Welcome to LuoLabs

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Nucleic acids play a critical role in living organisms as the carriers of genetic information. Our research focuses on using DNA and RNA as both generic and genetic materials.

We at LuoLabs have been using DNA as a true polymer and have developed generic DNA materials, including tree-shaped DNA, DNA gels and DNA-nanoparticle hybrid assemblies. With these novel DNA materials, we are exploring real-world applications ranging from biological materials in diagnostics, pharmaceutics, protein production, drug delivery, cell culture and optoelectronics.

Latest Lab News

May 2016- Congratulations to Jason, Duo, Tom, and lab alumni Roanna, Swati, and Songming on their publication of their paper using microgels composed of DNA as a celll-free protein production platform. Check out the paper published in BioMacromolecules! Congrats all!

March 2015- Congratulations to our undergraduates who have been awarded fellowships for their achievements. Swati has been named this year's Keasby Scholar, which she will use to pursue an MSc in management of Bioeconomy, Innovation, and Governance at the University of Edinburgh! Michelle has received a Morley Student Research Grant to fund research in the lab and Steven has received the CALS Academic Excellence Award! Congrats all!

October 2014- Conrgatulations to Duo who won first prize at the annual Fiber Society Graduate Student Paper Competition!

June 2014- Congratulations to our newest Ph.D graduates, Dr. Songming Peng and Dr. Jason Kahn on succesfully defending their theses.

June 2014- Check out our newest review paper in Accounts of Chemical Research, entitled, "DNA Materials: Bridging Nanotechnology and Biotechnology!"

March 2014- Congratulations to Songming who has been awarded the Chinese Goverment Award for Outstanding students abroad!

March 2014- Congratulations to Jason Kahn who has been awarded the distinguished Lady Davis Trust Fellowship to conduct post-doctoral research with Prof. Itamar Willner at The Hebrew University in Israel!

March 2014- Congratulations to our undergraduate, Swati, who has recieved the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship!