Daniel Scott

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry Program Chair

Pre-Pharmacy Advisor

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BS - Georgetown College, Chemistry
PhD -  University of Kentucky, Bioanalytical Chemistry
Post Doctoral Fellow - University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy


Developing improved diagnostic and therapeutic systems with implications across medicine and pharmaceutical sciences by working on the interface between chemistry, biology/biochemistry, and nanotechnology.


Daniel Scott joined the Centre College faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 2017. Prior to joining Centre, Scott was an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at DePauw University for 4 years, a visiting assistant professor of chemistry here at Centre for a year, and a postdoctoral scholar in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky as part of the NIH funded Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center. His research interests include the development and optimization of simple and accurate point-of-care diagnostic devices based on a unique combination of nanotechnology, biochemistry, and engineering. His group also works to develop new anti-cancer drugs as well as improved nanoparticle delivery systems capable of simultaneously delivering the drug as well as diagnosing and monitoring the response therapy. 

Students have an opportunity to work closely with Dr. Scott on his collaborative research projects. His group focuses on the development and optimization of simple and accurate point-of-care diagnostic devices as mentioned above. They are working to create cost-efficient solutions that can be used by both trained or untrained personnel to detect nucleotide, protein, and small molecule disease biomarkers. The devices are based on engineered nanoparticles to selectively respond to different disease stimuli and will find applications in the third world, underserved, remote, and rural situations where accurate diagnosis is needed but not always available. Future applications will include devices for Telehealth, rapid onsite, and in-office analysis, as well as expansion into the food, beverage, and manufacturing industries. 

Additionally, his group has worked to develop more specific cancer therapies as well as nanoparticle drug delivery systems to reduce the non-specific side effects that are common with chemotherapy.  Dr. Scott’s students are commonly present at national meetings and his work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Society for Analytical Chemist of Pittsburg, among others.  


Centre Scholar 2022, NIH KY INBRE ADeA Award, NSF KY ESPSCoR Research Award, SACP Undergraduate Research Program Award


American Chemical Society

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