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George D. Bachand

George Bachand

Phone (505) 844-5164


  • Biosciences
  • Biosecurity
  • Microbial biochemistry
  • Biomaterials
  • Materials
  • Biological assemblies
  • CINT
  • Synthesis
  • Manipulate/Assemble
  • Function/Response Measurements


Soft and Biological Nanomaterials


Ph.D., Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York, 1997

B.S., Biology, Elizabethtown College, 1992


Professional Appointments

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, 2001–Present

Thrust Leader, Soft, Biological, and Composite Nanomaterials, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, 2011 – Present

Adjunct Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2006 – Present


Professional Societies

Materials Research Society

Biophysical Society



Work on encrypted information storage in synthetic DNA featured by KRQE News 13, PhysOrg, Science Daily, NewsWise, (e)Science News, NanoWerk, Federal Computer Week (FCW), Dark Reading, ExecutiveBiz, and Albuquerque Business First (2016)

Popular Science “Best of What's New” Award Winner, Security category, Smallest, Safest Anthrax Detector, BaDx technology (2015)

Sandia National Laboratories Employee Recognition Award, for creating a portable diagnostic device to detect anthrax in low resource environments, and concurrently reducing the risk of theft and misuse of Bacillus anthracis (BaDx) (2015)

R&D100 Award, Portable Diagnostic Device for Bacillus anthracis Detection (BaDx) in Ultra-Low Resource Environments (2014)

Sandia National Laboratories Employee Recognition Award, W87 MC3730 Detonator Significant Finding Investigation Team (2013)

“Frontiers in Engineering,” National Academy of Engineering, Dearborn, MI (2006)



Complete List of Publications: Google Scholar, ResearchGate

Select Publications:

Bachand, G.D., Jain, R., Ko, R., Bouxsein, N.F., and VanDelinder, V. (2018). Inhibition of microtubule depolymerization by osmolytes. Biomacromolecules, 19, DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b01799.

Greene, A.C., Bachand, M., Gomez, A., Stevens, M.J., and Bachand, G.D. (2017) Interactions regulating the end-to-end directed assembly of biological Janus rods. Chem. Commun., 53, 4493-4496.

VanDelinder, V., Adams, P., and Bachand, G.D. (2016) Mechanical splitting of microtubules into protofilament sheets by surface-bound kinesin-1. Sci. Rep., 6, 39408 (1-10).

Bordovsky, S., Wong, C.S., Bachand, G.D., Stachowiak, J.C., and Sasaki, D.Y. (2016). Engineering lipid structure for recognition of the liquid ordered membrane phase. Langmuir 32(47): 12527-12533.

Harper, J.C., Andrews, J.M., Ben, C., Hunt, A.C., Murton, J.K., Carson, B.D., Bachand, G.D., Lovchik, J.A., Arndt, W.D., Finley, M.R., and Edwards, T.L. (2016) Magnetic-adhesive based valves for microfluidic devices used in low-resource settings. Lab Chip 16: 4142-4151.

Greene, A.C., Henderson, I.M., Gomez, A., Paxton, W.F., VanDelinder, V., and Bachand, G.D. (2016) The role of membrane fluidization on the gel-assisted formation of giant polymersomes. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158729 (1-13).

Mahakan, K.D., Ruan, G., Dorcéna, C.J., Vieira, G., Bouxsein N.F., Chalmers, J.J., Bachand, G.D., Sooyakumar, R., and Winter, J.O. (2016). Steering microtubule shuttle transport with dynamically controlled magnetic fields. Nanoscale 8(16): 8641-8649.

VanDelinder, V., Brener, S., and Bachand, G.D. (2016) Mechanisms underlying the active self-assembly of microtubule rings and spools. Biomacromolecules 17(3): 1048-1056.

Lam, A.T., VanDelinder, V., Kabir, A.M.R., Bachand, G.D, Hess, H., and Kakugo, A.T. (2016) Cytoskeletal motor-driven active self-assembly in in vitro systems. Soft Matter 12: 988-997 (invited review).

Paxton, W.F., Bouxsein, N.F., Henderson, I., and Bachand G.D. (2015) Dynamic assembly of polymer nanotube networks via kinesin powered microtubule filaments. Nanoscale 7(25): 10998-11004.