Examples of how we are doing it (Publications)
Haixia Dai and Dan Allred have explored several methods for creating protein-enhanced nanostructures. Dai’s works shows how to synthesize functional semiconductor nanoparticles with a protein coating that allows DNA binding. The work has been extended by Atanu Sengupta to show that protein coated nanoparticles can be an excellent platform for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Dan Allred has synthesized semiconducting nanoparticle arrays using electrodeposition through surface-layer proteins.
Our work on trapping and manipulating cells is exemplified bey the work of Barry Lutz and Jian Chen. They have developed new steady streaming flow microdevices that generate microeddies capable of trpping and dosing reagents on cells. Trapping and dosing suspension cells is an essential part of single cell diagnoostics.