Michael Hudoba

Michael Hudoba



The Point 106

Associate Professor & Department Chair, Faculty Trustee
Department of Engineering, Computer Science, & Physics

Michael Hudoba, Ph. D., moved from Canfield, Ohio in 2005 to begin his undergraduate career in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He graduated magna cum laude and began working towards his master’s degree in 2009 with a focus of user-centered product design. In 2011, he was asked to be Carlos Castro’s first graduate student in the Nanoengineering and Biodesign Lab at OSU where his researched focused on the development, characterization and implementation of DNA based nanomachines to measure forces in biological systems using a process known as DNA origami. In 2015, he created the OSU Marching Band’s famous Script Ohio out of DNA, earning him a Guinness World Record. He was awarded his Ph.D. in December 2016.

Hudoba spends much of his free time involved with different educational outreach programs, volunteering with different STEM educational programs throughout Columbus. In 2013, he teamed up with United Skates of America to develop a STEM educational program for school field trips to teach young students the connection between STEM concepts and roller-skating, which included traveling around the country to promote the program and help train other instructors how to teach the lessons. In his free time, you can find him at the movies or the bowling alley.


  • B.S., The Ohio State University, 2009
  • M.S., The Ohio State University, 2011
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2016


  • Dynamic DNA Origami Device for Measuring Compressive Depletion Forces ACS Nano, Michael W Hudoba, Yi Luo, Angelita Zacharias, Michael G Poirier, Carlos E Castro, 2017
  • Automated Quantification of the Impact of Defects on the Mechanical Behavior of Deoxyribonucleic Acid Origami Nanoplates Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Bowen Liang, Anand Nagarajan, Michael W Hudoba, Ricardo Alvarez, Carlos E Castro, Soheil Soghrati, 2017
  • Entropically Controlled Nanomechanical DNA Origami Devices Biophysical Journal, Michael W. Hudoba, Yi Luo, Randy Patton, Michael G. Poirier, Carlos Castro, 2016
  • Engineering professor reacts to Ohio State Fair accident NBC4 Columbus, July 27, 2017
  • Lincoln Park Skating Center offers science-based field trips; program brought by new management The News-Herald, Oct. 20, 2015
  • DNA origami 'Script Ohio' recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records, The Ohio State University News, March 16, 2015

Affiliations & Awards

  • Guinness World Record for biological design, 2015
  • Hayes Graduate Research Forum, 1st Place, 2013
  • Sigma Xi Ohio State University Chapter Executive Board, 2013-present
  • BIOMOD graduate mentor, 2012-2014
  • American Society for Engineering Education OSU Student Chapter founding member, 2010
  • Education outreach programs for young students throughout Columbus schools, 2010-present