NB! This position has been filled

Research area and project description:

The RNA nanotechnology research field aims at rationally designing RNA-based devices for applications in for example medicine and synthetic biology. The benefit of RNA-based nanostructures is that they can be designed to fold during synthesis and thus be produced and function in cells. In this PhD project, we will develop RNA-based nanorobotic devices that can be produced in cells to sense, compute and act depending on intracellular signals. We will attempt to interface the RNA nanorobotics devices with cellular signaling pathways and to communicate the cellular state to DNA-based robotic devices outside the cell through DNA-based nanopores. During the PhD project, research visits are planned to Technische Universität München (TUM), Autodesk Research (in San Francisco) and University of Oxford to collaborate on developing crucial elements of the project.