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Intercampus Effort to Study Nanotoxicology

Bren and UCLA faculty partner in UC-funded program

Bren professors Patricia Holden, Roland Geyer, and Arturo Keller have joined colleagues at the UCLA School of Public Health to create a graduate program in nanotoxicology that includes both a teaching and a research component. The twice-weekly class, open to PhD and master’s students, will be taught at UCLA beginning fall quarter 2007, with lectures possibly to be broadcast to the Bren School. (News will appear on the Bren website at: The course is funded jointly by UCSB and UCLA with support from the UC Toxic Substances Research Program.

The three Bren instructors will partner with nine from UCLA to deliver the course lectures. Keller will teach the fate and transport issues and work with Bren PhD student Peng Wang on parallel research. Holden will lecture on the cellular aspects of nanoparticles while conducting related research with UCSB chemical-engineering master’s student Allison Horst. Geyer will lecture on the policy, industrial ecology, and product life-cycle aspects of nanoparticles. The UCLA group will examine the medical aspects of nanoparticles.

The project, which has received funding for five years of classes and research, required collaboration between at least two UC campuses. It was brought to Keller’s attention by his UCLA Medical School colleague Professor André Né, who will join Professor of engineering Curt Eckart to lead the UCLA team.