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Felix Richter

Materials Science and EngineeringFelix
Northwestern University
Room: B560, Silverman Hall
Chemistry of Life Processes Institute
2170 Campus Drive
Evanston IL, 60208-3113

Phone: (847) 491-5809

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Northwestern University
B.A. Integrated Science, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry
Pre-medical, physiology, and materials science/nanotechnology tracks

Research Objectives and Approaches

My long-term objective is to target cancerous cells with iron oxide nanostructures (MNS), image their location using magnetic resonance imaging, and destroy the cell they are located in using thermal activation. Research topics I have covered include synthesis, physiological stabilization, and cellular and animal studies of MNS. After college, I plan to earn an MD, PhD so that I may ease the translation of novel diagnostics and therapeutics from laboratory research to clinical applications.



  • Dean’s List for maintaining a 3.7 GPA, Northwestern University, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Weinberg Conference and Travel Grant for the American Chemical Society’s 244th National Meeting, Division of Medicinal Chemistry, Summer 2012
  • NU Office of the Provost Conference Travel Grant for the American Chemical Society’s 244th National Meeting, Division of Medicinal Chemistry, Summer 2012
  • Katherine L. Krieghbaum Scholar Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Research Fellowship, 2012
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center REU Grant Summer, 2012
  • Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition Morning Session 2nd Place in Natural Sciences, 1st Place in People’s Choice, May 2012
  • Cullen Trust for Higher Education Symposium on Translational Research and MD/PhD Career Development Workshop Travel Award to Texas Medical Center, January 2012
  • Chemistry of Life Processes Undergraduate Research Grant, 2011
  • Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center REU Grant, Summer 2011
  • Cancer Center for Nanotechnology Excellence REU Grant, Summer 2010
  • Engineering World Health TriMedX Repair Session Travel Award to Indianapolis, April 2010
  • Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, August 2009
  • American Cancer Society High School Summer Research Program Fellowship, Summer 2008
  • ACT Science and ACT English Award for earning perfect scores, Fall 2008
  • University of Chicago Young Scholars Program Fellowship, Summer 2007


  • Northwestern University National Merit, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Ruby E. and Charles A. Howles Endowed Scholarship, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


  • American Association for Cancer Research, 2011, 2012
  • American Chemical Society, 2012
  • American Physician Scientist Association, 2012


Felix Richter