Nanohexagon Capable of Protein Storage and Release
Shane Mulligan, Staples High School, Westport, Connecticut
"The Construction of a Self-Assembling DNA Nanohexagon Capable of Protein
Storage and Release"
Shane Mulligan's project uncovered a new structural motif in nanotechnology,
which might one day impact the science of drug delivery. In his work, he has
been researching a self-assembling hollow cored nanohexagon DNA structure
that could act as protein storage and release devices for biomedical
applications. After learning about nanotechnology during a high school
course that allows its students to engage in their own field of research,
Mr. Mulligan embarked on mastering graduate level lab techniques without
college chemistry experience in order to complete his project.
Mr. Mulligan, a senior, enjoys ultimate Frisbee, tennis and bowling. He is
founder, president and co-captain of Staple High School's ultimate Frisbee
team. He has participated and placed second and third respectively in the
Research Proposal Category of the 2003 Westport Science and Engineering Fair
and in the Life Sciences Category of the 2004 Westport Science and
Engineering Fair . A National Honor Society member, Mr. Mulligan plans to
study chemistry, chemical engineering and biomedical engineering in college.
His mentors on this project were Dr. Philip Lukeman, Dr. Nadrian Seeman, and
Dr. A.J. Scheetz.
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