Srikanth (Sri) Nadadur, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel (919) 541-5327
Fax (919) 541-0462
Nanotechnology allows scientists to precisely engineer devices and materials by manipulating matter at the level of atoms and molecules. As applications of nanotechnology increase, it is critical to also explore possible effects on human health.
What NIEHS is doing
NIEHS-supported centers and more than 34 research projects focus on the potential health impacts of nanomaterials. Researchers use state-of-the art technologies and innovative approaches to examine how characteristics such as size, shape, width, and curvature of nanomaterials may determine health effects. This research will help protect public health and aid in the development of safe nanomaterials.
The NIEHS Centers for Nanotechnology Health Implications Research Consortium brings together five research centers and three smaller projects to study the health risks associated with nanomaterials. A second consortium consists of grantees in the NIEHS Evaluating the Safety of Engineered Nanomaterials signature project, which will expand knowledge on nanomaterial safety and develop tools for integrating, assessing, and sharing this information. The signature project awards were made through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.