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The Translational Oncology and Nano/Pharmacoengineering Lab works in a highly multi-disciplinary environment to solve problems in cancer diagnosis and treatment through the combination of existing and emerging technologies.  In our laboratory, we are interested in developing needle-based medical devices for cancer detection and treatment in real time.  We are also interested in developing sustainable non-toxic nanopharmaceuticals that are designed and validated to be safe in the environment and in humans.  We partner with clinicians at the onset of project development to ensure that our work is highly translational through preclinical design and testing.


Virginia Tech – ICTAS on Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA


Available Resources and Relevant Links

Nanofabrication and Characterization Laboratory

Metabolic Phenotyping Core

Additive Manufacturing:


Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

College of Veterinary Medicine

College of Osteopathic Medicine Pharmacology

VT Carilion School of Medicine

Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center


Contact Us

Lissett Ramirez Bickford, PhD
Assistant Professor

Office Address:
114G Randolph Hall (MC0238)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540.231.0622
Fax: 540.231.9100

Lab Address:
440 ICTAS (Stanger Street)
Blacksburg, VA 24061