Fu's task is to use natural DNA molecules to build DNA nanoarchitectures and use them as a template to aid in the study and improvement of disease diagnostics, as well as various biological functions, such as energy conversion.
"There are many enzymes in cells," Fu explains. "We want to know how they communicate or collaborate with each other, so we're creating an artificial system that mimics natural functions in order to make new advancements."
He continues, "One of our goals is to translate cellular biochemistry pathways to non-cellular applications and engineer biomimetic systems that efficiently convert biological sources to energy, like cellulose or sugar."
The MURI research project, titled "Translating Biochemical Pathways to Non-Cellular Environments," encourages a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to research among teams of investigators whose expertise range from biology to engineering.
"I'm excited to have an opportunity to be a part of a significant research project like this one," says
Fu, a Collingswood resident, received his bachelor's and master's degree from
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