We engineer RNA networks that enable living cells to detect intracellular RNA molecules and perform computations.
Welcome to the website of the Green lab in the Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics at the Biodesign Institute and the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University.
Our group pursues highly interdisciplinary research at the interfaces of chemistry, biology, and materials science. Much of this work exploits programmable molecular interactions between nucleic acids and proteins to direct the assembly of nanometer-scale organic and inorganic components and to construct information-processing circuitry inside living cells. These efforts have wide-ranging implications for biotechnology, medicine, biosensing, and nanotechnology.
We develop low-cost portable diagnostics that can be used to detect pathogens in low-resource settings.
We develop new antimicrobial materials that are active against broad classes of drug-resistant bacteria and fungi.
We produce and chemically modify two-dimensional materials with novel electronic, optical, and mechanical properties.
Researchers from the Green lab at Arizona State University have reported a highly specific method for detecting point mutations. The technique can be applied in living cells and paper-based diagnostic tests, offering a rapid, highly accurate and inexpensive means of identifying mutations relevant to human health. The work is published in Cell. (ASU Biodesign story)
Scientists at the University of Toronto and Arizona State University have developed the first direct gene circuit to electrode interface by combining cell-free synthetic biology with state-of-the-art nanostructured electrodes. The work is published in Nature Chemistry. (ASU Biodesign story)
The Green lab at ASU’s Biodesign Institute and scientists from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and Northwestern University are carrying RNA’s startling capacities further by designing sophisticated RNA circuits that can perform a variety of computer-like logic tasks within living cells. (ASU Biodesign and ASU Now story)
Programmable repressor elements expand the toolbox of synthetic biologists, enabling more sophisticated and accurate diagnostic, environmental, and biofabrication approaches. The work is published in Nature Chemical Biology. (Wyss Institute story)
Mahmoud Matar Abed: Master’s Defense
Mahmoud successfully defended his Master’s thesis on artificial enzymes based on two-dimensional nanomaterials. Congratulations!
Duo Ma: PhD Defense
Lab member Duo Ma successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled “RNA-Based Computing Devices for Intracellular and Diagnostic Applications”. Congratulations, Duo!
Prof. Alexander A. Green
Alexander Green is an Assistant Professor in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics and the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University. (More…)
Dr. Duo Ma
Duo joined ASU in 2014 and received his PhD in 2019. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Shandong University in China. His research is focused on designing riboregulators and exploring their applications in different systems. Besides research, he enjoys reading and playing guitar.
Annie joined the lab as a graduate student in 2014. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from ASU. Her research focuses on developing aptamer-based sensors for pathogens and reengineering nonribosomal peptide synthesis. Annie enjoys hiking and collecting vintage handbags.
Kirstie graduated from University of New Mexico with a B.S. in biology in 2014. She joined School of Molecular Sciences at ASU in 2016. Her research focuses on DNA/antibody systems for diagnostic design. In her free time, Kirstie likes reading, dancing, music, and hanging out outdoors.
Matt joined ASU in 2016 as a graduate student and is pursuing a PhD in Chemistry. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 where he studied the stability of anisotropic gold nanoprisms. He currently works on liquid-phase exfoliated non-van der Waals 2D nanomaterials. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and jogging around campus.
Sanchari is from West Bengal India. She did her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemistry from University of Calcutta, India. She joined the School of Molecular Sciences in 2016. Her research focuses on developing novel biocompatible 2D materials to combat multidrug-resistant microbes. Her hobbies include painting, watching movies, and eating good food.
D. O. Li, M. S. Gilliam, A. Debnath, X. S. Chu, A. Yousaf, A. A. Green & Q. H. Wang†, “Interaction of Pb2+ ions in water with two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide” Journal of Physics: Materials published online (2020).
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F. Hong, D. Ma, K. Wu, L. A. Mina, R. C. Luiten, Y. Liu, H. Yan† & A. A. Green†, “Precise and Programmable Detection of Mutations Using Ultraspecific Riboregulators,” Cell 180, 1018-1032 (2020).
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P. S. Mousavi*, S. J. Smith*, J. B. Chen*, M. Karlikow, A. Tinafar, C. Robinson, W. Liu, D. Ma, A. A. Green, S. O. Kelley† & K. Pardee†, “A multiplexed, electrochemical interface for gene-circuit-based sensors,” Nature Chemistry 12, 48–55 (2020).
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J. Kim*, Y. Zhou*, P. Carlson, M. Teichmann, S. Chaudhary, F. C. Simmel, P. A. Silver, J. J. Collins, J. B. Lucks, P. Yin† & A. A. Green†, “De-Novo-Designed Translation-Repressing Riboregulators for Multi-Input Cellular Logic,” Nature Chemical Biology 15, 1173–1182 (2019).
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D. O. Li, M. S. Gilliam, X. S. Chu, A. Yousaf, Y. Guo, A. A. Green & Q. H. Wang†, “Covalent chemical functionalization of semiconducting layered chalcogenide nanosheets,” Molecular Systems Design & Engineering 4, 962-973 (2019).
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D. Ma, L. Shen, K. Wu, C. W. Diehnelt & A. A. Green†, “Low-Cost Detection of Norovirus Using Paper-Based Cell-Free Systems and Synbody-Based Viral Enrichment,” Synthetic Biology 3 (1), ysy018 (2018).
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X. S. Chu, A. Yousaf, D. O. Li, A. A. Tang, A. Debnath, D. Ma, A. A. Green†, E. J. G. Santos† & Q. H. Wang†, “Direct Covalent Chemical Functionalization of Unmodified Two-Dimensional Molybdenum Disulfide,” Chemistry of Materials 30, 2112-2128 (2018).
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X. S. Chu, D. O. Li, A. A. Green & Q. H. Wang†, “Formation of MoO3 and WO3 Nanoscrolls from MoS2 and WS2 by Atmospheric Air Plasma,” Journal of Materials Chemistry C 5, 11301-11309 (2017).
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