Carnegie Mellon University
April 17, 2019

Professor Selected to Give Distinguished Lectures

By Ben Panko

Bruce Armitage, professor of chemistry and co-director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology, was selected by the Akron Section of the American Chemical Society as its 2019 Crano Memorial Lecturer.

Armitage’s research connects biological materials sciences with organic chemistry, and focuses specifically on molecular bonding. His lab’s projects include the creation of DNA nanotags, synthetic peptide nucleic acids that can mimic and bond with DNA and RNA and fluoromodules, fluorescent dye-protein complexes that can be employed as genetically encodable labels and biosensors.

The Crano Memorial Lecture Series invites a chemist each year to give two lectures in Akron, Ohio — an afternoon, research-oriented lecture for an academic audience and an evening lecture for a more general-interest audience.

The series was established in 1999 to honor John C. Crano, a PPG Industries chemist and past chair of the ACS Akron Section.