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Smart Materials Programmed

to Operate in Living Systems

Wednesday, May 27 - Thursday, May 28, 2020

In a time when typical scientific meetings can't be held in person, this online conference aims to be a means to discuss the latest research across multidisciplinary fields, institutions, and time zones.

Join us from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day for exciting research presentations with the goal of learning new approaches, communicating the latest findings, and fostering new collaborations. Additionally, skill development workshops will be led by research communication experts to share the best approaches to transitioning this work for a broader audience.

No registration is required. All are welcome to drop in to attend any and all talks.

This conference will take place on Webex. Click here to download this program.

To join the conference, click here or enter meeting number 618 868 084.

Welcome

Rick Tankersley, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Automated designing of functional DNA nanorobots using MENDEL

Prof. Reza Zadegan

JSNN, North Carolina A&T State University

rzadegan[at]ncat.edu

 

Automated designing of functional DNA nanorobots using MENDEL

Jorge Eduardo Guerrero, Ph.D. Candidate

JSNN, North Carolina A&T State University

jeguerrero[at]aggies.ncat.edu

 

Recent Uses of Small-Angle X-ray Scattering in Probing Nucleic Acid Nanotechnology Structure and Function

Lewis Alex Rolband, Ph.D. Candidate

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

lrolband[at]uncc.edu

 

Neutron scattering with contrast matching on nucleic acid aptamer/protein complexes allows for observation of structural rearrangements within each component of the complex individually

Prof. Joanna Krueger

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Joanna.Krueger[at]uncc.edu

 

Salt responsive behavior of polyelectrolyte micelles and gels

Prof. Yaroslava Yingling

North Carolina State University

yara_yingling[at]ncsu.edu

 

Resolving ssDNA structure using simulations, SAXS and machine learning

Thomas Oweida, Ph.D. Candidate

North Carolina State University

tjoweida[at]ncsu.edu

 

Keynote Talk: Molecular Design for Research and Therapeutics

Prof. Nikolay Dokholyan

Penn State University

nxd338[at]psu.edu

 

Lunch

Lesley Brown, Director of the Center for Research Excellence

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Investigation of light-matter interaction in Van der Waals heterostructures

Prof. Tetyana Ignatova

JSNN, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

t_ignato[at]uncg.edu

 

 


Study of Gene Delivery Systems Utilizing Functionalized Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Adeyinka Adesina, Ph.D. Candidate
JSNN, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
aoadesin
[at]uncg.edu

Bacteria assisted self cleaning of graphene

Olubunmi Ayodele, Ph.D.
JSNN, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 

Smart Silica-Based Nanomaterials for Multimodal Treatment of Cancer

Prof. Juan Vivero-Escoto
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Juan.Vivero-Escoto
[at]uncc.edu

Exosome Delivery of Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles

Victoria Portnoy, Ph.D.
System Biosciences, Inc.
vportnoy
[at]systembio.com

Lynn Roberson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Director of Communications
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Plasticity of telomerase RNA folding determined by SHAPE-Map

Prof. Kausik Chakrabarti
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
K.Chakrabarti
[at]uncc.edu

Dynamic Nanostructures Made of Nucleic Acids

Seraphim Kozlov
Urbana High School, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Electron Microscopy in Biology

Damian Beasock, Ph.D. Candidate

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

dbeasock[at]uncc.edu

10:00 AM

10:16 AM

10:36 AM

10:47 AM

10:57 AM

11:18 AM

11:38 AM

11:49 AM

12:20 PM

1:50 PM

2:32 PM

2:52 PM

3:02 PM

3:13 PM

3:34 PM

3:55 PM

4:32 PM

4:53 PM

4:59 PM

Computational and Structural Studies

Cellular Interactions and Delivery

Wednesday, May 27 

Welcome

 

Nanoscale Science Program: The Past, The Present, and The Future

Prof. Bernadette Donovan-Merkert, Chair of Chemistry, Director of Nanoscale Science Ph.D. Program

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

bdonovan[at]uncc.edu

 

Identifying Altered Signaling Systems in Brain Disorders

Prof. Elizabeth Proctor

Penn State University

exp412[at]psu.edu

 

Glial Detection of Nucleic Acids: RIG-Ing the immune response

Prof. Brittany Johnson

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

mjohn398[at]uncc.edu

 

Lymphocyte 3D Amoeboid Motility is a Peristaltic Cytoplasm and Nucleus Propulsion Between Multiple Septin-Induced Cell Segments

Prof. Erdem Tabdanov

Penn State University

ekt5171[at]psu.edu

 

Chemical and structural modifications of nucleic acid nanoparticles for modulating an immune response

Justin Halman, Ph.D. Candidate

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

jhalman[at]uncc.edu

 

Immune stimulation by functionalized RNA nanorings

Yelixza Avila, Ph.D. Candidate

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

yavila[at]uncc.edu

Lunch

  

Immune mediated adverse reactions to nanotechnology formulated drugs

Marina Dobrovolskaia, Ph.D.

Nanotechnology Characterization Lab, NIH/NCI

marina[at]mail.nih.gov

Smart Polymers for Biomedical Applications

Prof. Darlene Taylor

North Carolina Central University

            dtaylor[at]nccu.edu

 

Surface Passivation and Chemical Modification of Nanodots with Smart Polymers

Timothy Lane Webster, M.S. Candidate

North Carolina Central University

twebste8[at]eagles.nccu.edu

 

Design and Fabrication of Simple and Combinatorial Logic Gate Complexes Based on Light-up RNA Aptamers

Prof. Emil Khisamutdinov

Ball State University

kemil[at]bsu.edu

 

Functional nano-assemblies of fluorescent silver nanoclusters

Prof. Alexey Krasnoslobodtsev

University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center

akrasnos[at]unomaha.edu

 

TBA

Weina Ke, Ph.D. Candidate

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

wke[at]uncc.edu

 

Controlled Receptor Torque Mechanosensing for Human Lymphocyte Activation

Morgan Chandler, Ph.D. Candidate

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

mchand11[at]uncc.edu

  

Jim Hathaway, Research Communications Specialist

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

  

Using Quantum Dots to Mimic SARS/COV-2

Prof. Nate Wymer

North Carolina Central University

nwymer[at]nccu.edu

 

DNA-RNA hybrid nanocubes allow fine-tuning of immune responses

Jessica McMillan, M.S. Candidate
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
jmcmil25[at]uncc.edu

Closing Remarks

10:00 AM

10:15 AM

10:46 AM

11:07 AM

11:28 AM

11:49 AM

11:59 AM

12:10 PM

1:40 PM

2:12 PM

2:42 PM

2:53 PM

3:14 PM

3:35 PM

3:45 PM

3:55 PM

4:32 PM

4:53 PM

5:03 PM

Systemic Interactions

Programmable Polymers and Smart Materials

Thursday, May 28