Todd Giorgio was named Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2008. He first joined the Vanderbilt faculty as an assistant professor of chemical engineering in 1987.
In addition to his primary appointment, Giorgio also serves as professor of chemical engineering and professor of interdisciplinary materials science. He is on the executive committee of the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
Giorgio is a researcher at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, where he has contributed new ideas to the treatment of cancer through his work on the disease at the cellular and molecular levels. He and his team have discovered new materials to infiltrate the nuclei of malignant cells to deliver therapy more effectively than conventional methods. They have also developed methods to detect breast cancer at very early stages by using nanoparticles that bind to the cancer cells. As a result, the cancer is more easily imaged, facilitating early detection of the most lethal, metastatic form of the disease. He is currently working on developing a point-of-care breast cancer test that would be used in a physician’s office much like a home pregnancy test to detect cancer at even earlier stages.
He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and won an outstanding teaching award from the School of Engineering and four awards for the best research paper from the Vanderbilt Engineering Research Council.