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Biological Physics Seminar (CPLC): “Functionally-interdependent dynamic RNA and DNA nanoparticles ”

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topic
biophysics
Sponsor
Dr. Alek Aksimentiev
Location
Loomis 144
Date
Mar 31, 2017   2:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Kirill Afonin, UNC, Charlotte
Cost
N/A
Contact
Becky McDuffee
E-Mail
mcduffbe@illinois.edu
Phone
217-300-0898
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Physics of Living Cells Seminar

Abstract: The use of nucleic acids to engineer well-defined, fully programmable, self-assembling nanoparticles has established the emerging fields of RNA and DNA nanotechnology. By constructing nanoscaffolds out of nucleic acids, scientists can precisely incorporate various functional moieties such as short interfering RNAs, aptamers, small molecules and proteins for various applications. The programmable multitasking together with the ability to dynamically respond to the environment further makes nucleic acids an attractive material for tailor-made applications in biotechnology. This talk will focus on our latest achievements in the field of dynamic RNA nanotechnology.

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