Monovalent Quantum Dots For Biological Imaging Applications

Quantum dots (QDs) are highly sensitive cellular imaging tools with unique photophysical properties that have become powerful reagents for both basic and translational biomedical research. Emerging applications for QDs include biological imaging, detection of specific molecules for cancer diagnostics and monitoring the effects of stem cell therapies. However, use of commercially available multivalent QDs for imaging purposes remains limited, because multivalent QDs can perturb cell function, and purification of monovalent QDs is a very labor-intensive process that often results in low yields. Therefore, novel methods to develop biologically inert monovalent QDs amenable for large-scale development are critical. Darya (Dasha) Bubman Darya.Bubman@ucsf.edu 415-237-1585

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