Bionano 2024

Centre for Programmable Biological Matter

Bionano 2024

12 & 13 September

Durham University
Main Lecture Theatre (MCS0001)
Mathematics Building

About the Workshop

We are holding our fifth bi-annual BIONANO Meeting, but this time in the United Kingdom. This follows the previous highly successful meeting held in Germany in 2022.

This year we will be meeting to discuss new ideas and share our progress in the latest research in designing, making and applying nanoscale objects built from biological molecules. 


Workshops will be held at the University of Durham, United Kingdom


Department of Mathematical Sciences & Department of Computer Science 
Room MCS0001, Durham University, Upper Mountjoy Campus, Stockton Rd, Durham DH1 3LE

Participants and Programme

Theme of the Workshop

Designing and building functional nanostructures from biological materials.



  • The workshop will take place over two days. 
  • We have deliberately avoided parallel sessions to allow participants to take part in all sessions and all speakers are strongly encouraged to do so.
  • Each speaker will speak for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions/discussion.

Timetable: Thursday 12 September 2024

13:00 – 13:15     Registration/Tea & Coffee
13:15 – 13:30     Opening remarks – Jonathan Heddle

Session 1:         Biophysics and Physical Chemistry

13:30 – 14:00     Giampaolo Zuccheri – Aspects of neuroinflammation: notes on single molecule and single cell mechanics measurements and on bio-organic approaches to counter-act it

14:00 – 14:30     Álvaro Martínez-del-Pozo – Turning toxic proteins into biotechnological tools. 

14:30 – 15:00     Stephan Block –  Quantifying protein function using optical microscopy.

15:00 – 15:30    Coffee break

Session 2:         Biomolecular modelling and design

15:30 – 16:00     Arnout Voet – Biomolecular modelling and design : design of drugs and protein building blocks.

16:00 – 16:30     Alena Khmelinskaia –  Expanding the repertoire of de novo protein assemblies.
16:30 – 17:00     Dominik Gront  (online) –  Gentle introduction to protein design.

17:00 – 17:30     Coffee break

17:30 – 19:00     General discussion, future directions of Unano

Timetable: Friday 13 September 2024

Session 3:            DNA Nanotechnology

08:30 – 09:00      Jonathan Heddle – Reinventing Nature at the Nanoscale – Progress from the Heddle Lab

09:00 – 09:30      Kerstin Goepfrich (online) – Synthetic cells: De novo engineering with DNA nanotechnology

09:30 – 10:00      Coffee break

Session 4:            Biohybrid and bionanomaterials

10:00 – 10:30      Kostiainen Mauri  – Protein cages and DNA as building blocks for nanomaterials

10:30 – 11:00      Alex Speakman – Electrosynbionics, DNA nanotechnology and synthetic biology

11:00 – 11:30      Zahra Gounani – To shed light on controlled drug delivery.

11:30 – 11:45     Closing remarks  – Jonathan Heddle


Our research is made possible, thanks to The Leverhulme Trust.

We would like to thank the Biophysical Sciences Institute (BSI) for contributing towards this seminar. BSI is a community of over 150 academics and researchers. For more information on wonderful work that they do please visit: Biophysical Sciences Institute – Organization home (