The Lakin Lab for Programmable Biology works on the modeling, verification 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 study the basis for biological and bio-inspired solutions to problems such as adaptation and learning. We also work on the semantics and implementation of domain-specific declarative programming languages for biological modeling, and on formal verification of scientific software. We are part of the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Mexico.
February 2020 A new graduate student, Kaitlin Eversole, joins the group. Welcome!
September 2019 A new undergraduate student, Luis Paez, joins the group. Welcome!
August 2019 A new graduate student, Randi Smith, joins the group. Welcome!
August 2019 Dr. Lakin is awarded a new grant as Co-PI: NSF grant 1935087: Synthetic cells that can learn without evolution.
June 2019 Dr. Lakin is awarded a pilot grant from the NM-INBRE project.
March 2019 Dr. Lakin's paper on compartmentalizing molecular sensors in lipid vesicles is published online in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.
December 2018 Group member James Boney graduates from UNM with an M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering. Congratulations!
November 2018 A new undergraduate student, Kelsie Herzer, joins the group. Welcome!
October 2018 Dr. Lakin's paper with collaborators from Microsoft Research on modeling molecular systems using logic programming is published online in ACS Synthetic Biology.
September 2018 Dr. Lakin's paper with the Lidke groups on super-resolution microscopy is published in PLOS ONE.
August 2018 Dr. Lakin is awarded a new grant as Co-PI: NSF grant 1843958: Programmable control of metabolism in synthetic cells using intrinsically disordered proteins.
August 2018 A new Ph.D. student, Sarika Kumar, joins the group. Welcome!