The mission of the Hamad-Schifferli group is to revolutionize biological and medical tools by harnessing nanoscale systems.
The synergistic combination of nanotechnology and biology has resulted in numerous innovative approaches for sensors, new therapies for diseases, and biomolecular machines. Unfortunately, one of the biggest challenges for effectively using nanoparticles in biology is non-specific adsorption, where proteins and DNA non-covalently stick to nanoparticles. We are studying the fundamental properties of the interface between nanoparticles and biomolecules or their biological surroundings to better engineer nanomaterials for biomedical applications. Also, we are developing ways to exploit the unique properties of non-specific adsorption and protein coronas.
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