Kattesh Katti, PhD, Distinguished Curators Professor of Radiology, Physics and Biological Engineering in the MU School of Medicine and College of Engineering, and senior research scientist at the MU Research Reactor (MURR), was recently elected to the 2023 College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).
Katti, who also holds the Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professorship in Medical Research, was nominated and elected by members of the AIMBE College of Fellows in recognition of his groundbreaking contributions to green nanotechnology approaches in nanomedicine and for discovering a new medical modality referred to as Nano Ayurvedic Medicine.
“This recognition is a tremendous honor and I thank the AIMBE fellows for their nomination,” said Katti. “I appreciate the support of the University of Missouri, my wife, Dr. Kavita Katti, my research colleagues, and my students for their tireless, decades long pursuit of biomedical breakthroughs and lifesaving therapies.”
Katti’s research focuses on new approaches to cancer therapy through ayurvedic medicine, which is a traditional Indian holistic medicine that combines chemicals derived from natural herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables, with various metals such as gold, silver, and copper. These green nanoparticle therapies are less toxic to the body and could provide alternatives to current treatments for a variety of diseases, including cancer.
Katti was recently granted the first-ever patent for a nano ayurvedic modality, a non-toxic delivery method using gold nanoparticles to treat infections and fight cancer.
In addition to this fellowship, Katti is also an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Inventors, and the St Louis Academy of Science. Katti is globally recognized as the “Father of Green Nanotechnology” for his groundbreaking discoveries in nanomedicine.
AIMBE is a nonprofit, honorific society of the most accomplished individuals in the fields of medical and biological engineering.
Katti was formally inducted in a March ceremony held in Arlington, Virginia.