Rizal Fajar Hariadi

Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus


Rizal Hariadi joined Arizona State University in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and the Biodesign Institute where he established BIOmolecular Mechanics And Nanotechnology LABoratory (BIOMAN LAB). His Ph.D. work under Erik Winfree and Bernard Yurke at Caltech focused on the non-equilibrium dynamics of DNA nanostructures and the hydrodynamics of bursting bubbles. He subsequently did postdoctoral research in single-molecule biophysics at the University of Michigan with Shiv Shivaramakrishnan and Wyss Institute of Biologically-Inspired Engineering at Harvard University with Peng Yin. Rizal's lab designs, builds, and optimizes biologically-inspired tools from molecular to centimeter- scale, such as DNA  origami nanostructures and chip-scale DNA origami nanoarrays. By interfacing these nanostructures with other functional entities (e.g. proteins, inorganics, living cells), they use these tools to probe and perturb biological machines and their synthetic analogs. Along the way, they invent frugal technologies in the global health context for resource-poor settings. Rizal is the recipient of an Arizona Biomedical Research Commission New Investigator Award.


  • Ph.D. Applied Physics, Caltech 2011
  • B.S. Physics and Biochemistry, Washington State University 2003

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Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
PHY 472 Advanced Biophysics Lab
PHY 492 Honors Directed Study
PHY 495 Project Research
BME 592 Research
BME 599 Thesis
BME 792 Research
Spring 2018
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PHY 252 Physics III
PHY 495 Project Research
PHY 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
PHY 472 Advanced Biophysics Lab
Fall 2016
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PHY 598 Special Topics