'Invented: A better tool against cancer' is a free public lecture on Feb. 20

By Barbara K. Kennedy
February 18, 2016

A free public lecture titled "Invented: A better tool against cancer" will be given on February 20, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus. The speaker will be Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science and Mechanics Tony Jun Huang, a professor of engineering science and mechanics, of chemical engineering, and of chemistry at Penn State University.

The presentation is the fifth of six lectures on consecutive Saturdays in the 2016 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, an annual free public minicourse provided by Penn State's Eberly College of Science. Registration is not required, and all are welcome to attend any or all of the lectures. The overall topic of this year's series is "Medical Research from Labs to Hospitals to Homes." Huang and the other speakers in the 2016 series all are making discoveries at the frontiers of research related to human health.

Huang's research interests are in the fields of acoustofluidics, optofluidics, and micro/nano systems for use in biomedical diagnosis and therapy. His research team's accomplishments include the invention of a safe, gentle, efficient, and inexpensive tool that, for the first time, uses sound waves to remove cancer cells from blood samples without damaging the cells. The new "acoustic tweezers" could improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV, and other diseases, and could help in making treatment decisions.

Huang has authored over 160 research papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and his publications have been cited more than 7000 times. He also holds 16 patents and invention disclosures.

His achievements have been recognized with several awards, including the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award in 2010, the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Research Award in 2011, the Journal of Laboratory Automation Top Ten Breakthroughs of the Year Award in 2011, the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from Society for Manufacturing Engineering in 2012, the Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal in 2013, the American Asthma Foundation Scholar Award in 2013, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in 2014.

Huang is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institute of Physics, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering at Xi'an Jiao Tong University in China. In 2005, he earned a doctoral degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. Also in 2005, he became a faculty member at Penn State.

Following Huang's lecture on February 20, the final lecture in the 2016 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science will take place on February 27, 2016. It will be given by Raymond J. Hohl, a professor of medicine and pharmacology at Penn State and the director of the Penn State Cancer Institute. The title of this lecture is "Anti-Cancer Drugs: Discovery and Development."

The Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science is an annual free public minicourse organized and supported by the Penn State Eberly College of Science as an enjoyable and enlightening learning opportunity for residents of the Central Pennsylvania area. The lectures will be archived online for learners worldwide. More information about the Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, including archived recordings of previous lectures, is online at science.psu.edu/frontiers.

For additional information or access assistance, contact the Eberly College of Science Office of Media Relations and Public Information by calling 814-867-5830 or e-mailing science@psu.edu.

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