UT Tyler Pharmacy Professor Awarded More Than $300,000
NIH Award Will Fund Developments in Nanotechnology
TYLER, Texas (October 6, 2023) – Dr. Santosh Aryal, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences and health outcomes, received a $307,859 subaward from the National Institutes of Health. In collaboration with another university, Aryal will use the funding to improve models for future nanomedicine testing, which will help reduce animal experimentation.
“Dr. Aryal’s achievements in the field of nanotechnology exemplify the caliber of faculty we have here at UT Tyler,” said Dr. Amy Schwartz, dean of the Fisch College of Pharmacy. “His dedication to advancing cancer research and treatment is inspirational. We are immensely proud of this accomplishment and look forward to witnessing the impact.”
Aryal specializes in nanotechnology and nanomedicine, with a focus on using camouflaged nanoparticles to treat cancer. Due to his expertise, the National Cancer Institute appointed Aryal as one of 11 experts on the Small Business Innovation Research panel to help determine how to distribute tens of thousands of dollars in grants to small businesses that are developing cancer treatments. The American Chemical Society recognized his research article on nanoparticles with the Editorial Choice Award. This marked his 100th publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
“Receiving this award is truly a testament to the collaborative spirit of the Fisch College of Pharmacy faculty and the supportive environment at UT Tyler,” said Aryal. “It’s an honor to be part of a community that fosters innovation and pushes the boundaries of scientific discovery.”
He received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and biology and his Master of Science in organic chemistry from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, followed by his PhD in bionanosystem engineering from Chonbuk National University in South Korea. After serving as an assistant professor at the Kansas State Department of Chemistry and the Nanotechnology Innovation Center, Aryal joined the UT Tyler Fisch College of Pharmacy as an associate professor.
With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 10,000 students. Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.