Robert Dirks


Age: 36

Summary: chemist known for his theoretical and experimental work in DNA nanotechnology who was the first graduate student in mathematician Niles Pierce's research group at the California Institute of Technology, where his dissertation work was on algorithms and computational tools to analyze nucleic acid thermodynamics and predict their structure, who also performed experimental work developing a biochemical chain reaction to self-assemble nucleic acid devices and later worked at D.E. Shaw Research on algorithms for protein folding that could be used to design new pharmaceuticals.

Cause of Death: Killed in a Metro-North railway accident

Born: May 29, 1978

Died: February 3, 2015

Valhalla, New York