UT Tyler Professor Selected for National Cancer Institute Panel

February 24, 2023 | Elizabeth Wingfield

Dr. Santosh Aryal, associate professor of pharmaceutical science and health outcomes at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been selected to serve on a National Cancer Institute Special Emphasis expert panel.

As one of 11 experts on the panel, Aryal will review applications submitted by small businesses developing new cancer technologies. The panel’s feedback will help NCI determine how to allocate and prioritize fundings in the mission against cancer. If chosen, applicants could receive the funding they need to further develop and deliver life-saving cancer diagnostics and treatments to the public.

Aryal’s expertise in nanotechnology provides him with a unique lens to assess the applications. His research focuses on treating cancer by using polymers, metals and cell-based nanomedicine to deliver drugs to different areas of the body.

“I am honored to have been selected for the NCI Special Emphasis study panel,” said Aryal. “It’s a great opportunity to both learn about new research and serve the scientific community.”

Aryal has numerous articles published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, American Chemical Society journals and Royal Society of Chemistry journals. 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.

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) 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.