Kokkoli research selected for MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research Program

July 17, 2014 - Professor Efie Kokkoli's research project on "DNA Nanotechnology: Developing and Analyzing a New Tool for Sensing and Targeting Disease" was selected for funding through the MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research Program. Nearly $6 million was awarded to 12 projects (approximately $500,000 per award). Kokkoli and her co-investigators from other UMN departments will use breakthrough DNA nanotechnology to engineer and evaluate materials that can address major challenges in our health and food system. They propose to use aptamer-amphiphiles as DNA nanotubes to target and treat Alzheimer's disease and brain tumors and as sensors to detect food allergens such as milk-protein. DNA nanotubes have the potential to deliver compounds of interest to the brain safely, efficiently and affordably, while aptamer-amphiphiles have high specificity for milk-protein with the potential of an ultrafast analytical time.

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