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Wassana Yantasee Ph.D.

    • Professor of Biomedical Engineering School of Medicine
    • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences School of Medicine

Wassana Yantasee, Ph.D., M.B.A, is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine. She graduated from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand with BS (1995) and Oregon State University (OSU) with MS (1999) and PhD in Chemical Engineering (2001) under Prof. Gregory L Rorrer. In 2001, she also received her MBA from OSU.

From 2001-2009, she worked as a research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. Department of Energy. Her last position was SE 4 (two levels below the highest level, SE 6). While at PNNL, she was the winner of the Ronald L. Brodzinski Early Career Scientific Achievement Award (2007).

In October of 2009, she was appointed a faculty position at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, OHSU and as ONAMI Nanomedicine Signature Researcher. Dr. Yantasee is an inventor of 8 invention disclosure reports, 2 US patents, and 3 US patent applications on the use of nanomaterials for environmental and medical applications. She has authored 6 book chapters and 46 peer-reviewed journal articles. She has been a scientific reviewer for NIEHS-Multiproject Program Grants (P42), Superfund Basic Research Program, Bioengineering Sciences and Technologies (BST), Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section (including a charter member position), the DOE's Small Business Innovation Research, and NIH's Small Business Innovation Research. In 2004, she was inducted into the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers at OSU. 

Yantasee is also the President of PDX Pharmaceuticals, which recently has won a fast track SBIR (phase I/II) award from NIH/NCI to develop siRNA-nanoparticle therapeutic for treating of breast cancer.

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  • "Automated portable analyzer for lead(II) based on sequential flow injection and nanostructured electrochemical sensors" Talanta December 15 2005
  • "Electrochemical sensors for the detection of lead and other toxic heavy metals" Environmental Health Perspectives December 2007
  • "Electrophilic aromatic substitutions of amine and sulfonate onto fine-grained activated carbon for aqueous-phase metal ion removal" Separation Science and Technology  2004
  • "Functionalized nanoporous silica for the removal of heavy metals from biological systems" ACS applied materials & interfaces October 27 2010
  • "Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for the development of electrochemical biosensors." Frontiers in Bioscience - Landmark  2005
  • "Voltammetric analysis of europium at screen-printed electrodes modified with salicylamide self-assembled on mesoporous silica" The Analyst  2006
  • "Transition metal ion capture using functional mesoporous carbon made with 1,10-phenanthroline" Inorganic Chemistry Communication November 2009
  • "Selective removal of copper(II) from aqueous solutions using fine-grained activated carbon functionalized with amine" Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Product Research and Development May 26 2004
  • "Voltammetric detection of lead(II) and mercury(II) using a carbon paste electrode modified with thiol self-assembled monolayer on mesoporous silica (SAMMS)" The Analyst May 1 2003
  • "Design and synthesis of self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS)" Journal of Materials Chemistry  2007
  • "Microscopic reactive diffusion of uranium in the contaminated sediments at Hanford, United States" Water Resources Research December 2006
  • "New functional materials for heavy metal sorption" Chemical Communications  2008
  • "Novel oral detoxification of mercury, cadmium, and lead with thiol-modified nanoporous silica" ACS applied materials & interfaces April 23 2014
  • "Carbon nanotubes based nanoelectrode arrays"   2004
  • "Phosphate removal by anion binding on functionalized nanoporous sorbents" Environmental Science & Technology April 15 2010
  • "Novel sorbents for removal of gadolinium-based contrast agents in sorbent dialysis and hemoperfusion" Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine February 2010
  • "Screen-printed electrodes modified with functionalized mesoporous silica for voltammetric analysis of toxic metal ions" Electrochemistry Communications November 2005
  • "In vitro and in vivo evaluation of a novel ferrocyanide functionalized nanopourous silica decorporation agent for cesium in rats" Health Physics September 2010
  • "Disposition of lead (Pb) in saliva and blood of Sprague-Dawley rats following a single or repeated oral exposure to Pb-acetate" Toxicology May 1 2006
  • "Functional sorbents for selective capture of plutonium, americium, uranium, and thorium in blood" Health Physics September 2010
  • "Hydroxypyridinone functionalized self-assembled monolayers on nanoporous silica for sequestering lanthanide cations" Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology  2005
  • "Simultaneous detection of cadmium, copper, and lead using a carbon paste electrode modified with carbamoylphosphonic acid self-assembled monolayer on mesoporous silica (SAMMS)" Analytica Chimica Acta January 30 2004
  • "Electrochemical sensor based on carbon paste electrode modified with nanostructured cryptomelane-type manganese oxides for detection of heavy metals" Sensor Letters March 2005
  • "Improved deposition and deprotection of silane tethered 3,4 hydroxypyridinone (HOPO) ligands on functionalized nanoporous silica" Inorganic Chemistry Communication April 2012
  • "Synthesis of nanoporous iminodiacetic acid sorbents for binding transition metals" Inorganic Chemistry Communication April 2009
  • "Nanostructured Materials for Selective Collection of Trace-Level Metals from Aqueous Systems"  September 6 2010
  • "Carbon nanotubes based nanoelectrode arrays" Electroanalysis January 2005
  • "Selective removal of lanthanides from natural waters, acidic streams and dialysate" Journal of Hazardous Materials September 15 2009
  • "Removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution using novel nanoengineered sorbents" Separation Science and Technology  2003
  • "Selective capture of cesium and thallium from natural waters and simulated wastes with copper ferrocyanide functionalized mesoporous silica" Journal of Hazardous Materials October 2010

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