Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Eric R. Henderson
Jack H. Lutz
Over the last thirty years, DNA has proven to be a great candidate for engineering nanoscale architectures. These DNA nanostructures have been applied in areas such as single-molecular analyses, nanopatterning, diagnostics and therapeutics. One of the most commonly-used techniques to engineer DNA-based two- and three-dimensional functional nanostructures is DNA origami, wherein a long single-stranded DNA (called scaffold) is folded into a predetermined shape with the help of a set of shorter oligonucleotides (called staples). This thesis discusses a brief overview of DNA nanotechnology (design, assembly and applications) and three primary projects undertaken in the area of dynamic self-assembling DNA nanosystems: 1, a self-assembly design strategy that vastly expands the utility of DNA origami, 2, a DNA origami-based reconfigurable nanosystem with potential as a force/energy balance and diagnostic tool, and 3, a collaborative initiative on computational analyses and experimental verification for improving efficiency of DNA nanoengineering.
Mathur, Divita, "Dynamic self-assembling DNA nanosystems: design and engineering" (2016). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 15047.