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Molecular Biomimetics: Lessons from Mother Nature for Technology & Medicine

Mehmet Sarikaya

sarikaya@uw.edu;

http://depts.washington.edu/GEMSEC

 

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

 

Summary

Proteins, through their unique and specific interactions with other biomacromolecules and inorganics, control structures and functions of all biological hard and soft tissues in organisms. Molecular biomimetics is an emerging interdisciplinary field in which hybrid technologies are developed by using the tools of molecular biology and engineering. Taking lessons from biology, polypeptides can now be genetically engineered to specifically bind to selected inorganic compounds for applications in nanotechnology and medicine. Inspired by biology, specifically, our lab (GEMSEC) has adapted combinatorial mutagenesis, a foundational genetic engineering approach to identify peptides that molecularly recognize inorganics of technological interest, the major tools for materials engineers that include metals, semiconductors, minerals, and other technological compounds. Just like proteins in biology, these genetically engineered peptides for inorganics (GEPIs) enable sustainable, toxin-free, biogenic assembly and manufacturing of a wide variety of devices, in water, such as novel biomimetic treatment for dental health care, field effect transistor-based biosensors, and antibacterial implants.

 

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