Whether designing and producing face shields for healthcare workers, creating components for virus test kits or developing new widely deployable testing methods to better detect COVID-19, researchers in the Department of Chemistry are applying their expertise to this healthcare crisis in a variety of ways.
Dr. Xing Wang is a nucleic acids biochemist, structural DNA nanotechnologist, and molecular biologist at UIUC. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from New York University (2009). He then did his postdoctoral training at Princeton University to explore novel functions of synthetic RNAs in genome editing (2013). Before joining UIUC, Dr. Wang was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2014-2019).
- DNA nanotechnology
- Chemical Biology
Biochemistry and Nanotechnology
Dr. Wang's Nucleic Acids Programming Lab (NAPL) is currently focused on the new biotechnology development, design and synthesis of functional DNA/RNA aptamers, nanostructures and nanodevices, and on the exploration of their applications in energy harvesting, basic biology, biosensing, and biomedicine.
Dr. Wang is the inventor of the technology called Pattern-recognition Enabled Sensing and Therapeutics (PEST), that utilizes designer DNA nanostructures (DDN) to create pathogen sensors and inhibitors.
- Ph.D. in Chemistry, New York University
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