Erik Poppleton

Grad Research Assistant
Biodesign MDB

Location: TEMPE

Contact Information


2017-now: Biological Design PhD Program, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

2013-2017: Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geology, College of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA

Research Interests

Erik Poppleton's research is focused on how to use computational modeling to inform design of molecular machines.  As part of Petr Sulc's and Hao Yan's research groups, Erik uses coarse-grained molecular modeling software to identify structural features and rationally iterate designs of DNA and RNA nanostructures, which he can then test in the lab; as part of this, he also develops general-use analysis tools for oxDNA, and conversion tools to integrate the various design and simulation tools in the nucleic acid nanotechnology ecosystem.

His previous research has included using oxidizing agents to accelerate bioremediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated soils, using bacterial collagen-like molecules and synthetic peptides for biophysical characterization of the molecular basis for collagen structure, and using isotope tracking to characterize carbon degridation and distribution in deep soil.