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.



The latest news and developments from the Green lab at ASU.

SNIPRs take aim at disease-related mutations

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)

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!

Lab Members

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.

Anli Tang

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 Swingle

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. 

Matthew Gilliam

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 Saha

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. 


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  1. 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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  2. 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).
    [ Journal | PDF | SNIPR design code ]

  3. 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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  4. 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).
    [ JournalbioRxiv | Sequence tables ]

  5. A. A. Green, “Synthetic bionanotechnology: synthetic biology finds a toehold in nanotechnology,” Emerging Topics in Life Sciences 3, 507–516 (2019).
    [ Journal | pdf ]

  6. 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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  7. 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).
    [ Journal | PubMed ]

  8. 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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  9. J. Kim, P. Yin & A. A. Green, “Ribocomputing: Cellular Logic Computation Using RNA Devices,” Biochemistry 57, 883-885 (2017).
    [ Journal | PubMed ]

  10. 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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