Adam T. Woolley
BS, Brigham Young University (1992)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (1997)
Runyon-Winchell Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (1998-2000)
Woolley Lab researchers work at the interface between chemistry, engineering and biology. Thus, Woolley students receive broad technical training and are well poised to contribute in these key research fields.
Micro-and Nanometer-Scale Chemical Manipulation and Analysis:
A common theme in Woolley Lab research is the interrelationship between biological molecules and miniaturization. Woolley chemists utilize miniaturization tools to detect and quantify clinically relevant biomolecules and apply DNA in forming nanoscale materials.
A. Integrated microfluidic systems for preterm birth risk assessment. Preterm birth (PTB) is a serious issue, with approximately 10% of pregnancies resulting in a preterm delivery, frequently coupled with complications that lead to poor outcomes and increased medical costs. The Woolley Lab is developing microfluidic systems that combine extraction, fluorescent labeling and separation all in a single microchip (Fig. 1). These devices will provide high-throughput, point of care screening from a finger stick quantity of blood to assess risk of a preterm delivery, weeks before contractions begin.
B. Biotemplated nanofabrication of electronics: The Woolley Lab Group is leading an interdisciplinary team whose objective is to explore bottom-up methods for the fabrication of nanoscale electronic systems. This team folds DNA into controlled nanoscale designs that can be converted into functional electronic elements after purification and metallization (Fig. 2). The Woolley Lab is presently applying these methods in making metal-semiconductor junctions with linewidths as small as 5 nm.
C. Rapid Blood Infection Determination: Woolley researchers are developing methods for detecting bacterial infections in blood in less than one hour, in collaboration with a group of biologists and engineers. A schematic of the proposed system is shown in Figure 3. Woolley Lab's focus is on the capture and fluorescent labeling of nucleic acid material from bacteria. Woolley students are developing microfluidic systems with solid supports designed to selectively capture nucleic acid sequences from pathogenic organisms in blood. The retained nucleic acids will then be labeled fluorescently for subsequent single-molecule detection.
Sahore, V.; Sonker, M.; Nielsen, A.V.; Knob, R.; Kumar, S.; Woolley, A.T. Automated Microfluidic Devices Integrating Solid-Phase Extraction, Fluorescent Labeling and Microchip Electrophoresis for Preterm Birth Biomarker Analysis. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. in press (2018).
Gong, H.; Bickham, B.P.; Woolley, A.T.; Nordin, G.P. Custom 3D Printer and Resin for 18 μm × 20 μm Microfluidic Flow Channels. Lab Chip 17, 2899-2909 (2017).
Knob, R.; Nelson, D.B.; Robison, R.A.; Woolley, A.T. Sequence-Specific DNA Solid-Phase Extraction in an On-Chip Monolith: Towards Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Genes. J. Chromatogr. A. in press (2017).
Beauchamp, M.J.; Nordin, G.P.; Woolley, A.T. Moving From Millifluidic to Truly Microfluidic Sub 100 μm Cross-Section 3D Printed Devices. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 409, 4311-4319 (2017).
Uprety, B.; Westover, T.; Stoddard, M.; Brinkerhoff, K.; Jensen, J.; Davis, R.; Woolley, A.T.; Harb, J. Anisotropic Electroless Deposition on DNA Origami Templates to Form Small-Diameter Conductive Nanowires. Langmuir 33, 726-735 (2017).
Gong, H.; Woolley, A.T.; Nordin, G.P. High Density 3D Printed Microfluidic Valves, Pumps, and Multiplexers. Lab Chip 16, 2450-2458 (2016).
- Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award, Brigham Young University, 2014.
- Reed M. Izatt & James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award, Brigham Young University, 2012.
- Brigham Young University, Young Scholar Award, 2008.
- Brigham Young University, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Young Scholar Award, 2008.
- American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science, 2007.
- Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) – National Institutes of Health, 2006.