June 14, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Afonin and our collaborators, Drs. Krasnoslobotsev (UNO) and Yingling (NCSU) for their most recently funded NSF grant!
"Collaborative Research: Exploring self-organization of functional nucleic acid
supramolecular assemblies with stimuli-responsive properties"
June 22, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Afonin and our collaborator, Dr. Vivero-Escoto (UNCC) for their most recently funded NIH grant!
"Multimodal hybrid nanoparticles for the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer"
Congratulations to Lane for being awarded the J.J. Hendley Chemistry Student Scholarship for his high academic success in Chemistry.
September 3, 2021
Nanomedicine: NBM has selected our paper "Programmable DNA-Augmented Hydrogels for Controlled Activation of Human Lymphocytes" as the cover for volume 37, 2021! (Click here to see it!)
Make sure to sign up for our DNA and Silver nanotechnology workshop!
You can do so by clicking on this link!
April 19, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Afonin and our collaborators, Drs. Wanunu and Aksimentiev for their most recently funded NIH grant, the R21!
"Multiplexed electronic counting of scarce protein targets using nucleic acid nanoparticles"
We are very excited about this work and the applications that can stem from it!
Excited and honored to share that the NCI chose, for its FY23 congressional justification report, an image of our NANPs (in green) that were developed and produced by our lab and visualized at the NCL.
Read about it here on the Charlotte Exchange as a feature
Read about it here on the Inside UNC Charlotte Website
February 10, 2022
Our paper in Small entitled, "Anhydrous Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles for Storage and Handling at Broad Range of Temperatures," has been featured as a spotlight by Nanowerk!
(Click here to read it!)
February 07, 2022
Congratulations to the team, Ally, Dr. Chandler, Dr. Halman, Damian, and Dr. Afonin's for their recent publication in Small, "Anhydrous Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles for Storage and Handling at Broad Range of Temperatures"
December 23, 2021
Dr. Afonin's Editorial to "Journey into the immunological properties of engineered nanomaterials: There and back again" was just published in Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews! Congratulations Dr. Afonin!
December 14, 2021
Our review "Critical review of nucleic acid nanotechnology to identify gaps and inform a strategy for accelerated clinical translation" has been published in Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews! Congratulations to Dr. Ke and Dr. Afonin!
December 13, 2021
Congratulations to Damian and Dr. Afonin! Their review "To PEGylate or not to PEGylate: immunological properties of nanomedicines's most popular component, poly(ethylene) glycol and its alternatives" was just published in Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Congratulations to Dr. Chandler, Dr. Johnson, and Dr. Afonin's article being highlighted on the ACS Nano cover!
October 22, 2021
Great work Dr. Chandler, Dr. Johnson, and Dr. Afonin for publishing their most recent work "The International Society of RNA Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine (ISRNN): The Present and Future of the Burgeoning Field" in ACS Nano!!
August 17, 2021
Our collaborative paper was just published! Congratulations to Morgan, Kyle, Dr. Johnson, Sema, Dr. Panigaj, and Dr. Afonin for their paper "Controlled Organization of Inorganic Materials Using Biological Molecules for Activating Therapeutic Functionalities" which was published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces!
Congratulations to Dr. Morgan Chandler for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation "Dynamic and Conditionally Activated Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles"!!
July 20, 2021
Our collaborative paper was just published! Congratulations to Morgan and Dr. Afonin for their paper "Programmable DNA-Augmented Hydrogels for Controlled Activation of Human Lymphocytes" which was published in Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine!
July 12, 2021
Our review "The Recognition of and Reactions to Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles by Human Immune Cells" has been published in Molecules! Congratulations to Yasmine, Dr. Panigaj, and Dr. Afonin!
July 1, 2021
Congratulations to Alex, Morgan, Damian, Leyla, Seraphim, Oleg, and Dr. Afonin on their article "DNA-Templated Fluorescent Silver Nanoclusters Inhibit Bacterial Growth While Being Non-Toxic to Mannamlian Cells" which was published in Molecules!
June 26, 2021
Our Paper "Simultaneous silencing of Lysophosphatidylcholine Acyltransferases 1–4 by nucleic acid nanoparticles (NANPs) improves radiation response of melanoma cells" has been published in Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine! Congratulations to Dr. Halman, Morgan, and Dr. Afonin!
June 25, 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Panigaj, Dr. Dobrovolskaia, and Dr. Afonin! Their commentary was just published in Nanomedicine.
June 16, 2021
Our paper "Exosomes as Natural Delivery Carriers for Programmable Therapeutic Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles (NANPs)" has recently been published in Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews! Congratulations to Dr. Ke and Dr. Afonin!
May 14, 2021
Congratulations to Alex and his research proposal for winning the Mining For Gold competition at UNC Charlotte. As part of the award, he will be receiving $1,000 for his project.
April 21, 2021
Congratulations to Doaha for winning the Science, Technology, and Engineering - Oral Award at the 2021 Undergraduate Research Conference at UNC Charlotte!!
April 16, 2021
Our paper "Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles (NANPs) as Molecular Tools to Direct Desirable and Avoid Undesirable Immunological Effects" has been published in Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews! Congratulations to Dr. Johnson, Morgan Chandler, and Dr. Afonin!
April 14, 2021
Congratulations to Morgan for being awarded the 2021 Graduate School Summer Fellowship Program (GSSF) from UNC Charlotte!
March 27, 2021
Congratulations to Jonathan Black for his winning presentation "Synthesis and Assembly of Functionalized RNA Nanorings" at the Association of Southeastern Biologists Conference!!
February 20, 2021
Congratulations to Seraphim S. Kozlov for being awarded 2nd place for his poster "DNA Silver NanoClusters with Antibacterial Properties for Medical Devices" at the International Biotech Symposium 2021!
Seraphim was also awarded with the following accolades at the Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair:
US Public Health Service Meritorious Award
US Air Force Award
Us Agency for International Development Award