We have prepared self-assembled polymeric drug carriers containing fluorophore and loaded drugs for theragnostic imaging of tumors. This new type of polymeric drug carriers visualizes the accumulation of carriers at tumor sites, and evaluates therapeutic efficacies, and thereby providing an exciting new tool for monitering tumor diagnosis and therapy.
He is currently a vice president of the Korean Society of Molecular Imaging (2005-2006, 2007-2008). He also serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Controlled Release, Asian Editor of the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology and a member of editorial boards of Journal of Biomedical Engineering Research, Macromolecular Research, and J. Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition.
His main research interest is targeted drug delivery with polymeric nanoparticles and is now expanding to the development of smart nano-probes for theragnostic imaging. He is a project leader of “Real-time molecular imaging” supported from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, 11 book chapters, and 6 review articles. He also made over 60 national as well as international invited lectures.
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