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Shawn Douglas

Assistant Professor at UCSF.

My research is on foundational technology development and demand-meeting applications of DNA nanotechnology.

In the foundational category, I was lucky enough to work in William Shih’s laboratory to contribute to papers on 3D self-assembly of DNA origami (’09 Nature 459:414–8) and a project led by Hendrik Dietz to create twisted and curved DNA structures.

My first work in the application category was in collaboration with James Chou at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shih, Dr. Chou, and I developed DNA-origami nanotubes for partially aligning membrane proteins in solution to facilitate NMR structure determination. To our knowledge, this was one of the earliest structural-biology applications of the DNA-origami method.

More recently, working as a postdoc at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, I collaborated with Dr. Ido Bachelet in George Church’s lab to create a prototype cancer-killing DNA nanodevice.

My most significant contribution thus far has been leading development of a computer-aided design software system called cadnano that enables rapid creation of DNA origami shapes and devices. The project has benefited greatly from many contributors

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See also: Academia University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - Public research university that is part of the University of California system and dedicated entirely to health science

Shawn Douglas is also referenced in the following:

Could DNA nanorobots cure cancer

DNA nanobots will soon be tried in a critically ill leukemia patient

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Bacteriobot cancer-treating nanorobot

Reuters - 05-Jan-2014

Bacteriobot uses genetically modified salmonella bacteria’s brain and flagella to target cancer t...