Gaseous Messenger Molecule

Nitric oxide is an important signaling molecule in the body, with a role in building nervous system connections that contribute to learning and memory. It also functions as a messenger in the cardiovascular and immune systems.

But it has been difficult for researchers to study exactly what its role is in these systems and how it functions. Because it is a gas, there has been no practical way to direct it to specific individual cells in order to observe its effects. Now, a team of scientists and engineers at MIT and elsewhere has found a way of generating the gas at precisely targeted locations inside the body, potentially opening new lines of research on this essential molecule’s effects.

The findings are reported today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, in a paper by MIT professors Polina Anikeeva, Karthish Manthiram, and Yoel Fink; graduate student Jimin Park; postdoc Kyoungsuk Jin; and 10 others at MIT and in Taiwan, Japan, and Israel.

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Jimin Park
Jimin Park
Graduate Student

Materials Scientist | Neural Engineer | Makgeolli Maker

Atharva Sahasrabudhe
Atharva Sahasrabudhe
Graduate Student

Graduate student

Florian Koehler
Florian Koehler
Graduate Student

Neuroengineer

Dekel Rosenfeld
Dekel Rosenfeld
Postdoctoral Associate

Postocotoral associate, focusing on organ modulation such as on demand control of hormone release from adrenal glands and investigation of the gut-to-brain axis.

Siyuan Rao
Siyuan Rao
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Rao is a material engineer using her expertise in chemistry and biophysics to invent engineering tools for the study in neuroscience.

Polina Anikeeva
Polina Anikeeva
Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
Associate Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Associate Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics

My goal is to combine the current knowledge of biology and nanoelectronics to develop materials and devices for minimally invasive treatments for neurological and neuromuscular diseases.

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