Principal Investigator

Administrative Assistant

Julia Paine-Fajardo
Administrative Assistant II
Department of Biological Engineering

Research Scientist

Dr. Tyson Shepherd
Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Iowa

DNA and RNA Nanotechnology
I am developing design and synthesis approaches to engineer structured DNA and RNA assemblies for applications in biomolecular science and technology.

Research Technicians

Aggi Walsh
Technical Associate II
Department of Biological Engineering

Hellen Huang
Technical Associate I
Department of Biological Engineering

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. James L. Banal
Ph.D., Physical and Materials Chemistry, University of Melbourne

Programmable Excitonic Systems on DNA Nanostructures
Excitons are mediators in both absorption and emission of light. Mastering the flow of excitons is the “holy grail” of light-harvesting systems, which include photovoltaic devices and microscopy probes. I am programming DNA nanostructures for control of nanoscale energy transport and investigation of new optical properties.

Dr. William P. Bricker
Ph.D., Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Excitonics of Multi-chromophore-DNA Assemblies
I am designing and analyzing DNA-based multi-chromophore assemblies for nanoscale energy transfer, light-harvesting and biosensing applications.

Dr. Eric Danielson
Ph.D., Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin

Neuronal Synapse Plasticity
I am applying multiplexed fluorescence imaging together with deep learning to characterize disorders in neuronal synapse formation and plasticity in autism and schizophrenia.

Dr. Hyungmin Jun
Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Structural DNA Nanotechnology
I am developing sequence design procedures to render arbitrary 2D and 3D nanostructures using synthetic DNA.

Eike-Christian Wamhoff
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Free University of Berlin

DNA Nanotechnology for Targeted Delivery
I am using DNA nanotechnology to develop programmable vaccine and therapeutic delivery platforms. The controlled organization of ligands and cargo provides unique opportunities to engineer cell-specific targeting, intracellular trafficking, and cargo release.

Dr. Xiao Wang
Ph.D., Chemistry, New York University

Hierarchical and Hybrid DNA-based Assemblies
I am applying DNA origami to create novel hierarchical and hybrid nanoscale materials for structural and optical applications.

Graduate Students

Joseph Berleant
Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Engineering
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Programming Dynamic Hierarchical DNA Assemblies
I am working on applying principles of computer science to developing molecular computation frameworks that use DNA origami for information storage and processing. I am particularly interested in applications to molecular long-term storage and novel molecular algorithms

Rebecca Du
Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Engineering
NIH BTP Fellow

DNA and RNA Therapeutics 
I am designing structured DNA nanoparticles that contain built-in conditional release mechanisms for specific delivery of siRNA to target cells.

Molly Parsons
Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Engineering
NDSEG Fellow

Mapping 3D Structure of Long RNAs
The size and flexibility of long RNAs — like those that make up of the genomes of many viruses — make their structure difficult to characterize with classical methods. I am developing a DNA-origami-based platform to probe and characterize the structure of such RNAs.  As a test case, my current focus is on the structure of the HIV RNA genome.

Krista Pullen
Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Engineering

RNA Nanotechnology and Therapeutics 

Undergraduate Students

Rebecca Noel
Senior, Biological Engineering

Group Photo – Winter 2019

Group Photo – Spring 2018

Group Photo – Spring 2016


Matthew Adendorff
Co-founder GMA Innovations
Lead Technologist Open Data Durban

Zachary Barry
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Etienne Boulais
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Montreal

Philip Bransford
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Arkajit Dey
Twitter, Inc.

Philipp Diesinger
Management Consultant

Changsun Eun
Samsung, Inc.

Stavros Gaitanaros
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Simon Gordonov
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Syuan-Ming Guo
Chan Zuckerberg BioHub

Jun He
Opera Solutions, Inc.

Do-Nyun Kim
Assistant Professor
Seoul National University

Aprotim Mazumder
Assistant Professor
TCIS, TIFR Hyderabad

Nilah Monnier
Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics Postdoctoral Research Fellow Stanford University

Keyao Pan
Facebook, Inc.

Elizabeth Perley
Google, Inc.

Sakul Ratanalert
Johns Hopkins University

Reza Sharifi Sedeh
General Electric Research, Inc.

Matthew Stone
Data Analyst
Auto-Owners Insurance

Kirill Titievsky
Google, Inc.

Martin Tomov
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Emory University

Rémi Veneziano
Assistant Professor
George Mason University

Lun Yang
The MathWorks, Inc.

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