PhD Research Project - DNA-nanotechnology: light-activated molecular machines

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Jan 13, 2019
Feb 12, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
PhD / Doctoral


This DNA nanotechnology project involves exploiting biomolecular recognition, using protein and DNA segments as the building blocks, to generate structures that can operate as molecular machines for eventual molecular data storage applications. The student will prepare interlocked molecules (rotaxanes and catenanes) made out of DNA and peptides. He/she will then study chemical- and light-triggered motion of the peptide component along a DNA axis using a variety of spectroscopic and analytical techniques.

More details on the project can be found on the link below:

The student will ideally have a first degree in a chemistry or biochemistry-related discipline and have an interest or experience in areas related to one or more of the following topics: synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular or chemical biology, synthetic biology, supramolecular chemistry.

Funding Notes

The project is part of the BBSRC MIBTP programme, involving the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Leicester.

More details on this fully funded 4-year PhD programme, can be found here:

More details on eligibility requirements may be found here: