SPEAKER: Niles A. Pierce, Applied & Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering California Institute of Technology
DNA and RNA are versatile construction materials. By appropriately designing the sequence of bases in each strand, synthetic nucleic acid systems can be programmed to self-assemble into complex structures that implement dynamic mechanical tasks. Motivated by the challenge of encoding arbitrary mechanical function into nucleic acid sequences, we are developing a suite of computational algorithms for analyzing the underlying free energy landscapes that control the behavior of a system. This talk will focus on new algorithms for predicting the equilibrium properties of an entire test tube of interacting nucleic acid strands. The utility of the approach will be demonstrated by elucidating the empirical behavior of a new class of instrument-free biosensors that are under development in the lab.
For more information about the speaker, please see http://www.acm.caltech.edu/~niles/. Wine and Cheese reception to follow the talk
Monday, September 11, 2006 - 16:00 to 17:00
Peter Wall Institute, 6331 Crescent Road, Room 309