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Synthetic biology enables protein origami
The ancient art of paper folding known as origami is used to make intricate birds or other shapes. Inspired by the work of DNA origami, in which nanostructures are made from folding DNA, a team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found a new way to create single-chain protein nanostructures by using synthetic biology and protein-assembly techniques.
Synthetic biology enables protein origami

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Early Career Awards

2019

Roman Garnett

Roman Garnett

“Boosting scientific discovery through intelligent experimental design’

2018

Elijah Thimsen

Elijah Thimsen

“Controlling Low Temperature Plasma Activation’

Yevgeniy Vorobeychik

Yevgeniy Vorobeychik

“Adversarial Artificial Intelligence for Social Good’

2017

Princess Imoukhuede

Princess Imoukhuede

“qBio+cBio=sBio; Identifying the role of cross-family signaling in angiogenesis.’

Matthew Lew

Matthew Lew

"Nanoscale sensing and imaging using computational single-molecule nanoscopy"

ShiNung Ching

ShiNung Ching

"System Theoretic Methods for Understanding the Dynamics of Cognition"

2016

Brent Williams

Brent Williams

"Laboratory Studies on the Chemical Characterization of Atmospheric Emission Sources and their Oxidative Evolution using Novel Instrumentation"

William Yeoh

William Yeoh

"Decentralized Constraint-Based Optimization for Multi-Agent Planning and Coordination"

2015

Rajan Chakrabarty

Rajan Chakrabarty

"From Cradle to Grave: Radiative Properties of Biomass Burning Aerosols"

Barani Raman

Barani Raman

"Neural Dynamics, Olfactory Coding and Behavior"

Amit Pathak

Amit Pathak

"History-dependent cell motility in heterogeneous micro environments"

2014

Fuzhong Zhang

Fuzhong Zhang

"Synthetic regulatory systems for dynamic metabolic pathways"

Tae Seok Moon

Tae Seok Moon

"Engineering Biological Robustness through Synthetic Control"

2013

Srikanth Singamaneni

Srikanth Singamaneni

“Plasmonic Nanoclusters with Built-in Artificial Antibodies for Label-free Biosensing”

Jung-Tsung Shen

"Extraordinary Enhancement of Optical Nonlinearity in Subwavelength Metal-Nonlinear Dielectric Gratings"

2012

Kunal Agrawal

Kunal Agrawal

"Provably Good Concurrency Platforms for Streaming Applications

2011

Caitlin Kelleher

Caitlin Kelleher

"Looking Glass: Leveraging Mentor Interactions to Create Personalized Programming Help for Independent Learners"

Young-Shin Jun

Young-Shin Jun

"Understanding CO2-Fluid-Mineral Interfacial Reactions for Sustainable Geologic CO2 Sequestration: An Integrated Research & Education Plan"

2010

Sanmay Das

Sanmay Das

"The Dynamics of Collective Intelligence"

Bruno Sinopoli

Bruno Sinopoli

"Efficient, Secure and Robust Control of Cyber Physical Systems"

Yinjie Tang

Yinjie Tang

"Development of 13C-assisted Metabolic Flux Analysis Tools for Metabolic Engineering of Cyanobacteria"

Lan Yang

Lan Yang

"Real-Time Detection, Monitoring and Characterization of Single Nanoparticle/Bioaerosol Using On-Chip Resonators"

2009

Tao Ju

Tao Ju

"Reconstructing Geometrically and Topologically Correct Models"

Vijay Ramani

Vijay Ramani

"Multi-functional materials for electrochemical energy conversion"

2008

Jr-Shin Li

Jr-Shin Li

"Ensemble Control with Applications to Spectroscopy, Imaging and Computation"

Neal Patwari

Neal Patwari

"RF-Sensing Networks for Radio Tomographic Environmental Imaging"

2006

Daniel Giammar

Daniel Giammar

"Interfacial Reactions Affecting Heavy Metal Fate and Transport: An Integrated Research and Education Plan"

2005

Kathy Flores

Kathy Flores

"Development of a Structurally Based Plastic Flow Model to Enhance the Utilization of Bulk Metallic Glasses"

Christopher Gill

Christopher Gill

"Time and Event Based System Software Construction"

Chenyang Lu

Chenyang Lu

"Adaptive Quality of Service Control in Distributed Real-Time Embedded Systems"

2003

Jeremy Buhler

Jeremy Buhler

"New Technologies for Biosequence Comparison"

1996

Phil Bayly

Phil Bayly

"Prediction and Control of Nonlinear Oscillations: Applications to Mechanical and Cardiac Dynamics"