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Asli Z. Unal

Asli Unal

Phone (505) 665-5749


  • Biosciences
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemical Science
  • Biological chemistry
  • Materials
  • Functional materials
  • Polymer science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Gas/surface interactions and reactions
  • Integrate inorganic and organic nanomaterials into functional nanosystems
  • Soft and biological materials
  • Biological assemblies
  • Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)


  • Materials Synthesis Techniques: spin-coating, chemical vapor deposition, layer-by-layer lipid deposition, plasma cleaning, Pattern Etching
  • Characterization Techniques: Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching (FRAP), Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS), Fluorometry, Mass-spectrometry, Dynamic Light Scattering, Sanger Sequencing, Pyrosequencing, Electrical Impedance
  • Biology Techniques: western blot, immunoprecipitation, cell-culture, cardiac perfusion, mouse and fly genotyping, transfection, PCR, qPCR, DNA transformation, genome library creation, PicoGreen assay, Nanodrop spectroscopy, computer sequence analysis programs (Sequencher, Bioedit and Fincon, MgRast Blasts, Silva aligning), DNA Extraction and Purification, Plasmid Preps, Gel Extraction/Gel electrophoresis


B.S., Bioengineering and Biotechnology, University of California, San Diego, 2013


LANL Positions

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant, Center for Nanotechnologies (CINT)/Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices (MPA-11), June 2012 – Present Advisors: Srinivas Iyer, Gautam Gupta, Rashi Iyer

Student Intern, Bioenergy and Biome Sciences (B-11), April 2009 – December 2010 Advisor: Cheryl Kuske


Professional Societies

National Society of Women Engineers, 2009-2013

Head of high school Outreach program, 2011

UCSD Biomedical Engineering Society, 2013

UCSD Engineering World Health, 2012-2013



Provisional Patent: Permanent Percutaneous Skin Interface for Osseointegrated Prosthetic



Effects of hydrophobic and hydrophilic photoactive polymers on lipid cubic phase (In progress)

Layer-by-layer deposited lipid bilayers on silicon-silicon dioxide electrode show similarities to myelin (In progress)

Bennett CL, Yingzhang Y, Vignali M, Lo RS, Mason AG, Unal A, Saifee NPH, Fields S and La Spada AR. Protein Interaction Analysis of Senataxin and the ALS4 L389S Mutant Yields Insights into Senataxin Post-Translational Modification and Uncovers Mutant-Specific Binding with a Brain Cytoplasmic RNA-Encoded Peptide. Molecular Brain / PLoS One (2013) DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0078837

Kuske CR. Dunbar J. Gallegos-Graves. Eichorst SA, Weber C. Steven B. Xie G. Liu k. Ticknor L, Challocmbe J. Unal A. Balasch M. Zak. D. Soil Metagenomics and Carbon Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystems (DOE Genomic Science Conference)


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