Vuk Uskoković, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Uskokovic’s research program is focused on the application of soft and colloidal chemistry techniques for the purpose of creating nanoscale materials for biomedical applications, including targeted and controlled drug delivery, bone tissue engineering and advanced antimicrobial and anticancer therapies. Dr. Uskokovic is the Director of the Advanced Materials and Nanobiotechnology Laboratory, whose broad aim is to synthesize and understand the fundamental properties of advanced nanomaterials and harness them to address various medical and pharmaceutical needs. The most influential work to have emerged from the Uskokovic Lab to date pertains to the use of calcium phosphate nanoparticles for drug and gene delivery applications. Other materials are also engineered and their interface with the biological systems probed, all with the goal of creating clinically effective therapeutics and diagnostics. Socially responsible, inexpensive materials together with in vitro biological assays that substitute for animal testing present an important aspect of research done in the Uskokovic Lab. This social responsibility also comes into play through seeing the lab as an incubator capable of creating high-skilled jobs for knowledge-based economy. Beside his dedication to scientific research, Dr. Uskokovic has published studies from the fields of cognitive science, ecoscience, philosophy, theosophy, social science and arts.