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Dr. Romanowski's research interest is in the development of nanotechnology for biological and medical applications. Of particular interest in the medical field are new methods of delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic agents, with improved efficacy and low toxicity. In his laboratory they prepare and manipulate materials on the nanometer scale, appropriate for interrogation of cellular functions in cancer, imaging, and surgeries. This work, funded primarily by NIH and NSF, has been made possible by the unique interdisciplinary environment fostered by the Biomedical Engineering Department and the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Romanowski's experience spanning 25 years of research and development labs in pharmaceutical industry and academic research, has helped him in providing an environment particularly conducive to training students of different educational backgrounds and career goals in science and engineering. He participates in several NIH programs focused on mentoring underrepresented groups, including MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers), Minority Health Disparities Program, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), Diversity Supplement to a Program Project Grant (P01).
As a member of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Dr. Romanowski participates in the Cancer Imaging program by developing technologies for intraoperative imaging and image-guided delivery of therapies.