UC Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering has been awarded $2.18 million to blend traditional DNA sequencing techniques with cutting-edge nanotechnology to develop a faster and less costly method of analysis. The goal is to make DNA sequencing feasible as a routine part of healthcare. UCI’s three-year grant was awarded as part of a $15 million initiative by the National Human Genome Research Institute to support the development of innovative technologies with the potential to drastically reduce the cost of DNA sequencing. H. Kumar Wickramasinghe (pictured), professor of electrical engineering and computer science and the Henry Samueli endowed chair, is leading the research at UCI.