Dr. Naomi J. Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice University. She is best known scientifically in the field of plasmonics as the inventor of tunable nanoparticles with resonances that span the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum, studying their properties and pursuing applications in biomedicine, chemical sensing, and energy. Dr. Halas is also co-founder of Nanospectra Biosciences, Inc., a company currently commercializing a photothermal cancer therapy based on her nanoparticles. Read more about Dr. Halas…

Dr. Beth Levine is professor of internal medicine and microbiology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research explores a cellular process called autophagy, in which cells devour their own damaged or unneeded components. Her laboratory identified the first known gene in mammals that is responsible for autophagy. Dr. Levine was the recipient of the 2008 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Medicine, and she is the third O’Donnell Awards recipient to be elected to the National Academies. Read more about Dr. Levine…

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