Seelig/Klavins team develops programming language to build synthetic DNA


From UW Today: UW engineers invent programming language to build synthetic DNA


Similar to using Python or Java to write code for a computer, chemists soon could be able to use a structured set of instructions to "program" how DNA molecules interact in a test tube or cell.

A team led by the University of Washington has developed a programming language for chemistry that it hopes will streamline efforts to design a network that can guide the behavior of chemical-reaction mixtures in the same way that embedded electronic controllers guide cars, robots and other devices. Read More

Klavins, Seelig Receive NSF Expeditions in Computing Award

Georg Seelig

Eric Klavins

MolES faculty Georg Seelig (Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering) and Eric Klavins (Electrical Engineering) were awarded $2 million as part of a multi-investigator team investigating "Molecular Programming Architectures, Abstractions, Algorithms and Applications" as part of the National Science Foundation’s Expeditions in Computing program. The team, led by by Professor Erik Winfree of the California Institute of Technology, also includes investigators from Harvard University and the University of California at San Francisco. The project explores how to systematically program the behaviors of a wide array of complex information-based molecular systems, from decision-making circuitry and molecular-scale manufacturing to biomedical diagnosis and smart therapeutics in living cells. Read More

Georg Seelig wins DARPA Young Faculty Award to develop point of care diagnostic test for infectious diseases

Georg Seelig, assistant professor of EE & CSE, has received the 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award from the Department of Defense.

The DARPA Young Faculty Award program identifies and engages rising research stars in junior faculty positions at U.S. academic institutions and exposes them to Department of Defense needs as well as DARPA's program development process. With the award, Seelig’s group aims to develop a cheap and easy-to-use point of care diagnostic test for infectious diseases. As a specific application, they will focus on the diagnosis of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in low resource settings by integrating DNA-based logic circuits and amplifiers with paper-based lateral flow devices to engineer a complete diagnostic test. Read More