Dr. Rae Robertson-Anderson Leads $1.8 Million NSF Grant to Program Biological Cells to Design Futuristic Materials
Dr. Robertson-Anderson collaborated with three other researchers from Edinburgh, Scotland and Vienna, Austria to investigate the effect of DNA topology on its mobility and was recently published in Science Advances for research titled, ‘Topological tuning of DNA mobility in entangled solutions of supercoiled plasmids.’
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NIH: Drs. Robertson-Anderson and McGorty have been awarded a NIH R15 to fund undergraduate researchers to develop Biomimetic cytoskeleton systems and advanced microscopy methods to reveal intracellular DNA dynamics and distributions. Their previous R15 resulted in 9 papers and 1 book chapter with 7 undergraduate co-authors and 13 national presentations with 10 undergraduate presenters.
In his words: "I would never have earned the Goldwater scholarship if it wasn’t for the encouragement and guidance of my advisor and research mentor, Dr. Rae Robertson-Anderson. Receiving the award validated all the hard work –the long nights, work-filled weekends-- the cliché ‘no pain, no gain’ right? But really, I owe it to all the help and inspiration from my friends, professors and the amazing people I get to work with in the Anderson/McGorty biophysics lab. I’m so grateful to be a part of their lives. Special thanks to Dr. Gloria Lee, Dr. Ryan McGorty, Dr. Greg Severn, Dr. Ted Dezen, Philip Neill, and Dr. Rae Robertson-Anderson". He wrote an essay on his involvement in studying active matter bio-materials in our lab
Gregor Leech, junior undergraduate and biophysics major, has been working on autonomous and tunable biomaterials project since 2020. The goal of his research is to replicate the cytoskeletons in order to create autonomous materials that don’t need human input to move, morph and do work. You can access the published research: “Myosin-driven actin-microtubule networks exhibit self-organized contractile dynamics” in Science Advances, here.
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