Colette Whitfield
Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Colette Whitfield

Colette completed her PhD in the Pike group at the Newcastle University (U.K.) establishing protocols for the synthesis of chemically modified long DNA. She then conducted a research visit at Hokkaido University where she continued her interest in DNA nanotechnology, focusing in 3D DNA patterning. On returning to the U.K., Colette joined the Howard group at Newcastle University and established Cell-free protein synthesis in hydrogels to develop stimuli repsonsive materials. She recently joined the Weil group where she will be utilising DNA origami to afford specific attachement chemsistry for cellular targetting and function.

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Research Interests

DNA Nanotechnology, DNA Origami, Functional Materials



Whitfield CJ, Turley AT, Tuite EM, Connolly BA, Pike AR, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, 54, 8971-8974. doi: 10.1002/anie.201502971

Whitfield CJ, Little RC, Khan K, Ijiro K, Connolly BA, Tuite EM, Pike AR, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2018, 24, 15267-15274. doi: 10.1002/chem.201801976

Little RC, Whitfield CJ, Tuite EM, Pike AR, In: DNA Nanotechnology. Humana Press Inc., 2018, 11-21. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8582-1_2

Lunn S, Hribesh S, Whitfield C, Hall M, Houlton A, Brownowska A, Tuite EM, Pike AR, ChemBioChem, 2018, 19, 1115-1118. doi: 10.1002/cbic.201800100



Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

Ackermannweg 10

D-55128 Mainz, Germany

Phone (+49) 6131-379-315

Email colette.whitfield@mpip-mainz.mpg.de