On behalf of the CIC Toronto Section and the 2012 E. Gordon Young Lectureship Series, we invite you to attend the following public lecture:
“Molecular Lego with DNA: Building Structures for Medicine and Materials Science”
Professor Hanadi Sleiman, McGill University, Montreal, QC
DNA is known to us as the molecule of life, the blueprint that defines who we are. But the very properties that make DNA such a reliable molecule for information storage also make it one of the most remarkable building materials. DNA can organize electronic components into complex circuits and can act as a fuel for molecular machines. It can be used to build three-dimensional cages that load cargo and deliver on demand, in response to specific triggers. Over the past few years, our research group has taken DNA out of its biological context, and has used this molecule to build 2D- and 3D-structures that are environmentally responsive. The applications of these DNA structures as drug delivery vehicles, cellular reporters and scaffolds for photosynthesis will be described.