Welcome to the website of the Green lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston 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 BU.

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 Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston University. (More…)

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. 

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. 

Soma Chaudhary

Soma joined School of Molecular Sciences in 2016. She obtained BS-MS dual degree from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM) majoring in Chemistry. Her research focuses on reengineering nonribosomal peptide synthesis and developing novel diagnostic methods. In her spare time, she likes travel, cooking, and watching TV series. 

Griffin McCutcheon

Griffin graduated in 2014 from Johns Hopkins University in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Following work at the NASA Ames Research Center, Griffin joined the the Biological Design PhD program in 2017. His research is focused on RNA-based circuits and genetic encoding of novel materials and structures. Outside of the lab, Griffin enjoys cooking, home improvement, and woodworking, as well as mountain biking.

Zhaoqing Yan

Zhaoqing joined as Ph.D. student in 2017 where he is majoring in chemistry. He completed his B.Sc. degree in chemistry at the University of Jinan in 2016. He is interested in the programming DNA and RNA molecules that can be used for reporting or recording dynamic biological events. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton, dubbing, and playing flute.


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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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