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DNA Technology Bolsters Nanostructures and Smart Sensors

Innovative ways to diagnose and cure disease are very different from traditional medicine. Many of them involve very tiny bio-devices that reflect or alleviate conditions in the human body. These technologies are based on nucleic acids, more commonly known as DNA and RNA, which are the building blocks for biotechnological applications, including autonomous nanomotors/nanostructures, biosensors and responsive “smart” materials.

In March 2017, IAS Focused Program on DNA Nanotechnology and Smart Sensors highlighted the latest developments in DNA nanotechnology and DNA-based sensing and smart materials using examples of the greatest relevance to Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. 16 experts visited the IAS from Denmark, Japan, Macau, mainland China, the Philippines, Taiwan, the United States, to share their recent scientific findings.

The focused program ignited synergies among scholars with common research interests. After the program, four HKUST faculty members joined a speaker from Denmark to submit a grant proposal to further their research in this field.

\\  A few collaborations are emerging from the meeting and are quite feasible to pursue. They are much more than my expectation from a typical conference. I also learned some basic things outside my own research that are often only brought out by hasty talk in a normal meeting.  \\

- Program participant
IAS Focused Program on DNA Nanotechnology and Smart Sensors (19 – 23 Mar 2017)