Senior Research Scientist | Principal Investigator
khalvorsen [at] albany.edu
Ken started his own lab at The RNA Institute at UAlbany in 2013. His professional life began as a mechanical engineer for a fuel cell company, took a sharp turn to ski bum in Jackson Hole, WY, and another sharp turn to grad school at BU. Intending to go back to industry, Ken was instead sucked into a postdoc by grad school lab mate and friend Wesley Wong. He spends his career learning through failure and agonizing over whether he is a scientist or an engineer. Ken tinkers with everything from DNA to the Centrifuge Force Microscope to the Lego kits his children play with.
PhD, Biomedical Engineering | Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
BS, Mechanical Engineering and Physics | Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA
Arun Richard Chandrasekaran
arun [at] albany.edu
Arun is from Madurai, India where he spent most of his life playing cricket. He moved to the US for grad school with Prof. Ned Seeman at NYU. In the lab, he works on biosensing using DNA nanoswitches, and random stuff with DNA nanostructures. He likes writing poetry and science, singing, and enjoys watching horror movies.
PhD, Chemistry | New York University, New York, NY, USA.
MTech, Nanoscience | University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
BSc, Zoology | The American College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
lzhou2 [at] albany.edu
Lifeng’s research focuses on the design of nanoscale molecular robots, mainly those constructed using DNA. Outside the lab, his favorite sports are table tennis and softball.
PhD, Mechanical Engineering | The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA.
Jibin Abraham Punnoose
jabrahampunnoose [at] albany.edu
Jibin joined Halvorsen lab in January 2018 as a Postdoctoral Associate. He received his doctoral degree in Chemistry from Kent State University where he studied the folding dynamics of multiple DNA G-quadruplexes from single-stranded DNA through single-molecule optical tweezers. He is currently working on the development of a wireless, bench-top Centrifugal Force Microscope which can be used for high throughput single-molecule force measurements.
PhD, Chemistry | Kent State University, Kent, OH, USA.
Research Support Specialist
ahayden2 [at] albany.edu
BS, Bio-instrumentation | University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, USA.
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