Yigit Bionanotechnology Lab

Department of Chemistry and The RNA Institute

State University of New York, Albany


Yigit Lab is located at the Life Sciences Research Building at the University at Albany, SUNY. Yigit Lab is affiliated with the Chemistry Department and the RNA Institute at the State University of New York Albany. Research focus is on DNA nanotechnology, metallic nanoparticles and CRISPR systems for biomedical and environmental applications.

Recent Lab Celebrations

Congratulations to Chris for defending his Ph.D. Thesis.


  • Congratulations to Mahera who is elected as a 2023 Future Leader by the Eastern New York chapter of the American Chemical Society.

  • Chris defended his Ph.D. Thesis "Development of Nucleic Acid Diagnostics for Targeted and Non-targeted Biosensing". Congratulations and good luck in your next steps!

  • Congratulations to Mahera for her best poster award at the 2022 Workshop for Interaction and Scientific Collaboration (WISC) symposium.

  • Mahera developed a highly modular, 4-h long and three-tier signal amplification assay that can detect as little as 3 copies of full hepatitis B virus (HBV) genome. The work is titled "Recombinase Amplified CRISPR Enhanced Chain Reaction (RACECAR) for Viral Genome Detection" and has been published in Nanoscale,2022,14,37,13500-13504. Great work!

  • Chris' paper titled "Machine Learning Enabled Nanosensor Array for Monitoring Citrus Juice Adulteration" is published in ACS Food Science and Technology, 2022, 2, 8, 1217-1223. Well done!

  • Dr. Yigit's presentation titled "Machine Learning Enabled Nanosensor Array for Quality Control in Food Industry" was selected as a talk at the 2022 Gordon Research Conference of Nanoscale Science and Engineering for Agriculture and Food Systems.

  • Congratulations to Mahera for her Outstanding Research Poster award at the 8th Annual RNA Symposium. Well done!

  • Chris' paper titled Algorithmically Guided Optical Nanosensor Selector (AGONS): Guiding Data Acquisition, Processing, and Discrimination for Biological Sampling" has been published in ACS Analytical Chemistry, 2022, 94, 2, 1195-1202.

  • Congratulations to Chris for his best poster award at the 2021 Workshop for Interaction and Scientific Collaboration (WISC) symposium.

  • Chris' paper titled "Recognition of DNA target formulations by CRISPR-Cas12a using a dsDNA reporter" is published in ACS Synth. Biol. 2021, 10, 7, 1785ā€“1791. Well done!

  • Congratulations to Chris for receiving the Markus Landthaler Award from the Hudson Valley RNA Club (HVRC) for Best RNA Paper in 2020 based on his publication Biochemistry, 2020, 59, 15, 1474-1481.

  • Nidhi won the 2nd place and a prize in the tree-minute thesis dissertation competition with the talk titled "Looking at the big picture differently". Congratulations.

  • Chris received Best Flash Talk in 2021 Life Sciences Research Symposium. Well done!

  • Congratulations to Mahera and Nidhi for their recent publications in ACS Analytical Chemistry and ACS Applied Nanomaterials, respectively.

  • Nidhi has employed nanoparticle-DNA assemblies for identification of bacterial strains using machine learning (ML) algorithms.-->ACS Appl. Nano Mater. 2020, 3, 12, 11709ā€“11714.

  • Mahera has combined CRISPR-Cas12a system and Hybridization Chain Reaction (HCR) to develop a gel-electrophoresis diagnostic assay --> ACS Anal. Chem. 2021, 93, 4, 1934 - 1938.

  • Nidhi's work on nanozyme is accepted for publication in ChemBioChem. Well-done Nidhi!

  • Muhan's DNA hydrogel work is accepted for publication work is accepted in Chemical Communications. Well done- Muhan!

  • Chris' paper is accepted in Biochemistry. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations to Bilal! His paper is accepted in ChemMedChem as very important paper (VIP).

  • Congratulations to Mahera for her runnerup poster award at the 2019 Life Sciences Reseach Symposium: link.

  • Nidhi defended her preliminary proposal.

  • Dr. Yigit is promoted to Associate Professor rank.

  • Yigit Lab is awarded with NIH and USDA grants.

  • Nidhi's nanozyme work was accepted for publication in ChemBioChem.

  • Erik's review paper is accepted for publication in ACS Sensors.

  • Nidhi's paper is accepted for publication as an invited article in the special issue of "Nucleic Acids Nanoscience at Interfaces" in Langmuir.

  • Mustafa Salih's work is accepted for publication in Analytical Chemistry. Congrats!

  • Muhit's logic gate work is published in J. Mater. Chem. C. Well done, Muhit!

  • Dr. Yigit participated "Food for Finals" and served up a late-night breakfast to undergraduate students on Dec. 12 2017.

  • National Geographic story on our recent detection technique is now online: National Geographic Story

  • Ebola work is featured in National Geographic 2017 September issue.