News from the Sleiman Lab

Prior to 2018:

  • Congratulations, Tuan Trinh, on your Nature Chemistry publication "DNA-imprinted polymer nanoparticles with monodispersity and prescribed DNA strand patterns"! (Dec. 2017) And thank you Violeta Toader, Chenyi Liao, Prof. Jianing Li (U. Vermont), Maciej Barlog and Prof. Hassan Bazzi for this collaboration!
  • Congratulations, Xin Luo, Pongphak Chidchob and Janane Rahbani on your SMALL publication "Encapsulation of Gold Nanoparticles into DNA Minimal Cages for 3D-Anisotropic Functionalization and Assembly"! (Dec. 2017)
  • Our review "DNA Nanotechnology" with Ned Seeman is out in Nature Reviews Materials! (Nov. 2017)
  • Congratulations, Amine Garci, on your JACS publication "Efficient and Rapid Mechanochemical Assembly of Platinum(II) Squares for Guanine Quadruplex Targeting"! (Nov. 2017)
  • Amine Garci will join Prof. Fraser Stoddart's group at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral fellow. Congratulations! (Oct. 2017)
  • Congratulations Janane Rahbani for a successful thesis defense! (Oct. 2017)
  • Welcome to our undergraduates Alexandra-Carla Bobica, Jian Yin (Sally) Xiao, and Keith Husted! (Sept. 2017)
  • Welcome, Chris Lachance-Brais (M. Sc. candidate) to our research group! (Sept. 2017)
  • Congratulations Nicole and Justin for your publication in JACS "Long-Range Ordering of Blunt-Ended DNA Tiles on Supported Lipid Bilayers"! (August 2017)
  • Congratulations Danny, Johans, Hassan and John for your publication in Chemical Science “Precision spherical nucleic acids for delivery of anticancer drugs”! (July 2017)
  • Congratulations, Xin on receiving a graduate poster prize at the Canadian Society of Chemistry Meeting! (June 2017)
  • Congratulations, Pongphak on the selection of your JACS paper “Synergy of Two Assembly Languages in DNA Nanostructures: Self-Assembly of Sequence-Defined Polymers on DNA Cages” to appear in the special issue: “Hot Materials in a Cool Country”, in celebration of the CSC’s 100th anniversary! (June 2017)
  • Katherine has been offered a postdoctoral position in the group of Prof. Chad Mirkin at Northwestern University. Congratulations! (June 2017)
  • Kai has accepted a postdoctoral position in Professor Nam Joon Cho's group at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations, Aurelie and Tom Edwardson, on the new JACS publication: “Development of DNA Nanostructures for High-Affinity Binding to Human Serum Albumin”! (May 2017)
  • Hanadi was elected as the new Vice-President of the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering (ISNSCE). She will be its President in 2 years. (April 2017)
  • Congratulations, Tuan on receiving the Leong Fellowship, given to outstanding students in the Faculty of Science! (March 2017)
  • Congratulations, Sanchit, on receiving an NSERC USRA fellowship to carry out research in our lab this summer!
  • Congratulations, Amani, for being awarded the 2016/2017 Carl Winkler Award! This is given annually to the PhD candidate who, upon graduation, is judged to be of outstanding academic excellence. (March 2017)
  • Hanadi joins the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Congratulations, Katherine on your successful PhD defense!
  • Congratulations Katherine and John on receiving a JACS Spotlight "FOR A THERAPEUTIC TRIP, PACK A NANOSUITCASE" for their recent JACS paper! jacs%2e6b11489
  • Our paper "Optimized DNA “Nanosuitcases” for Encapsulation and Conditional Release of siRNA" by Katherine Bujold and John Hsu appears in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  • Our paper "DNA micelles as nanoreactors: efficient DNA functionalization with hydrophobic organic molecules", by Tuan Trinh, Pongphak Chidchob and H. Bazzi appears in Chem. Comm.
  • Welcome, Albert Daubry, to our lab as a visiting Master's student from EPFL!
  • Welcome, Hammond Sun to our lab for your Chem 396 research project!
  • Welcome, Hassan Fakih, John Hsu, Daniel Saliba, and Kamila Mustafina as MSc and PhD students to our group!
  • Congratulations, Amani Hariri, for successfully defending your PhD! Amani will be a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University with Prof. Tom Soh.
  • Our paper "Minimalist Approach to Complexity: Templating the Assembly of DNA Tile Structures with Sequentially Grown Input Strands", by Kai Lin Lau, appears in ACS Nano.
  • Our paper " “DNA-Teflon” sequence-controlled polymers" by Donatien, Maciej, Tom, Johans, Dr. Robin Stein, and Dr. Hassan Bazzi appears in Polymer Chemistry.
  • Congratulations, Nicole, on winning the 'Etudiant-Chercheur Etoile' Prize from the FQRNT, for the paper "Reprogramming the assembly of unmodified DNA with a small molecule"!
  • Using DNA as a printing press to create nanostructures | The Chemical Institute of Canada: Our paper in Nature Chemistry, "Transfer of molecular recognition information from DNA nanostructures to gold nanoparticles", by Tom, Kai, Danny and Chris S. highlighted in Canadian Chemical News.
  • Our paper "Synergy of Two Assembly Languages in DNA Nanostructures: Self-Assembly of Sequence-Defined Polymers on DNA Cages" by Pongphak Chidchob and Tom Edwardson appears in JACS.
  • Congratulations, Aurelie, for winning one of the 3 prizes in the McGill 3MT competition (3 minute-thesis)!!! The title of her talk is: "Ciblage thérapeutique avec des cages d'ADN". Aurélie will defend McGill's colors at the upcoming Quebec wide competition. Aurélie's presentation is available at the minute 41 of this video.
  • Our paper "Reprogramming the assembly of unmodified DNA with a small molecule", by Nicole Avakyan, Andrea Greschner, Faisal Aldaye, Violeta Toader, Dr. Anne Petitjean, appears in Nature Chemistry. See media coverage here.
  • Our paper "Transfer of molecular recognition information from DNA nanostructures to gold nanoparticles,” appears in Nature Chemistry (link: http://www.nature.com/nchem/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nchem.2420.html).  The authors are: Tom Edwardson, Kai Lau, Danny Bousmail, Chris Serpell and Hanadi Sleiman.  See media coverage here.
  • Amine Garci joined our lab as a Swiss National Foundation postdoctoral fellow.  Welcome!
  • Our paper: "Dynamic DNA Nanotubes: Reversible Switching between Single and Double-Stranded Forms, and Effect of Base Deletions” appears in ACS Nano (link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsnano.5b04387).  The authors are: Janane Rahbani, Amani Hariri, Gonzalo Cosa and H. Sleiman.
  • Our paper: "Antisense precision polymer micelles require less poly(ethylenimine) for efficient gene knockdown” appears in Nanoscale (link: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2015/nr/c5nr05157f#!divAbstract) ; the authors are: Johans Fakhoury, Tom Edwardson, Justin Conway, Tuan Trinh, Farhad Khan, Maciej Barlog, Hassan Bazzi and H. Sleiman.
  • Justin Conway started a Research Scientist position at the company IntelgenX in Montreal.  Congratulations!
  • Mohammad Askari joined the research group as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow. Welcome!
  • Alex Prinzen, Xin Luo and Casey Platnich join the research group as new graduate students.  Welcome!
  • Congratulations, Justin, on successfully defending your Ph.D. thesis!
  • Tom Edwardson moved to ETH Zurich as a postdoc in Prof. Don Hilvert's group. Congratulations and good luck!
  • Graham and Janane's paper, “Sequential growth of long DNA strands with user-defined patterns for nanostructures
    and scaffolds” appears in Nature Communications. See media coverage here.
  • Amani and Graham's paper, "Stepwise growth of surface-grafted DNA nanotubes visualized at the single-molecule level" appears in Nature Chemistry.  This work is in collaboration with Prof. Gonzalo Cosa.  See media coverage here.
  • Fiora, Andrea, Dowine and Kai's paper, in collaboration with the Mauzeroll group appears in Langmuir.
  • Glenn Li joins our lab as an undergraduate Chem. 396 student. Welcome!
  • Michael Dore and Tuan Trinh join our lab as graduate students.  Welcome!
  • Dr. Sleiman is the recipient of the 2016 Izatt-Christensen Award in Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry.  She will receive the award at the ISMSC Meeting in Seoul, Korea in July 2016.
  • Chris, Tom, Pongphak and Karina's paper in JACS received a JACS Research Spotlight.  Congratulations! (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja511555b)
  • Chris, Tom, Pongphak and Karina's paper entitled: "Precision Polymers and 3D DNA Nanostructures: Emergent Assemblies from New Parameter Space" appears in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  • Congratulations, Katherine for receiving 2nd Best talk award at the CSACS student symposium!
  • Welcome to our new undergraduate researchers Tolu, John and Kitty!
  • Welcome to our new graduate students Alex, Aurelie and Donatien!
  • Justin's paper entitled "Dynamic Behavior of DNA Cages Anchored on Spherically Supported Lipid Bilayers" appeared in J. Am. Chem. Soc.
  • Congratulations to Andrea for her new Post-doctoral position at the INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)
  • Congratulations to Tom for receiving the Pall award from McGill for excellence in graduate research!
  • Congratulations to Graham for receiving the McGill University D. W. Ambridge Prize, ‘conferred upon an outstanding McGill graduate receiving a Doctoral degree in 2013-2014 in Physical Sciences or Engineering, in recognition of exemplary academic record, thesis excellence and research significance’!
  • Congratulations to Tom!  His paper in Nature Chemistry 2013 entitled “Site-specific positioning of dendritic alkyl chains on DNA cages enables their geometry-dependent self-assembly” was selected as best paper of the year by the Center for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures!
  • Congratulations to Tom, Chris and Karina!  Their paper in Angew. Chem. 2014 was selected as ‘Very Important Paper’ and appeared on the journal cover page!
  • Congratulations to Graham for receiving an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship!
  • Congratulations to Andrea for receiving an FQRNT postdoctoral research fellowship!
  • Congratulations to Graham, Katie and Andrea for the successful defense of their PhD thesis!