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Thom LaBean

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Associate Professor

Email: thlabean@ncsu.edu

Phone: 919-515-2204

Location: 3030D EB I

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LaBean's interests include molecular materials, biomolecular engineering, bionano science, molecular self-assembly

BS in Biochemistry, Honors College, Michigan State University, 1985 PhD in Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 1993   LaBean earned his BS in biochemistry from the Honors College at Michigan State University, and his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied protein design as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University. Recently, he ran his own group as research professor with appointments in the departments of Computer Science, Chemistry, and Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. LaBean joined the Materials Science and Engineering Faculty in August 2011.  Throughout his career, LaBean has studied the structure, evolution, and engineering of biopolymers (biomacromolecules and materials assembled from them). Current research projects involve the design, construction, and testing of self-assembling DNA nanostructures for applications in molecular materials, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, molecular robotics, and nanomedicine. Potential applications include the further miniaturization of electronics circuits and devices, creation of stimulus responsive constructs for chemo- and bio-sensing, and molecular therapeutics with inherent computational function.

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