Professor Castro received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering both from the Ohio State University and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was post-doctoral fellow at the Technische Universität München working in structural DNA nanotechnology. Dr. Castro joined OSU in 2011 as a faculty member and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a faculty member of the OSU Biophysics Graduate Program. His research focuses on the self-assembly of DNA nanodevices for biophysical and biomedical applications. Dr. Castro’s laboratory has pioneered the use of engineering mechanics and design approaches for the development of DNA nanomachines with complex motion, dynamic behavior, and programmed stimulus response. A major goal of his current research is to develop nanodevices for measurement, manipulation, and drug delivery in biological systems. He has received honors including OSU research and teaching awards, an NSF CAREER award, an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, and a Fulbright Research Scholar Award.
DNA nanotechnology, single molecule biophysics, molecular and cellular mechanics