Title of project: Molecular Machinery, Nanoscale Robotics, Synthetic Complexity
Description: Two funded Ph.D. positions are
available in Dr. Jing Pan’s group. The projects will fall under the
broad topic of molecular/nano robotics and bio-inspired
diagnostics/therapeutics. In the Pan Lab, we aim to create and program
molecular robots using biopolymers and nano-materials. We use the most
state-of-the-art tools, such as computational microscopy and
next-generation sequencing, to study these tiny machines and robots.
Among the two projects, one will focus on DNA-encoded molecular robots,
and the other will focus on synthetic minimal cells. Both projects
involve wet-lab experiments, advanced imaging, statistical analysis, and
stochastic modeling. The outcome of the projects will be translational
to applications in healthcare and medicine. You will learn knowledge and
skills in molecular programming, optical instrumentation, biophysics,
biochemistry, and medical technology. Successful candidates will receive
research assistantship, including tuition waiver and stipend.
Knowledge and skills needed: We do not require
knowledge and experience from any specific area. However, some prior
research experience will be useful in our lab. On the experimental side,
wet-lab experience, optical instrumentation, imaging,
micro/nano-fabrication is relevant. On the modeling/computation side,
knowledge in biophysics, bioinformatics, network science, and data
science will be useful.
How to apply: Please email your CV (including
education, GPA, GRE, publication, references, relevant
research/professional skills) and transcript to Dr. Pan. In your email,
please also state your research interests and how you envision your
interests align with the lab’s research.