Dynamic Nucleic Acid Systems lab

Elisa Franco, Associate professor

2011-2018 UC Riverside, Assistant Professor

2012 Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2008 Ph.D. University of Trieste.

2002 Laurea Degree: Power systems engineering, University of Trieste.

Email: efranco at seas dot ucla dot edu

Office: Boelter Hall 4532J


1. We are looking for motivated UCLA undergraduate and graduate students with background in engineering, biology, biochemistry and chemistry.

2. We are hiring a postdoctoral scholar in DNA/RNA nanotechnology . Please apply by May 31st.

Current lab members

Ph.D. students

Siddharth Agarwal, Ph.D. Student, BIEN, UCR

Melissa Klocke, Ph.D. Student, ME, UCR

Raffaele Baggi, Ph.D. Student, ME, UCR

"Honorary" lab members


Alumni, with position after leaving our lab

Leopold N. Green,
Currently: Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech

Christian Cuba Samaniego, Ph.D. ME
Currently: Postdoctoral Scholar at MIT/ASU
Personal website

Vahid Mardanlou, Ph.D. UCR ECE
Currently: Acorn corporation

Jaimie M. Stewart, Ph.D. UCR, BIEN
Now Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech

Hari K. K. Subramanian, Project Scientist, ME
Ph.D. institution: NYU
Currently: Omniome, Inc.

Xun Tang,
Postdoctoral Scholar, ME
Ph.D. institution: Georgia Tech
Currently: Penn State
  • Sonia Gomez, undergraduate student, UCR BIEN
  • Krishen Wadhwani, undergraduate and MS student, UCR BIEN
  • Kimia Yaghoubi, undergraduate student, UCR Neuroscience -> MS student, UCR Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Jonathan N. Lloyd, undergraduate and MS student, UCR BIEN -> CelGene, San Diego.
  • Claire H. Tran, undergraduate student, UCR BIEN -> Biomolecular Science Ph.D. program at UCSB.
  • John Reed, undergraduate and M.S. student, UCR ME -> Epic Systems Corporation.
  • Andrew Reimer, M.S. student, UCR BIEN -> Roche Molecular systems.
  • Stewart Contreras, M.S. student, UCR ME -> Systems engineer at Northrop Grumman.
  • Rex Lu, undergraduate student, UCR ME -> MAE M.S. program at UCLA.
  • Manuel Bedrossian, undergraduate student, UCR ME -> Research engineer at Caltech.
  • Danyia Ashhad, undergraduate and M.S. student, UCR BIEN.
  • Sho Kitada, undergraduate student, UCR Biochemistry.
  • Christopher Galley, undergraduate student, UCR Biology.

Former visitors

  • Chiara Favaretto, Ph.D. Student, University of Padua, Italy
  • Andrea Carron , M.S. student, University of Padua.
  • Maximilian Weitz, Ph.D. student, Technical University Munich. Joined Beltos GmbH.