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Programmable Biology

University of New Mexico

The Lakin Lab for Programmable Biology works on the modeling, design, and experimental implementation of biomolecular computers and synthetic gene networks, and on their practical application to biomedical problems such as autonomous nanomedicine and pathogen detection. We are interested in elucidating design rules for engineered biological and biomolecular systems, and in the development of scalable architectures for biomolecular computing. We use biological and bio-inspired approaches to implement behaviors such as adaptation and learning in engineered systems. We also work on the semantics and implementation of domain-specific declarative programming languages and software tools for biological modeling and biodesign. We are part of the Department of Computer Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Center for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Mexico.

Recent News

June 2022Tracy's paper on using L-DNA to protect molecular circuits from degradation is published online in ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations!

May 2022David gives a speech at the UNM School of Engineering's Spring 2022 Convocation.

May 2022David has successfully defended his dissertation, entitled "Control Mechanisms for Nanoscale Devices." Congratulations!

May 2022Dr. Lakin is featured on the UNM School of Engineering Faculty Highlights webpage.

February 2022Dr. Lakin gives an invited talk as part of the University of Minnesota's ECE colloquium talk series.

February 2022David's paper on supervised learning in chemical neural networks is published online in IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems. Congratulations!

January 2022Dr. Lakin is Co-PI on a newly awarded grant to support the DNA28 conference: NSF grant 2202396: Student and Postdoc Travel Support for DNA28.

January 2022Dr. Lakin is a local organizer for the 28th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA28), scheduled to be held at UNM on August 8-12, 2022!

December 2021David's paper on implementing finite state automata using approximate majority reactions is published online in Royal Society Open Science. Congratulations!

December 2021Dr. Lakin is a co-author on a perspective piece arising from the SynCell2020/2021 conferences, now published online in eLife.

December 2021Group member Luis Paez graduates from UNM with a B.S. degree in Biochemistry, and with a minor in Statistics. Congratulations!

November 2021Dr. Caroline Rempe joins the group as a technical staff member working on outreach projects. Welcome!

November 2021Tracy won second place in the LoboBITES competition at the UNM Shared Knowledge Conference. Congratulations!

September 2021Dr. Lakin is co-editor of the proceedings of the DNA27 conference, now available online.

August 2021Dr. Lakin gives an invited talk as part of the Build-A-Cell virtual seminar series.

August 2021A new undergraduate student, Sameen Jawadi, joins the group. Welcome!

August 2021Dr. Lakin is Co-PI on a newly awarded grant: NSF grant 2124308: Toward lifelike synthetic cells via engineered control of DNA replication.

August 2021Dr. Lakin's book chapter on applications of DNAzymes in nanotechnology is published by Wiley.

July 2021Dr. Lakin gives an invited talk at the Synthetic Approaches to Biology and Artificial Intelligence (SB-AI) workshop, a satellite workshop of the 2021 ALIFE conference.

July 2021Dr. Lakin is Co-PI on a newly awarded grant: NSF grant 2123465: Synthetic P-bodies: Coupling gene expression and ribonucleoprotein granules in synthetic cell vesicles for sensing and response.

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