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Programming with Molecules

Colloquium

Speaker(s)
Professor Anne Condon (University of British Columbia)
Date
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Time
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Location
Shanahan 1430

Bio-molecules are digital materials that do remarkable things in our cells, including information processing, communication and transportation. Just as we develop creative ways to carve, weave or otherwise manipulate nature’s materials for useful or aesthetic purposes, it is natural to explore how we could fruitfully “program” DNA or other bio-molecules. Bio-molecules are interesting to program because of their dynamic structural and material properties, because they enable us to organize matter at the nano-scale and because they can naturally interact with biological systems at the cellular level. It is hard to imagine a future in which programming molecules will not be central to understanding and mediating cellular and other nano-scale processes.

So, how can we program molecules? Researchers in the field of DNA computing and molecular programming have developed many creative approaches, along with experimental demonstrations of the viability of these approaches. In this talk I’ll focus on two personal favourites, namely Chemical Reaction Networks (CRNs) and (DSDs). I’ll describe why these are interesting programming models, what we know about effective ways to write CRN and DSD programs, and what are important directions for further progress.

Summer Research Talks, Part 1

Colloquium

Speaker(s)
HMC CS faculty and students
Date
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Location
Shanahan 1430

Abstracts coming soon

Summer Research Talks, Part 2

Colloquium

Speaker(s)
HMC CS faculty and students
Date
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Location
Shanahan 1430

Abstracts coming soon

TBD

Colloquium

Speaker(s)
Prof. Maja Mataric (USC)
Date
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Location
Shanahan 1430

Abstract coming soon