The Pierce Lab

Remembering Robert Dirks

We mourn the loss of Robert Dirks, who tragically lost his life in the Metro-North train crash in New York on February 3, 2015. Robert made seminal contributions to the emerging disciplines of molecular programming and dynamic nucleic acid nanotechnology, providing the first experimental demonstration of conditional nucleic acid self-assembly, and developing computational algorithms that enable researchers around the world to analyze and design programmable molecular systems. Robert was brilliant, fun-loving, creative, and generous; he was a model scientist, collaborator, and friend. We will miss him and always remember him with fondness and respect and gratitude.