Hao Yan

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Arizona State University
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Location: TEMPE

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(480) 727-8570


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, New York University 2001
  • B.S. Chemistry, Shandong University, China 1993

Research Interests

The theme of our research is to use nature's design rules as inspiration to advance biomedical, energy-related, and other technological innovations through the use of self-assembling molecules and materials. We aim to create intelligent materials with better component controls at the molecular level. Our interdisciplinary team is interested in designing bio-inspired molecular building blocks and programming their higher order assembly into systems that will perform complex functions. Our ultimate goal is to engineer an information guided self-assembling molecular system for the finest possible interactions of molecules in a three-dimensional space. Our current research focuses on structural DNA nanotechnology and DNA directed self-assembly, but in a broader sense we are interested in any science related to molecular design, molecular programming, molecular assembly and molecular systems engineering.


Hao Yan studied chemistry at Shandong University, China. He obtained his PhD in chemistry under Professor N. C. Seeman, New York University in 2001. Following a period as an assistant research professor at Duke University in the Computer Science Department, he joined Arizona State University in 2004 as an assistant professor in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (now School of Molecular Sciences). He became a full professor in 2008. He is currently the Milton D. Glick Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics in the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. The themes of his research are structural DNA nanotechnology and DNA-directed self-assembly.