Jim Wilson

(217) 721-1774
261 LLP

Loomis Laboratory of Physics
1110 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3080

I received my B.S. in physics and mathematics from Walla Walla University in 2004. I studied electronic and ionic transport in nanoscale systems at UCSD culminating in a PhD in physics in 2013. I am currently studying transport phenomena in nanopore systems using all-atom molecular dynamics.

My recent interests include the measurement of DNA flexibility using molecular dynamics simulations, translocation of DNA through graphene nanopores as well as ion conductance through graphene nanopores, and the translocation of DNA nanostructures through nanopores.



  1. James Wilson, and Aleksei Aksimentiev. "Water-compression gating of nanopore transport." Physical Review Letters 120:268101 (2018). PDF icon Supporting Information (7.41 MB)
  2. James Wilson, Kumar Sarthak, Wei Si, Luyu Gao, and Aleksei Aksimentiev. "Rapid and Accurate Determination of Nanopore Ionic Current Using a Steric Exclusion Model." ACS sensors 4:634-644 (2019). PDF icon sem_si.pdf (4.02 MB)
  3. James Wilson, Leila Sloman, Zhiren He, and Aleksei Aksimentiev. "Graphene Nanopores for Protein Sequencing." Advanced Functional Materials 26:4830-4838 (2016).
  4. James Wilson, and Massimiliano Di Ventra. "Single-base DNA discrimination via transverse ionic transport." Nanotechnology 24:415101 (2013).
  5. Mohammad Amin Alibakhshi, Justin R. Halman, James Wilson, Aleksei Aksimentiev, Kirill A. Afonin, and Meni Wanunu. "Picomolar Fingerprinting of Nucleic Acid Nanoparticles Using Solid-State Nanopores." ACS Nano 11:9701-9710 (2017). PDF icon Supporting Information (12.11 MB)
  6. Spencer Carson, James Wilson, Aleksei Aksimentiev, Peter R. Weigele, and Meni Wanunu. "Hydroxymethyluracil modifications enhance the flexibility and hydrophilicity of double-stranded DNA." Nucleic Acids Research 44:2085-2092 (2016).
  7. Spencer Carson, James Wilson, Aleksei Aksimentiev, and Meni Wanunu. "Smooth DNA Transport through a Narrowed Pore Geometry." Biophysical Journal 107:2381-2393 (2014).
  8. Jejoong Yoo, James Wilson, and Aleksei Aksimentiev. "Improved model of hydrated calcium ion for molecular dynamics simulations using classical biomolecular force fields." Biopolymers 105:752-763 (2016). PDF icon bip22868-sup-0001-suppinfo01.pdf (921.41 KB)
  9. Shouvik Banerjee, James Wilson, Jiwook Shim, Manish Shankla, Elise A. Corbin, Aleksei Aksimentiev, and Rashid Bashir. "Slowing DNA Transport Using Graphene–DNA Interactions." Advanced Functional Materials 25:936-946 (2015). PDF icon adfm201403719-sup-0001-s1.pdf (1.01 MB)
  10. Michael Zwolak, James Wilson, and Massimiliano Di Ventra. "Dehydration and ionic conductance quantization in nanopores." J Phys Condens Matter 22:454126 (2010).