Nanotechnology in Cancer Research | Jessica Winter | TEDxColumbus

http://youtu.be/IU4A4h1ACJs Dr. Jessica Winter is a nanotechnology cancer researcher who one day found herself to be a patient. Dr. Winter discusses her research in the Chemical and Biomedical Engineering departments at the Ohio State University, her initial diagnosis, what it's like to be on the other side of the treatment table, and her treatment at the Wexner Medical Center's James Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Winter also discusses roadblocks in translating research from the bench to the bedside and how her illness has shaped her outlook on the future of cancer research. Professor Winter’s primary research interest is the exploration of the relationship between nanoparticles and biological elements. Her work is divided into three areas: Development of nanoscale neural prosthetic devices Patterned chemical and physical cues for improved neural adhesion and synapse formation Creation of oriented, nanopatterned surfaces using biological elements She is an established leader in nanobiotechnology through the development of magnetic quantum dots for cell and molecular separations. Winter is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and also Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. Her degrees include a B.S., Northwestern University, a M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 2001 and a Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2004. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)