Yingling receives NSF Career Award

February 9th, 2012

Dr. Yaroslava G. Yingling, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State, has received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, known as the NSF CAREER Award, is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education.

The award will provide funding over five years to Yingling's research project entitled, "Integrating DNA and Inorganic Surfaces for Functional Materials Design" and is supported by the Materials and Surface Engineering Program in the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation and the Condensed Matter and Materials Theory in the Division of Materials Research.

The project will develop a better understanding of the structure and properties of DNA-functionalized surfaces. The research will also formulate rules that will enable the design of new functional materials for biosensors and enhance researchers' ability to control and direct the materials assembly processes. Yingling will use molecular modeling techniques to develop a theoretical description of the correlation between DNA structure, surface design and properties of these DNA- functionalized surfaces.

If successful, the research will make progress on developing materials for DNA microarrays and biosensors, DNA-based targeted drug delivery, DNA nanomaterials assembly, and DNA directed surface assembly and patterning. The proposed research program will be closely integrated with the educational activities and will provide new education opportunities in disciplines related to DNA and functional surfaces for K-12, graduate and undergraduate students.

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