The theme of our research is to use molecular design rules as inspiration to advance biomedical, energy-related, and other technological innovations through the use of self-assembled polymeric materials. We aim to create intelligent materials with better component controls at the molecular level. Our research group is interested in designing bio-inspired molecular building blocks and programming their higher order assembly into systems that will perform complex functions. Our ultimate goal is to construct a self-assembling molecular system for special interactions of molecules in a three-dimensional space. Our current research focuses on structural DNA nanotechnology and DNA directed self-assembly, but in a broader sense we are interested in any science related to molecular design, molecular programming, molecular assembly and molecular systems engineering.