Research in the Hili group is inspired by nature and operates at the interface of chemistry and biology. Our efforts rely upon expertise in synthetic chemistry, polymer science, and molecular biology to mimic the approaches nature uses to solve complex problems with simple solutions. Our approach to science requires a diverse background of researchers from various scientific disciplines, generating a collaborative atmosphere for students, while garnering an expanded knowledge of the biological and chemical sciences. Our inspiration from nature is the use of nucleic acids as a central blueprint, be it in the form of an information carrier, a molecular scaffold, or a functional polymer. Research projects in the Hili Group fall within the three areas below, contact Ryan for more information about research opportunities.