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Indiana University Bloomington

Faculty from several departments participate in our Graduate Program. They are listed according to the following research area.

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Bogdan DragneaBogden Dragnea

Provost Professor, Chemistry/Adjunct Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Office: Chemistry C231B

Phone: 812/856-0087

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Ph.D., Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay, France
Post-Doctoral Studies, JILA, Boulder, Colorado


Virus-based biomaterials; biophotonics; biophysical chemistry of virus self-assembly; methodologies for measuring microscopic dynamics in supramolecular complexes

Representative Publications

"Self-assembly approaches to nanomaterial encapsulation in viral protein cages", S. Aniagyei, C. C. DuFort, C. Cheng Kao, B. Dragnea, J. Mater. Chem., 2008, 18, 3763-3774.

"Unnatural life", B. Dragnea, Nature Mat. 2008; 7: 102-104.

"Self-assembled Virus-like Particles with Magnetic Cores", Huang, X.; Bronstein, L. M.; Retrum, J.; Dufort, C.; Tsvetkova, I.; Aniagyei, S.; Stein, B.; Stucky, G.; McKenna, B.; Remmes, N.; Baxter, D.; Kao, C. C.; Dragnea, B., Nano Lett. 2007; 7, 2407-2416.

"Reactivity-Based Fluoride Detection: Evolving Design Principles for Spring-Loaded Turn-On Fluorescent Probes" Jiang, X.; Vieweger, M. C.; Bollinger, J. C.; Dragnea, B.; Lee, D. Org. Lett. 2007; 9, 3579-3582.

"Structure and Properties of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Encapsulated by Phospholipids with Poly(ethylene glycol) Tails", Shtykova, E. V.; Huang, X.; Remmes, N.; Baxter, D.; Stein, B.; Dragnea, B.; Svergun, D. I.; Bronstein, L. M., J. Phys. Chem. C. 2007; 111(49); 18078-18086.

"Core-like Particles of an Enveloped Animal Virus Can Self-Assemble Efficiently on Artificial Templates" Goicochea, N. L.; De, M.; Rotello, V. M.; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Dragnea, B. Nano Lett. 2007; 7, 2281-2290.

Influence of Iron Oleate Complex Structure on Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Formation Bronstein, L. M.; Huang, X.; Retrum, J.; Schmucker, A.; Pink, M.; Stein, B. D.; Dragnea, B., Chem. Mater. 2007; 19(15); 3624-3632.

"Optical field enhancement at cusps between adjacent nanoapertures", T.-D. Onuta, M. Waegele, W. L. Schaich, and B. Dragnea", Nano Lett. 2007, 7, 557-564.

"Core-controlled Polymorphism in Virus-like Particles", J. Sun, C. DuFort, M.-C. Daniel, A. Murali, C. Chen, K. Gopinath, B. Stein, M. De, V. M. Rotello, A. Holzenburg, C.., Kao, B. Dragnea, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci, 2007, 104: 1354-1359.

"Quantum Dot Encapsulation in Viral Capsids" Dixit, S. K.; Goicochea, N. L.; Daniel, M.-C.; Murali, A.; Bronstein, L.; De, M.; Stein, B.; Rotello, V. M.; Kao, C. C.; Dragnea, B. Nano Lett. 2006; 6(9); 1993-1999.

"Nanoparticle-Templated Assembly of Viral Protein Cages" Chen, C.; Daniel, M.-C.; Quinkert, Z. T.; De, M.; Stein, B.; Bowman, V. D.; Chipman, P. R.; Rotello, V. M.; Kao, C. C.; Dragnea, B., Nano Lett. 2006; 6(4); 611-615.

"Hybrid Polymer Particles with a Protective Shell: Synthesis, structure, and Templating", Chem. Mater, Bronstein, L. M.; Dixit, S.; Tomaszewski, J.; Stein, B.; Svergun, D. I.; Konarev, P. V.; Shtykova, E.; Werner-Zwanziger, U.; Dragnea, B., Chem. Mater. 2006; 18(9); 2418-2430.

"Spectroscopic studies and dynamics of the AppA blue-light receptor from Rb. Sphaeroides in solution and in the crystal", V. Dragnea, M. Waegele, S. Balascuta, C. Bauer, and B. Dragnea, Biochemistry 44, 15978-15985, 2005.

"Interaction between BMV Proteins and RNAs", K. Gopinath, B. Dragnea, and C. Kao, J. Virol., 79, 14222-14234, 2005.

"Submicrometer Resonant Cavity Surface Plasmon Sensors", D. Amarie, T.-D. Onuta, R. Potyrailo, J. K. Chung, W. L. Schaich, and B. Dragnea, J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 51515, 2005.

"Three-Dimensional Mapping of the Light Intensity Transmitted through Nanoapertures", D Amarie, N. D. Rawlinson, W. L. Schaich, B. Dragnea, S. C. Jacobson, Nano Lett. 5, 12227, 2005.

"Fluctuation correlation spectroscopy of near-field trapped nanoparticles", T.-D. Onuta, W. L. Schaich, B. Dragnea, Proceedings of SPIE vol. 5736 "Nanomanipulation with Light", 2005, 25-26.

"Viral Shell Packaging of Gold Particles", C. Chen, E.-S. Kwak, C. C. Kao, B. Dragnea, J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. (invited) 5(11), 1, 2005.