Maxim D. Frank-Kamenetskii

Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Engineering

Maxim D. Frank-Kamenetskii
  • Title Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Engineering
  • Office SLB 208
  • Phone (617) 353-8498
  • Education M.Sc., Ph.D., Biophysics, Moscow Physical-Technical Institute
    Sc.D. (IVth degree), Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Institute of Chemical Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Maxim D. Frank-Kamenetskii’s research interests include DNA structures, DNA topology, DNA functioning and PNA (peptide nucleic acid). He and his co-workers discovered a novel DNA structure, triplex H-DNA. They also developed a comprehensive theoretical approach to treat DNA topology (i.e., knots and supercoils).

Research Areas

  • Theoretical and experimental studies of various DNA structures, which has contributed to the understanding of DNA’s versatility pertaining to different functions in the cell.
  • Development of new approaches to sequence-specific recognition of duplex DNA using the synthetic DNA analogue known as Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA).

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