Ronit Freeman

Associate Professor
Caudill Laboratories 159
ronifree@email.unc.edu
919-962-3544

Research Interest:
Biomaterials and Self-Assembly

        

Professional Background

Bar-Ilan University, B.Sc., 2005; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, M.Sc., 2007; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, PhD, 2012; Northwestern University, 2013-2018

Research Synopsis

Peptides and DNA represent two of the most attractive categories of molecules for the construction of nanomaterials for biology and medicine. Peptides provide a rich palette of biological functionality and self-assembly behavior and DNA can be used to construct complex nanostructures with programmable, dynamic properties. Dr. Freeman has sought to merge the advantages of these two molecular platforms through the use of peptide-DNA, P-DNA, hybrid biomaterials and utilize them to mimic the extracellular environment. The reversibility and tunability enabled by the DNA will be new handles for us to study dynamic properties of soft materials.