Yonggang Ke, PhD


Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
Research Program
Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics


Yonggang Ke, PhD, joined the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in 2014. He is an associate member of the Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics research program at Winship Cancer Insitute of Emory University. He also holds memberships in the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering, the Materials Research Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society.


Dr. Ke received his PhD from Arizona State University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, affiliated with the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Ke's research is highly interdisciplinary combining chemistry, biology, physics, material science, and engineering. The overall mission of his research is to use interdisciplinary research tools to program nucleic-acid-based "beautiful structures and smart devices" at nanoscale, and use them for scientific exploration and technological applications. Specifically, his team focuses on (1) developing new DNA self-assembly paradigms for constructing DNA nanostructures with greater structural complexity, and with controllable sizes and shapes; (2) developing new imaging or drug delivery systems based on DNA nanostructuresl; (3) exploring design of novel DNA-based nanodevices for understanding basic biological questions at molecular level; (4) developing DNA-templated protein devices for constructing artificial bio-reactors.

For cancer-related research/application, Dr. Ke will focus on using DNA/RNA nanostructures as drug delivery vehicles. He is also interested in using DNA/RNA nanostructures to study cancer cell biology at molecular level.


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In 2014, Dr. Ke received the Billi and Bernie Marcus Research Award from Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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