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Center for DNA Nanotechnology (CDNA) was founded in 2007 as a center of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation (Danmarks Grundforskningsfond).

The center is based at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at Aarhus University, Denmark, with three American collaborators at North Carolina State University - Raleigh, Arizona State University and Harvard University. The purpose of the center is to conduct basic research within the field of DNA Nanotechnology and we have gathered an interdisciplinary team of around 35 researchers and students from chemistry, physics and molecular biology.

We exploit the self-assembling capability of oligonucleotides to study and control the assembly of materials at the nanoscale. This research ranges from assembly of nucleotide derivatives on surfaces, DNA-directed chemistry and DNA-based sensors to formation of complex DNA nanostructures and the interactions of such structures with biological systems. Among the key competences present at the center for the formation and characterization of such structures are synthetic organic chemistry, molecular biology, and scanning probe microscopy.

Examples on the research contributions from CDNA are self-assembly of a DNA-origami box with a controllable lid (Nature 2009), single-molecule chemical reactions on DNA origami (Nature Nanotechnology 2010), DNA-templated protein conjugation including antibodies (Nature Chemistry 2014) and self-assembly nanostructures from in vitro transcriped RNA (Science 2014).

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Kurt Gothelf, Director of CDNA,

CDNA Meetings - Fall 2015

The dates for CDNA meetings this fall are as follows:

Date Time Place Speakers
Dec 15 15:15 iNANO Aud., 1593-012
Nov 24 15:15 iNANO Aud., 1593-012

Veronica Liv Andersen (Jørgen's group)

Isabel Alvarez-Martos (Elena's group)

Oct 7 10:15 iNANO Aud., 1593-012

Ashwin Gopinath (Caltech) and Abhichart Krissanaprasit (Kurt's group)

Nov 5 09:00 Aud I, 1514-213 Annual meeting with DNRF
Nov 24 15:15 iNANO Aud., 1593-012
Dec 15 15:15 iNANO Aud., 1593-012


Updated November 18, 2015


2015.11.07 | iNano

CDNA Halloween Party

The Autumn Event for CDNA, 2015 was the Halloween Party. Almost 30 members from the different groups attended the party in their scariest costume. During the evening there was a group competition followed by a quiz on scary movies and halloween facts. The winners were Rasmus Christensen and Thorbjørn Nielsen. The winner for the best costume was…

2015.05.20 | iNano

CDNA Workshop

On May 19th – 20th, 2015 CDNA members including senior staff, post docs, PhD-, MSc-, Project- and BSc students, were gathered at Fuglsøcentret at the annual CDNA workshop. Ph.D-students Mikkel Skovsgaard and Malthe Hansen-Bruhn were in charge of the scientific program, which on day one consisted of a lecture by Mette Høst…

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Nov 2015

Rasmus Lerchedahl Petersen, Research Developer at Microsoft Research Cambridge (Biological Computation Group), will visit CDNA and also give a talk on "Current and Future Tools for Designing Molecular Computation" on November 13, 2015, at 14:15 in 5335-016 (Peter Bøgh Auditorium at Katrinebjerg).

Nov 2015 CDNA Autumn Event: Halloween Party
Oct 2015 The paper "Routing of individual polymers in designed patterns" has become a cover in Nature Nanotechnology vol. 10
Oct 2015 Ashwin Gopinath, who is a postdoctoral fellow at California Institute of Technology (US), will be visiting CDNA on October 5-9, 2015. He will be giving a talk on "Directed Molecular Self-Assembly Using DNA Origami" on October 7, 2015, at 10:15 in iNANO Aud (1593-012).
Aug 2015 Paper from Kurt Gothelf in collaboration with other CDNA members in Nature Nanotechnology: "Routing of individual polymers in designed patterns"
June 2015 Associate professor, Victoria Birkedal, publishes in Nature Methods: "iSMS: single-molecule FRET microscopy software".
June 2015

On June 23-24 2015, professor Kurt Gothelf and iNANO will be hosting a bilateral workshop on nanotechnology and chemistry. The workshop will consist of talks by seven group leaders from Department of Chemistry at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea, and 9 researchers at iNANO and Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University (AU).

June 2015

PhD Defence: Denis Selnihhin is defending his PhD thesis, "Single-Molecule Biosensor – Watching Nanomachines To Solve A Task" on June 12 2015 at 12:30 in iNANO Aud. (1593-012).

June 2015

Assoc. prof. Francesco Ricci,Laboratory of Biosensors & Nanomachines, University of Rome, Tor Vergata, gives a talk on " Using Nature’s “Tricks” to Design and Optimize DNA-based Sensors" on June 11 2015 at 15:15 in 1590-213. 

May 2015 On May 19-20 the annual CDNA Workshop takes place at Fuglsøcentret. 55 CDNA members have signed up for this event, where the overall theme is visualisation.
Apr 2015 PhD Defence: Lasse L. Hildebrandt is defending his PhD thesis, "Single Molecule Studies of Synthetic DNA Structures" on April 24 2015 at 13:15 in Physics Aud (1523-318).
Apr 2015 Prof. Friedrich Simmel, Technische Universität München, Germany, gives a talk on "Rings, Holes & Circuits (Made From Nucleic Acids)" on April 24 2015 at 10:15 in iNANO Aud (1593-012).
Mar 2015

Prof. Stefan Matile, University of Geneva, Switzerland, gives a talk on "Supramolecular Systems at Work" on March 26 2015 at 15:15 in Aud I (Department of Chemistry, 1514-213)

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