2012 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: undeclared
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: Sam (Sanjiv) Gambhir, Professor of Bioengineering, Radiology, and of Materials Sci & Engineering

Prem Thottumkara is a rising sophomore and is currently undecided about his major. After working in organic synthesis at Western Illinois University for nearly seven years, he wanted to explore a new science and was intrigued by nanoscience and the chemistry behind it. He began working in Dr. Sam Gambhir's lab in January 2012 with Jesse Jokerst and has fallen in love with the new research. Prem is currently working on two different projects, both involving the use of Gold Nanorods (GNRs) for early ovarian cancer detection. These GNRs are either coupled with polyethylene glycol or wrapped in silicon for molecular imaging (ultrasound and MRI). Prem hopes to continue working in the Gambhir lab after the summer and wants to use this research experience and newfound knowledge for a future career in biochemical or pharmaceutical research.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 27, 2012:

Multimodal Gold Nanorods for In Vivo Imaging of Ovarian Cancer

Prem Thottumkara1, Jesse Jokerst1, Adam Cole1, Sam Sanjiv Gambhir1
[Molecular Imaging Program1, Stanford University]