Mirkin receives NIH
Chad A. Mirkin, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and director
of the Institute for Nanotechnology, has received the NIH Director’s
Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health.
|Mirkin is George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry
and director of the Institute for Nanotechnology.
|photo by Bill Arsenault
Established in January 2004, the Director’s Pioneer Award recognizes
exceptional researchers and thinkers from multiple disciplines who have highly
ideas and approaches to contemporary challenges in biomedical research. Mirkin
is one of only nine awardees from the approximately 1,000 nominations NIH received
from around the country and the only awardee from the Midwest.
As part of the award, Mirkin will receive approximately $4.5 million over five
years to allow him the time and resources to test far-ranging ideas with the
potential to make extraordinary contributions to medical research.
Mirkin is world-renowned for his development of medical diagnostic systems based
upon nanomaterials. In addition, he is the inventor and chief developer of Dip-Pen
Nanolithography, a groundbreaking nanoscale analytical tool, and is the founder
of Nanosphere and NanoInk, two Chicago-based companies.
Mirkin’s awards include the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical
Sciences; the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award; Discover 2000 Innovation of
the Year Award; the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology; and the Leo Hendrick Baekeland