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Maryland DNA Nanotechnology Conference

MADNano is a recurring local conference for the DNA Nanotechnology field in the mid-Atlantic region.  Its purpose is to provide opportunities to collaborate and to stimulate intelligent discussions in the region. Scientists, researchers, and students are invited to a day-long symposium that comprises short talks on recent advances in DNA nanotechnology, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. Contributors are encouraged to frame their work in the context of the needs of the field as it begins the uphill trek to industrial implementation.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) is hosting the event.

9:00am - 5:00pm ET

Agenda (PDF)






Morning Session


09:00 – 09:15

J. Alexander Liddle and Igor Medintz

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Welcome Remarks


09:15 – 09:45

Samuel Schaffter

Johns Hopkins University

Towards a synthetic genome for materials: Challenges beyond the test tube


09:45 – 10:15

Michael Zwolak

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Nurturing Nature for Nanotechnology


10:15 – 10:45

Niksa Roki

University of Maryland

In vivo Biodistribution of an Anti-ICAM-Functionalized Drug Delivery Nanocarrier made of DNA (3DNA)


10:45 – 11:00

Break – Coffee and Refreshments


11:00 – 11:30

Ming Zheng

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Controlling Carbon Nanotubes by DNA: from Separation to Integration


11:30 – 12:00

Lorena Parlea

National Cancer Institute

RNA Nanoparticles as Triple-Modality Immunotherapy


12:00 – 12:30

Steve Armentrout

Parabon NanoLabs

A novel computer-aided design (CAD) system for DNA nanotechnology


12:30 – 01:00

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session


01:00 – 01:30

Sebastian Diaz

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

DNA origami as a high-density fluorophore template for improved molecular photonic wires


01:30 – 02:00

Emily Luteran

University of Maryland

Self-Assembled 3D DNA Crystals as Vehicles for Drug Delivery


02:00 – 02:30

Sanghwa Jeong

University of California, Berkeley

High Throughput Evolution of Near-Infrared Serotonin Nanosensors


02:30 – 03:45

Poster Session – Coffee and Refreshments


03:45 – 04:15

Ming Gao

N.C. State University

Progress Towards Development of Self-Assembled Three-Dimensional Electronic Systems with DNA Hydrogel


04:15 – 04:45

Remi Veneziano

George Mason University

Highly Customizable Scaffolds for Assembly of Multi-Functional DNA Origami


04:45 – 05:15

Jacob Majikes

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Discussion: The Future of Nucleic Acid Nanotechnology

Closing Remarks

Start Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

End Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Last Day to Book: Monday, November 11, 2019

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Book your group rate for NIST Maryland DNA Nanotechnology

The hotel will provide a complimentary shuttle to and from NIST.


All visitors/guests will need to pass a photo identification (ID)* checkpoint.  *US Citizens please see information regarding the REAL ID Act of 2005 below. International participants are required to present a passport.  Permanent residents are required to present their Green Card.

For directions to NIST and information on public transportation, please visit: NIST Visitor Information Page.

*Visitor Access Requirement:

For Non-US Citizens:  Please have your valid passport for photo identification.

For US Permanent Residents: Please have your green card for photo identification.

For US Citizens: Please have your state-issued driver's license.Regarding Real-ID requirements, all states are in compliance or have an extension through October 2020.

NIST also accepts other forms of federally issued identification in lieu of a state-issued driver's license, such as a valid passport, passport card, DOD's Common Access Card (CAC), Veterans ID, Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs, Military Dependents ID, Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC), and TSA Trusted Traveler ID. 

Created September 26, 2019, Updated December 9, 2019