Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery

The use of nanotechnology for design and development of advanced drug delivery and in vivo imaging systems is a fast growing area of biomedical research. At Penn State, our research efforts are focused on the development and application of nano-scale biomaterials including organic and inorganic nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanoliposomes for targeted and controlled delivery of drugs, therapeutic proteins and genes, as well imaging contrast agents to the focal areas of disease such as tumors. This area of research holds great promise for breakthrough advances in therapeutic and diagnostic approaches.

Key Faculty

Biomedical Engineering

Affiliated Faculty

  • James Adair, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology


The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614