ONAMI | Wassana Yantasee



Wassana Yantasee

Assistant Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University


NanoBiotechnology/NanoMedicine, Nanoscale Metrology and Nanoelectronics


Dr. Wassana Yantasee is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biomedical Engineering, OHSU School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and also received an M.B.A. from OSU. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University. Following her Ph.D., she joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where she was the principal investigator on a project to develop a rapid, portable and inexpensive detection system that identifies personal exposures to toxic lead and other dangerous heavy metals. She has recently joined the Biomedical Engineering, OHSU School of Medicine, as ONAMI\‘s Nanomedicine Fellow.

Her recent research interests focus on nanomaterials (functionalized mesoporous silica and functionalized magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles) in environmental and biomedical applications. For environmental applications, the nanomaterials are used in water treatment and sensing devices for toxic metals and radionuclides. For biomedical applications, they are used in sorbent dialysis and hemoperfusion, as well as oral chelation therapies for toxic metals and dirty bomb components. Her research has been sponsored by the DOE, CDC/NIOSH, and NIH (NIEHS, NIAID, and NIGMS). Dr. Yantasee has authored about 40 peer-reviewed journals and 5 book chapters. She was an inventor of one US patent, 3 pending US patents, and 8 invention reports.

Selected Publications

    Yantasee, W, Fryxell GE, Porter GA, Pattamakomsan K, Sukwarotwat V, Chouyyok W, Koonsiripaiboon V, Xu J, Raymond KN. Novel Sorbents for Removal of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents in Sorbent Dialysis and Hemoperfusion: Preventive Approaches to Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). (Feature article) Nanomedicinei: NBM; 2010, 6(1), e1-e8.
    Yantasee, W, K Hongsirikarn, CL Warner, D Choi, T Sangvanich, MB Toloczko, MG Warner, GE Fryxell, RS Addleman and C Timchalk. Direct detection of Pb in urine and Cd, Pb, Cu, and Ag in natural waters using electrochemical sensors immobilized with DMSA functionalized magnetic nanoparticles. Analyst, 2008, 133: 348-355.
    Yantasee, W, CL Warner, T Sangvanich, RS Addleman, TG Carter, RJ Wiacek, GE Fryxell, C Timchalk, and MG Warner. Removal of Heavy Metals from Aqueous Systems with Thiol Functionalized Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles. Environmental Science & Technology. 2007, 41(14): 5114-5119.
    Yantasee, W, Y Lin, K Hongsirikarn, GE Fryxell, RS Addleman, and C Timchalk. Electrochemical Sensors for the Detection of Lead and Other Toxic Heavy Metals: The Next Generation of Personal Exposure Biomonitors. Environmental Health Perspectives 2007, 115(12):1683-1690.
    Yantasee, W, Y Lin, and GE Fryxell. 2007. Electrochemical sensors based on nanomaterials for environmental monitoring. Chapter 15 in Environmental Applications of Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Sorbents and Sensors, ed. Glen E. Fryxell and Guozhong Cao, Imperial College Press, London, United Kingdom, pp. 401-438.

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