Contributed Equally; *Corresponding


41. Joseph A., Liao R., Zhang M., Helmbrecht H., McKenna M., Filteau J., Nance E.* Nanoparticle-microglial interaction in the ischemic brain is modulated by injury duration and treatment. Bioengineering & Translational Medicine (2020) August; PDF

40. Helmbrecht H., Joseph A., Zhang M., McKenna M., Nance E.* Governing transport principles for nanomedicine applications in the brain. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, in press

39.  Liao R., Pon J., Chungyoun M., Nance E.* Enzymatic protection and biocompatibility screening of enzyme-loaded polymeric nanoparticles for neurotherapeutic applications. Biomaterials (2020) July; 257. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2020.120238 PDF

38. Chua C., Ho J., Susnjar A., Lolli G., Di Trani N., Pesaresi F., Sizovs A., Zhang M., Nance E., Grattoni A.* Intratumoral nanofluidic system enhances tumor biodistribution of CD40 antibody in triple negative breast cancer. Advanced Therapeutics (2020) July; doi: 10.1002/adtp.202000055 PDF

37. Zhang M., Vojtech L., Ye Z., Hladik F., Nance E.* Quantum dot labeling and visualization of extracellular vesicles. ACS Applied Nano Materials (2020) June 15; 7(3):7211-7222. doi: 10.1021/acsanm.0c01553 PDF

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 (2020) Feb 4; 14:3. 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 PDF

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 pediatric populations. Adv. Drug. Del. Rev. (2019) Nov; 151:44-55. 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 the extrusion of hydrogel tubes toward modeling vascular endothelium. Biofabrication (2019) Jul 12; 11(4):045009. doi: 10.1088/1758-5090/ab2b4d. PDF


28. Wood T., Moralejo D., Corry K., Snyder J., Traudt C., Curtis C., 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. PDF

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. PDF

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.* Group B streptococcus exploits vaginal epithelial exfoliation for ascending infection. J. Clinical Investigation (2018) May 1; 128(5):1985-1999. doi: 10.1172/JCI97043. PDF


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. PDF

22. Nance E., Kambhampati S.P., Smith E.S. Zhang Z., Zhang F., Singh S., Johnston M.V., Kannan R.M., 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. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF


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. PDF

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. PDF

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

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 homeostasis 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. PDF

13. Zhang F., Nance E., Alnasser Y., Kannan R., Kannan S.* Microglial 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. PDF



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. PDF


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. PDF

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. PDF

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 PDF

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

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 PDF



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

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. PDF

4. Xu Q., Boylan N., Suk J., Wang Y-Y, Nance E., Yang J-C, McDonnell P., Cone R., Duh E., Hanes J.* Nanoparticle diffusion in, and microrheology of, the bovine vitreous ex vivo. J Control Release. (2013) Apr 10; 167(1):76-84. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2013.01.018. PDF

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. PDF

ϮSelected 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. PDF

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. PDF

Research Software

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

diff_predictor: Shackelford D., Nance E.

ifThreshold: Helmbrecht H., Zhou Q., Nance E. A Python package that uses thresholding, segmentation, and neuromorphology features to automatically score a variety of thresholds and machine learning to provide a ranked list of those thresholds for fluorescent cell images. Github

ifmodels: Helmbrecht H., Nance E. A Python package that uses image registration between brain images of entire slices obtained via confocal microscopy and a universal atlas to create 3D immunofluorescent models of rat brains. Github

cellmorphflows: Helmbrecht H., Nance E. A repository to hold our single experiment Jupiter notebook workflows for running the VAMPIRE process and analysis. Github

Used in Nanoparticle-microglial interaction in the ischemic brain is modulated by injury duration and treatment. Bioengineering & Translational Medicine (2020) August;


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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