Gabriella presents at DNA22 conference in Munich

Last week Gabriella, one of the PhD candidates in our group, presented at her first conference: the 22nd International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming, held at the LMU in Munich.

This was a fantastic opportunity which allowed her to hear talks from the founding fathers of DNA technology: Nadrain C. Seeman and Paul W.K. Rothemund. Further to this, she was given the opportunity to present some of her own work during one of the poster presentation sessions, take part in the organised city tour and sample the fine local beverages.


BBSRC Grant Awarded to investigate DNA-directed Photosynthetic Assembly

Dr. Alasdair Clark has been awarded a BBSRC Grant to explore DNA-directed construction of three-dimensional photosynthetic assemblies. The £615,000 award will be held in conjunction with Prof. Richard Cordell (Institue of Cell and Systems Biology) and will run from October 2016 for 3 years.

The research programme seeks to establish a working platform that will assemble photosynthetic proteins within DNA nanostructures. A hallmark of our approach is to use engineered photosynthetic proteins that selectively bind to target DNA sequences - both single-stranded and double-stranded - within a DNA nanostructure. This sequence selectivity directs the assembly of these proteins within a DNA matrix, thus providing spatial and positional control. Additional positional control of the overall nanostructure will then be imparted by directing the immobilization of the DNA-photosynthetic complexes by nanolithography. This bio-inspired platform methodology merges the principles of "bottom up" DNA nanotechnology with "top down" nanolithography and would provide the means to control, for the first time, the location of each photosynthetic protein module, inter-module distance and their relative orientation in both two- (2D) and three-dimensions (3D) along surfaces. Furthermore, this new design lexicon, if successful, will provide a framework to correlate how these parameters influence overall light harvesting efficiency.

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Dr. Clark attends prestigious EU-US Frontiers of Engineering event

Every 2 years the US National Academy of Engineering, in partnership with EURO-CASE, organizes a EU-US symposium which aims to bring together 60 outstanding, early-career engineers under the age of 45 from industry, universities, and other research institutions.  Choosing 30 engineers from the EU and 30 from the US, the event facilitates international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, and encourages the creation of a transatlantic network of world-class engineers.

Dr. Alasdair Clark was selected to attend as one of the 30 outstanding EU engineers at this years event, which took place Seattle, Washington. Hosted by The Boeing Company, the symposium tackled cutting-edge developments and challenges in four key areas: Smart Homes, Energy Storage Across Scales, Atoms to Airplanes: Designer/Engineered Aerospace Materials, and Protein Design for Therapeutic and Biotech Applications.