Ian Nova portrait

Ian Nova


As a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Jens Gundlach, Ian developed a technology, based on the principal of nanopore DNA sequencing, to watch individual proteins process DNA in real-time. These proteins, essentially molecular-scale machines, move along DNA and replicate or repair it, but their movements are too small and fast to observe with imaging technologies. The technique Ian developed can detect individual protein steps (nanometer scale) on millisecond time-scales, allowing visualization of never observed behavior. Since graduating in 2020, Ian is wrapping up projects in the Gundlach lab while pursuing a career in the world of academic editing/science writing.