Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO center)

Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO house) Photographer: Lise Balsby, AU Kommunikation

Gothelf lab is located in the iNANO house (Aarhus University), which was finished in 2013. Labs, offices and teaching rooms are placed side by side in building 1590 at the 3rd floor. The group is headed by professor and center leader of Center for DNA Nanotechnology (CDNA) Kurt Vesterager Gothelf and has about 30 members.

Gothelf’s research is truly interdisciplinary and he collaborates with physicists and molecular biologists to study the use of DNA as a programmable molecule to assemble nano building blocks for nano-architecture and functional nanostructures. Gothelf has contributed significantly to the field of the so-called DNA origami method, where he and CDNA was among the first to develop 3D nanostructures including a DNA box with a controllable lid. Gothelf has also published a number of other high-impact papers in DNA origami, DNA-directed chemistry, biosensors and self-organizing structures on surfaces.

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Gothelf’s work is internationally oriented and his research center CDNA’s collaborators includes research groups at Harvard University, and a number of other top universities in the U.S., China and Europe:

  • Professor Peng Yin, Wyss Institute, Harvard University, US
  • Professor William Shih, Wyss Institute, Harvard University, US
  • Associate professor Thom Labean, North Carolina State University (NCSU), US
  • Professor Hao Yan, Arizona State University (ASU), US.
  • Professor Chunhai Fan, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), China
  • Professor Andrew Turberfield, Oxford University, UK
  • Professor Friedrich Simmel, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
  • Professor Tim Liedl, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität (LMU), Germany
  • Assistant professor Björn Högberg, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

as well as industrial partners:

Several students in Gothelfs group have been visiting universities such as Harvard, Arizona State, North Carolina State and Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP).

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