Seminar Series: Kirill A. Afonin, Ph.D. – Friday, 4/6/2018, 11:00 A.M.

JSNN Seminar Series

Title: “Dynamic RNA and DNA Nanoparticles with Controlled Immunological Properties.”

Speaker: Kirill A. Afonin, Ph.D.
Job Title: Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Date and Time: Friday, 04/06/2018, 11:00 A.M.
Location: JSNN Auditorium

2907 E. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27401


The use of nucleic acids to engineer well-defined, fully programmable, self-assembling nanoparticles has established the emerging fields of RNA and DNA nanotechnology. By constructing nanoscaffolds out of nucleic acids, scientists can precisely incorporate various functional moieties such as short interfering RNAs, aptamers, small molecules, and proteins for various applications. The programmable multitasking together with the ability to dynamically respond to the environment further makes nucleic acids an attractive material for tailor-made applications in biotechnology. This talk will focus on our latest achievements in the field of dynamic RNA nanotechnology.


Dr. Afonin graduated from Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, with an M.S. in Chemistry of Natural Compounds in 2003, and received a Ph.D. in Photochemistry from Bowling Green State University in 2008. He also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, Proteomics/Genomics from a joint program between Bowling Green State University, the Medical University of Ohio, and the University of Toledo. In the following three years, He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Barbara. In 2011, He was invited to take a position as Research Fellow in the Nanobiology Program at the National Cancer Institute (NIH), where He established and managed an experimental branch within the Computational RNA Structure Group. In 2015, He joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.