Dr. Silvia Hernández-Ainsa
Department of Physics (Cavendish Laboratory), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
DNA origami nanopores for single molecule detection.
Silvia Hernández-Ainsa obtained her PhD in Chemistry in February 2011 from the University of Zaragoza (Spain), where she worked at the Liquid Crystals and Polymer group at the Department of Chemistry. Her PhD thesis was focused on the development of novel functional materials based on ionic liquid crystalline dendrimers. These systems showed interesting properties for applications in diverse scientific fields including material science and nanomedicine. In March 2011 she joined the group of Dr. Ulrich Keyser at the Department of Physics (Cavendish Laboratory), University of Cambridge (UK), as a research associate working on nanopore technology for single molecule detection. She developed different chemical methodologies to improve the capabilities of these devices.
Since February 2014, she is a Herchel Smith Research Fellow at the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge (UK). Her current research involves the fabrication of new nanopores based on DNA origami nanostructures for several applications in biotechnology and nanomedicine.