PSU Announces Two New ONAMI Signature Research Fellows

October 21 2008

News: Portland State University Hires Two ONAMI Signature Research Fellows. Andrea Goforth and Drake Mitchell have been named the two newest signature research fellows at the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), and will also be joining the faculty at Portland State University (PSU).

“I’m excited to announce that not only has PSU attracted two world-renowned researchers to our faculty, but that they have also been named Signature Research Fellows at ONAMI,” said PSU president Wim Wiewel. “PSU’s involvement in ONAMI is so important to the future health of Oregon’s economy. Andrea and Drake’s research, in collaboration with others, affects the development of almost everything, from new drugs and improved treatments for disease; to more efficient and sustainable energy sources; to a safer, more durable and environmentally friendly built environment.”

Goforth’s research focuses on developing low toxicity, tailored imaging agents that will help us to better understand cancer processes and identify therapeutic targets for new cancer therapies. Goforth also has interests in solid-state and materials chemistry, and the application of inorganic nanoparticles for technological applications. She joined the chemistry faculty at Portland State University in August after a joint post-doctoral appointment with the departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis.

Mitchell will initiate a unique interdisciplinary research program that combines membrane biophysics, lipid biochemistry, nanomedicine, drug development, and translational medicine. Mitchell will also establish a new nanomedicine initiative for PSU, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and ONAMI that will form a new major funding pillar for ONAMI as it focuses current efforts in bionanosensors, protein functionalized nanoparticles and nanoscale membranes for disease detection and drug delivery, and bioimaging at the cellular and molecular levels. He comes to PSU from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he worked for the past eight years.

“We’re delighted to welcome two new ONAMI signature fellows,” said Skip Rung, president and executive director of ONAMI. “Attracting people of such high caliber is a testament to the ongoing collaboration among Portland State University, Oregon Health Sciences University, and the entire ONAMI community of researchers.”


Scott Gallagher
PSU Office of University Communication

Portland State University

Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for over 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation’s most livable cities, the University’s innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University’s 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 125 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City”, inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) ONAMI is the first Oregon Signature Research Center. A cooperative venture among government and world-class nanoscience and microtechnology R&D institutions and industry in the Northwest, ONAMI was created to cultivate research and commercialization to advance the leading economic sector in Oregon, and expand the benefits of technology innovation to traditional and natural resource industries. For more information go to

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