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Clemson University


Professor Naren Vyavahare

Clemson University is a science and engineering focused public university in South Carolina, US, which has 18,599 undergraduate students and more than 4,500 graduate students. Since 2015 Clemson has won 19 major research projects with a total value of more than $100M.

Professor Naren Vyavahare is Hunter Endowed Chair and Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University. Dr Vyavahare’s research and teaching interests are in heart valve biomaterials, site-specific therapies, and extracellular matrix remodeling in tissue regeneration. Dr Vyavahare is a Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded South Carolina Bioengineering Center of Regeneration and Formation of Tissues (SC BioCRAFT). His research has been published in over 150 journal publications and conference proceedings and is in 6 book chapters. Additionally, he holds 13 international and US patents.

Partnership with Sona

Sona is supporting a research project that could lead to lifesaving solutions for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. Sona is providing its unique gold nanorods to professor Naren Vyavahare, who is working on the development of reagents for non-surgical imaging techniques for the condition.

Reagents are special chemicals introduced to the body that will reveal the extent of an aneurysm when scanned with an MRI, negating the need for surgery.

Aortic aneurysms are one of the top 10 killers for men older than 55, and it is hoped the research will lead to a new lifesaving therapy and a better way of determining whether surgery is necessary.  Dr Vyavahare has engineered unique antibodies able to bond to microscopic polymers that can circulate through the bloodstream, bond to damaged tissue and be used for targeted medical imaging and therapy.

Dr Vyavahare said: “We believe gold will work very well as an imaging agent for use with CT scans to help health care professionals better evaluate damage caused by aneurysms. I appreciate Sona’s willingness to provide their unique gold nanorods to help us test this theory.”


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Clemson University
Department of Bioengineering
301 Rhodes Research Center,
Clemson, SC 29634-0905


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