The J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering awarded Dr. Jon Dobson with the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professorship.
The departmentally-approved criteria for appointment to this professorship are excellence and national recognition in research in addition to strong service to the department and profession, and solid teaching that meets or exceeds the departmental averages. Research excellence is defined by high impact publications, an actively funded research program and strong Ph.D. mentorship.
Dobson’s research focuses on biomedical applications of magnetic micro- and nanoparticles. His group has developed novel technologies for 1) magnetic targeting and remote activation of cell signaling pathways for cell engineering and stem cell therapy; 2) magnetic nanoparticle-based gene transfection delivery; and 3) magnetic targeting of modified cell carriers for cancer therapy and regenerative medicine. In addition, he has also led a multi-national research program developing novel imaging and characterization techniques to quantify, characterize and map iron compounds related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.