Dr. Hughes is an assistant professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Boise State University, as well as an affiliate faculty and research council member of the Mountain States Tumor & Medical Research Institute at St Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.
From a biological perspective, DNA is the language for life. But what may be less widely known is DNA’s potential as a programmable building block at the nanoscale. In this podcast, Hughes discusses DNA’s potential as an engineering material for building structural scaffolds for nanoelectronic devices and biochemical tools for diagnosing disease. With grants from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the National Institutes of Health , the National Science Foundation , and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Hughes and his colleagues in the Nanoscale Materials & Device Research Group are pursuing DNA nanotechnology as a future manufacturing process.