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Biological Physics Seminar (CPLC): "Molecular Systems Engineering with DNA"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Center for the Physics of Living Cells
Location
144 Loomis
Date
Apr 24, 2017   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Hendrik Dietz, Technical University of Munich
Cost
N/A
Contact
Sandra Patterson
E-Mail
skpttrsn@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-3393
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Physics - Physics of Living Cells Seminar

It is notoriously difficult to observe, let alone control, the position and orientation of molecules because of their small size and the constant thermal fluctuations that they experience in solution. Molecular self-assembly with DNA provides a route for placing molecules and constraining their fluctuations in user-defined ways and with up to Angstroem-scale precision. These positioning options open attractive and unprecedented avenues for scientific and technological exploration. In my talk I will introduce some of the key concepts and methods, and highlight a number of recent developments. In particular, I will talk about creating complex molecular mechanisms and the ability to perform precision measurements of biomolecular structures and interactions using custom DNA origami devices.

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