Dirks Prize Recipients

2017 dirks prize recipient gopinath 7a23f8d28148b1b092e45af8d0031f4dfb25d1a1cf0d296a2cfe994785db724a

2017 Dr. Ashwin Gopinath

The 2017 Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize was awarded to Dr. Ashwin Gopinath of the California Institute of Technology, for his work developing scalable and programmable nanophotonic devices. Combining the top-down scalability of photonic crystal cavity layout on a chip and the bottom-up programmability of DNA origami components that precisely organize emitters within cavities, the work bridges the fields of molecular programming and applied physics to offer a path toward label-free single-molecule detection and quantum information processing. Ashwin performed this research as a postdoctoral scholar under the supervision of Dr. Paul Rothemund at the California Institute of Technology.

2016 dirks prize recipient ouldridge 1f48d62f0823b6831a0024ac7efc234357c7ec4df5ffe849f5bc8062dceb03af

2016 Dr. Thomas Ouldridge

The inaugural Robert Dirks Molecular Programming Prize was awarded to Dr. Thomas Ouldridge of Imperial College London, for his work developing a coarse-grained model and simulation framework for DNA. By capturing the essential biophysics of unpaired, paired, and transitioning nucleotides, the oxDNA framework enables simulation of long-time-scale dynamics for an arbitrary number of strands (including pseudoknotting), with wide applicability to problems in molecular programming and biology. Tom performed this research as a graduate student under the supervision of Prof. Ard Louis and Prof. Jonathan Doye at the University of Oxford.