Dr. K. H. Aaron Lau
Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde
A defining feature of biological interfaces is the sophisticated spatial organisation of molecular and nanostructural building blocks. Dr. Lau’s research focuses on creating peptidomimetic and protein-mimetic systems inspired by this functional principle. Current efforts are directed at developing peptide-mimetic molecules that can directly confer bioactivity, self-assembly and other functions, exploiting biomolecules that confer adhesion or binding (i.e. “integrators” of function), and mimicry of large protein systems in the long term. This seminar will present snapshots illustrating the range of functions being pursued, including anti-fouling polymer brushes and antimicrobials based on poly(N-subsituted glycine) “peptoids”, nanofiber organisation based on enzyme immobilization, and efforts to control protein transport through nanopores.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. K. H. Aaron Lau is an Assistant Professor at the University of Strathclyde and a founding member of the university’s bionanotechnology initiative based in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Dr. Lau obtained his BSc (Hons) and MSc at Brown University (Providence, USA), and PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany). He became interested in bioinspired materials as a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. His current work focuses on developing biomimetic nanostructures inspired by peptides and other biomolecules, and exploiting self-assembly, surface functionalisation and bioinspired principles to enable nanoscale organization and novel functionality. Dr. Lau’s research accolades include the US NIH National Research Service Award (2011), RSC mobility fellowship (2014), and the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Young Investigator award (2016).
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