Biographical sketch - Hao Yan


a.       Professional Preparation

  • Shandong University Chemistry B. S. 1993
  • New York University Chemistry M.S. 1998
  • New York University Chemistry Ph. D. 2001

b.      Area of Specialization:Structural DNA nanotechnology, Molecular Self-assembly

c.       Appointments

  • Member, Center for Bio-Inspired Solar Fuel Production, Arizona State University, 2009-present;
  • Professor, Arizona State University, 2008 – present;
  • Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, 2004 - 2008;
  • Assistant Research Professor, Duke University, 2001 - 2004;
  • Deputy Director, Center for Single Molecule Biophysics, The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, 2010 – present;
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, Laboratory of Physical Biology, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics of Chemistry, 2009- present;
  • Guest Professor, National Center of Nanoscience and Technology, China, 2007-present;
  • Guest Professor, The State Key Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, Cancer Institute, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, 2007-2010.

d.      Professional Recognition

  • ASU Promotion and Tenure Faculty Exemplar 2008
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship 2008-2010
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2006-2011
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award 2007-2010
  • Arizona Technology Enterprise Innovator of Tomorrow Award 2006
  • NYU GSAS Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship

e.       Ten Recent Publications

  1. C.R. Simmons , D. Schmitt , X. Wei , D. Han , A.M. Volosin , D.M Ladd , D. Seo , Y. Liu, and H Yan, Size-Selective Incorporation of DNA Nanocages into Nanoporous Antimony-doped Tin Oxide Materials, ACS Nano, 5, 6060-6068(2011).
  2. D. Han, S. Pal, J. Nangreave, Z. Deng, Y. Liu, H. Yan, DNA Origami with Complex Curvatures in Three-dimensional Space, Science, 332, 342-346 (2011). 
  3. Z. Zhao, Y. Liu, H. Yan, Encapsulation of Gold Nanoparticles in a DNA Origami Cage, Angew Chem Int Ed, 50, 2041-2044 (2011).
  4. Z. Zhao, H. Yan, Y. Liu, A Route to Scale up DNA Origami using DNA Tiles as Folding Staples, Angew Chem Int Ed 49, 1414-1417 (2010).
  5. Y. Ke, S. Douglas, M. Liu, J. Sharma, A. Cheng, A. Leung, Y. Liu, W. Shih, H. Yan, Multilayer DNA Origami Packed On a Square Lattice, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 15903-15908 (2009).
  6. Z. Li, B. Wei, J. Nangreave, C. Lin, Y. Liu, Y. Mi, H. Yan, A Replicable Tetrahedral Nanostructure Self-assembled from a Single DNA Strand, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 13093-13098 (2009).
  7. Y. Ke, J. Sharma, M. Liu, K. Jahn, Y. Liu, H. Yan, Scaffolded DNA Origami of a DNA Tetrahedron Molecular Container, Nano. Lett. 9, 2445-2447 (2009).
  8. J. Sharma, R. Chhabra, A. Cheng, J. Brownell, Y. Liu, H. Yan, Control of Self-Assembly of DNA Tubules Through Integration of Gold Nanoparticles, Science, 323, 112-116 (2009).
  9. S. Rinker, Y. Ke, Y. Liu, H. Yan, Self-assembled DNA Nanostructures for distance dependent multivalent ligand-protein binding, Nature Nanotechnology 3, 418-422 (2008).
  10. Y. Ke, S. Lindsay, Y. Chang, Y. Liu, H. Yan, Self-assembled Water-soluble Nucleic Acid Probe Tiles for Label Free RNA Detection, Science 319, 180-183 (2008).

f.       Service to the Profession

  1. Service to Journals.
  • Guest Editor, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2009.
  • Co-editor: Natural Computing: Special Issue: DNA computing 2007.
  • Served as reviewer for the following journals: Science, Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Protocols, Nature Chemistry, Nature Communication, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., J. Am. Chem Soc., Angew Chem. Int. Ed., Nano Letter, Small, ACS Nano, Advanced Material, Advanced Functional Materials, Nanotechnology, Chemistry of Materials, Chem. Comm, Biomacromolecules, Langmuir, ChemBioChem, ChemPhysChem, Nanomedicine, Nucleic Acid Research.
  1. Conferences.
  • Chair, Workshop on “Bio-directed assembly”, Keystone, CO, 2010.
  • Chair, Session on “DNA Nanomachines in Vitro and Inside Living Cells”, 54th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2010.
  • Co-Organizer, DNA Nanotechnology Workshop, Beijing, China, 2009.
  • Co-Organizer, International Workshop on DNA-based nanotechnology: construction, mechanics, and electronics, Dresden, Germany, 2009.
  • International Advisory Board Member: 3rd International Conference on “Smart Materials, Structures and Systems”--Symposium E: “Mining Smartness from Nature”, Sicily, Italy, 2008.
  • Program track co-Chair, Track on Self-assembled DNA nanostructures, Fifth
  • Conference on Foundations OF Nanoscience: Self-assembled Architectures and Devices (FNANO08), Snowbird, Utah, 2008.
  • Program Committee co-Chair: the 13th International meeting for DNA computing, Memphis, 2007.
  • Program Committee Member for the 10th, 11th, 15th, and 16th, International meeting for DNA computing.
  1. Service as grant panelist.
  • Panelist for National Science Foundation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
  • Panelist for National Institute of Health (2004).
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer: ACS petroleum fund (2005).
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer: Research Cooperation (2007)
  • Invited member of proposal review panel for the biological nanostructures facility at the Molecular Foundry in Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
  1. Service to Scientific Community.
  • Treasurer, International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering.


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