Boukany group

The Boukany research group focuses on fundamental and applied topics in soft living matter, with a major emphasis on controlling and understanding the dynamics and transport of DNA into living cells. To do this, we apply cutting-edge micro/nano-fluidic technologies to manipulate and control the DNA and biomolecules for both fundamental biophysical studies and applications, such as non-viral gene therapy, biosensing and cancer therapy. We will employ both experimental and theoretical approaches in our research to understand fundamental issues in a wide variety of applications ranging from micro/nanofluidics, DNA biophysics, molecular rheology to gene therapy.

Awards and grants
  • Delft Global Project, Getting HOT (collaboration with Eduardo Mendes, and Luigi Sasso), (2017-2021)
  • Van Gogh Grant (collaboration with Prof. Mounir Tarek in Université de Lorraine), (2015-2016)
  • European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (ERC-STG) (1.5 M€), (2014-2019)
  • Marie Curie-Career Integration Grant (CIG) (100 k€), (2013-2017)
  • NanoNextNL Grant-10C (150 k€),(2013-2015)
  • American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Postdoctoral Award, (Spring 2011)
  • 2nd place prize for Postdoctoral Research Competition in Society of Rheology, (Fall 2009)
  • Finalist for the Frank J. Padden Award for Excellence in Polymer Physics Research, (APS, spring 2008)
  • Finalist for the Bausch & Lomb Award for Innovative Research, (Summer 2008)
  • Travel Award for Society of Rheology,(Fall 2007)
  • University Scholarship, The University of Akron, Polymer Science Department (2004-2008)

Dr. Pouyan Boukany