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Justin Flory

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Associate Research Scientist
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 7401
Biography

Dr. Justin Flory is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery (BCASD) at Arizona State University (ASU) where he has served since 2014. His responsibilities include business and program development, developing and fostering strategic collaborations, science communication and outreach, scientific research and project management. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Design from ASU in 2014 where he investigated how to build a synthetic device to convert water and sunlight into hydrogen fuel, based on the natural process of photosynthesis. Before that Dr. Flory worked for 2 years at Abbott Diabetes Care in software quality of blood glucose monitoring systems and 5 years at Symmetricom as a test engineer for precise time and frequency systems. Dr. Flory received his B.S. in Physics from Sonoma State University in 2002.

Education

Ph.D., Biological Design, Arizona State University, 2014

B.S., Physics, Sonoma State University, 2002

 

Research Interests

Drawing upon the vast resources available on our planet, human innovation has made it possible for dramatic improvements in the standard of living and capacity of our species. Such progress takes advantage of the earth's ability to provide vast supplies of energy, clean water, air and other resources. The scale and pace of such innovation in many instances exceeds the ability of the environment to adapt to these advances, and thus sustainable methodologies are essential to maintain and improve our standard of living and to provide a viable development path for the rest of our species.

Over billions of years nature has evolved green chemical solutions to assemble novel devices from earth abundant materials, which carryout many services necessary to support our species including, converting solar energy into useful chemical and electrical energy, purifying and delivering clean air and water, and synthesizing materials with a diverse set of useful properties. Justin's research interests are in engineering biological molecules and systems for the production of chemicals, fuels, materials and devices by sustainable methods inspired by nature.

Publications
  • Flory, J. D., Johnson, T., Simmons, C. R., Lin, S., Ghirlanda, G., and Fromme, P. (2015) Purification and assembly of thermostable Cy5 labeled γ-PNAs into a 3D DNA nanocage. Artif. DNA. PNA XNA 5, 1–8.
  • Flory, J. D., Simmons, C. R., Lin, S., Johnson, T., Andreoni, A., Zook, J., Ghirlanda, G., Liu, Y., Yan, H., and Fromme, P. (2014) Low Temperature Assembly of Functional 3D DNA-PNA-Protein Complexes., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 8283–8295.
  • Flory, J. D., Shinde, S., Lin, S., Liu, Y., Yan, H., Ghirlanda, G., and Fromme, P. (2013) PNA-Peptide Assembly in a 3D DNA Nanocage at Room Temperature., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 6985–6993.
Research Activity
Industry Positions

Sensor Chemistry Research Mentorship, May 2008 – July 2009

Abbott Diabetes Care, Alameda CA

  • Investigate problems for 3-5 hours per week related to the research and manufacturing of in vivo continuous blood glucose monitoring sensors for Dr. Udo Hoss, Director of Sensor Chemistry.

Software QA Engineer, July 2007 – July 2009

Abbott Diabetes Care, Alameda CA

  • Verify and validate software of consumer medical devices for FDA compliance.

Lead Test Engineer, March 2003 – June 2007

Symmetricom, Inc., Santa Rosa CA

  • Design tests, build automation systems and lead strategy for product quality of precise time and frequency distribution systems.          

Materials Characterization Lab Scientist Internship, September 2000 – December 2001

Optical Coating Labs (JDS Uniphase), Santa Rosa CA

  • Perform metrology and investigate problems related to research and manufacturing of optical thin films for Dr. Said Mansour, Materials Characterization Lab Manager.