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Northwestern professor named to Institute of Medicine

A Northwestern University scientist who's among the world's top experts on nanotechnology has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

Chad Mirkin is among 65 new members announced on Monday.

The Institute of Medicine is the health arm of the National Academies and advises the federal government on health issues.

He's the first person from the Midwest to be elected to all three branches of the National Academies, according to Northwestern. He also serves on the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.

Mirkin directs Northwestern's International Institute for Nanotechnology. He's known for inventing diagnostic systems based on nanomaterials and developing new approaches to cancer treatment based on gene regulation.