Carnegie Mellon University


Carnegie Mellon University's breadth is exemplified by this group, which consists of scientists and engineers who use nucleic acids for diverse applications in the bio-nanotechnology realm.

  • Catalina Achim (Chemistry) synthesizes peptide nucleic acid (PNA)-based materials that are conductive and could find applications in molecular electronics. 
  • James Schneider (Chemical Engineering) uses gamma peptide nucleic acids (γPNA) as a sequence specific purification agent for deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA) and ribonucleic acids (RNA) that would be used in pharmaceuticals. 
  • Bruce Armitage (Chemistry) synthesizes DNA-based materials as bright fluorescent labels for bioimaging and sensing applications.
  • Kathryn Whitehead (Chemical Engineering) is designing advanced reagents to facilitate delivery of nucleic acids and other molecules into cells.