Dr. Nel is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine at UCLA, where he has established one of the largest federally-funded nanotechnology research programs in the US. UC CEIN is a premier think tank for the sustainable implementation of nanotechnology, while the team-based science efforts he leads as Research Director of the CNSI is spearheading nanomedicine translation on the UCLA campus. Professor Nel is a recipient of the Harry Truman Award and the California Governor’s Environmental Economic Leadership Award.
He was a panel member producing a comprehensive US Government Blueprint for the development of the US Nanotechnology Initiative and a member of the US Bilateral Presidential Commission for technology cooperation with Russia.
Dr Nel represented the US State Department and the NIH in cooperative research agreements with Japan and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in which he was elected as Honorary Foreign Professor. In addition to groundbreaking work in nanotechnology, Dr Nel co-directed a leading EPA Particle Center, studying the impact of air pollution on asthma. He received the John Salvaggio Award for outstanding service to the American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology. He is a highly cited scientific scholar (top 1%, Clarivate Analytics), prolific inventor and frequently invited plenary speaker.