Naomi Halas, the founder and director of Rice's nanophotonics laboratory and professor of bioengineering and chemistry, arrives at Rice and blazes new trails. She is best known for inventing nanoshells -- molecular spheres of glass wrapped in layers of gold that can be used to kill cancer cells without harming surrounding tissue. Esquire magazine names her 1 of 5 exceptional American women, and her numerous scientific honors include the "Cancer Innovator" award from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Naomi Halas with students
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