Assistant Professor Yonggang Ke joined the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in 2014. Prior to 2014, Ke held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, affiliated with the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. Ke received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University and B.S. from Peking University.
Ke’s research and laboratory team focuses on DNA nanotechnology. More specifically, Ke’s lab investigates the design of molecules with precise weights, geometries, and functions for biomedical applications. The base of the Ke Lab research is DNA-assembly methods, including DNA-tile and DNA origami self-assembly functions. In Ke’s lab, nucleic acids are engineered to form prescribed structures, via programming DNA sequences to carry structural information instead of genetic information. Nucleic acid structures can be engineered to interface with other molecules such as proteins, metallic nanoparticles, quantum dots, and fullerenes, to construct materials and devices with a wide range of functionalities and applications.
Research Areas of Interest
- Molecular engineering
- Nucleic acid self-assembly
- Targeted imaging and delivery