Cancer Nanotechnology Videos

The purpose of the The Dialogue on Nanotechnology in Cancer Website is to help foster a dialogue between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the public about the cancer nanotechnology field. We are continuing to use this platform as a place to share videos about cancer nanotechnology research with those in our community as well as with the general public. Some videos are meant to educate the public about the area, and others are meant to share information about innovations and resources available to the field. Please take a look at the following videos from cancer nanotechnology researchers.

Spherical Nucleic Acids

Animation describing the structure, properties, and applications of spherical nucleic acids--nanoparticles coated in a shell of densely packed nucleic acids--in cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment. These nanoparticles were developed in the laboratory of Dr. Chad Mirkin at the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University in collaboration with the Northwestern University Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence.

New Class of Biomotor

A short video describing a new class of revolving biomoter discovered by Dr. Peixuan Guo’s team at the University of Kentucky. The team hopes to create a synthetic version of this motor for nanomedical devices that can be used to pump DNA, RNA or drugs into diseased cells. More about this revolving motor can be found in the associated March 2013 ACS Nano paper found here.

The Nanoman

A collaboration between the laboratory of Dr. Nicole Steinmetz at Case Western Reserve University and Knight & Brinegar, The Nanoman is a Nord Grant winning project focused on the development of a series of educational videos, games, and live performance events that describe drug delivery advances and challenges. Below are two NANOMAN video clips derived from this work.

Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory

A video clip created by Chemical & Engineering News in which researchers from the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL), a free federal resource for academic labs and biotech companies, describe how they conduct preclinical testing on prospective therapeutics. More information about NCL can be found in the article associated with this video clip, as well as at NCL’s website.


A video clip describing NanoDoc, an online game that allows bioengineers and the general public to design nanoparticles-based strategies for the treatment of cancer. NanoDoc was developed at the Laboratory for Multiscale Regenerative Technologies, led by Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT . More information about NanoDoc and participation in challenges can be found at the site and in a New Scientist article describing the game.