPSCoR, Junior and Senior Research Awards from Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, and Science and Engineering Award from DuPont. He serves on several editorial boards and is a consultant to various pharmaceutical companies. Gupta received his doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and did two years of post-doctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley. His most recent books are "Nanoparticle Technology for Drug Delivery" and "Solubility in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide."