BioE Seminar - Programming Circuits and Materials with Nucleic acids
Thursday, February 12, 2015
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side B
Elisa Franco, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UC-Riverside
Cells have unique abilities to sense, compute, and respond to environmental stimuli. Physical responses such as growth, motion and repair depend on the assembly of molecular building blocks directed by many parallel molecular "programs". In this talk, I will first summarize our work on artificial molecular clocks, essential devices to synchronize events and fuel autonomous behaviors. Second, I will outline our progress in the creation of dynamic biomaterials where we drive the reconfiguration of DNA nanostructures using DNA dynamic circuits.