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General Chair: John H. Reif Description: email Description: home, Dept of Computer Science, Duke University, Durham, NC
Program Chair: Andrew Turberfield Description: email Description: home, Dept of Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, UK

Tacks and Track Chairs:




DNA Nanostructures

Nadrian Seeman Description: email   Description: Webpage

Dept of Chemistry, New York Univ, New York, NY

Protein & Viral Nanostructures

Nicole Steinmetz Description: email   Description: Webpage

Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve Univ., OH

Integrated Chemical Systems

Jeremiah Gassensmith Description: email   Description: Webpage   

Dept of Chemistry, University of Texas, Dallas

Principles and Theory of Self-Assembly

Rebecca Schulman Description: email    Description: Webpage

Chemical  Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins Univ, Baltimore, MD

Computational Tools for Self-Assembly

William Shih Description: email   Description: Webpage

Depts of Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Synthetic Biology

Alex Deiters Description: email  Description: Webpage 

Dept. Chemistry, Univ. of Pittsburgh

Nucleic Acid Nanostructures in Vivo

Yamuna Krishnan  Description: email   Description: Webpage

Dept. Chemistry, Univ. of Chicago

DNA & Analytical Methods

Andrew Ellington Description: email   Description: Webpage

Chemistry and Biochemistry Dept, Univ of Texas at Austin

Biomedical Nanotechnology

Thomas LaBean Description: email   Description: Webpage

Materials Science & Engineering, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC

Modified DNA

Floyd Romesberg Description: email  Description: Webpage

Scripps Research Institute, LaJolla, CA

Nanophotonics & Superresolution

Tim Liedl Description: email   Description: Webpage

Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians Univ, Munich, Germany

Molecular Motors

Andrew Turberfield Description: email  Description: Webpage

Dept of Physics, Oxford Univ, Oxford, UK

Program Track Chair's Responsibilities
Paper solicitation, Paper refereeing and acceptance decisions for papers in their track (in consultation with the Program Chair).

Track Descriptions:
DNA Nanostructures: The track on self-assembled DNA structures includes descriptions of nano-scale constructs and assemblies based on the directed interactions of DNA molecules.  The range of structures can be anything from DNA tiles to DNA bricks to DNA origamis to self-assembled DNA crystals.  Other nucleic acids, such as RNA or PNA are certainly not excluded.
Protein and Viral Nanostructures: In Nature, proteins are structural and functional entities that self-assemble into nanoscale and mesoscale materials. Examples include multivalent protein cages, vaults, and viruses. The track Protein and Viral Nanostructures will discuss principles of materials design inspired by protein/virus-based nanostructures. Topics include: synthetic biology and chemical approaches to mimic Nature's materials design using de novo approaches; the utilization of Nature's materials to produce functionalized, hybrid materials with emergent properties for biotechnology applications such as confined chemical or enzymatic catalysis; medical applications such as drug delivery and imaging; environmental sensing; and applications in energy-relevant science. Experimental, theoretical and computational approaches targeting protein/virus-based nanostructures are welcome.
Integrated Chemical Systems:  The track on “Integrated Chemical Systems” presents advances in the synthesis, self-assembly and integration of molecular, macromolecular and polymeric building blocks into a single functional system or device. The resulting architectures often display hierarchical ordering and advanced functions that result from programmed, and serendipitous, interactions between the constituent chemical components.
Principles and Theory of Self-Assembly: The focus of the Principles and Theory Track  is the development of theoretical frameworks and predictive models that further the larger goals espoused by FNANO, the study and construction of "self-assembled architectures and devices" from the perspective of both science and engineering.  Generally, these tools either explore the standardization of new phenomena for engineering purposes, and/or capture experimental knowledge in a way that permits reliable operation or scaling of engineered devices.  Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of nanoscience, the track presents a variety of theoretical approaches, including those from physics, computer science and physical chemistry.  Models and theoretical approaches that are closely coupled with experimental approaches or which are undergoing direct experimental testing are especially encouraged.
Synthetic Biology: Synthetic Biology uses approaches that deconstruct naturally occurring biological systems into their smallest functional parts, then re-engineer and recombine those parts in novel ways to achieve new function. The newly generated biological entities have potential to produce materials important for a wide-range of applications including food stocks, industrial chemicals, fuels, research tools, and therapeutic agents. Moreover, re-constructing and re-engineering biological systems enables a deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind natural processes. Talks in this track will feature examples of Synthetic Biology approaches.
Nucleic Acid Nanostructures in Vivo: It is becoming clear that with the advent of orthogonal parts or molecular devices that function within living cells that have very low, or no, cross-talk with endogenous cellular machinery, one may run synthetic programs within a living system. Thus there is an emerging field of synthetic biology at the molecular level that uses nucleic acids as an interface to introduce artificial programs within  living systems. The nucleic acid nanostructures in vivo track will feature contributions on novel nucleic acid motifs found and/or applied in synthetic and translational ways in living systems. These include strategies to probe, program and/or reprogram living cells or organisms.
Nanotechnology and Analytical Methods: There are a variety of ways in which DNA nanotechnology impacts, and is impacted by, analytical methodologies.  This session is principally concerned with the use of DNA nanotechnology for analytical applications, including for diagnostics. Novel methods for measuring or analyzing DNA nanostructures and circuits will also be considered: this includes the possibility of nucleic acid nanotechnology measuring itself, in the sense of nucleic acid devices that provide analytics or feedback regarding the fidelity, quality, or morphology of a given structure or circuit.
Biomedical Nanotechnology: The Biomedical Nanotechnology Track will focus on the engineering of nano-scale molecular assemblies made with biological inspiration and/or for applications in biological systems for medical purposes.  Engineering at the nano-scale allows unprecedented control of molecular recognition events for diverse theranostic applications.  Example topics include artificial or natural biopolymer constructs used for biosensing, smart materials for drug delivery or tissue engineering applications, and stimulus-responsive assemblies capable of communicating with living cells to control growth, development, or death.
Modified DNA: DNA is receiving increasing attention for different in vitro applications ranging from scaffolds for the display of other molecules to nanomaterials. The utility of DNA for these applications follows from its template-directed amplification and/or its predictable structure that with nucleotide modification allows for unprecedented nanometer scale spatial control. This track on DNA modification will focus on efforts to develop and use chemistry to modify oligonucleotides at specific positions and develop them as self-assembled architectures and devices.
Nanophotonics and Superresolution: This track covers research based on optics and light-matter interaction on the nanoscale. Topics include super resolution methods and applications, plasmonics,  photonic metamaterials and studies of near field optics.
Molecular Motors: Natural molecular machinery is intimately involved with all aspects of life, from respiration and chemical synthesis to motion - from nanometres to kilometres. The creation of functional synthetic molecular machinery is one of the most challenging and exciting branches of nanoscience. The Molecular Motors track includes the study and molecular engineering of both natural and synthetic systems.

Foundations of Nanoscience: Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices
Copyright 2017
John Reif, Conference Chair
Andrew Turberfield, Program Chair