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Associate professor awarded Fulbright U.S. scholar grant

Carlos CastroCarlos CastroCarlos Castro, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the recipient of the prestigious U.S. Fulbright Scholar Grant provided by the U.S. Department of State.

Castro will travel to Dublin, Ireland, and will be affiliated with the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Centre and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland from May – August 2018. The title of Castro’s research is “Multiscale targeted delivery of DNA origami nanodevices,” and the overall goal is to establish methods for the targeted delivery of DNA nanodevices to cells or tissues by incorporating the devices into biomaterials that can safely be injected into biological systems.

Castro said he is excited about the potential impact of the research collaborations he will be pursuing with AMBER, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and other universities in Ireland he hopes to visit.

“Collaboration with excellent researchers and the unique capabilities at the AMBER Centre will be a tremendous asset to my research,” Castro said. “I am hopeful this summer research stay can lead to a long-term collaboration between my laboratory and a couple of groups in Dublin, especially in the areas of biomaterials and nanodevice targeting.”

Upon his return, Castro said he would like to establish a foundation for future student exchanges to allow his graduate or undergraduate students to travel and work at the AMBER Centre or other institutions in Ireland and to host Irish researchers at Ohio State to work on joint projects. Visit for more information about Castro's research and laboratory.

For more information about the Fulbright Scholar Program, contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser.

Article reposted with permission from the Office of International Affairs.


Click here to read the follow up story about Castro's work in Ireland.