Silvia Hernández-Ainsa


Position: ARAID researcher, University of Zaragoza


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Silvia Hernández-Ainsa graduated in Chemistry in 2006 at the University of Zaragoza where she also received her PhD in Chemistry in February 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Joaquín Barberá and Dr. Mercedes Marcos. Her PhD thesis was on the synthesis of ionic dendrimers and the study of their supramolecular interactions as well as their applications in optics and biomedicine. In March 2011, she joined the group of Professor Ulrich Keyser at the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge (UK) as a research associate to work on the development of artificial nanopores for single molecule detection. In 2014 she was awarded a Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on the design of DNA-based nanostructures for biomimetics and biosensing. She got a grant in 2016 by the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) to apply DNA nanotechnology to emerging cancer imaging technologies in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Bohndiek at the CRUK Cambridge Institute. Since June 2017 she works at the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon as a permanent researcher funded by ARAID (Fundación Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación y el Desarrollo). Her current research involves the application of DNA nanotechnology to nanomedicine and the development of stimuli-responsive DNA-based nanomaterials.