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37. McKenna M., Shackelford D., Ferreira Pontes H., Ball B.K., Gao T., Nance E.* Multiple particle tracking detects changes in brain extracellular matrix structure and predicts neurodevelopmental age, bioRxiv doi:, currently under peer review




36. Liao R., Wood T.R., Nance E*. Superoxide dismutase reduces monosodium glutamate-induced injury in an organotypic whole hemisphere brain slice model of excitotoxicity.  J Biol Eng 14, 3 (2020). doi: 10.1186/s13036-020-0226-8 PDF




35. Curtis C.D., McKenna M., Pontes H., Toghani D., Choe A., Nance E.* Predicting in situ nanoparticle behavior using multiple particle tracking and artificial neural networks. Nanoscale (2019) Nov 28;11(46):22515-22530. doi: 10.1039/c9nr06327g. PDF


34. Vojtech L., Zhang M. , Dave V., Levy C., Hughes S.M., Wang R., Calienes F., Prlic M., Nance E., Hladik F. Extracellular vesicles in human semen modulate antigen-presenting cell function and decrease downstream antiviral T cell responses. PLOS ONE (2019) Oct 17;14(10):e0223901. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223901

33. Wood T., Nance E.* Disease-directed engineering for physiology-driven treatment interventions. APL Bioengineering (2019) Oct 23;3(4):040901. doi: 10.1063/1.5117299 PDF

32. Yellepeddi V, Joseph A., Nance E.* Pharmacokinetics of nanotechnology-based formulations in pediatrics, Adv. Drug. Del. Rev. (2019) Nov - Dec;151-152:44-55. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2019.08.008 PDF

31. Zhang M., Bishop B., Thompson N., Hildahl K., Dang B., Mironchuk O., Chen N., Aoki R., Holmberg V.,* Nance E.* Quantum dot cellular uptake and toxicity in the developing brain: implications for use as imaging probes. Nanoscale advances (2019) 1, 3424-3442. doi: 10.1039/C9NA00334G PDF


30. Nance E.* Careers in nanomedicine and drug delivery. Adv. Drug. Del. Rev. (2019) Apr;144:180-189. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2019.06.009 PDF


29. Millik S.C., Dostie A.M., Karis D.G., Smith P.T., Mckenna M., Chan N., Curtis C.D., Nance E., Theberge A.B., Nelson A.* 3D printed coaxial nozzles for extrusion of hydrogel tubes toward modeling vascular endothelium. Biofabrication (2019) Jul 12;11(4):045009. doi: 10.1088/1758-5090/ab2b4d.




28. Wood T., Maralejo D., Corry K., Snyder J., Traudt C., Curtis C.1, Nance E., Parikh P., Juul S.* A ferret model of encephalopathy of prematurity, Developmental Neuroscience (2018) 40(5-6):475-489. doi: 10.1159/000498968. 


27. Curtis C., Toghani D., Wong B. , Nance E.* Colloidal stability as a determinant of nanoparticle behavior in the brain. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces (2018) 170, 673-682. doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfb.2018.06.050. PDF


26. Joseph A., Wood T., Chen C-C., Corry K., Juul S., Snyder J., Parikh P., Nance E.* Curcumin-loaded brain penetrating nanoparticles for treatment of neonatal hypoxia-ischemia encephalopathy. Nano Research (2018) 11(10): 5670-5688. doi: 10.1007/s12274-018-2104-y. PDF


25. Alnasser Y., Kambhampti S.P., Nance E., Rajbhandari L., Shrestha S., Venkatesan A., Kannan R.M., Kannan S.* Preferential and increased uptake of hydroxyl-terminated PAMAM dendrimers by activated microglia in rabbit brain mixed glial culture. Molecules (2018) Apr 27;23(5). doi: 10.3390/molecules23051025. 


24. Vornhagen J., Armistead B., Quach P., Santana-Ufret V., Boldenow E., Alishetti V., Melief C., Ngo L.Y., Whidbey C., Doran K.S., Curtis C., Nance E., Rajagopal L.* Bacteria exploit epithelial exfoliation for ascending infection. J. Clinical Investigation (2018) May 1;128(5):1985-1999. doi: 10.1172/JCI97043. 




23. Zhang C., Mastorakos P., Sobral M., Berry S., Song E., Nance E., Eberhard C.G., Hanes J., Suk J.S. Strategies to enhance the distribution of nanoparticles in the brain. J. Control Release (2017) Dec 10;267:232-239. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2017.07.028.


22. Nance E., Kambhampati S.P., Smith E.S. Zhang Z., Zhang F., Singh S., Johnston M.V., Rangaramanujam K., Blue M.E., Kannan S.* Dendrimer-mediated delivery of N-acetyl cysteine to microglia in a mouse model of Rett Syndrome.  J. Neuroinflammation (2017) Dec 19;14(1):252. doi: 10.1186/s12974-017-1004-5.


21. Smith J., Sprenger K., Liao R., Joseph A., Nance E.,* Pfaendtner J.* Determining Dominant Driving Forces Affecting Controlled Protein Release from Polymeric Nanoparticles. Biointerphases (2017) May 19;12(2):02D412. doi: 10.1116/1.4983154.


20. Zhang C., Nance E., Mastorakos P., Chisholm J., Berry S., Eberhart C., Tyler B., Brem H., Suk J.S., Hanes J.* Convection Enhanced Delivery of Cisplatin-Loaded Brain Penetrating Nanoparticles Cures Malignant Glioma in Rats. J Control. Release (2017) Oct 10;263:112-119. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2017.03.007. 


19. Williams M., Zhang Z., Drewes J., Nance E., Singh S., Kannan S.* Maternal Inflammation Results in Altered Tryptophan Metabolism in Rabbit Placenta and Fetal Brain. Developmental Neuroscience (2017) 39(5):399-412. doi: 10.1159/000471509. 


18. Nance E.* Brain penetrating nanoparticles for analysis of the brain microenvironment. Methods Mol. Biol. (2017) 1570:91-104. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-6840-4_6.



17. Curtis C., Zhang M., Liao R., Wood T., Nance E.* Systems-level thinking for nanoparticle-mediated therapeutic delivery to neurological diseases. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Nanomed Nanobiotechnol. (2016) Mar;9(2). doi: 10.1002/wnan.1422. ϮSelected cover image: Curtis C., Zhang M., Liao R., Wood T. and Nance E.* Cover Image, Volume 9, Issue 2. WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol, (2017) 9: n/a, e1463. doi:10.1002/wnan.1463. 


16. Zhang F., Nance E., Zhang Z., Jasty V., Mishra M.K., Kambhampati S.P., Burd I., Romero R., Kannan R., Kannan S.* Surface functionality affects the biodistribution and microglia-targeting of intra-amniotically delivered dendrimers. J Control. Release, (2016) Sep 10;237:61-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2016.06.046.


15. Nance E., Zhang F., Mishra M.K., Zhang Z., Kambhampati S.P., Kannan R.*, Kannan S.* Nanoscale effects in dendrimer-mediated targeting of neuroinflammation. Biomaterials (2016) Sep;101:96-107. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.05.044.


14. Zhang Z., Bassam B., Thomas AG., Williams M., Liu J., Nance E., Rojas C., Slusher BS., Kannan S.* Maternal inflammation leads to impaired glutamate homeostatis and up-regulation of glutamate carboxypeptidase II in activated microglia in the fetal/newborn rabbit brain. Neurobiol. Dis. (2016) Oct;94:116-28. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2016.06.010.

13. Zhang F., Nance E., Alnasser Y., Kannan R., Kannan S.* Microglia migration and interactions with dendrimer nanoparticles are altered in the presence of neuroinflammation. J Neuroinflammation (2016) Mar 22;13(1):65. doi: 10.1186/s12974-016-0529-3.




12. Nance E., Porambo M., Mishra M.K., Zhang F., Buelow M., Getzenberg R., Johnston M., Kannan R., Fatermi S-A, Kannan S.* Systemic dendrimer-drug treatment of ischemia-induced neonatal white matter injury. J Control. Release, (2015) Sep 28;214:112-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2015.07.009.




11. Nance E., Zhang C., Shih T-Y, Xu Q., Schuster B., Hanes J.* Brain penetrating nanoparticles improve paclitaxel efficacy in malignant gliomas following local administration. ACS Nano (2014) Oct 28;8(10):10655-64. doi: 10.1021/nn504210g.


10. Nance E., Timbie K., Miller W.G., Song J., Louttit C., Klibanov A.L., Shih T-Y, Swaminathan G., Tamargo R.J., Woodworth G., Hanes J., Price R.J.* Noninvasive delivery of stealth, brain-penetrating nanoparticles across the blood-brain barrier using MRI-guided focused ultrasound. J Control. Release, (2014) Sep 10;189:123-132. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2014.06.031. ϮControlled Release Society award for best paper of the year


9. Woodworth G.*, Dunn A., Nance E., Hanes J., Brem H. Emerging Insights into Barriers to Effective Brain Tumor Therapeutics. Frontiers NeuroOnc., (2014) 4:126. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2014.00126


8. Birjiniuk A., Billings B., Nance E., Hanes J., Ribbeck K., Doyle S.P.* Single particle tracking reveals spatial and dynamic organization of the E. coli biofilm matrix. New J Physics (2014) Aug 27;16(8):085014. doi: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/8/085014.


7. Kannan R., Nance E., Kannan S., Tomalia D.* Emerging concepts in dendrimer nanomedicine: translational aspects. J Internal Medicine, (2014) 276(6): 579-617. doi: 10.1111/joim.12280




6. Balakrishnan B., Nance E., Johnston M., Kannan S.* Nanotechnology in cerebral palsy: current developments. Int. J Nanomedicine (2013) 8:4183-4195. doi: 10.2147/IJN.S35979


5. Lesniak W., Mishra M.K., Jyoti A., Balakrishnan B., Zhang F., Nance E., Romero R., Kannan S., Kannan R.* Biodistribution of Fluorescently-labeled PAMAM Dendrimers in Neonatal Rabbits: Effect of Neuroinflammation. Mol. Pharmaceutics (2013) Dec 2;10(12):4560-71. doi: 10.1021/mp400371r. 


4. Xu Q., Boylan N., Suk J., Wang Y-Y, Nance E., Yang J-C, McDonnell P., Cone R., Duh E., Hanes J.* Nanoparticle movement through bovine vitreous gel ex vivo. J Control Release. (2013) Apr 10;167(1):76-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2013.01.018. ϮSelected Cover Image 




3. Nance E., Woodworth G., Sailor K., Shih T-Y, Swaminathan G., Xiang D., Eberhart C., Hanes J.* A dense poly(ethylene glycol) coating improves penetration of large  polymeric nanoparticles within brain tissue. Sci. Transl. Med. (2012) Aug 29;4(149):149ra119. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003594. **Selected Cover Image 

2. Navarette C., Sisson J., Nance E., Allen-Gipson D., Hanes J., Wyatt T.* Particulate matter in cigarette smoke increases ciliary axoneme beating through mechanical stimulation. J Aerosol. Med. Pulm. Drug Deliv. (2012) Jun;25(3):159-68. doi: 10.1089/jamp.2011.0890.




1. Montero C., Lewis D., Johnson M., Conners S., Nance E., Nichols J., Kelly R.* Colocation of genes encoding a tRNA-mRNA hybrid and a putative signaling peptide on complimentary strands in the genome of the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga maritima. J Bacteriol. (2006) Oct;188(19):6802-7. doi: 10.1128/JB.00470-06. 


Curtis C., Rokem A., Nance E.* Diff_classifier: Particle tracking parallelization. Journal Open Source Software 4(36):989 doi: 10.21105.joss.00989


Refereed Editorials

Nance E.* Clinical agitation prevents sperm agglutination. Sci. Transl. Med. Editor’s Choice (2018); 11(478), eaaw5323.

Nance E.* Magnets make target cells more attractive to CRISPR. Sci. Transl. Med. Editor’s Choice (2018); 10(470), eaaw0520.


Nance E.* Predicting pathology provides prostate prognostication. Sci. Transl. Med. Editor’s Choice (2018); 10(462), eaav3886.


Nance E.* Platelets prefer to be shaken, not stirred. Sci. Transl. Med. Editor’s Choice (2018), 10(454), eaau7388.


Nance E.* Ketogenic bugs as epileptic drugs. Sci Transl. Med. Editor’s Choice (2018), 10(446), eaau0471.


Nance E.* Nano livers: A sobering Discovery. Sci Transl. Med. Editor’s Choice (2018), 10(438), eaat4479.


Nance E.* GO minions – polarize and repair! Sci. Transl. Med Editor’s Choice (2018), 10(430), eeas8967.



Parts of books (chapters in edited books)


Nance E.*, McKenna M. (2020). Challenges and barriers. Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications, 89–107. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-816662-8.00007-2



Patents awarded

Hanes J., Nance E., Woodworth G. (2019). Rapid diffusion of large polymeric nanoparticles in the mammalian brain. USPTO 10307372 


Kannan R., Kannan S., Nance E., Blue M., Johnston M.V., Baumgartner W., Zhang F., Wilson M.A., Slusher B. (2017). Dendrimer compositions and use in treatment of neurological and cns disorders. US 20170232120 A1 


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