DNA Robotics Research Earns Undergrads a Gold Prize

Undergraduate students Zibo Chen, Shayan Doroudi, Yae Lim Lee, Gregory Izatt, and Sarah Wittman have won a gold award at the 2011 International Bio-Molecular Design Competition (BIOMOD). BIOMOD is a competition for undergraduate teams who design research to address the control of biomolecules on the nanometer scale. The Caltech team's challenge was to make a synthetic DNA robot that has the ability to take a random walk —instead of walking on set path or track—on a two-dimensional origami surface that was also made out of DNA. The team is mentored by Professor Erik Winfree and sponsored by the Molecular Programming Project. [Caltech Feature] [Video of Project]

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Team "DeoxyriboNucleicAwesome" is shown with their faculty mentor, Erik Winfree (left) and postdoc mentor, Lulu Qian (2nd from the left). The group, from left to right after Qian, is: Zibo Chen, Shayan Doroudi, Yae Lim Lee, Gregory Izatt, and Sarah Wittman.

Team "DeoxyriboNucleicAwesome" is shown with their faculty mentor, Erik Winfree (left) and postdoc mentor, Lulu Qian (2nd from the left). The group, from left to right after Qian, is: Zibo Chen, Shayan Doroudi, Yae Lim Lee, Gregory Izatt, and Sarah Wittman.