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Tania Q. Vu Ph.D.

    • Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering School of Medicine
    • Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • OHSU Knight Cancer Institute School of Medicine
    • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences School of Medicine

B.S. Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D. Vision Science (Neuroscience) University of California, Berkeley

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Areas of interest

  • Nanomedicine
  • Molecular/ Single Cell Imaging
  • Cancer Screening and Diagnostics
  • Single Molecule Tracking in Cancer and Neural Cells


Selected publications

  • Mapping cancer signaling networks by an integrated multiplexed tissue imaging platform.
    Esteban Roberts,Thomas Jacob,Karl Garsha1, Damien Ramunno-Johnson, Franklin Ventura , James Korkola , Julia Ashworth-Sharpe , Donald Johnson , Christopher L. Corless , Megan Troxell , Michael Barnes , Joe W. Gray , Kandavel Shanmugam,& Tania Vu. Technology 04, 174 (2016).


  • "Quantum dot probes for tracking nerve growth factor ligand-receptor dynamics in live neurons"   2006
  • "One-step melt synthesis of water-soluble, photoluminescent, surface-oxidized silicon nanoparticles for cellular imaging applications" Chemistry of Materials May 10 2011
  • "Microcontact printing of quantum dot bioconjugate arrays for localized capture and detection of biomolecules" Biomedical Microdevices June 2008
  • "Nanotechnology research" Journal of Nutrition May 2010
  • "Kinetics of G-protein-coupled receptor endosomal trafficking pathways revealed by single quantum dots" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America October 26 2010
  • "Identification of quantum dot bioconjugates and cellular protein co-localization by hybrid gel blotting" Nano Letters April 2007
  • "Quantum dots for quantitative imaging" Cell and Tissue Research April 1 2015
  • "Linear transduction of natural stimuli by dark-adapted and light-adapted rods of the salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum" Journal of Physiology November 15 1997
  • "Peptide-conjugated quantum dots activate neuronal receptors and initiate downstream signaling of neurite growth" Nano Letters April 2005
  • "Distinct extracellular matrix microenvironments of progenitor and carotid endothelial cells" Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials November 2009
  • "Localization and developmental expression patterns of the neuronal K-Cl cotransporter (KCC2) in the rat retina" Journal of Neuroscience February 15 2000
  • "Fabrication of submicron IrO2 nanowire array biosensor platform by conventional complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor process" Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers & Short Notes February 15 2008
  • "Spatial structure and diffusive dynamics from single-particle trajectories using spline analysis" Biophysical Journal April 21 2010
  • "Stoichiometry-dependent formation of quantum dot-antibody bioconjugates" Journal of Physical Chemistry B Materials November 10 2005
  • "Aqueous red-emitting silicon nanoparticles for cellular imaging" Journal of Materials Research January 28 2013
  • "Quantum dots monitor TrkA receptor dynamics in the interior of neural PC12 Cells" Nano Letters September 2006
  • "Rods respond linearly to stimuli whose dynamic contrast is similar to that of natural scenes" Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science  1997
  • "Nanotechnology research" Journal of Nutrition January 2010
  • "Assembly and characterization of biofunctional GABA-immobilized surfaces"   2002
  • "Quantitative analysis of multivesicular bodies (MVBs) in the hypoglossal nerve" Journal of Comparative Neurology June 20 2009
  • "Activation of membrane receptors by a neurotransmitter conjugate designed for surface attachment" Biomaterials May 2005
  • "Ligand bound quantum dots for intracellular imaging of neural receptors"   2007
  • "Assembly and characterization of biofunctional neurotransmitter-immobilized surfaces for interaction with postsynaptic membrane receptors" Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials July 1 2003
  • "Tracing the endocytic pathways and trafficking kinetics of cell signaling receptors using single QD nanoparticles"   2013
  • "Quantum dot hybrid gel blotting" Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)  2009
  • "Ligand-conjugated quantum dots for targeted drug delivery to nerve cells"   2005
  • "Neurotransmitter analog tethered to a silicon platform for neuro-BioMEMS applications" Biotechnology and Bioengineering September 5 2004
  • "Perineural leads and burst stimulation optimize contraction of skeletal muscle" ASAIO Journal July 1991
  • "Single particle quantum dot imaging achieves ultrasensitive detection capabilities for Western immunoblot analysis" ACS Nano June 23 2009
  • "Noise sources in background-adapted rod photocurrent" Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science February 15 1996

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