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Dan Luo


211 Riley-Robb Hall
(607) 255-8193

Dan Luo is a Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. He works with DNA and RNA as both generic and genetic materials.

Research Focus

Nucleic acids play a critical role in living organisms as the carriers of genetic information. The Luo Lab has been using DNA as a true polymer and has developed generic DNA materials, including tree-shaped DNA, DNA gels, and DNA-nanoparticle hybrid assemblies. With these novel DNA materials, Professor Luo’s group is exploring real-world applications from biology to materials in diagnostics, pharmaceutics, protein production, drug delivery, cell culture, and optoelectronics.

Teaching Focus

Professor Luo’s teaching emphasizes active learning, and students are exposed to real-world problems and solutions. His current course is BEE 7600 Nucleic Acid Engineering, where students learn the structure-property-function relationship of nucleic acids.

Awards and Honors

  • Cornell Outstanding Educator for having most influenced a Merrill Presidential Scholar (2015) Cornell University
  • College Fellow (2013) American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Outstanding Accomplishments in Basic Research (2012) Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge Diagnostics Award recipient (2011) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Plenary speaker, 2nd Nano Today Conference (2011) Nano Today

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • DNA as Mateterials. A total of 18 invited presentations in year 2010. 2010. world wide.